Back to School

Our staff has compiled an educational list broken down by age to help you and your family get ready for school. Whether it is your child’s first day of school, a teen that knows the drill, or if you are a college bound student have a look at these helpful tools and entertaining reads.

We have complied a list of useful library tools for PCL Teens. Teens have access to e-Resources for test prep, online tutoring, research, study aids, and more all FREE with your library card.

This list features some of our favorite back-to-school books. These titles show young learners that school can be fun and exciting—while also tackling common fears like first-day jitters and fitting in.

Free at home streaming courtesy of your library for Parkland School Di

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

View the latest content on hoopla!

Back To School with hoopla

Back to School – eBooks

Grades K-4 | Grades 5-8 | High School | Required Reading
First Day Confidence

Back to School – Video Collections

All Topics | History & Social Science | Mathematics | Reading & Language Arts | Science | Social & Emotional Learning

Download the hoopla app to get started, or contact the reference desk if you need help at 610-298-1361×106 or

Please note these limits: Patrons can have up to five borrows per month. Items listed as “bonus borrows” do not count towards the monthly limit. This resource is only available to Parkland School District residents.

August 30, 1:30pm-3pm

Back to Homeschool

Get ready to kick off a fantastic year of homeschooling! Connect with other homeschool families, learn about library resources, and enjoy not-school-related games and a craft. There will also be a free curriculum exchange table.

September 1 – September 30

Celebrate Back-to-School season and the power of your library card with this fun Book BINGO activity designed to help library patrons become more familiar with our physical and digital learning resources. Play bingo for a chance to win a prize. Open to children in Preschool through 5th grade.

All programming is sponsored by The Friends of the Parkland Community Library. 
Learn more about The Friends on their webpage.

Find the tools you need to keep learning, studying, and growing!


Our Collection

Have you heard about our Launchpads? Launchpads are pre-loaded learning tablets with apps, ebooks, and no Wi-Fi required! The ones below focus on early literacy and reading skills.

Brainfuse LearnNow


Prepare for upcoming tests by taking a practice test online. Continue building your skills with lessons and videos.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Online Tutoring

Get free online homework help from a professional tutor. With your Parkland Community Library Card students can login to Brainfuse HelpNow for free access to online tutoring, homework help, practice tests, study tools, and more!

Universal Class

Free Online Courses

Free access to over 500 courses from computer skills to business to cooking to pet care. Learn at your own pace. Earn CEUs and certificates. This resource is for patrons whose home library is Parkland. Log in using “PCL” followed by your library card number.

Power Library


Get access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference material for all ages.


Available For All Ages

Get free access to 3 comprehensive databases, including the Encyclopedia Britannica, articles, Merriam-Webster Dictionary in English/Spanish, images, and more!


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