Resources for Parents & OST Providers

We're always looking for new, interesting resources for parents and educators from community members, partners, and other organizations across the country. Check back regularly and we'll let you know what new things we've learned that can help you inspire a love of reading and learning.

Resources for Parents

National Summer Learning Week (NSLW)

LOU Reads is proud to sponsor Lafayette-Oxford-University's programming for National Summer Learning Week--a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning over the summer. Click the link below to access materials and guides for 2020 programming. 

Free Books

Looking for free books? Unite For Literacy offers free children's ebooks on their website with narration in many different languages, including spanish. Click the button below to view their large library of free books!

Summer Camps and Educational Programs

Looking for a fun program for your child to enroll in over the summer? Click on the picture to check out our list of summer learning opportunities!

Reading is important at every age! Check out these great materials from Read Aloud to learn more about how you can set your child up for success from their earliest years.

Mississppi Department of Education Resources

Resources for OST Providers


​myON® is a personalized literacy platform that gives students access to enhanced digital books to read at home, in summer programs, or anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection--students can even download books to read offline by using free mobile reading apps. We are excited to give our students and families this chance to spend time together this summer in a fun, engaging reading environment. Click below to learn how you can login and begin using myON® today!

Little Free Libraries

The Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library has teamed up with the University of Mississippi Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction and the LOU Reads Coalition to install six new Little Free Libraries in Lafayette County. To read more about the Little Free Libraries, view the article below. 

Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance has a variety of information about the facts and research regarding the importance of afterschool programming for youth.

The Early Years Network

The Early Years Network offers free training throughout Mississippi, many of which are focused on Out of School Time issues.


The Expolratorium is an virtual science center complete with exhibits, interactive tools and modules, as well as science projects to do at your site. offers an online summer camp focused on multi media development and production including application development, graphic design, music mixing, and robotics.

National Summer Learning Association

The National Summer Learning Association has information on the importance of summer learning and enrichment and a number of tools to support summer programming.


Playworks offers information about how to make the most out of recess and how to use recess to strengthen students’ social and emotional skills. The Playworks mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. provides free educational resources and ideas for afterschool, educators, parents and students.

You for Youth

You for Youth provides professional development tools for out of school time providers, including information on family engagement, project-based learning, STEM, and literacy.

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The Mississippi Department of Education website is another great place you can find help! These two publications hold a few of the great tips you can get from MDE. Click here for more!


Free, curated family resources to keep kids engaged! Filled with ways to find teachable moments at home (plus plenty of fun!) it's a tool we've been creating for parents to help navigate their days — something you've been doing all along.

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