Free help is as close as the local library. Oregon boasts one of the best public library systems in the country. Not only can you pick up piles of books, you can borrow music and movies. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi and tables of computers. Almost certainly, children in your care can get their own library card which is not only cool, but helpful: Children get breaks when it comes to renewals and late returns.

Maybe best of all, libraries feature story time or similar programs for youngsters, often several times during the day, on weekends and evenings. You might find things for you, too, from seasonal celebrations to classes and book clubs.

Been awhile since you used the library? Find your way back by Googling “library” and the name of your city or town. See what’s on offer. Then drop in. There isn’t a librarian out there who won’t be happy help you.

If you can’t make it, go to this delightful book resource where actors such as Betty White, Viola Davis and Earnest Borgnine read 7-15 minute classics for K-4th graders. There are even teaching guides for each book with ideas for discussion and fun activities.