The Library subscribes to resources you can use from the comfort of your own home, and many of them are also working with us to bring you more remote resources during these difficult times. Below are some of our resources to help keep you and your family entertained while the Library is closed to the public. We will be updating this list as necessary. You can also always check out the Kids Educational Games page for more resources to entertain your little ones.
There are various additional although temporary resources becoming available from outside providers during this difficult and largely home-bound time. While we will list those resources that may be of interest to our patrons on this page, we will also note that they are an “outside provider” at the end of the description so you will be able to tell which resources are of this temporary variety, and not controlled by the Library itself.
TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of ebooks for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! Access is unlimited – you can read 24/7, from the comfort and safety of your home! There are over 1100 titles, including 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features graphic novels, read-along chapter books, and non-fiction books. TumbleBooks resources are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. TumbleBooks also offers the following resources, free to our patrons through 8/31/2020:
- TumbleMath K-6 math ebook database
- TeenBookCloud Grades 7-12 ebook database
- AudioBookCloud All ages audio book database
In response to the unprecedented uncertainty facing young children and families, Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families during the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources. This site provides content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities. Children thrive with structure in their lives and they learn best through play, even in everyday moments like mealtimes and morning and evening routines. We hope the content and resources help you and your family breathe, laugh, and play together!
- Username: engaged
- Password: learning
- Username: engaged
- Password: learning
- Username: continue
- Password: reading
Brightly Storytime has a collection of YouTube storytime videos for kids, as well as a live storytime every day at 2pm EST on their Instagram page. Listen along as Ms. Linda reads some of your favorite stories like The Snowy Day and Uni the Unicorn. From a beloved llama who’s learning to read to the trouble-making Dylan the Villain, these episodes introduce a host of new characters, familiar faces, loveable animals and more. Made for bite-sized listening anytime you and your little one have a few minutes to spare for a great story.
Junior Library Guild (JLG) is now offering their Elementary, Middle School and High school ebooks free for your use. Your home-bound students can click to their hearts’ content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available. To use this resource, visit this login screen, and enter one of the following login credentials, based on the reading level you would like to view. Outside Provider.
Middle Grade Level
High School Level
Make learning fun with World Book! World Book Online is offering their databases available for free through April 30th for students and their families. Play educational games, read an e-book, make a timeline, or learn some new facts. They also have available Distance Learning Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers. Outside Provider.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! Outside Provider.
Kanopy is a digital streaming service that includes feature films, TV shows, documentaries, and collections for kids. You can sign up with your library card and get started right from home. Our patrons receive 6 “play credits” a month.