The Library subscribes to many 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 and informed while the Library is closed to the public. We will be updating this list as necessary. You can also always check out our Research Database page and Teen Recommended Websites for more resources available to you from the comfort of your home.
Cloud Library is a platform for reading ebooks and listening to digital audiobooks. Our collection is always growing, and though our physical location is closed we are doing our best to keep up with your reading needs remotely! Visit the Cloud Library page for information on how to download the app to a variety of devices, and then check out this blog post to help us grow our collection to suit your reading wish list.
Infobase Video on Demand
Infobase is currently offering free access to its products for our patrons through 6/30/20. These include a wide range of educational resources, as well as a Writer’s Reference Center and the aforementioned Video on Demand which also has a portal Just for Kids.
You can access all of these resources through 6/30/20 by logging in: the Username and Password to log in are both MAINlib.
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 usually receive 6 “play credits” a month, but right now, to help us all stay entertained during these difficult times, Kanopy is offering a playlist with a variety of videos that will not deduct from your play credits.
Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! TumbleBooks has something for all ages. 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:
Junior Library Guild eBooks
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.
Middle Grade Level
High School Level
Sebco Books is helping to bridge the school-home & library-home gap during this challenging time by offering 450 FREE ebooks! These are newly released titles which support state curriculum, available until 6/30/2020.
Login: keepreading | Password: sebco | ID#: 1
Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen Webcast
There’s a lot going on these days, what with school closures, and social distancing, and toilet-paper conundrums. It’s heavy stuff. It’s worrisome stuff. And it’s stuff that we’re all experiencing right along with Aiden Tyler, the title character in author Rex Ogle’s new & original story, AIDEN TYLER, QUARAN-TEEN.
Rex is writing this creative new middle-grade offering in real-time, about our real-world predicament, and will be reading each week’s newest chapter aloud on this one-of-a-kind webcast “serial”!
Tune in every Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET to catch the latest in Aiden’s quaran-teen’ed story—and stick around after the reading for a weekly Q&A with Rex.
RBDigital is a browser and app-based platform that includes both a large selection of current magazines on many topics, and a large collection of digital Marvel comics (strange bedfellows, you may say, but at least we’ve got variety!).
Education & Information
Many of TumbleBooks resources are educational and entertaining! Check their information in the “Entertainment” section.
New York Times best-selling author Kelly Yang is giving FREE writing classes online for teens on her Instagram Live @kellyyanghk from 12pm-12:30pm PST (3pm EST) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting March 20th. Topics include plot, characters, and how to write with power and emotion. Head over to her Instagram account and her website for these tips!
Khan Academy is a nonprofit, with a digital library created by experts which provides trusted,standards-aligned practice and lessons that cover math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
JSTOR is an online database and has opened up it’s collection of over e-books and scholarly journals for free during this time of wide-spread closures to Universities and Libraries. JSTOR is working with publishers to make more of its content freely available, so if you don’t see what you need today, it might be worth trying again tomorrow!
Test-prep and study database.
Scholarly Content Free on Project Muse
In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.