Has social isolation got you down? Check out these resources to help keep your kids and teens busy and entertained.
Virtual Reading Buddies
Help your child practice reading skills one-on-one with our teen volunteers online. Children will be paired with a teen volunteer to help practice reading out loud in a virtual Google Hangout. Paired buddies will be supervised in the Google Hangout by library staff. Once registered, library staff will send out an invitation for a Google Hangout with the Teen Volunteer. Click here to register for open spots.
Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and comic books, 24/7 with your library card, using Hoopla. You can borrow up to four titles every 30 days.
Stream over 30,000 films entirely free with your library card. You can watch up to 6 titles per month. Kid’s titles and Great Courses can be viewed without limit. Watch on the go with iPhone, iPad, or Android devices; or at home on your TV with AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, or Chromecast. Kanopy also streams from most internet browsers on your laptop or home computer.
OverDrive provides eBooks and eAudiobooks for reading online or downloading and is compatible with most mobile devices, including Amazon Kindle Black and White eReaders. You can have up to 5 items checked out at a time. MPL offers OverDrive through BCCLS. Download the OverDrive App or check out the Libby.
You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no checkouts, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly.
- TumbleBook Library
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture eBooks that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBook Library also includes National Geographic videos and games. Now includes TumbleBook Jr. titles.
K-6 math ebooks are available to you.
Grade 7-12 ebook database
Streamable audiobooks for all ages
- TumbleBook Library
Tutor.com is an online tutoring company that provides tutoring, homework help, test preparation, and career resources to students and adults in an online platform, through both live sessions (every day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and on-demand materials made accessible 24/7. Subjects include English, science, math, social studies, and grammar, in addition to career services such as resume review, job searching, and interview preparation. Tutor.com is also a powerful test preparation platform, offering help with a variety of exams ranging from the SAT to Citizenship.
Use your library card to get access to resources to help elementary through high school students, plus college and professional career preparation levels.
Resources courtesy of Capstone
- Capstone Interactive eBooks: find books in English and Spanish including activity books.
- Visit www.mycapstonelibrary.com and click “Log In”
- Username: continue
- Password: reading
- PebbleGo: Grades K-2 supplemental learning (English & Spanish):
- Visit www.pebblego.com and click “Sign In”
- Username: engaged
- Password: learning
- PebbleGo Next: Grades 3-5 supplemental learning resources
- Visit www.pebblegonext.com and click “Log In”
- Username: engaged1
- Password: learning1
Junior Library Guild’s Digital online reading platform
With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access* to read books online from any device.
- Middle School
- High School
World Book Online
Access a plethora of information for pre-school through high school, courtesy of World Book
Big Timber Media
As schools and libraries remain closed to stop the spread of the COVID-19, we at Big Timber Media want to help educators with their distance learning plans. Our publishing partners are offering free access to a variety of eBooks through June 30. These bundles are web-hosted, which means accessing your eBooks requires an internet connection.
Other Online Resources
Ancestry Education Resources
Family history projects for K12 students allow them to build powerful inquiry skills while learning from home. The sources and documents found on Ancestry gives students across the nation the opportunity to make connections to their ancestors, historical places, and events throughout time.
Girls Who Code at Home
A weekly series of resources to keep up your learning at home, and ideas on how to stay busy and—most importantly—brave.
Keep learning with courses for preschool to high school students. Courses range from basic elementary subjects to AP classes.
NASA Image & Media Collection
Search through NASA’s entire collection of pictures and media.
Online Storytimes & Art Lessons
Scotch Plains Public Library put together a list of authors and illustrators who are offering live streaming readings or lessons.
Ranger Rick has removed their paywall for free access to their site. Get ideas for outdoor activities, animal crafts, digital copies of their magazine, and much more!
Red Ted Art
Find easy crafts for kids.
Scholastic Learn at Home
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!
A free kid-friendly programming app created by MIT.
Sesame Street in Communities
Access a variety of videos, downloadables, and more on a variety of topics such as Learning Through Play, Self-Care, Math, and more.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!
A list of many websites that offer live animal webcams at zoos, virtual tours/trips of museums, and other miscellaneous fun activities.
Skype a Scientist
Skype a Scientist will be continuing their live lecture series via Zoom each week with scientists from a range of disciplines. Additionally, they have opened their Scientist Match Form, normally reserved for classrooms, to families who would like to schedule a personal Q&A session with a scientist.
Talking with Children about COVID-19
Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College
Yogi Berra Museum Learning Center – Lesson Plans
Explore our lesson plans for middle school and high school classrooms