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Online Resources

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Well, including this, I suppose.”
- Douglas Adams

We know that accessing resources can be difficult.

Below you can find resources to online e-books, audio books, and other time-enhancers. Besides our CloudLibrary and Biblio+, all of the following resources are Free and can be used without a library card.


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Cloud Library - This will lead you to our page on our regular e-book services and how to use them.

Biblio+ - This will lead to our informational page on Biblio+, a free streaming service for movies and TV -- check it out! 

Below are ALWAYS free platforms of e-books and more.


Education Resources 

Free Adult Online Courses


Reading Resources for Children by Scholastic

Learn Coding​ 

Coding for Kids

Scratch - block-based computer programming


Below are more resources helpfully compiled by member libraries!

Coping in Difficult Times

About COVID-19

CDC Guidelines

Posted Tuesday, 3/17 How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus with Daniel Tiger

Managing COVID-19 anxiety

Just for Kids: a comic exploring the new coronavirus

About Social Distancing and Living in Quarantine

Cooking through your stash of food

How to manage your food storage by a Registered Dietitian
Keeping your distance to stay safe by the American Psychological Association

Social Distancing: This Is Not a Snow Day

Parenting-Specific Quarantine Resources

Suggested daily schedule from Macaroni Kids

Khan Academy suggested schedule by grade level

Family Lockdown Guide by The Guardian

What to do with your kids when school is cancelled by Vox

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s tips for staying home and social distancing


Care Resources

Economic relief

Illinois Department of Unemployment Security on COVID-19 emergency rules



150+ Enrichment Activities for Children while Parents Are Working Remotely

Read, Wonder, and Learn: Favorite authors and illustrators share resources for learning anywhere (like a compendium of virtual author visits!)

150 Free Resources for Teaching Remotely compiled by a high school librarian

Remote Learning Support for Librarians

Digital Escape Rooms 

Hogwarts Escape Room created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA

Escape from Wonderland created by Erin Honeycutt, Children's Librarian at Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, Georgia

Dog Man Digital Escape Room created by a School Library Media Coordinator

Escape the Fairy Tale: Part 1 created by Marissa Lieberman, Children's Librarian at the East Orange Public Library, NJ

Museum Tours and Livestreams

Google Arts & Culture virtual tours

Boston Children’s Museum

Great Wall of China

The Louvre 

Tour Mars 

Monterey Bay Aquarium

San Diego Zoo live cams

Smithsonian Zoo live cams

Cincinnati Zoo “Home Safari” animal visits every day at 3 p.m. on Facebook

Baltimore National Aquarium

San Francisco Exploratorium

The Benaki in Athens, Greece

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexico

The Tokyo National Museum

National Museum of Scotland


View (and Transcribe!) archival documents

Newberry Library’s handwritten archives

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Transcription Center


Educational Videos and Livestreaming lessons

Books and Authors

List of children’s book authors with Facebook Live/YouTube events 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Actors reading picture books-storytime online Worksheets and activities based on Click Clack Moo series of books


Ken Burns in the classroom - videos and printable support materials/discussion questions for Burns' documentaries; Baseball currently streaming for free

An Educator’s Guide to “Stamped: Antiracism and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Math in Music series with Dr. Eugenia Cheng on WFMT

Mystery Science Mystery Science at home experiments free with an account. 

NASA image and video library


On-Screen Tutorials for Off-Screen Activities

Arts and crafts

Art lessons with No Corner Suns (a local Westmont art teacher!)

Artsonia After School Art Club - mainly uses materials you already have!

Draw Every Day with JJK by Lunchlady and Hey, Kiddo author Jarret J Krosoczka

Wild Orchid art lessons



Free kids’ cooking lessons at noon CST by $5 Dinner via FB Live; will be reposted on YouTube

PBS Kids Daily newsletter

Supercharged School free lessons with hands-on/paper work and experiments (ages 7-14)

Grow your own potatoes from potatoes you already have in your pantry.


Physical Activity

GoNoodle physical activity videos

Yoga With Adriene - linked a search of “kids yoga” in her channel-though all her videos are useful


Screen-Free Activities

Engineering Activity Bingo with supplies that you have on hand

Finish the comic and blank comic book panel printables

30 Days of LEGO Play calendar

Little Free Library map

MyKidList collection of activities and strategies

National Park Junior Ranger books you can request by mail (temporarily suspended. If it doesn't work now try again another day.)

Print & Play tabletop games by Manuel Corriea (for older kids and adults)

Raddish Kids cooking camp kits



Book Club for Kids

But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids

Brains On 

Kids Ask Authors

Overheard at National Geographic

Peace Out Podcast



All things board games: | ]

Wallet games (and more): | ]

Print & Play games: | ]

Big box games with high production values, lots of licensed properties: | ]

Home of Harbour an many other great games: | ]

Munchkin (and more): | ]

Zombies!!! (and more): | ]

Tiny Epic games (and more): | ]

Looney Pyramids and the Pyramid Arcade, Fluxx (and much more): | ]

Print on demand board games: | ]

Mint tin games including Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse: | ]

Mint Works, Mint Delivery (and more): | ]

Piecepack wiki: | ]

Icehouse games wiki: | ]

Magic: the Gathering official site: | ]



List of resources being added to by librarians and teachers*qb2BMcMix3-10k8jD2lZpg


Another site that is compiling a lot of great author and illustrator videos


Regional Office of Education #13

1 hr ·

What great information from ROE 12! Thanks for sharing!

ROE 12 - Monte Newlin, Regional Superintendent of Schools

March 16 at 8:24 PM ·

Let's keep those kids learning! Whether you are a parent or grandparent, educator, or any other combination, below is a list of things to do with children!

✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.

✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers…

✅Play games and learn all about animals

✅Play with fave show characters and learn too

✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.

✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.…/great-wall-of-china

✅Math and Reading games

✅Phonics skills

✅This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.

✅ Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss

✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens…/

✅Geography and animals

✅Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry

✅Fave kids books read by famous people

✅Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc,

✅High school chemistry topics…/hi…/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html

✅Math and reading games

✅Math and language games

✅Hands on Elem science videos

✅Voice based learning... learn through Alexa

✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities

✅ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn.

✅Math as a fun part of your daily family routine

✅Games to get "into the book"

✅Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults


✅ Elem Math through 6th grade

✅Educational games K-12

✅Digital archive of history

✅Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc.


✅Resources for Spanish practice

✅Chinese learning activities

✅Music is for everyone

✅Science, Math, Social Studies

✅Grammar practice for middle grades

✅Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.


✅Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions.

✅Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.

✅35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.

✅K-5th Science lessons

✅Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies

✅Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish)…

✅Digital learning content for preschool through high school

✅A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus.

✅Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.…/learnathome.html

✅3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.

✅Classes for older teens or adults…

✅Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses.

✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student's needs including creating flashcards for other subjects.

✅K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them.

✅Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.

✅Higher level math series... online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems.…

✅Foreign languages

✅Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement.

✅A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering -- free 24/7 access

USERNAME: read (case sensitive)

PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)

✅Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides!

✅Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.

✅Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

✅7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas

✅Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas

✅Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors

✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects

✅Online education program for toddler through high school...

✅Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade…/Lite…/Price-Range/Free

✅Free printables library with activities for children 0-6

✅Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans

✅Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure.

✅Resources for AP students

✅Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college.

✅Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources

✅Poetry and music…/mindful-poetry-moments

✅3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects…/EdgertonCent…/instructables/

✅Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators.

✅Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance

✅Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world.

✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

✅Online curriculum that builds better writers.

✅80+ do at home science activities…/n…/80-free-science-activities

✅Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own

✅Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8

✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice.

✅Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up

✅Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial

✅PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials

✅Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.…

✅Science and math labs and simulations

✅An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics.

✅Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free

✅Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12

✅QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home

✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.

✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.

✅Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students

✅Music Based Spanish Learning

✅Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology

✅The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts.

✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises.

✅Music practice transformed

✅Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90

✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.

✅A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials.

✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course.

✅At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.

✅Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access

✅Keyboarding practice or

✅Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems.

✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.

✅Math practice

✅K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students

✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.

Preschool through 8th grade…

✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take…/ivy-league-free-online-cou…/…

✅Spelling 1-4 grade

✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions

✅22 languages to learn

✅Learn to code

✅Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8

✅Phonics and learning to read

✅PreK - 5 games for all subjects

✅Online digital coloring pages

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool - 8

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school

✅Phonics worksheets for kids

✅Free stories online ages 3-12

✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

✅Learn all about earthquakes

✅Learn all about the periodic table

✅Farmer's almanac for kids... Date, weather, moon phase, etc.

✅Guide to gardening for kids

✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others

✅Space science for kiddos

✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders

✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time.

✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history.

✅News and more for kids

✅Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters

✅Immerse yourself in cryptography

✅Math games galore

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home

✅An interactive way to learn history

✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.

✅Interactive games based on the book series

✅Work on the 8 parts of speech

✅Learn all about cells

✅All sorts of learning here if you dig in

✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning.

Texas UT Tech Boot Camps Blog that holds many resources for children to get into coding

✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.

✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are.

✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.

✅Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun.

✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.

✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.

✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos.

✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.

✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students

✅Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents.

✅Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.

✅Coding for ages 4-10

✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen

✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.

✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.

✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.

✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby.

✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather.

✅Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.

✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life.

✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.

✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.

✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.

✅Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.

✅Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities

✅Find and fix learning gaps

✅Algebra games for kids

✅Fractions practice

✅Education for kids all topics

✅Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult

✅Science podcasts to listen to with your kids…/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-list…

✅Alaskan Wildlife cams

✅Coding with Star Wars

✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun

✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children

✅Amphibian unit studies…/amphibians-unit-study-…/

✅Engineering challenges with things you have at home…/

✅Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+

✅Toddler and preschool age ideas

Great information on teeth and the digestive system

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