Temporary Online Resources
Thanks to their providers, the following databases are temporarily available free of charge beginning in March 2020. They offer ways to access books electronically, in different formats, for a range of ages. Some also offer access to other informational resources in addition to books. Please make sure to scroll down to see a list of links to other websites that may be useful for learning at home, as well!
TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, announced on March 15 that it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31. The NBFPL already subscribes to the Tumble Book Library for kids; here are the others -- not just for kids! -- that are now available:
From Junior Library Guild
Junior Library Guild is currently providing free access to JLG digital, a tool to help develop life-long readers.
Audible is an Amazon company. From their page: "For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet."
From the NJ State Library website: "As the library community adjusts to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the team at EBSCO is looking to ensure end users have access to an expanded breadth of online content. Many college, university and K-12 students will be completing the current academic term entirely online. To assist with this initiative, EBSCO would like to make the following e-book collections available to all libraries in New Jersey as a courtesy. These resources will bring tens of thousands of journals & e-book titles into each library’s collection, all available in unlimited format so there is no concern that users would have difficulty accessing the content simultaneously. To ensure that end users have access to expanded content as they conduct research remotely, EBSCO would like to offer this courtesy access through the end of June."
Miscellaneous Internet Treasures
Here we have compiled some links that offer access to various online learning tools, and/or educational entertainment, for a range of ages.
Bedtime Math - Quote from the site: "Hey parents! We’re all in this together. In response to sudden demand for non-screen learning, we’ve adapted our engaging after-school math activities for your kids to enjoy at home. Below the activities you’ll also find links to our research-proven app and fun videos."
Crash Course - Co-created by author John Green and his brother Hank Green, this website offers high quality educational videos available to everyone for free. "The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience."
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! - Beginning March 16, "Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards."
National Emergency Library - From the Internet Archive, this is "a collection of [digitized] books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed."
ReadyRosie's Healthy At Home Toolkit - "Here are some highlights from ReadyRosie's Healthy at Home Toolkit for families: *Designed by medical, mental health, and early childhood experts *Quick mobile-friendly resource for teachers and administrators to send out to families *A single location for families to access accessible, relevant, and developmentally appropriate information to support the young children in their care *100% bilingual content *Ongoing new weekly content."
Scholastic Learn at Home - "Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing." Levels include PreK & Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-9.
STEM Activity Clearinghouse - "High quality, vetted STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] activities that are appropriate for library use [but many can be done at home!]. You can search by audience, content level, and difficulty, among others."This collection is highlighted for Citizen Science Month (April).
Storyline Online - "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."
Virtual School Activities - A collection of sites to live webcams (such as at zoos), virtual tours/trips (such as to museums or historic sites), and other miscellaneous fun educational sites.
Virtual Tours of Historic Sites - This Washington Post piece features 12 virtual-reality tours that allow you to "visit" some spectacular locations without leaving your house.
Virtually Visit NJ Museums - This NJ Monthly article features 6 New Jersey Museums you can "tour" online.
From Other Libraries
Boredom Busters - Our friends at Piscataway Public Library have even more links to help you find ways to entertain and educate yourself and your family!
Helpful Home Resources - The Bernards Township Library has compiled many helpful resources, including links to tips on how to talk to kids about COVID-19, ways to access storytimes online, virtual field trips, apps and podcasts, and more.