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Free Online Resources

Audible.com is offering free listening to audio books throughout this time. There are books for all levels of readers: children through adult including tween, teen, and classics.

Tumblebooks free trial – not just children’s books, but also teens and adult: one free trial per school.

Heggan library now has more options from Tumblebooks:
TeenBookCloud
AudioBookCloud

YouTube Learning: Links to a variety of educational videos presented on YouTube from math, science, language arts, and history. Timeline world history, National Geographic, BBC Earth, Biography, Discovery Education, and TED-Ed can all be found here. Links are grouped by general levels: age 13+, age 5+, and preschool.

YouTube: By doing some general searches like “authors reading,” you’ll find authors doing just that. There are many authors and illustrators using YouTube to present parts or all of their books, but also to offer lessons about their craft.

Suzanne Collins reading chapter one of Mockingjay

Jason Reynolds reading from Ghost

Jarod Krosoczka, Author and illustrator for children and YA books — YouTube channel lessons for students on illustrating and more

Riveted by Simon teen: free YA ebooks and excerpts to read this month

LibriVox: All FREE public domain audiobooks

Lit2Go: Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format. Playing time and word counts are given. Each reading passage can be downloaded as a PDF.

Mind Webs: A free Internet archive of over 150 of the most classic science fiction short stories from Ursula K. Le Guin and Kurt Vonnegut to H.G. Wells.

Open Culture: 1000 free audiobooks, streams, and videos organized in alphabetical order by author with the varying formats available.

Storynory: Classics and fairytales that can be listened to and/or read if one chooses.

Scholastic Learn at Home lessons for K-12. The link to grades 6-12 now has four weeks of lessons. They’re adding as we go through this. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Free NYTimes for high schools and high schools students through July 6

Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for families

Sites for Families to use while school is closed – all grades

Growing Book by Book – mostly younger, some older – scroll through: lots of links and stories read by authors


Databases


Features thousands of cross-referenced entries, covering the entire spectrum of African-American history over the past 500 years.



Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.



Offers fast access to more than 600 Native American groups and over 15,000 years of American Indian culture and history.



Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.



Focuses on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Islamic Empire from prehistory through the 1500s.



Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.



Brainfuse Learn Now is a comprehensive suite of self-study and collaborative tools designed for students and adult learners.


Explora: Primary Schools

Explora is EBSCO’s interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with the following features:

  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to students
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards


This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.



Find archived information on issues and events, business, education, government, politics and more.



GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.



Gives clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.



Learning Express Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Examples of practice tests are Civil Service, Graduate School Entrance examinations, Nursing, Real Estate, TOEFL, and U.S. Citizenship.



Online learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Fun and engaging interactive lessons make learning a new language fast, easy and incredible effective. Choose from 62 languages and 16 ESL courses.



Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.



Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments.



TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle Schools and High Schools, as well as Public Libraries.



Facilitates the study of countries, U.S. states, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills through a global approach.