Library Fun @ Home

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The Children’s Department staff is working to provide you and your families with some resources to help you keep educated and entertained while you practice social distancing. Please call the Children’s Department at (860) 828-7127 if you have any questions!

How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19

A downloadable book available in multiple languages that supports and reassures children under the age of 7.

My Hero is You: Kids Can Fight COVID-19: Aimed at children 6-11, this online book explains how they can protect themselves, their families and friends from COVID-19. Published by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

The Kids’ Guide to Coronoavirus with Kristen Bell
A Nickelodeon special just for kids (opens in YouTube).

10 Tips For Talking About the Coroanvirius with Your Kids
Tips from PBS Newshour.

Online Resources To Use With Your Library Card!

No card? Register for a temporary library card, and we will email you with a full-access library card ASAP.

No monthly borrowing limit. Works on nearly any device!

children’s materials

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Borrow up to 4 items per month. No waiting for holds–get immediate access!

comics & graphic novels
children’s materials

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No monthly borrowing limit. Download magazines immediately! Use your RBdigital account to access AcornTV, Great Courses, IndieFlix, and Stingray Qello.

online learning

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
It’s a great time to read at home with your child! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books (any book) to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. You can download the first log from our 1,000 BBK page to get started, and there is no need to register.

Free Reading @ Home

Brightly Storytimes
Read-alouds of popular picture books with the editors of Brightly.

Dan Gutman
Facebook Live read-alongs of The Weird School series.

KidLit TV
Access to read-alongs and drawing lessons.

Neil Gaiman Read-Alouds – Access to Neil Gaiman reading chapter books, The Graveyard Book and Coraline.

Novel Effect Remote & Online Learning Resources (AppStore) / (GooglePlay)
Access to read-alouds and animated renditions of favorite picture books by Beatrix Potter, Todd Parr, Karma Wilson, Dr. Seuss and more. Includes educational resources.

Oliver Jeffers Read-Alouds
Instagram Live Author readings

Mac Barnett Read-Alouds
Instagram Live Author readings

Pete the Cat Read-Alouds
Instagram Live Author readings

Peter H. Reynolds Read-Alouds
Facebook Live Author readings, author of The Dot

On YouTube, famous actors and actresses read-aloud favorites like Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller and even Chester’s Way written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes in ASL.

Todd Parr
Access to Todd Parr read-alouds

Who Would Win Read-Alouds
Access to Jerry Pallotta read-alouds of the beloved Who Would Win series.

Free Art, Music, & More

Ben Clanton of Narwhal and Jellyfish Graphic Novels
Facebook Live Author visits complete with drawing/doodling.

Jarrett Krosoczka Art
Access to daily drawing lessons from the author of The Lunch Lady graphic novels.

Jim Gill Song Videos
Videos of storytime favorite songs including “Silly Dance Contest.”

Draw with our favorite Mo Willems author of the Pigeon books and Elephant & Piggie

Virtual Museum Tours
Take virtual museum tours from the British Museum, the Guggenheim, the National Gallery of Art, the Musee D’Orsay, and more!

Free Learn From Home

Bedtime Math
Bedtime Math helps kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.

Girls Who Code
Offers a free at-home activity series, accessible online and offline.

Happy Code Club
The Happy Code Club is offering a free trial online coding class.

Scholastic Learn at Home
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. For grades Pre-K – 6+.