Many publishers and resource providers have generously provided free, limited-time-only resources to use at home, for remote learning, and just plain staying sane during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the following resources are always free. Enjoy them while they’re available.
Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing you to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in their lending library. Until June 30th or the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone, creating, in effect, a National Emergency Library.
Find books in Open Library, curate and share reading lists, browse by genre to find new discoveries, and easily share what you're reading on social media.
AudioBookCloud is an all ages audio book database. (Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6)
RomanceBookCloud is a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd! (Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6)
3,300+ TED talks to stir your curiosity
DigitalLearn provides instruction on using a computer, searching the Internet, online security, job skills, social media, and more.
Creative Fabrica's free home crafting bundle provides lots of fun printables that might make a good package.
Southwest Kansas Library System – list of resources for library patrons
Storyline Online features celebrities reading their favorite stories.
“Save with Stories” on Instagram features celebrities and others reading their favorite stories.
Brightly Storytime on Youtube features a new story each week along with fun printables and other activities at http://readbrightly.com.
Penguin Kids (publishing company) on Instagram has virtual storytime at 2:00 pm CST every day. There also share book recommendations, short videos on helpful topics, and topical book quotes.
FOR KIDS AND STUDENTS OF ALL AGES:
Burlington County Library System (NJ) Live Streams and Activities for kids.
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration provides core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students in grades K-6.
Audible.com provides free titles, primarily for children.
Scholastic has set up a “Learn at Home” website with four categories: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3-5 and grades 6+. Each section is equipped with one week of content for students, with 15 additional days on the way.
TumbleBooks is providing free unlimited access to its online children’s book databases until at least August 31. Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
--- TumbleBooklibrary is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world.
--- TumbleBookLibrary's K-6 children's ebook database (Username: tumble735; Password: books)
--- TumbleMath, K-6 math ebook database (Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6)
---TeenBookCloud, gr 7-12 ebook database (Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6)
EBSCO resources provide 1) scavenger hunts, lesson plans, and other free content to support distance learning; 2) study guides and flash reviews in PDF format to help students prepare for ACT, SAT, AP, and GED exams; 3) activities to keep kids (and their parents) busy while in quarantine.
Learning Express is offering free access through June 30 to their complete line of learning products for public, college, and school libraries. Register for an account to allow the program to save your progress. LearningExpress products offer practice tests, tutorials, e-books, articles, and flashcards to help students of all ages:
1) Improve core skills in English language arts, math and science, social studies and computers
2) Prepare for AP®, SAT®, ACT®, and other college entrance exams
3) Prepare for military entrance tests (ASVAB, CFAT)
4) Explore colleges and careers
5) Prepare for occupational certification tests (e.g., allied health, nursing, teaching, and many more)
---The link above takes you to the Welcome to LearningExpress page. Click on “Public Library” to browse the LearningExpress Library® modules; click on “College Library” to browse the PrepSTEP® modules.
---LearningExpress Library modules include: Career Preparation / High School Equivalency Center / College Admissions Test Preparation / School Center [Curriculum support for elementary, middle, and high school students] / College Students / Adult Core Skills / Recursos Para Hispanohablantes.
---PrepSTEP modules include: Core Math and Science Skills / Core English Skills / College Success Skills / Career Preparation / Basic Computer Skills / Grad School Admissions Preparation / Placement Test Preparation / Recursos Para Hispanohablantes.