While schools are closed, many businesses have opened up their online resources to students free of charge. The library has several links on its web page to help families navigate the materials that are available. Here is a highlight of what these sites have to offer.
Bound to Stay Bound is a book company based in Jacksonville, IL. They have compiled a set of links for children’s authors, publishers, online learning sites, virtual tours, downloadable activities and professional resources to help students learn and challenge their brains. Your child can doodle with Mo Willems the author of “Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus.” Your teen can write with Kelly Yang on Instagram, the author of “Front Desk.” The whole family can go on a tour in France or China or even MARS. All of these links and more can be found HERE.
Many who use our website will recognize the Tumble Book Library. Patrons of the library have had access to this resource for a long time. Now, until August 2020, Tumble Books are FREE to everyone. Click HERE to access a library of over 1000 titles that include popular picture books, chapter books, videos, music, puzzles and games. The picture books include popular titles like “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch and the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo. It also has graphic novels like the Only Surviving Boy series by David Gallaher and the Geronimo Stilton series. Tumble Math and Teen Book Cloud are also available for free during this time.
PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. FREE access is available for a limited time. Click HERE to visit the website. You will need the Username: engaged and the Password: learning to access the materials.
Capstone Interactive Library has a collection of fiction and nonfiction books for readers of all ages and ability levels. Students can listen and follow along as words are spoken and text is highlighted — strengthening their vocabulary while building reading and language skills. The volume can be turned down for independent reading. You will need the Username: continue and the Password: reading to access the materials. Click HERE to visit the website and open up a world of learning.