At this difficult time, we want to be a resource for our families. As we locate resources that can help with the transition from traditional school experience to teaching your child at home, we will share them here and on our Facebook page.
ABDO (Educational Publisher) has free digital library and databases. Digital library is for ages Pre-K through 12th Grade. Includes fiction and non-fiction. There is also a database of resources for digital learning (animals, Biographies and STEAM) for ages Pre-K through 2nd Grade.
Tumble Book Library:
Tumble Book Library has granted our patrons free access to their databases until August, 31st 2020. Tumble Books’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Our patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
www.TumbleBookLibrary.com – K-6 children’s ebook database (books, audio, graphic novels, nonfiction & common core)
www.TumbleMath.com – K-6 math ebook database (all methods & common core)
www.TeenBookCloud.com – gr 7-12 ebook database (books, nonfiction, graphic novels, audio & videos)
www.AudioBookCloud.com – all ages audio book database
The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System also has a huge database of fun and educational things to do when you have to stay home. Use the links below to be directed to the select pages.
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. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Scholastic Learn at Home:
Day-to-Day Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. For ages Pre-K thru 9th Grade
Also, Dav Pilkey, author of the series “Dog Man”, at Home. Videos and challenges based on the graphic novels.
In response to the needs of library staff and their patrons who are practicing self-isolation and social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project have developed a special collection of resources through a new “STEAM Ahead @ Home” initiative.
Asteroid Splat – from the Space Science Institute & STARnet Libraries
Try out this fun, easy activity to engage your kids in STEM! Learn about lunar impacts from asteroids and comets using water balloons. Simply throw a water balloon on a dry sidewalk and take measurements using a ruler to see how much bigger a crater is than the asteroid itself. Check out this how-to video to learn more. When you’re done, take a picture of the largest “splat” you made and post it on social media using #STEAMAheadAtHome to compare yours with others!
Resources provided by Microsoft:
Participate Safely Online
Get tips for protecting your privacy, using the internet safely and combating online bullying and harassment. Learn more.
Learn How to Code
Give kids a hands-on experience with coding with Minecraft Hour of Code tutorials. Get started with Hour of Code.
Browse a catalog of computer science courses for students of all ages that go beyond the basics. Access computer science courses.
New York City School Library System:
Free Ebooks on COVID19 for kids. Just click on the cover to access the ebook.
Cris Johnson (magician):
Video of easy to learn magic tricks.
Music with Alyssa!:
Welcome to music with Alyssa! These sessions were designed by a music therapist to encourage kids and caretakers to be part of the music by singing, moving, and creating your own lyrics to songs. Alyssa will provide instructions during each song to guide you on making choices, learning movements, and following the lyrics. Pre-school children may need more assistance to follow directions: such as hand over hand help to show them motions, pausing the video while the child makes a verbal choice, or repeating a favorite song to give them more time to learn. Elementary school children are likely to do more of the activities independently. No instruments are needed to participate, but if you have noise makers at home (shakers, drums, etc.), that’s another fun way to play along with the videos!
One session will be posted weekly for 8 weeks for you and your child to participate in. You may view the videos anytime and as many times as you wish. Two sessions will be especially designed for parents to help them guide their children in their musical fun.
Please enjoy this music class and let your library know what fun you and your children have had with each session.