Some of the sites listed here may be offering some content free of charge or may be offering free access currently in response to the virus, but will move to a charge model again in the future. Please take care when using these sites to avoid unwanted charges.
Online Reading from the Library
These resources require a library card to access.
- Libby: Access an abundance of digital materials, including eBooks for teens from the Library’s catalog.
- Comics Plus: Do your teens like comics? A great selection of e-comics, including many popular titles, available online.
- Freading: Another resource for accessing YA ebooks. Compatible with all popular devices except the non-tablet Kindles. Download three titles per week.
- Hoopla: Access lots of YA audiobooks.
Online Learning Resources from the Library
These resources require a library card to access.
- Tutor.com – available Monday-Friday, 9am-10pm, FREE one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects.
- Britannica School – online encyclopedia featuring articles, videos and activities
- Learning Express Library – online practice tests and study guides, including school work skills building and college admission practice tests
In addition to the Library’s online and streaming resources, check out this list of sites selected by Library Staff:
Great Ideas for Activities and Experiences
- List of Streaming Author and Illustrator Programming
- MommyPoppins Coronavirus Guide – 100s of Activities and Resources
- Authors Everywhere
- A Great List of Podcasts for Kids from NYT
- 250 Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Banzai – Resources for teens to learn money management skills.
- What Was There – Check out photos from the past, sorted by location.
- Overcoming Obstacles provides a collection of lesson plans and resources to help you teach life skills, from communication to college planning, to your children and teens.
- Need a break? Check in on some animals at the National Zoo.
- 30+ Virtual Field Trips
- Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources
Learning at Home Resources
- Free Learn at Home Courses from Scholastic
- Pay Online Educational Services “Going Free” at This Time – listing from School Library Journal
- Another List of Education Companies “Going Free” at This Time
- Free Access to Jove Education through June 15
- Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically Resources from NYT
- List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
- Daily Virtual Learning eNewsletter
- Khan Academy Free Daily Curriculum – Daily lesson plan curriculum with free activities for PreK – Grade 12
- Surprise! You’re Homeschooling – resources from Westchester Kids Out and About
- The Home School Mom – subscribe for free and access lots of downloadable resources
- The Concord Consortium–Free interactive STEM resources for middle and high school.
- Curriki–An extensive collection of courses for middle and high schoolers across a wide range of subjects.
- Steve Spangler Science–Experiments you can do at home.
- Create a free Big History Project account to access lesson plans covering a broad swath of history, from the big bang to the future.
- Chemicool–Learn about the Periodic Table.
- The University of Colorado Boulder offers interactive math and science simulations.
- Audit some free courses from Ivy League colleges.
- Mindful Music Moments offers recordings of poetry, music, and mindfulness prompts, perfect for celebrating Poetry Month in April.
- Practice physics concepts on an accessible and interactive platform with Positive Physics.
- Math and logic problems for grades 1-12.
- Keep up with your anatomy homework with Innerbody.
- The Smithsonian Institute’s resources on ocean life.
- Stuff You Missed in History Class–A podcast showcasing historical people and events whose stories aren’t often taught in schools.
- WNYC has highlighted some episodes of their podcast On the Media that would be useful for history, civics, or English lessons.
This is a great time to write – journal, write poetry, start a short story or even a novel, make comics!
- Writing Prompts for Kids and Teens from the NYT
- Go Poems provides ideas for daily poetry writing from and for teachers and educators
- Make comics online with Pixton
Arts and Crafts
Learn a new skill to keep your brain engaged and your hands busy.
- Lettering Daily has tutorials and printable worksheets for learning calligraphy and brush lettering.
- The Happy Ever Crafter is offering a free crash course in modern calligraphy.
- Sign up for a free trial of Creativebug for classes on a variety of crafts, from knitting to watercolor.
- Find a wide variety of craft ideas at DIY Projects for Teens.
- Free printable coloring sheets and art-themed video tutorials from Joanna Basford, author of popular coloring books such as Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest.
- A playlist of introductory knitting videos for beginners from Jen Geigley, knitwear designer and author.
Want to channel your teen’s energy into cooking for the family while you’re working from home? Check out these resources for some simple ideas.
- The BBC has a list of teen-friendly recipes with video tutorials.
- Another list of ten recipes teens can make on their own.
- The Washington Post has a video series on cooking with what you have in your pantry.
- Find recipes in video format from allrecipes.com.
- America’s Test Kitchen cooking school is offering a free fourteen-day trial.
There has never been a better time to brush up on tech skills. Check out these resources to gain various digital skills.
- TinkerCAD has tutorials for learning how to design 3D models, simulate circuits, test code and more.
- Scratch allows you to easily create animations and interactive experiences. Follow these beginner exercises to learn more.
- App design has never been easier with App Lab, so you can learn the basics of working with any professional Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
- Experiment with chords and rhythm or create a new song with Chrome Music Lab.
- BreakoutEDU provides games that promote learning in science and math.
Find board games to play online with your friends.
- Pogo.com has popular board and card games you can just setup a free account.
- Uno With Friends Offered by Microsoft. SIgnup and challenge your friends remotely in your favorite game.
- Here’s a link from boston.com with a list of free, popular board games. You can turn a boring night into game night.
- Scrabblegames has classic Scrabble and other word games to play online.
Solving puzzles is a fun way to keep your brain active. Here are some suggestions for places to look.
- Mindgames.com Has tons of fun puzzles to solve online.
- Puzzle Baron has tons of Logic Problems and you can set the difficulty and board size.
- Like Sudoku? There are plenty of Japanese Grid Puzzles to solve.
- Brain Turk has games designed by brain researchers.
- Online Rubik’s Cube to solve. How fast can you solve it?