Learning at home resources for kids and families

Continue to Use the Library While We’re Closed!

Did you know your CBCPL library card gives you free access to ebooks, movies, eaudiobooks, magazines, homework help, and more?

Check out our Virtual Events, including Stay-At-Home Storytime, presentations, virtual book clubs and more! The physical library may be temporarily closed, but we’re still here for you online! Questions? Contact Us!

We’ve also collected some links to other, free, online resources below.

Library Resources:
eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, films

3M Cloud Library Collection of ebooks offered by the library. Instructions are on our Downloadables page.

BookFlix Geared toward children in preschool to 3rd grade. Pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction ebooks for fun and learning. Expand your Scholastic BookFlix experience with these Kids Activities created by our Early Literacy Coordinator.

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Novelist Plus Find a good book to read. Includes author, series and title read-alikes, series information, book lists, and award winner information.

Novelist K-8 Plus Covers books geared toward K-8th grade. Includes author, series, title read-alikes, book lists and common core connections.

Kanopy Films and “thoughtful entertainment” for adults and kids. Learn more.

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Overdrive Ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. Instructions are on our Downloadables page.

RBdigital: Downloadable audiobooks and magazines. Instructions are on our Downloadables page.

TumbleBooks — The following resources are temporarily available for instant access during our closure, no library card needed:

Click here for a full list of free online resources for library members.

Questions or comments?: askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.gov

Library Resources: Research and Education

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies Interactive content to support research projects on “green” topics – environment, energy and natural resources.

Gale In Context: Middle School Grades 6-8. Articles and media on popular research topics.

Gale In Context: High School Grades 9-12. Articles and media for students, organized by topic.

InfoTrac Student Edition Grades 9-12. Articles and media on popular research topics.

Learning Express Library 3.0 Contains practice tests (GED, SAT, GRE and more), computer software tutorials and AP practice courses.

Opposing Viewpoints Research both sides of an issue. Excellent for pro- and con- papers.

National Geographic Kids Experience amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space

U.S. History in Context Covers a complete overview of U.S. history, including current historical events.

World Book Online An encyclopedia of popular subjects for school-age children

Library Resources:
Learn a new language!

Mango Languages Learn over 70 languages and dialects with self-paced courses. An Android app and iOS app are also available.

Online Learning & Activities

Pre-K:

Miss Humblebee’s Academy
An interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.

Squiggle Park: Reading games for early learners.

Elementary Grades:

The Children’s Book Council posted a list of fun and educational content from various publishers, including activities, discussion guides, and teacher guides.

Kennedy Space Center has launched science lessons on Facebook Live.

Khan Academy: Online courses, homework help, and daily schedule ideas.

Khan Academy – Imagineering in a Box: In these online lessons, kids can become Mini Imagineers with Disney’s “Imagineering in a Box”. Learn how to build their own attraction, world, and characters.

Mystery Doug: Science videos for K-5 learning.

NASA: Read, watch, explore and learn about the universe with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Prodigy Math: Math games for kids.

Scholastic Learn at Home: School might be closed, but you can keep the learning going with these day-by-day projects from Scholastic.

Smithsonian for Kids: Online learning and fun ideas for home activities.

Spanish resources | Recursos de la escuela. Haga clic aquí. (From the Corvallis School District.)

Start With a Book from Reading Rockets. Explore 24 topics with books and activity ideas.

Stuck-At-Home Computer Graphics Academy: Tutorials on Scratch, TinkerCad, and Optical Illusions by Mike Bailey, Computer Science Professor at OSU.

Typing Club: Learn touch typing for free.

Online Storytimes for Children

At Home with Emily Arrow: Music, books and storytime.

Barefoot Books Singalongs

Bob Shea Read Aloud: “Who Wet My Pants”

Brightly Storytime featuring Brightly Storytime Flip-a-Long and Brightly Storytime Read Aloud Picture Books for Kids!

HarperKids Storytime Read-Aloud from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Kate Messner’s Read, Wonder, and Learn! page of growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (all shared with permission!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons.

Kid Lit TV: Explore the World of Children’s Literature.

Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin (also check out Grace Lin’s YouTube channel reading aloud to viewers)

Peter H. Reynolds – Facebook Daily Reading

Storyline Online: “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.” (from website)

Unite for Literacy features a collection of picture books with audio narration available in multiple languages.

Online Activities: Drawing and Writing with Authors and Artists

Children’s Book Week Coloring Pages

Dan Santat’s “Instagram Online Survival School for the Pandemic #dandemic”

Draw Every Day with JJK: Author and Illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Sharing Our Notebooks with author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater – new notebooking videos for students each day.

Stimola Live, a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.

Young Writer’s Blueprint: Take a step-by-step online story writing course with downloadable videos and worksheets created by Alice Kuipers for elementary-school kids.

Parenting/Caregiver Additional Resources

Information about coronavirus and COVID-19

Local Parent and Caregiver resource page.

Gale eBooks: Virtual Learning Professional Development Collection
20 Corwin Press titles offering expert recommendations for virtual teaching and learning.

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Museum Tours around the world.

Virtual National Parks visits with Google Earth: Visit Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park and more.

Virtual Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History tours.

Virtual Zoos: Live webcam viewings of the San Diego Zoo, the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Virtual Tours of the Great Wall of China from The China Guide and the Surface of Mars from NASA and Google.