Free for Kids

Lithgow Public Library is currently closed to the public until further notice. All programming is suspended through the end of April.

To help caregivers with children home from school, we’ve created a list of free resources currently available digitally (online or through an app). For any help accessing these resources, please feel free to contact us during our current hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by phone or email at kids@lithgowlibrary.org

BOOKS & STORIES | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | EDUCATION +


BOOKS & STORIES

Everyone

Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities – assembled by WeAreTeachers, this list will bring Story Time into your home with read-alouds and activities from your favorite authors for all ages.

JLG Digital – free access for families to Junior Library Guild’s ebooks (fiction and nonfiction) and other resources.

International Children’s Digital Library – a collection of stories from around the world that can be read online.

Lincoln Elementary School Readers – watch videos of your favorite communities members reading pictures and chapter books on the Lincoln Elementary School YouTube pages.

Scholastic Learn at Home – free cross-curricular activities build around a story or video from Scholastic.

Storyline Online – free videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Tumble Book Library – K-6 children’s ebooks.

Pre-K

Jbrary – Story time songs and fingerplays to teach your babies and toddlers from two of our favorite librarians.

K-3

Circle Round – a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.

Tweens

Animorphs – the entire series by K.A. Applegate available in ebook format. Recommended for children ages 11-13.


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Draw Everyday with JJK – every weekday at noon, artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka will be offering up a free art lesson on a webcast. They are currently scheduled through Friday, April 3.

Kitchen Table Classroom – free mini art classes and step-by-step craft tutorials in written and video format for kids, along with art lesson resources for parents.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – free drawing lessons from favorite children’s book author Mo Willems weekdays at 1 p.m.

Live with Matt Loosigian – free songs and smiles with local performer Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams!

Mr. Jon & Friends – weekday livestream performances from Mr. Jon & Friends at 8:30 a.m. The live stream events run from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27.


EDUCATION +

BrainPOP – Free access to learning tools in all academic disciplines including English-learning lessons on BrainPOP ELL and pre-elementary activities on BrainPOP Jr.

Chewonki @Home – nature-based remote learning with lesson plans, projects, videos, and more!

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari – meet one animal from the Cincinnati Zoo every weekday afternoon at 1 p.m. and then complete a fun activity.

Community of Learning – core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students in grades K-6th.

Girls Who Code at Home – computer science educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.

MedlinePlus Children’s Page – Information and games for kids from the National Institutes of Health. Resources also available for caregivers.

New England Aquarium Virtual Visits – daily presentation live at 11 a.m. (on their Facebook page) and archived along with at-home projects and activities.

PBS LearningMedia – free standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you.

Tumble Math – K-6 math ebooks

Wonderopolis – free educational site with fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics for kids from the National Center for Families Learning.

ZooAmerica Virtual Zoo Visits – Meet a new animal every weekday at 11 a.m. during the zoo’s closure. Watch Live on Facebook, or visit their video page for archived visits.