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While schools and libraries are closed and families are sheltering in place during the coronavirus outbreak, many authors, publishers, and digital providers are offering special free content and services for kids and their families.  Here is a list of some resources you might find helpful and fun during this challenging time.

Free eBooks & Audiobooks

Axis 360  Library Card Icon
With your OPL library card you can download ebooks and audiobooks.  Thousands of children’s titles to choose from.  If you’ve never used Axis 360, click here for information on getting started. 

BookFlix  Library Card Icon
With your OPL library card you can view video storybooks paired with nonfiction ebooks on a variety of topics.  Parents, here is tip sheet with ideas for using BookFlix with your children. 

Animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, books in Spanish, graphic novels, and more for grades K-6.  Free from TumbleBooks until at least August 31. 

Abdo Digital Bookshelf 
View eBooks and Read-to-Me eBooks for a range of grade levels and a variety of genres and subjects.  Free from Abdo Digital Bookshelf now through June 2020. 

Audible Stories 
Listen an incredible collection of stories and books for children that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  Includes foreign language titles.  It’s all free from while schools are closed. 

Special Author Events

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems 
Popular children's author Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.  New episodes every weekday for the next few weeks. 

Dav Pilkey at Home 
Every Friday, beginning April 3, the popular author/illustrator of the Dogman and Captain Underpants books will post a new video sharing drawing lessons, read-alouds with young readers, and more creative fun. 

Draw Every Day with JJK 
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of such popular graphic novel series as the Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy, presents a fun new drawing lesson each day. 

Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers 
Author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers reads and discusses one of his books each day while under quarantine with his family in Belfast.

Storytime Fun

Storyline Online 
Watch free videos of famous celebrities reading popular children’s picture books. 

Story Time from Space 
Watch astronauts on the Space Station read children’s books from outer space.  It’s Story Time from Space! 

Goodnight with Dolly Parton 
Every Thursday evening, April 2 – June 4, Dolly Parton will read children a special bedtime story. 

Learning From Home 

Brainfuse Library Card Icon
Having trouble teaching your child common core Math? With your OPL Library card you can access live online tutors daily from 2 pm to 11 pm. Get help with content for all levels, Kindergartners to college. 

Learn math concepts by using stories and literature for students of all ages. Free from TumbleMath until at least August 31. 

Scholastic Learn at Home 
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.  Free from Scholastic. 

Khan Academy 
Khan Academy is a free resource that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning for kids of all ages. 

Mystery Science 
Find mini-lessons and full lessons exploring a variety of science topics for different grades.  Features videos and activities, all offered for free during this time of school closure. 

Schoolhouse Rock 
Watch the complete Schoolhouse Rock series on YouTube, including Multiplication Rock, Grammar Rock, America Rock, and more! 

Streaming Entertainment 

Kanopy Kids  Library Card Icon
With your OPL library card you can stream a large collection of films and TV programs (like PBS favorites) just for kids.  Includes movies, animated storybooks, TV series, educational videos, and more. 

Other Fun Stuff

Go Noodle 
Do you need to burn up some energy while being stuck at home?  Go Noodle features fun interactive music and exercise videos to get kids moving! 

KidLit TV 
Explore the world of children’s literature with book trailers, storytimes, author interviews, art activities, podcasts, and more. 

Cool Fun at Home 
Find fun ideas for themed activities each day while schools are closed on this Baltimore-based website.