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Educational Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Looking for enriching and educational content to share with your child during the current school closures? Below is a list of some of our favorite online resources to assist during this time. Have we missed a favorite of yours? Please share in the comments!

For resources for children ages birth-5 years, read our post here

Looking for an App? ALSC’s 2020 Notable Digital Media List: Created by the Association of Library of Library Service for Children, the Notable Digital Media List includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. Past lists are available.

Join and Win! Download our 2020 Spring Reading Club log, and track all the books your children read. Special for this season, you can complete the reading club twice, for twice the prizes! You can hand in your logs once the library reopens.


Check out these free resources that will keep you learning even when you aren’t in the classroom.

Brainfuse: One of the library’s electronic resources, Brainfuse provides free online homework help when you need it, with live tutoring from certified instructors, daily 2-11 p.m., available in both English and Spanish. (Cook Memorial Public Library District library card required)

Creativebug: One of the library’s databases, Creativebug provides more than 1,000 art and craft video classes taught by design experts and artists. (Cook Memorial Public Library District library card required)

Curious City: Explore a variety of book-based home learning and literacy-based play resources, including author readalouds and interviews, links to lesson plans, and more.

Hour of Code: One-hour coding tutorials designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

Mango Languages: One of the library’s databases, Mango Languages helps you learn a new language by listening to and repeating phrases from real life conversations. Languages include Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Polish and Japanese. (Cook Memorial Public Library District library card required)

Mystery Science: Fun and engaging science-based mini-lessons on a variety of science topics. All mini-lessons are digital and include an activity. All activities use simple supplies that you may already have at home. For grades K-5th.

Scholastic GO!More than 115,000 articles from seven Scholastic encyclopedias: Americana, Grolier Multimedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Each day, Scholastic is providing four separate learning experiences built around a story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!’s Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition: An extensive collection of resources that explore the world of children’s and young adult books, including read-along performances of favorite titles that are translatable into 100+ languages, as well as insightful interviews with thousands of authors, and discussion questions for most books, too.

VROOM: A free online website and app that provides fun and engaging learning activities tailored to your child’s age, and also provides free, printable worksheets to use at home. Available in English and Spanish.

Looking for more? Be sure to check our eLibrary page for access to our extensive online library collection, explore our Homework Help page for more amazing databases for Children, and browse our complete list of databases for all your research needs.


Audible: Audible audiobooks is offering free listening for children of all ages as long as school is suspended. Check the books and simply click on a title to begin. No registration or password required.

Bookflix: One of the library’s databases, Bookflix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. For grades Pre-K through 3rd. (Cook Memorial Public Library District library card required)

Cook Library Face Book LIVE Read Alouds: Tune in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00 pm CST to hear favorite picture books read aloud.

Cook Memorial Public Library District Family Story Time eNewsletter: Subscribe to the library’s story time eNewsletter and have a weekly supply of themed stories, songs and rhymes delivered to your inbox. Look for the confirmation email to complete the subscription process.

Hoopla Read-Alongs: A variety of items available for digital check out, including fun picture book read-alongs.

KidLit TV: Explore a collection of children’s authors and illustrators reading out loud.

Oliver Jeffers Reading Daily at 11:00 a.m. PST: Children’s book author Oliver Jeffers is doing an online reading daily.

Storyline Online: Watch videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books and short stories for children of all ages.

Storytime From Space: Enjoy listening and watching Astronauts on the International Space Station read picture books.


Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari Facebook Live Events: The Cincinnati Zoo will be doing a Facebook Livestream event each weekday at 3PM EDT, highlighting one of their amazing animals, as well as including an activity you can do from home.

Dr. Jean & Friends Youtube Channel: Dr. Feldman inspires teachers across the country with her engaging songs and creative activities that help make teaching and learning FUN!

Draw Every Day at 2:00 ET with Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Author and illustrator Jarret J. Krosoczka is hosting daily drawing lessons on YoutTube at 2:00 EST

The Laurie Berkner Band: Enjoy music and dance-along videos from renowned children’s musicians The Laurie Berkner Band.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems: Join Author and illustator Mo Willems for Lunch Doodles. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making togethe

Sesame Street: Subscribe to Sesame Street’s Youtube channel to watch educational videos.

STORYBLOCKS: Rhyming videos for children ages birth-5 year w/caregiver in different languages.

VROOM Live Videos: Every Tuesday at 10 am PT, Vroom will share a Vroom Tip video on Facebook to help you add early learning into your new daily routines.

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