As schools and civic facilities close due to COVID-19, we’re all looking for things to keep ourselves safe and occupied indoors. Our Children’s staff have put together a short list of fun, educational, and FREE resources that we hope will be useful to everyone staying home with the kids during this time.

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube, where we will be posting book recommendations, activities, and more (check out our new Youtube channel to see Mr. Chris read with a horse named Turbo!)
  • Visit the Kids New West website to see a calendar of online programs, groups, and storytimes offered by other organizations in New Westminster.

If your stash of books is running low, it might be time to try online books and audio. There is also a growing number of children’s authors who are now reading their books and sharing other activities online for all to view.

Not sure how to get started with ebooks? Email for help. If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up for a temporary one online here!

  • Borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks from Library2Go (On mobile devices, download the free Overdrive or Libby apps).
    • You will need your library card number and PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number)
    • Books can be borrowed for 3 weeks. If a book you want is checked out, you can go on the waiting list for it, just like physical books.
  • Borrow ebooks on Freading (On mobile devices, download the Freading app)
    • You will need your library card number and PIN
    • Freading ebooks are always available – no waiting list! You can download 3 ebooks from Freading per week.
  • Read ebooks and watch readalongs on Tumblebooks, a collection of books just for children including some popular authors like Robert Munsch!
    • You will need your library card number and PIN
    • Tumblebook books are always available to read in your browser – no waiting lists!
  • Publisher ABDO is also providing temporary free access to their online digital library during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Hear some of your favourite stories read to you by celebrities at Storyline Online
  • Find Canadian children’s authors who are sharing readings of their books online, then check out #operationstorytime for even more authors who are livestreaming and recording readings!
  • Author Kate Messner is keeping a great list of authors and illustrators who are sharing resources for reading and learning at home.
  • e-Audiobook provider Audible is making children’s books in 6 languages available for free while schools are closed. Have a listen!

With schools out for an indefinite period of time, keep learning at home with these resources.


Relax and play a game or watch a video on these kid-friendly sites.


Get away from the screen! Print out a colouring sheet, do some arts and crafts with household items, and more.