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.

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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 to create an account using 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

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

  • The folks at Scholastic Learn at Home have put together daily activities for students of all ages to do by themselves or with their families. More is being posted every day!
  • Pay a virtual visit the Smithsonian and explore some of their collections, play science games, and learn about zoo animals.

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

  • Watch videos and play games based on some of your favourite book and TV show characters from PBS Kids, Scholastic, and the CBC

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

  • Explore the world of food and cooking with recipes and activities from America’s Test Kitchen’s Young Chef’s Club