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Stuck at Home? Try These Resources!


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Even though we're not able to see you in person right now, TPL staff are still working hard to provide services to you, our wonderful patrons! Here are some fun services that you might enjoy while hanging out around your house: 

ADULT & TEEN 

Creativebug
There may be no better resource for these times than Creativebug. This treasure trove of art & craft video classes will keep you busy for weeks, you'll spend this time learning new skills and making cool stuff. 

Mango Languages
You probably won't be traveling any time soon, but why not start preparing for your future vacations? Or maybe you just have some time to finally get around to learning that new language. Mango Languages is free language-learning software that is both interactive and fun with dozens of languages available. Check it out! 

Next Three Books
So you've gotten through your TBR list and want some new titles to try. We've got you covered. Fill out the Next Three Books form with some info about who you are and what you like to read, and a librarian will send you a hand-picked list of three books we think you'll love. All the human interaction with none of the germs! 

Reading Lists
Let's say you aren't as interested in the human interaction part, but you still want those reading recommendations. We get it. Check out our page of recommended reads of every conceivable genre and stay up to date on the books being released in 2020. 

Hoopla Digital
A wealth of entertainment, Hoopla grants patrons instant access to streaming movies, TV shows, ebooks, comics and more. Patrons get 5 free downloads per month, and there are no holds on these titles. 

RBDigital Magazines
Formerly known as Zinio. Access the latest titles in magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device. Plus, once you download an issue, it's yours forever! No need to return. 

Overdrive/Libby
Overdrive (or Libby, which is just the streamlined version of the app) has a massive library of eBooks and eAudiobooks which you can download for free using your library card. (Insider tip: Check out their Too Hot To Hold collection for popular titles that are immediately available-- no hold lists!) 

Kanopy
Kanopy has an amazing collection of documentaries-- great for students of all ages who want to keep their minds sharp while stuck at home. Stream movies using your phone, tablet,  AppleTV,  Roku or Chromecast. All titles are instantly available with automatic returns.

YOUTH

BookFlix
Pre-K – Grade 3
Interactive experience for beginning readers that pairs fiction and non-fiction titles in fun units! Each book pair includes word matching, fact or fiction quiz and more!


FreedomFlix

Grade 4+ 
Brings history to life for kids by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history. FreedomFlix includes full-text ebooks, project ideas, and related websites.

TrueFlix
Grade 3+
Includes a variety of videos and full-text ebooks on topics including history and science. Dig deeper with project ideas and the activity center.

Explora for Primary Schools
Grades K – 12
Explora is a great tool to explore topics through kid appropriate magazines, encyclopedia entries, and ebooks. Explore animals, science, art, biographies and more!

PebbleGo
Pre-K – Grade 3
Young learners can use this interactive database to research animals, science, biographies, social studies, and animals.

World Book Online
Pre-K – Grade 5
Choose “Kids” in this online version of Work Book Encyclopedia to find content geared toward younger children and their families. 

Britannica School
Grades K – 12
Available for Elementary, Middle, and High School students to search and explore topics. Includes images, videos, magazines, and Web’s best sites on each topic.

Tutor.com
Grades K – 12
Provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance in over 40 subject. Tutors are available 4–11 pm. You can also use their practice quizzes and SkillsCenter Resource Library to study 24/7. Login to get help today.


Nothing here catch your eye? Feel free to browse through this expansive list of resources for all interests.  Stick with us, and you'll never be bored again!  

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