Online Resources For Families

Online Library Resources to Share with Children, Teens, Families and Adults during COVID-19

With thanks to all our library contacts that have provided these online resources.  We’ll add to it as we find more to share.

We recommend judiciously sharing online resources, so as not to overwhelm, and opening up dialogues between our users and ourselves through email and/or messaging.

And today is June 30, the first date publishers offered for lifted copyright restrictions on virtual storytimes. Many are changing to August 31. (Check here)

Resource guide on Virtual Storytimes services from ALA and ALSC

Having said that, lots of updated info here.


Online Story Time & Coronavirus: It’s Fair Use, Folks
As your library moves many of its services online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering about the legality of posting recorded story times to your Facebook or YouTube page. The answer lies in “fair use.” 

Facebook Live Online Storytime Tips YSS Blogspot




  • More ideas for how to occupy our teens: from chambanamoms facebook page.
  • Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart offers online Shakespeare readings. 
  • Oakland Public Library’s Teen Resource Guide
    Some local information but general facts as well!
  • San Francisco’s Youth Speaks has made their writing workshops online. Only for Teens ages 13-19.
    “In order to keep each other safe during the ongoing pandemic, Youth Speaks is moving its writing workshops online! Each writing workshop is an opportunity to put pen to page and learn how to speak from your heart, however, your voice manifests, whether as poem, bars, speech, song, rant, curse, or IG post. Just bring you, a device you can tune in with, your writing utensils of choice, and we’ve got the rest. We hope to see you and your favorite background soon. All experience levels are welcome and it is never too late to join!”
    When: Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm PST, 6:30- 8:30 EST & Fridays 11:30-1:30pm PST, 2:30 -4:30 EST
    Where: On the internet!
    Who: Teens! 13 – 19-year-olds only
    Here’s the form 

ADULTS (and Teens)

  • Visit the Community Virtual Library for information on ways to explore the best of immersive learning. Feature Adulting 101 videos with  5 minute explanations of how to do  necessary daily routines.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services team has been doing FB Live classes. You are welcome to use any of our online videos.
  • Free webinars from New York Genealogical Society
  • NPR has collected a list of live audio and video streams.
  • NFL game pass now free through end of May.





Journals with temporary free access include:

The new Children’s Book Council resource page is now available and contains links directly to publisher websites to easily access and learn more about the amazing children’s and young adult books and activities they have to offer.

  • Online Teacher’s Guides – resources tied to Common Core and SEL standards that can be used to teach students ranging in age from 3-12, depending on the title.
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide Learning Magazine Microsite – teacher’s guides and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) activities available for download.
  • DisneyBooks YouTube Channel – author interviews, book trailers, and fun videos.
  • Also visit individual book pages on to find downloadable activity sheets like this one for We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.
  • Make sure to check regularly for more updates!

Harper Collins Publishing At Home Resources for Kids and Families

School Library Journal: Professional Development Links

You can also check out these sites for more from some of our authors:

Rick Riordan Presents:

Mo Willems:

  • Pigeon Presents – videos, activities, teacher’s guides, and more.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo – join Mo in his studio every day for the next few weeks. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
  • Mo has also given short-term permission for teachers and librarians to use his books for virtual storytimes while schools are closed. Details here

Scholastic Resources:
Scholastic has created the Scholastic Learn at Home website. This free resource provides all students with 20* days’ worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep your students academically active while your buildings are closed.

The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by our editors to reduce the
burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.

The Scholastic Learn at Home website does not require a username or password and is open freely to all, on any device. They are designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families.

We welcome you to share this free resource with your communities by including in your virtual education plans or including the link on your school and/or district websites.

*The site will be updated weekly until all 20 days of content is available.
*Please also visit for games and stories!

Explore islands from the books you love.
And here is a supply of at home activities.
• From Publisher’s Weekly
News on how Kids’ Publishers are responding with help to families and students at home 
By Alex Green Mar 17, 2020

Storytime Tips For Parents Engaging Toddlers…. And More

Song lyrics from  – Monday, Wash Day! 

Here’s a different spin on online storytime tips From Miss Catie
I like how she is offering best tips on reading with your littlest littles…. Of course she has a 16-month old to help her, but this helps caregivers understand the early literacy value, as well as practical advice and tips on how to use books with small ones, with real world illustration. Thanks to Storytime Underground for that link!

A note from Sue:  Today (4/2/20) would have been our Early Literacy Training Workshop with Joyce, and then Flannel Board Making in the afternoon. Missing these events, but be assured we will reschedule when it is safe (and timely, I know you’ll be busy getting back up to library speed!). In the meantime, if you want to brush up on your skills, why not take the Webjunction Storytime Supercharged Storytime with Saroj Ghoting!

o   Sign up at Webjunction here:  (It only takes a few minutes – I had to sign up again and that’s ok)

o   Look through the courses here (children………..teen and young adult………..and lots more):

o   Scroll to Supercharged Storytime….. and sign up! Self paced 10 hours, with CEU credits if you need them.

o   There’s a Flannel Board FB site called Flannel Friday  with lots of cool ideas, if you can’t wait.

Finally, here’s a useful tool to keep track of authors’ online reading schedules and more, all in one place,  Check out their website, it’s overwhelming with information – I wouldn’t share this website on social media, pick and choose sites judiciously. Nice to have all in one place.



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