Online Resources for Patrons
Retrieved and compiled by North Shelby Library Staff




Digital Books

Digital resources from book distributors. Here are some more great resources available to your children. Click on the Direct Links, which do not require a library card to access.

Junior Library Guild: 

Elementary School Collection: 

Middle School Collection

Big Timber Books: Distance Learning Bundles. Available online free through June 30.

Grades PreK-2 Collection:

Grades 3-5 Collection:

Grades 6-8 Collection:

Abdo: Free through June 2020

Grades PreK-6 Digital Bookshelf:

Grades PreK-2 Online Databases:

Storytimes, Songs, and Readalouds

Storytime Online Resources:
This is an ever-evolving list of resources for anyone who may not be able to make it to a physical library. The list includes links to author livestreams, readalouds, podcasts, and popular storytime fingerplays and songs that you may recognize from your NSL storyteller that you can do at home with your young ones!

Español/Spanish Resources

Colorín Colorado:
A wondeful bilingual site for educators and families.

The Spanish Experiment:
Children's stories translated into Spanish and read by a native Spanish speaker. The site also has Spanish lessons and reviews on Spanish language courses and software.

Educational Games and Activities

Sesame Street:
Play educational games, watch videos with Elmo, Cookie Monster, and more of your favorite muppets!

PBS Kids:
Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS Kids shows!

Highlights Kids:
Games, jokes, and activities for all!

National Geographic Kids:

Starfall teaches basic English reading and writing skills through games and activities. Some of the site is free, while a paid membership allows more access.

Bedtime Math:
Make math part of your family routine.  This site serves up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun.  Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. No logins, no drilling, no scores…and it takes only 5 minutes a day! Free.

GoNoodle provides apps, games, and videos that encourage  movement and mindfulness created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are! Free.

Clifford the Big Red Dog-Interactive Readers:
Scholastic. Clifford the Big Red Dog: Interactive Storybooks! Phonics fun, games, and stories for early readers. Helps beginning readers learn to read!

MicheLee Puppets Creative Minutes:
Ideas for puppet crafts using what you may have at home.

Author/Illustrator Elise Gravel - Free Printables:

A collection of fun printables to encourage creativity. You can even draw your own funny virus!


Hour of Code:

Minecraft Education Edition:

Minecraft Hour of Code:


Teaches children 8 – 16 years to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community.


Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. Available as a free app. Free.


Dynamic Education Adventures YouTube Channel:
Jan the Science Lady has a started a YouTube channel to share fun videos about science with kids!

Amazing Educational Resources:
A growing list of education companies that are offering free subscriptions due to school closings. The list is quite large at the moment, and the administrator is working on ways to improve the site's organization.

Mystery Science:

Scholastic Learn at Home:
Day-to-day projects organized by age group.


Features book suggestions, lessons, and more that aim to teach PreK-K about money and economics. Created and provided free, by top economic education group, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

NASA (STEM Experiments):

STEM Experiments. Free.

Virtual Tours and Field Trips

Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA:
Expanded digital platform to include free live streaming. Enjoy interactive puppet shows and more! Check link for times.


Virtual Field Trips from zoos to outer space! Retrieved from the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library:*TAUzGs7LtawDZ78q6OpADA

National Park Tours:


Digital Resources (Digital Books | Homeschool/Education | Test Prep | Community Service)

Digital Books

Digital resources from book distributors. Here are some more great resources available to your teenager. Click on the Direct Links, which do not require a library card to access. 

Junior Library Guild:

Middle School Collection

High School Collection:

Big Timber Books: Distance Learning Bundles. Available online free through June 30.

Grades 6-8 Collection:

Grades 9-12 Collection:

Abdo Digital Bookshelf: Free through June 2020

Grades 5-12:


Science Mom:  
A daily show featuring science and math lessons, crafts and games. Hosted by Science Mom and Math Dad, this two hour livestream is a wonderful way to put some fun learning into your quarantine. Each show will feature a science lesson, math activities, interactive games, and stories. While our science and math lessons are aimed at kids age 7-12, this is a family-friendly show that is for BOTH kids and parents

Class Central: A search engine to help you Discover thousands of free online courses from top universities around the world like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.

Make: Art lessons via Facebook

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens: Home Safari each weekday at 3 pm ET featuring a different amazing animal each day and an activity you can do at home. (Additional details at:

Berlin Philharmonic: Access to the Digital Concert Hall free for 30 days. There are over 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall from more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. There are also bonus videos from behind the scenes: documentaries on the history of the orchestra, portraits of conductors and orchestra members, and projects from our education programme. A place where you can stay connected to the Berliner Philharmoniker and their music!


Test Prep

College Admission Test Prep Resources from EBSCO

GED Test Prep Resources from EBSCO


Community Service:

Library of Congress: By the People

Transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. Everyone is welcome to take part! You don't even need to create an account, but if you do you'll have access to additional features such as tagging, and reviewing other people's transcriptions. All transcriptions are made and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to, the Library's website. These transcriptions will improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for those who are not fully sighted or cannot read the handwriting of the original documents.

New York Public Library: What’s on the Menu?

Help transcribe our historical restaurant menus, dish by dish, so that they can be searched by what people were eating back in the day.

NASA Solve!

                This one-stop-shop website is where you’ll find opportunities to participate in challenges, prize competitions, and citizen science activities that develop solutions for problems related to NASA’s mission.


                The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise.

Students Rebuild

Part art project, part philanthropy, part immersion in global learning, Students Rebuild Challenges connect K-12 students worldwide in a common effort to make a difference.

National Archives: Citizen Archivist

You can contribute to the National Archives Catalog by tagging, transcribing and adding comments to our records, making them more accessible and searchable.

Smithsonian: Digital Volunteers

Digital technology makes it possible for people who believe in the Smithsonian mission to make significant contributions online.


                SciStarter is an online community dedicated to improving the citizen science experience for project managers and participants. Over 3,000 projects and events are searchable by location, scientific topic, and age level, and by joining SciStarter, members can track their contributions and provide valuable feedback.



In addition to all of our resources at here are a few you may be interested in. 

Romance Books

Do you enjoy the steamier reads? Try out Romance Book Cloud!


Let’s Make Art -


Print your own sheets for color therapy at home:

Virtual Museum Tours
Virtual Museum Tours

Field Recordings
Recordings where podcasters stand silently wherever they are in the world and record their surroundings. 

Live Video Streams from Monteray Bay Aquarium

Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More -  Open Culture 

 more to be added.