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Educational Resources for Families

The Monroe County Library System is here for families during this difficult time. We are all trying to figure out homeschooling and life. We remain here for you! Libraries are streaming story times and more. As the current situation evolves, more resources appear every day. Below is a list of resources to help support your family. This is not a comprehensive list. Check your child’s school website for resources supported by your school district. Be sure to check your local libraries website or social media page for daily programming.

Books & Storytime

Monroe County Libraries have expanded content on OverDrive.

Need a library card? No problem! You can get an electronic library card to gain access to our online resources.

MyON: Free access to Renaissance myON digital reading resources for students and families during the current COVID-19 school closures.

How to log into myON:
1. Go to: www.myon.com and click the login button at the top of the screen
Enter the following information on the login page. School name: New York Reads
(begin typing and click on the school from the drop-down menu)
Username: read
Password: books

Day by Day: A website for young children and their families with daily ideas to keep learning fun. It is part of the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

Junior Library Guild: With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access* to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books, so tell your home-bound students to click to their hearts’ content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

NOTICE: Usernames & passwords are no longer needed! Simply click the school-level book stream of your choice and you’ll be automatically logged in!

Starfall: Starfall is a publicly supported non-profit organization that creates free and low-cost online activities and resources for grades PreK to 3. The website was specifically designed to teach children to read but has since expanded to include mathematics and language arts.

Storyline Online: An award-winning children’s literacy website that features videos of celebrated actors reading from children’s books, including Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White, and more. Each curriculum was designed by a certified elementary educator that focuses on strengthening reading comprehension, and verbal and writing skills.

Storynory: This website features a vast collection of audio stories where children can read along to the text. The website’s library includes original stories, fairy tales, and classics.

Superhero Storytimes at 10 am: Also check out local library sites for more awesome streaming stories and such.

Tumble Books has given MCLS free access to all of their content:

Tumble Book Library: K-6 children’s ebook database. User Name:  tumble735Password: books

Tumble Math: K-6 math ebook database. Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6

Teen Book Cloud: Grades 7-12 ebook database. Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6

Audio Book Cloud: all ages audio book database. Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6


Free Learning Sites

Numerous sites for learning have been made available. Here is a short list of some of our favorites:

BrainPop: Request free access to this fun learning site. Available in English, English Language Learner, French, and Spanish.

Common Sense Media: has reviews on educational apps, websites, movies, and more.

Flocabulary: Easy to use lessons for K – 12.

Khan Academy created a suggested schedule for your kiddos to follow at home to keep a routine.

Open Culture: 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, and Websites.

Time Magazine for Kids


Mystery Science

WXXI Education: Resources for parents and students. They have everything from activities to do at home with daily schedules to learning videos. Information for all ages.



Authors & Illustrators

@macbarnett will be reading a book aloud each day at 3pm ET

@oliverjeffers reading one of his books every weekday at 2pm ET

@sophieblackall on Instagram

@carsonellis leading a drawing club

Save with Stories: celebrities reading their favorite stories.



Netflix Educational Shows



Authors Everywhere! A YouTube channel created and run by children’s books writers and illustrators. Users will find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, and writing advice that will offer fun and creative distractions during potential school closures and quarantines.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author & illustrator: New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka offers an expansive list of tutorials, activities, webcasts, etc. on his YouTube channel.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
kennedycenter.org/mowillems  1pm Weekdays

Science Mom: Let Science Mom handle Science class!

Writing Workshop: Jen Calonita, Author
The first writing challenge is up! And it comes with a prize. Every kid who tackles one of this week’s writing prompts and has a parent comment on this page that they’ve tried the assignment (or send in a screenshot of their work) will be entered to win an autographed copy of VIP. Each week I’ll pick a new book to give away and I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday (U.S. only). Have fun!


Virtual Field Trips

30+ Field Trips: take your spring break trip without leaving your house.

Discovery Education: watch in real time or on demand.

How to Homeschool for Free: this site has an extensive list of field trips and other helpful information.

National Parks

We Are Teachers 25 Amazing Virtual Field Trips


Podcasts for Kids

Button & Figs: A fun, educational program for kids, parents, educators, librarians, anyone, everyone who values wordplay. Buttons & Figs introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry, and songs as a way to give them permission to play with words.  Created by 2 librarians and Arizona school agers, this imaginative podcast is inspired by great works of fiction and poetry!

Eleanor Amplified: A podcast from WHYY Philadelphia. An old-school styled radio show with a snappy modern heroine. Follow Eleanor’s adventures as she stops the bad guys and reports the news. Fun for the whole family, recommended for ages 8-12.

Storynory: Free stories for kids age 7 to 11 including some fun re-telling of classical myths and lots of original content.

Tumble: A science podcast for kids and grownups. Listen to stories about science discoveries with the help of scientists!