Resources curated by the Youth Services Staff at Princeton Public Library
Free with a Library Card
Brainfuse — LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals. Includes resources for GED, US citizenship test prep, resume writing, help with Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.
World Book — Online Encyclopedia of articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps, games, activities, science, and more.
Creativebug — Find thousands of award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Kanopy for kids — Stream videos and movies.
Mango — Online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.
Muzzy — Online language program for children from beginners to early intermediate language learners. Learn to speak Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese (Pinyin), Korean (RR) and English.
Tumblebook Library — TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.
Youth Services Staff Picks List
Books and Reading
The Spanish Experiment — Children’s stories read aloud in Spanish
International Children‘s Digital Library — Access to children’s books in a wide variety of languages
Audible Stories — Audible has made a selection of its audiobooks for children and teens available for free and immediate listening (multilingual resource).
Storytime in Spanish —Every day at 11:30 on Instagram with the #cuentoscongracia
Dave Pilkey At Home. The author/illustrator of “Captain Underpants” hosts virtual drawing classes, readings and more.
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Discover the Natural World – Daily webinars and interactive activities (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History)
Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Explore your World — The American Museum of Natural History.
Virtual tours of NJ State Parks
Including filmmaking and video production
Learning Opportunities — View a short kids movie and complete an activity
Photography for Teens
Nikon is offering its photography courses free during April.
Math, Science and Maker Activities
ScienceBuddies (all ages)
Learning Toolbox — Explores viruses.
Girls Who Code — CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them
Tynker — Some free content, other resources require a subscription.
Common Sense Media — Best Engineering Games, Apps, and Websites for Kids
Baking and Cooking
Common Sense Media — Entertainment and technology recommendations for families.
Popsugar — Learning at Home: 57 Free Online Resources
The Kids Should See This — Educational videos for curious kids of all ages, a free resource for parents & teachers. Science, art, nature, animals and more.
For Parents en Español
University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Library — Ayuda a tu hijo a manejar el estrés durante el coronavirus
University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Library — Una historia del coronavirus
UNICEF — Un mensaje para los niños de parte de UNICEF
UNICEF —– 6 maneras en que los padres pueden ayudar a sus hijos durante la situacion del coronavirus. Que información compartir con tus hijos acerca del coronavirus / What to share about the coronavirus with your kids
Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education – Consejos y materiales para explicar a niños el coronavirus y COVID-19
Dealing With Stress
Mindfulness for teens — Guided meditations between 3-30 minutes for teens:
ABDO Free eBooks about health, etc. — E-books for free through May 31.
Virtual Story Times
Story Time! from Penguin Kids (11 a.m. daily)
Local Story Times
@story_time_with_jeff_ — JaZams Story Time with Jeff goes virtual; Wednesdays, 10:30 on Instagram
Labyrinth Books -— Princeton University professor Ruha Benjamin reads stories from around the world for K-5; daily, starting this week
#quarantineartclub — Illustrator Carson Ellis will be posting daily drawing prompts “for kids and grown-ups alike” on her Instagram page @carsonellis
Draw Everyday with JJK — At 2 p.m. daily, Jarrett J. Krosoczka will do a live drawing lesson and archive of sessions
@DrawWhat — Tweet your child’s drawing ideas; illustrators will draw it
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems — A new video posted 1 p.m. weekdays.
Math & Sciences
Home Safari Facebook Live with Cincinnati Zoo – Sessions will be offered weekdays starting at 3 p.m. Each session will highlight an animal and provide an activity.
Cool Math —Math and Games for kids
Mystery Science — Easy science project for at home learning
Code.org — Hour Of Code
Fun Brain — PreK-8th grade (Reading, Math, Videos, Games)
Scholastic: Learn At Home — Free educational resources and activities
Time For Kids — Free educational resources, activities and books.
BBC Teach — All subjects broken down by grade. Great short clips and activities
Encantos Learning Hub — English/Spanish learning geared toward preschool/early elementary. Adding content daily
¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert — STEM activities by Smithsonian Lab/Smithsonian Latino Center
Penguin Teen’s We Are YA Podcast — New episodes daily
ACP Sketch Club — Arts Council of Princeton’s 30 day challenge #acpsketchclub
Alchemie — Interactive study guides Chemistry
Khan Academy – Free school day templates for PreK -12th Grade