Your Library at Home

Explore these online resources curated by librarians that you can access from home, with and without your library card. (Don't have a library card? Apply online so you can enjoy ebooks, databases, and more from anywhere.)

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MGPL staff recommendations for Adults, Teens, and Kids

Download and stream e-books and e-audiobooks

Watch movies, TV shows, and more on Kanopy and Hoopla

On Kanopy: credit-free viewing, Funny Films

Indigenous-made films and documentaries

Library of Congress Film and Video Archive

Discover recommendations and reviews of fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and teens on NoveList Plus

Watch a new opera every night from the Metropolitan Opera

Live stream zoo and aquatic animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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Brain Bytes is a video series of math puzzles and brain games from the Morton Grove Public Library

PBS Kids: Explore activities to help kids play and learn at home

NoveList Plus K-8: Recommendations and reviews of fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers

NASA Kids' Club: Games-based website that stimulates children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by incorporating five skill levels, national education standards, and NASA content

NASA Space Place: NASA Space Place's mission is to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids' learning of space and Earth science online through fun games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos

Join Elephant & Piggie creator Mo Willems on YouTube for LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems

Jarret J. Krosoczka, creator of Lunch Lady and Star Wars Jedi Academy, shares how he makes his drawings

Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey teaches how to draw some of his famous characters

19 webcomics to keep kids and teens engaged

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Arts for Illinois is an online platform featuring free access to works from Illinois artists and performers

Explore the Great Courses collection on Hoopla

Stream classical music concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and master classes on Medici.tv

Access over 7,000 magazines and newspapers from around the world in 64 languages on PressReader

Learn a new language with Mango Languages

Discover new locations and museums such as the Sistine Chapel, the Guggenheim, the Van Gogh Museum, the Great Wall of China, and the National Museum of Natural History

Open Culture: free cultural and educational media

Develop new computer skills on GCFLearnFree and Lynda.com

Citizens Utility Board is offering virtual utility bill clinics

Explore your favorite topic with collections from the Digital Public Library of America

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Learn from over 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists on Creativebug

Bob Ross videos

Sheep & Stitch knitting and crocheting videos

Serena Art

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MGPL's DIY Storytimes include lyrics, links, and other resources for doing storytimes anywhere, anytime

KidLitTV: Explore the world of children’s literature and enjoy a collection of children’s authors and illustrators reading out loud

Storytime Online: This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books

LivBits has a list of free daily online storytimes and musical performances

Brightly Storytime: YouTube channel for the Brightly: Raise Kids Who Love to Read website

Storytime from Space: Videos of astronauts in space aboard the ISS reading picture books aloud, doing experiments, and other learning ideas

Goodnight Dolly: Dolly Parton reads bedtime stories to kids

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Daria, an award-winning educator and musician geared toward parent, teachers, and homeschoolers

Scholastic Learn at Home: Free articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges each day for students in pre-K to grade 6+

Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids: A fun story prompt generator from Scholastic that pairs a random writing form, a main character and descriptor, and a situation

PebbleGo: Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students

Teen Librarian Toolbox: A roundup of pandemic resources for librarians, teachers, and parents

Amazing Educational Resources: Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere: Resource for kids, families, teachers and librarians by author and former teacher Kate Messner

Scholastic Teachables: Educational support for kids in preschool through grade 8, including downloadable worksheets, lesson plans, and learning games for any subject

World Book Early World of Learning: Stories, videos, songs, and games for preschoolers and younger children

World Book Kids: Short illustrated articles for younger students

World Book Student: Encyclopedia and research resource for students in upper elementary through middle school