At-Home Learning and Entertainment Resources
Plainfield Public Library has compiled a list of free online resources for parents and students during this extended break. Some of the resources do require a Plainfield Public Library card, but many are free to everyone.
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Daily videos on Brookfield Zoo’s Facebook page called #BringTheZooToYou.
Home Safaris featuring zoo animals.
Live cams of different animal exhibits.
Animal themed activity sheets for children.
Through SeaWorld San Diego’s distance learning resources, explore hands-on, multi-disciplinary activities, engage in a fun and creative learning environment, and discover something amazing along the way.
Art, Fun, & Games
Best podcasts for families to listen to.
B.J. Novak reads his book, The Book With No Pictures.
At home activities.
Publisher HarperCollins offers a host of links to fun and engaging entertainment for kids of all ages.
Kids and adult TV shows, eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, music, movies. PPLD library card required.
Printable comic book activity sheets.
TV shows (Sesame Street, PBS Kids, etc), movies, Books read to you (Mo Willems, Creepy Carrots, etc.) PPLD library card required.
Videos, Podcasts, kid lit crafts, trailers, and activities.
Activities, book recommendations, and virtual author visit videos from Macmillan.
Free online art class.
Official Neil Gaiman website for Young Readers. Listen to the author read the entirety of his best-selling The Graveyard Book on video, as well as another video where Gaiman and lots of other people read the whole of Coraline.
Kennedy Center is hosting visits to his studio weekdays to doodle with Mo.
Games, videos, animals, states, weird but true, and MORE.
Boredom buster ideas.
Downloadable coloring sheets and activity pages for young readers from Phaidon Publishing.
Authors & Storytimes
Audiobooks and stories for ages 0 to 18 in 6 different languages streamed for free. No login required.
Virtual author visit and drawing class.
Daily, online storytimes and printable activity sheets.
Daily drawing classes from this graphic novel and picture book author.
Daily reading of his books (with funny hats).
Live Instagram videos reading his books every day until it’s safe to go out again.
Calling all Dog Man and Cat Kid fans! Celebrate Reading Gives You Superpowers week by creating your own comics and participating in activities created by Dav Pilkey.
Instagram videos of celebrities reading children’s stories to raise awareness for children in need during the COVID-19 crisis. New videos added daily.
Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Astronauts read books from space.
A list of other authors who have or are trying to do read alouds of their books throughout the coming weeks.
All of ABDO’s digital resources including books for Pre-K through Grade 12 are now available online for free until June 2020.
Let’s Do Science! activities and experiments from Adler Planetarium.
From the publishers of Big Nate, here are some at home learning activities involving STEAM featuring some of your favorite characters.
Comprehensive list of free educational resources.
Free access until June 30, 2020 of free distance learning educational eBook bundles for those in grades Pre-K to 12.
Live tutoring, test prep, writing help, and skill building tools. PPLD library card required.
Educational resources and activities to use while the kids are at home for ages birth through teens.
Book Adventure for reading rewards (a limited version is free).
Classic video storybooks paired with non-fiction books. PPLD library card required.
Movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health
Free online coding lessons and Hour of Code activities.
Downloadable activity sheets featuring characters from popular book series.
Reading activity pages in Spanish.
Experience the Field Museum at home! Continue exploring natural history with online resources and at-home activities for all ages.
Online tours of museums, parks and national icons.
Coding activities featuring a variety of familiar characters.
More than 1,000 free resources from worksheets to calendars to flashcards to craft ideas!
Online language learning geared towards young children.
At home science experiments that your family can do with ingredients that you most likely already have in your house!
Online language learning. PPLD library card required.
Keep learning in place and at your pace with science activities and topics you can access anytime from egg drops to newspaper forts.
Free science lessons listed by grade level (grades K-5).
Download educational documents about animals and habitats for students in Grades K-5
A list of of online at-home resources for digital makers and programmers. Learn new coding skills and discover projects that can be completed as a family.
Videos, pictures, articles from array of topics from animals to current events. PPLD library card required.
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
This page is a one-stop shop for all of our great resources for parents and educators as you navigate distance learning at home including read-alouds, YouTube videos, and at-home activities.
Age appropriate discussion of coronavirus.
Online books including graphic novels for those in middle school and high school.
Digital copies of all of the TrueFlix books as well as videos. PPLD library card required.
Picture Books, Videos, and Games for pre-k through grade 3. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)
Picture Books, Videos, and Games for pre-k through grade 3 in Spanish. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)
Chapter books, non-fiction, graphic novels, audiobooks, games, videos. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)
Thousands of practice questions to help master math standards. (No PPDL card required through Aug. 31)
Educational aritcles, videos, games and more. PPLD library card required.
Live bilingual performances by children’s performer 123 Andrés several times a week.
Live concerts and storytimes streamed live daily at 12 PM CDT. Videos will be available for streaming following the live events.
Children’s musician, Laura Doherty is streaming videos and performances on her Facebook page.
Little Miss Ann will be performing several upcoming shows via Facebook Live. Announcements for streaming dates and times are listed on her Facebook page.
The Metropolitan Opera will be offering Live in HD streams of classic operas beginning each evening at 6:30 PM CDT. The streams will be available free on the Met website for 20 hours following their posting.
Facebook live streams of musical numbers every weekday at 9:30 AM CDT. Performances will be available to be rewatched at any time following the live events.
Musician Justin Roberts will be going live on Facebook every day at 10:30 CDT with activities, live performances, music lessons, and more.
Join musician Super Stolie for live performances from Mexico in both English and Spanish on her Facebook page. Videos will be available after the live streams.
Join the Tatar Tots for live streaming performance on March 24th at 12 PM CDT on Facebook Live. Additional performances will be announced on the Facebook page.
Free AP test review courses and information for students impacted by Covid-19 as AP testing dates approach.
Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. PPLD library card required.
Website that focuses on content related to all things young adult books. Takes quizzes, discover new books, and read articles written by and for book lovers of all ages.
Offers 1000+ online art and crafts classes with expert step-by-step instructions plus patterns, templates and recipes from Joann Fabrics. PPLD library card required.
Free online streaming video yoga classes for all skill levels.
Practice tests, resources and FAQs to help obtain or renew your driver’s license.
Listing of over 250 free online courses offered through Ivy League Universities.
Coding education and projects that are updated weekly.
Over 7,000 free videos on STEM related subjects.
Educational resources, video tutorials, and standardized test prep.
Learn business, technology, and creative skills through online lessons and courses. PPLD library card required.
Resource for book recommendations based on read-alikes of your favorite books and interests. PPLD library card required.
Facebook live painting parties for teens and adults held nightly. Videos can be viewed after the life events.
Free online virtual tabletops for role playing games. Create a board and play with friends around the world.
Interactive games that teach engineering concepts.
Website and app that streams podcasts on a wide variety of topics and interests.
Virtual Museums & Field Trips
Article that includes links to virtual tours of 12 different museums around the world. Travel to Paris or London from your couch.
Google Doc that links to 3o free virtual field trips and tours.
Virtual tour of the School at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute Museum.
At-home learning resources, an interactive timeline, and tours of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA.
Interactive virtual tour of the Dupage Children’s Museum in Naperville, IL.
360 degree virtual tour of the paintings on the Sistine Chapel.
Virtual tour of the exhibits of the National Museum of Natural History
360 degree tour of the White House.