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 Your Library Can Help: Free + Amazing  Online Resources

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In concert with the Governor’s plan to move into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, we are reopening the library June 26, with some modifications to the services we offer.

Our E-Library is open 24/7! You can find resources for you and your family on our website—including encyclopedias like World Book and Scholastic Go!, Songs & Rhymes from Our Storytimes, TumbleBooks, TumbleMath, and reading recommendations from Novelist Plus. We’ve also added TeenBookCloud, a new collection with 1000+ ebooks, audiobooks, and classics.

Do you know someone who needs a library card? It only takes a few minutes to sign up online for a virtual library card.

Free + Amazing Online Resources

You can access 250,000 ebooks, movies, music, magazines, and many other resources from home via our E-Library.

Book Bundles for Kids + Teens

New! Let us put together a custom Book Bundle for your reader—just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll provide recommended reads, ready for pickup via curbside service.

Especially for Kids + Families

 • Kanopy Kids – Favorite movies including Mo Willems, Sesame Street, and Peanuts

Hoopla – Ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Garfield, Captain Underpants, Winnie the Pooh, Rick Riordan’s The Lightening Thief, I Survived, and The 39 Clues. Instant access, no waiting.
School at home help including encyclopedias like World Book Online and Scholastic Go! for reliable, kid-friendly information, plus learning guides, videos, and more 

TumbleBooks – 1000+  interactive picture books, plus  National Geographic videos (K–6)

TumbleMath – Interactive math picture books, plus quizzes by math teachers (K–6)

Novelist Plus – Reading recommendations and discussion guides
World Book Online – Free access to the online encyclopedia, plus special resources for teachers including lesson plans, distance learning strategies, tools for parents, and more.
Songs + Rhymes from Our Storytimes – Sing along with 28 favorites via our YouTube channel

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Especially for Teens

Hoopla – 13,443  ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels like The Hunger Games, and other series by Marissa Meyer, J.K. Rowling,  Neil Gaiman, and  more.
TeenBookCloud – 1000+ ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, and classic literature
Testing & Education Reference Center – Test preparation including timed practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP, and PSAT exams, plus  help researching colleges, vocational institutes, and scholarships

Other Good Resources Online

60 Multicultural & Social Justice Books – For children, young adults, and educators
Black Lives Matters Instructional Collection – Virtual shelf of 36 books. Click to watch the titles read aloud.
KitLit at HOME – Storytimes, STEAM activities & crafts,  plus writing & drawing tutorials
Free Ebooks for Children about the Coronavirus – Curated by a New York City school librarian
Common Sense Media – Resources for families
Common Sense Media (en español) – Recursos para families
Children’s Book Council Publisher Online Resources – Free educational resources, activities, and teacher guides created by publishers
•  The HistoryMakers Digital Archive – Biographies & oral histories of African Americans, plus curriculum toolkits (K–12)
NASA’s Image & Video Library – Images, videos, and historic recordings
Hamilton Education Program (EduHam) – History and hip-hop lessons based on “Hamilton”; available free through August.
Amazon Prime Video – Free access to 40 children's shows, 80 movies
The Kid Should See This – Curated videos on STEAM topics
We Are Teachers – “Big List” of children’s authors reading aloud online
Storyline Online – Videos by Screen Actor’s Guild members, with music, animation, and activity guides; app available
TeachingBooks – Author read-alouds, interviews, and more, plus free home kit
Chambanamoms – 300+ resources to keep kids entertained and learning

Wifi + Internet Access

Free wifi is available at both library locations, near the edge of the building. Access points include the outdoor patio at the Main Library and sections of the parking lot.
University of Illinois is offering free internet access via mobile wifi hotspots by parking UI Ride shuttles around town. Schedule and parking locations are included on a map. 
C-U Connect free wifi access points are detailed and included on a map (as reported by Smile Politely, April 13, 2020).
Comcast is offering free home wifi for 60 days to new customers who qualify for free school lunch. Apply by June 30.
Xfinity is offering free internet access via community hotspots. Hotspots are marked on a searchable map on their website.

Questions? We can help.

We are available to answer your questions via Live Chat, email, or by phone.

Kids and families can learn how to sing and sign "Thank You, Thank You!" with Kristin—this video has been viewed 488K times on our YouTube channel!

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Updated June 25, 2020


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