Supplemental Learning Sidekicks

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Digital Storytime

Librarian Storytime - Videos of storytime with your favorite Lucy Robbins Welles librarians.

BookFlix - An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. 

TumbleBooks - An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love. There are many great titles in English as well as Spanish, French, Chinese, and other World Languages.

Astronaut Storytime - While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. 

Audible -  Kids can stream an incredible collection of stories that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. This audiobook service is now providing free audiobooks to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Pete the Cat Club - Join Pete the Cat creator James Dean on Instagram Live. Check his Instagram posts for details. 

Storyline Online - Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. 

The Healing Library - The Stratford Library put together these online resources to help families and caregivers answer their children’s questions about the coronavirus and Covid-19. 


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Online Learning

Lucy Robbins Welles Library Databases - Check out some our online databases that cover a variety of subjects. There are also online literary resources! 

NEW: HelpNow - Brainfuse HelpNow is now available for on demand eLearning for all ages and levels, offering personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation, skill building, and foreign language support. Students will communicate with live online tutors. Sign in with your Newington library card.

Crash Course Kids – A Youtube channel all about grade school science.

Girls Who Code - At home coding activities.

Scholastic Learning - Day to day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 

NASA at Home - Let NASA bring the universe into your home with ebooks, videos, podcasts, virtual tours, and other activities.

SciShow – A Youtube channel that explores the unexpected. The hosts delve into scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!

Charlesbridge Activities & Downloadables - This book publisher is offering activities & downloadables related to their book collection. 

DK Publishing - Free downloadable resources and at-home activities.

Duolingo - Want to learn a new language? Duolingo has over 30 foreign languages for you to check out for free!

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Just For Fun!

The Lost Lightning Bolt - A Percy Jackson themed digital escape room designed by the Bristol Public Library! Play alone or as a team!

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room - A Harry Potter themed digital escape room. Play with your family or as an individual!

Dog Man Digital Escape Room - Can you help Dog Man escape from a digital locked room? Figure out the clues in texts, photos, and videos. Good luck!

Cinderella Escapes! - Can you help Cinderella get to the ball? Solve the clues to get her to her "happily ever after."

Books Alive! Escape the Rhymes - This is an escape room for all ages, and intended to be worked on as a family - don’t let the theme fool you! These puzzles range from very simple to quite challenging, making it something the whole family can do together! 

The Missing Tiger: A Sherlock Holmes Escape Room - A rare Sumatran tiger has escaped from the London Zoo! Professor Stamford, President of the Zoological Society of London, calls for Sherlock Holmes to help track down the missing cat. Since time is of the essence, Holmes requests your assistance. 

Escape the Enchanted Forest - Answer the questions to pass safely through the forest to the Castle of the King and Queen of Needham. Complete Part 2 here.

Escape Like an Egyptian - From the Dover Library

Greek Mythology Escape Room - For fans of Percy Jackson.

Shelf Stuff - Not an escape room but this site offers book recommendations, games, quizzes, and videos.

My Side of the Story - hear what fairytale and foltale characters have to say about what really happened "Once Upon a Time!" Courtesy of the Bristol Public Library

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Virtual Field Trips

San Diego Zoo Virtual Field Trip - Learn all about the different animals at the zoo! Be sure to check out the video section for live cam action of elephants, owls, giraffes, polar bears, and more.

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tours - Start virtually touring some of the main attractions. 

The Louvre Museum - Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries. 

Google Earth: National Parks - Travel across the country to explore 31 national parks.

Explore - See live streams of eagles nesting, the aurora borealis, African wildlife, and much more! 

Boston Children’s Museum - Check out all the cool exhibits this museum has to offer. 

Cincinnati Zoo – will have Home Safari on Facebook live daily.

Google Earth: Fairy Tales From Around the World – Travel around the world to learn about fairy tales from many lands. 

Mark Twain House - See the Mark Twain house from a whole new perspective!

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Movement & Music 

GoNoodle App – A free app that promotes movement and mindfulness.

Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel (Youtube) - Songs and educational videos to help children learn counting, language skills, nursery rhymes, science, and more.

Hello Wonderful Indoor Activities for Kids - Keep the kids having fun & engaged with these easy indoor activities. You can use simple household items and recycled materials. 

Move to Learn – A Youtube channel that features videos to help students shake & dance out their energy. There are videos for PreK to High School.

Debbie Doo TV – A Youtube channel where you will learn, move, dance, and have fun.

Bounce Patrol – A Youtube channel with catchy kid songs and nursery rhymes.