At-Home Learning Resources


We have compiled a list of free resources if you are in need of engaging activities while practicing social distancing.

These resources require you to use your Thomas Ford Library card number:

Britannica – Easy-to-navigate online database that contains thousands of regularly updated articles, images, videos, and more. With age-appropriate reading levels from kindergarten up, Britannica is a great resource for  topics to feed your child’s curiosity.  Please enter your Thomas Ford Library card number to access from home.

Hoopla: A digital media service allowing you to instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, and more. It is like having your public library at your fingertips. If you are using an Android, Apple, or Kindle Fire device, download the app. Have your library card number and PIN number ready to get started.Once you are logged in on the Hoopla homepage you can select the KIDS button to enter Kids Mode, when you want to go back to browsing titles not limited to Kids you can select the button again to exit the Kids mode.

Kanopy Kids –  Enjoy quality educational content like Sesame Street, Arthur, and hundreds of animated story book offerings. Kids content is unlimited and does not count towards your monthly check out limits. Create an account and login with your Thomas Ford Memorial Library card.

Media on Demand – Great for… kids eBooks and digital audiobooks. Install the Libby app from your app store and sign up for an account using either your library card number, Facebook or your email address. Add Thomas Ford Memorial Library on Media on Demand as your library. To log in, you will need your card number and PIN. You can check out up to 20 items at a time, and may be able to renew or return some items early.

NoveList Plus – Tell Novelist a title you or your child enjoyed, and it will suggest similar titles. You can even search for books by Lexile or Accelerated Reader level. You will need your Thomas Ford Memorial Library card number to log in.

Tumblebook Library – Great for… Animated and narrated picture books.  The books are streamed instead of downloaded, so they will no take up extra space on your device. If you create an account using your Thomas Ford Memorial Library card number you can save your playlists to use again with your children on your computer or mobile device.

These resources are open to everyone:

2020 Children’s Book Week – 23 beloved children’s book illustrators have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork as coloring pages.

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood –  A great resource for parents with helpful tips for homeschooling and a list of screen-free activities for kids.

Children’s Book Review – has some great ideas to keep children and teens busy.

Common Sense Media – free online events and activities for kids at home

Kidlist – A resource for the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago that has ideas for making the most of school closings.

Scholastic – Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Storyline Online – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

TumbleMath – The most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

Virtual READChildren have benefited from Hinsdale Humane Society’s READ to the dogs program at Thomas Ford Library over the years. We would like to continue keeping young readers engaged with books and storytelling by encouraging them to write to any of HHS therapy pets online. The child can share what they are reading, what they are studying or any fun learning activities they did with their families. Any child can write to one of our therapy pets listed on our pet therapy page. Children can select one of the pets by clicking on their photo and using the “Email me” button. They may see a dog they know or want to choose a different pet, such as one that shares their birthday. Our staff will monitor the emails and make sure the pet responds.

We Are Teachers Here you will find a big list of children’s authors doing online read-alouds & activities.

Talking to Children about COVID-19