We have compiled a list of free resources if you are in need of engaging activities while practicing social distancing. Some require you to use your Thomas Ford Library card number, but other 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
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.
Kidlist – A resource for the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago that has ideas for making the most of school closings.
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 or 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.
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.
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.
We Are Teachers – Here you will find a big list of children’s authors doing online read-alouds & activities.