At-Home Learning Resources


These digital resources are always available. Log on with your Thomas Ford Library card number to access from home.

Biography in Context – Includes nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Great for biography reports. 

Britannica – Online database that contains thousands of regularly updated articles, images, videos, and more with age-appropriate reading levels from kindergarten up.

Hoopla A digital media service allowing you to instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, and more. Once you are logged in on the Hoopla homepage you can select the KIDS button to enter 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.

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 your library card. Add Thomas Ford Memorial Library on Media on Demand as your library. 

NoveList K-8 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.

Tumblebook Library – Great for animated and narrated picture books. If you create an account using your Library card number you can save your playlists to use again.

Here are some additional resources that are open to all:

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.

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.