As if we weren't in awe of your considerable skills already, we are now going to watch as you completely upend all the plans you made for the rest of the school year and figure out how to adapt them to an online version of your classroom. Our heads are spinning at the very thought.
We have compiled resources on this page we hope will help you try to deliver engaging teachable moments remotely. Some of the resources are for you to use as an educator and some of them are for your students. We are going to keep working on the information shared on this page and update it as new resources are acquired and good ideas emerge.
On Continue to Use the Library While We're Closed we are adding weekly updates to how to make the most of a library card from home. We are addressing the specific needs of young children at Share Online Stories, Games, and Activities with Children. There are also a lot of authors and publishers providing read alouds and workshops daily, weekly, or anytime you'd like to watch. There is a listing of them at Read Alouds and Author Workshops for Kids @Home.
If you or one of your students needs a library card, you can get a library card even though our locations are closed. Please share this with your families so they can keep their kids busy and learning while they wait for school to start again!
We have thousands of e-books (including e-comics) and audiobooks for kids and teens to check out instantly with a library card. We have collections of picture books, chapter books, novels, and non-fiction for all ages K-12. We partner with more than one service. Detailed information about each of them is available on our download and stream page. If you have never borrowed from one of these platforms before you can get directions, video tutorials and tips at:
We know that finding e-books and audiobooks a classroom of students can all read or listen to at the same time is a challenge. Sometimes not all of the students have a library card. Even when students do have a library card they often have to wait for their turn to check a book out.
To help you solve this problem we have searched for picture books, chapter books, novels, and non-fiction that are available for a whole class to read at the same time. There are two sections here, one that requires each student to have a library card (but all can borrow the same book at the same time) and one section that does not require a library card at all.
Finding Books Students Can Read Together as a Class
(Library card required)
OverDrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla are the library's primary sources of e-books and downloadable audiobooks. Each offers some titles that can be simultaneously checked out by students:
Finding Books Students Can Read Together or Listen as a Class
(No library card required)
For Picture Books:
(Note that any books you see on this list from Storyline Online have activity guides to go with each featured story. You can also find book character printables here. In addition HarperKids has teaching and activity guides for many of their picture books. You can find them here.)
For chapter books try:
All Indiana public libraries have a new service to support teachers transitioning to an online classroom. BookConnections.org is a service that can help you build connections to children’s and young adult books into your curriculum. You can:
If you find you need help from Book Connections you can go to their support page for help.
Use NoveList K-8 to find fiction and non-fiction books by subject, read-alike and listen-alike recommendations, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books.
NoveList Plus is the version for older students and adults. It also includes reading recommendations covering both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books.
Here is in educator guide from Jarrett Krosoczka and Random House. It of course features their publications but it is also full of lots of great ideas. To see a selection of graphic novels for kids go to Graphic Novels for Kids: Dog Man and More! Here are our digital collections of graphic novels:
If you need help with these services go to Read e-Books and e-Comics for directions and video tutorials.
You can see a complete listing of homework help resources on our Research page. You can choose the category "Homework Help K-5" or "Homework Help 6-12." Here are some highlights:
If you find at any point that you need additional assistance we are still here to help you, even though our locations are closed. You can contact the webmaster or Call-a-Librarian at 317 275-4184.