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Education Resources for Out-of-School Learning: E-Learning Resources

Welcome to the newly curated LibGuide developed for librarians, teachers, students, and parents as you navigate the coming days during COVID 19.

Online Resources

Note: Because our own site serves students 13 and up, this list focuses on those most suitable for learners from middle school through college.

Digital Public Library of America
Khan Academy
Open Culture
PBS NewsHour Extra
Science News for Students
Smithsonian Learning Lab

More Online Resources

Free Learning Opportunities from Home-Sites for Elementary

Free Learning Opportunities from Home-Sites for Secondary

Instant Access to Distance Learning

Free Distance Learning Resources Available here free thru June 2020.

Citizen Science Month -April 2020


KQED for Educators

Welcome to the free media literacy teaching and learning hub for educators and students. You’ll find professional development courses, classroom resources and unique tools that allow students to practice critical thinking, media making and civil discourse. Provided by the nonprofit public media station KQED.

Publisher Permissions

Everywhere Bookfest

AUDIBLE's commitment to education and children: "For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids."

World Book

World Book is offering access to additional Pre-K to grade 12 learning resources through April 30, 2020. 

Make Medical Masks Using 3-D Printers

This story comes from Billings, Montana where a medical doctor, a dentist, and the dentist's son designed the files to print 3-D Medical Masks. Students in the Billings School system are working on this. Do you want to be a part of it? The links to a video, directions for making the masks, STL files, and the 3-D Source files are listed below.

Penguin Random House

In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to the following guidelines as stated in the hyperlink below.

More Escape Room Links

Here is a link with a bunch of digital escape rooms in it plus step by step to making your own:


Here’s the Hogwarts (if you missed it before):



Here’s the Dogman with guest star Pete the Cat (if you missed it)



A bunch of escape games, more like stand-alone ‘get out of a trap’ scenario:


And to make your own escape rooms in the library, here is a free webinar link from ALA:


There are innumerable library escape room plans available for free online through blogs, posts, webpages, etc. from librarians and others.

Resources from State Libraries around the United States

Learning Librarians

Kevin Henkes-Owen--Picture Book read-a-loud

Virtual Read-a-louds Piktochart

Author Aiden Tyler--Middle Grade Serial

Airs every Tuesday on JLGuide's Webcast

Library Choice Board-Week 2

Because these resources are from another state, you may not have access to some of the materials.


Common Sense Media

Videos from Library of Congress

Have any of you considered looking at the Library of Congress videos? They have over 5,000, Check them out at the link below

Masks for Coronavirus by NPR

Crabtree Publishers

Craptree Publishers are making their eLibrary available for free until June 30. Here is the link, username, and password: 

Username : read

Password : free

Google Doc List of Author Permission for Book Reading Recordings

Home Learning Links-Kindergarten

The following pdfs were created by Mrs. Kourtney Johnson from Red Trail Elementary, Bismarck, ND. Thanks for sharing. :)


TumbleBook access can be found on the State Library Database webpage:


Online Resources of High School Reading (Books)

PLEASE Note: Please be careful with the first link posted.  If you select the top icon of the Archive, it will take you to all of the other content, video, websites, etc...  Remember this is a public - open site to archive.  It is not all appropriate for young students.

Open Library 

  • You will need to create an account using your e-mail. 
  • It is free   

Description by Open Library: There are millions of free books to read on the website which can be downloaded in other formats such as EPUB, DJVU, MOBI, and PDF. You can search for good reading material on varied subjects and genres such as Fantasy, Biographies, History, Medicine, Art, etc. 

Open Library has an advanced search option as well that lets you search ebooks through titles or authors. In case you cannot remember either of them, you can search for a particular free book to read. 

Project Gutenberg 

·       No login required 

·       It is free 

 With a huge archive of over 57,000 free books for downloading, this website offers a diversified reading collection for readers. As Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to make books available for free of cost, it neither charges any registration fee nor requires you to sign up. From Classics to Periodicals and History to Social Sciences, there are free books available on all types of subjects. You can search for specific titles or explore by genre and download books in EPUB, MOBI Kindle, HTML, and simple text format too. Description from: 


  • No login required 
  • It is free 
  • Books are downloaded in PDF format to your computer 

This web portal lets you browse thousands of free books online as well as audiobooks in various genres like Art, Biography, Computers, Fiction, History and much more. 

Bookyard has a pretty simple webpage where you can either publish or download books for free according to authors or categories you prefer. Downloading content from Bookyards is hassle-free and does not require registration.Visitors to this website can also choose to donate if they wish to and check out the educational links to more reference materials and documents. Description from: 

SLJ for News & Media Literacy-Jennifer LaGarde & Darren Hudgins

VocabularySpellingCity--Now FREE until school year's end

Dear Educator,

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we recognize that many schools are moving to a virtual learning option and are adjusting to this “new normal”. Your health and safety, along with the safety of your educators and families, are the most important things during these difficult times. Learning can continue outside of the classroom walls, and we want to make sure students still fill their hearts with the joy of learning.

VocabularySpellingCity is offering free access to our site for the rest of the school year to every school affected.

To take advantage of this offer, simply enter the code: VSCFree90 upon registration on our website, and you’ll immediately have access to this powerful tool, no matter where you or your students are!

Again, use code VSCFree90 upon registration to prepare your students and teachers for any scenario with VocabularySpellingCity.

How to sign up:

New to VocabularySpellingCity, please register here
Already a member? Log into your account and select “Licenses and Orders” from your username navigation in the upper right-hand corner.
During the payment portion of the registration you will not be asked to input a credit card. 

In the Promo Code section, please input VSCFree90 and select Apply. 

Agree to the Terms and Conditions and select Go Premium.
To learn more about VocabularySpellingCity or to sign up today, visit our website at
Please forward to any educator who needs resources to help learning continue while out of the physical classroom.

Lakeshore Learning

Common Sense Media Potpourri

Common Sense Media has compiled a super list of resources for parents, educators, and students. The link to access these resources can be found below. Here is a list of the categories:

Virtual Storytimes

Virtual Drawing Lessons

Music Classes & Performances

Educational Activities & Lesson Plans

Arts, Film, and Music Lessons & Resources

Audiobooks & Virtual Storytime

Virtual Tours

Fun & Games

Digital Escape Room

Coding for Teachers and Students

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet

School Library Outloud

Juvenile e-audio books with simultaneous use-RBdigital

Important information from Kristen Northrup here at the State Library. Stay safe, everyone.

Good morning!

Following up on the recent discussion of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, I wanted to share a list of some of the other popular authors/titles available as group reads (listens) via the statewide RB Digital account:

- Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

- Brian Jacques’ Redwall series

- Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series

- Dan Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventures series

- Annie Barrows’ Ivy and Bean series

- Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series

- L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series

- Donald Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown series

- Daniel Jose Older’s Dactyl Hill Squad series

- Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon

- Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy

- Esther Hoskins Forbes’ Johnny Tremain

- Irene Hunt’s Across Five Aprils

- Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s Bad News for Outlaws

- Rex Ogle’s Free Lunch

- Avi

- Gary Paulsen

- Gordon Korman

- Will Hobbs

- Ursula K. LeGuin

- Diana Wynne Jones

- Margaret Peterson Haddix

- National Geographic Kids Chapters (these are nonfiction and are remarkably popular with our patrons)


There are about 950 total juvenile e-audiobooks with unlimited simultaneous usage on RB Digital.  In addition, there are about 1,100 single use juvenile e-audiobooks and about 650 single-use juvenile e-books.






Parody for Mo Willems Pigeon stories

Lee Harper, Illustrator

Author David Pilkey's Online Series

School-Wide Learning Commons



This message is from David V. Loertscher.

As a part of the Learning Revolution conference, the focus will be on making the school-wide learning commons a centerpiece of teaching and learning in the school.

All one-hour workshops are at 7 pm Eastern time; 4 pm Pacific.

  • The School-wide Learning commons overview Thursday, Apr 10 with David V. Loertscher and Fran Kompar. Bring a friend to this on to look at the expanded role the Teacher Librarian can contribute from a central place extending across the school and on to the preferred device of students and teachers.


  • Next, spend three sessions with Anita Brooks Kirkland and David V. Loertscher to construct your own virtual learning commons; a transformation of the library website to create an entire learning community for the school Dates: April 20 27, and May 4. Start a new one; improve the one you have; share expertise; and, be reading for a new school year. Each session will build upon the previous one.


  • And, April 28, join David V. Loertscher as we affirm the power of collaboration and co-teaching in the workshop/webinar: Don't Go It Alone! We will explore working within content management systems to create learning experiences featuring deep learning and design thinking.

Warning: It is free to attend sessions live; Steve Hargadon'[s business plan is to charge $99 for access to the complete conference recordings.

Here is how to participate:

Register free for the Learning Revolution. Conference at

Join our Google group for updates at!forum/school-wide-learning-commons

 We will be capturing your ideas alongside ours and doing some high-level thinking. It's not your usual listen/comment session.

Professor David V. Loertscher
School of Information
San Jose State University
Home address: 123 East 2nd Ave. #1106
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
mobile: 801-755-1122
Home: 801-532-1165

eBooks and e-Audio Books