BPL provides a Virtual Library through Downloadables, student resources and eLearning databases, but, we also wanted to share a sampling of free resources provided by vendors and creators during the COVID-19 crisis. 

These resources were hand-selected by Librarians to provide parents with tools to keep their students engaged in a remote learning setting, as well as links for exploration and play! While BPL does not endorse these vendors or products, we are grateful for their support!*

 Learn |  Have Fun |  Be Creative |  Stay Connected |  Get Active

 

COVID - 19 Resources

#BuildUpBentonville – A brand new initiative from Mayor Stephanie Orman to help provide some good news, ideas, suggestions and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

City of Bentonville - Learn about the status of city services, and resources in our community.  And, link to social media to watch Mayor Stephanie Orman’s Facebook conversations with community leaders.

Arkansas Department of Health - See up-to-date case information in our state.

Arkansas PBS - Watch Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison’s daily briefing.  Live sessions are at 1:30 PM; an archive is available online.

Federal Government – The official website for The White House, CDC and FEMA on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 

Learn 

Abdo Digital Bookshelf - Ebooks for PreK-Grade 8 from ABDO publishers. Free for a limited time.

Abdo Digital Bookshelf - Ebooks for grades 5-12 from ABDO publishers. Free for a limited time.

Abdo Zoom Database - Online research for early learners. Free for a limited time.

AETN- AR PBS IDEAS - Resources on a variety of subjects sorted for Parents and Teachers and divided by ages from 3 - 12+. Updated daily.

Audible Stories: Free Audiobooks for Kids - Birth to Teens - free access to audiobooks during COVID-19 crisis.

Code.org - Hour of Code - One-hour tutorials designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

FactCite through BPL's Student Portal - Tips for Teachers - Lessons and activites to help teachers put FactCite to use from anywhere. Updated twice weekly.

Grace Lin - Grace Lin, award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels shares her work on her YouTube Channel.

International Children's Digital Library - A collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. (20 languages represented.)

KidLit TV - Award winning website created by parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading. Shows include STORYMAKERS, READ OUT LOUD, READY SET DRAW and more.

Lakeshore Learning Materials - Over 1,000 resources including lesson plans, printable worksheets, calendars & clip art and a You Tube Library of Learning At Home videos.

NASA - STEM at Home for kids in grades K-12.

Old State House Museum - Videos from past and present exhibits are available to the public on YouTube. Old State House Museum, Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation - Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Scholastic, Inc./ Free Resources for School Closures - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing. For Grades PreK through 9. Twenty days' worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for students unable to attend school.

Tumblebooks - K-6 Children's ebook database.

Tumblebooks  - K-6 math book database.

Tumblebooks - Gr. 7-12 ebook database.

Tumblebooks - all ages audiobook database.

Virtual Field Trip - Museum of the American Revolution - Hosted by the I Survived author Lauren Tarshis.

 

Have Fun 

Authors Everywhere! - This is a Youtube Channel created and run by middle grade author Susan Tan, and made possible by an amazing community of children's book writers and illustrators. We wanted to do something to offer relief for parents and kids during these long days at home. On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.

Cornell University - Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Bring the sights and sounds of birds into your home with Bird Cams from around the world.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Connect with Crystal Bridges online. Experience exhibits, watch videos on art, architecture and more, explore the art collections,read the Crystal Bridges blog and step insidean artwork with CBVR.

Demco Upstart - Downloadable monthly Early Literacy Activity Calendar and Children's Activity Calendar.

Dolly Parton/Imagination Library - Espisode 1 of "Goodnight with Dolly". The Imagination Library presents "Goodnight with Dolly," a 10 week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly parton reading select Imagination Library books. In Episode 1, Dolly will read "The Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper.

Harry Potter at Home - Add Harry Potter Magic to your time at home. Free downloadables of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in ebook and audio book formats. Access for teachers to record themselves reading Harry's adventures to their students.

Library Journal - Virtually Visit 8 World-Class Libraries - Vatican Library (Rome, Italy), Bodleian Libraries (Oxford, England), Vasconcelos Library (Mexico City, Mexico), Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt), Liyuan Library (Jiaojiehe, China), VAC Library (Hanoi, Vietnam), Seattle Metaphysical Library (Ballard, Washington),Biblo Toyen (Oslo, Norway)

Peters Township Public Library - Hogwarts Digital Escape Room!

Trike Theatre - Bentonville's own, Trike Theatre has a You Tube channel that presents challenges, resources, plays, and more. Updated weekly.

 

Be Creative 

Authors Everywhere! - This is a Youtube Channel created and run by middle grade author Susan Tan, and made possible by an amazing community of children's book writers and illustrators. We wanted to do something to offer relief for parents and kids during these long days at home. On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.

Candlewick Press - Visit illustrator, Chris Van Dusen in his studio in Maine and learn to draw Mercy Watson.

Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Free art, cartooning, and writing lessons every weekday at 2pm—and archived for later viewing from NY Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Kennedy Center Education - Mo Willems, creator of The Pigeon Series, Knuffle Bunny and Elephant & Piggy, and the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, is presenting LUNCH DOODLES. Each day Mo invites kids to his studio to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.

Scholastic, Inc./ Dav Pilkey at Home -  Dav Pilkey, children’s author and illustrator, is collaborating with the Library of Congress to serve children and families online during the coronavirus pandemic. Fun and free activitie will be available online including how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections. New content added Friday mornings.

Trike Theatre - Bentonville's own, Trike Theatre has a You Tube channel that presents challenges, resources, plays, and more. Updated weekly.

 

Stay Connected 

The New York Times - The New York Times is available to high schools across the U.S. for free from April 6 to July 6. Unlimited access to articles, videos and more on nytimes.com and New York Times app. Lessons from The Learning Network featuring articles, photos, podcasts and more. Teachers and Administrators register your students.

 

Get Active 

Historic Arkansas Museum - Arkansas wildflower scavenger hunt.

Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series - A list of resources compiled by Play Like A Champion with a goal of helping parents and coaches to keep kids moving until we can return to normal activity.

*Check back for updates to this list.  Questions about library resources may be emailed to library@bentonvillear.com.

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