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). 



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.

Advanced Placement - YouTube - AP U.S. History: Special Edition with Lin-Manuel Miranda: This special edition of AP U.S. History class will cover topics on analyzing evidence, using source material, and providing historical context with special guest, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning musicals, Hamilton and In the Heights.

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.

CBC Parents - Short, fun videos with scientist and environmental advocate David Suzuki.

The Children's Psychological Health Center - A 102-page guided 'first-aid' workbook, 'My Pandemic story," for children and teenagers, to encourage mental health, creative expression, learning, and coping. The book includes guidance for families and teachers.

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

ComputerScience.org - Computer Science Degrees.

Computerscience.org - Computer Science Scholarships

Every Child A Reader - Children's Book Council - Explore the world through writing practice, crossword puzzles, drawing, and more. From Vietnamese to Dutch, these languages are a fun introduction to places around the world!

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

FactCite through BPL's Student Portal - Available on BPL’s Student Portal K-4: FactCite 123, has a new module “Landforms” which provides activities to encourage students to learn about landforms, how the form and where they exist.

Fawzia Gilani- Williams, PhDEnjoy a reading of Umm Badoor's Ramadan Luqaimat by Sarah Nesti Willard and Fawzia Gilani-Williams.  Fawzia Gilani-Williams is an internationally experienced, educator, education consultant and author.  She serves as a global representative for the International Positive Education Network.

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.)

Junior Library Guild - Unlimited frees acces to Junior Library Guilds ebooks and audiobooks for elementary, middle school and high school students. Updated monthly.

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.

Learn HTML with a BPL Teen Volunteer - YouTube - BPL Teen Volunteer, Ananya V. has created tutorials on learning HTML via YouTube. Ananya also serves on BPL's Teen Advisory Board, and is a Math Mentor.

Library of Congress - Jason Reynolds has created two digital features that fall under his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” platform: a video series titled “Write. Right. Rite.” and a blog series titled “GRAB THE MIC Newsletter.” In these discrete efforts, Reynolds will share his passion for storytelling while discussing topics like creativity, connection, and imagination.

Library of Congress- Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz, and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress.

Museum of Discovery - The Museum of Discovery and its outreach program, The Discovery Network, are offering a series of activities called “At Home Discoveries” that can easily be recreated at home. Art projects, backyard science and more!

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

National Weather Service - The Young Meteorologist Program - In Partnership withNOAA"s National Weather Service, Plan!t Now created an interactive game that teaches about severe weather preparedness. Follow mascot, Owlie Skywarn, through a series of adventures that teach students about safety tips for facing serveral types of hazardous weather.

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.

PBS - Six ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday by PBS Parents.

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.

TinkerLab - 50 fun, simple, kid-friendly Earth Day Activities that use natural materials and recycled materials, and celebrate the great outdoors.

Tumblebooks - K-6 Children's ebook database.

Tumblebooks  - K-6 math book database.

Tumblebooks - Gr. 7-12 ebook database.

Tumblebooks - all ages audiobook database.

Unite for Literacy - Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to original picture books, narrated in many languages.

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.

Bob Shea - Author, Bob Shea gives a dramatic reading of his popular book, Who Wet My Pants?

Candlewick Press - A downloadable activity kit to go with "A Piglet Named Mercy."

Candlewick Press - A downloadable activity kit to go with "The Princess in Black Series" by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Candlewick Press  - A downloadable Event Kit to go with "The Princess in Black Series" by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Candlewick Press - Stay Home with Candlewick Press - Activities, discussion guides, educational materials and more. Free downloadable access to Coronavirus: A Book for Children "An elegant, effective work. Download this now, read it immediately, share it with everyone you know." School Library Journal (starred review)

Capstone - Color in each square as you complete the activity and try to get a BINGO! Can you fill the entire card?

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.

Every Child A Reader - Children's Book Council - Celebrate Children's Book Week, May 4-10, 2020 with videos from past and present National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature!

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.

The Jane Goodall Institute - Jane Goodall Reads.

Kanopy - Kanopy is a video streaming solution offering access to more than 30,000 documentaries, movies, and educational videos from thousands of producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, Great Courses, Kino Lorber and more.

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)

Mouse Create - Creative technology projects middle schoolers can do online.

Nursery-rhymes-fun.com - Nursery Rhyme Games for Children.

PBS/Random House - Mondays with Me - Join Michelle Obama for a reading each Monday from April 20 through May 11 at 12:00 PM ET. The Former First Lady kicked off her "Mondays with Me" series by reading the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Peters Township Public Library - Hogwarts Digital Escape Room!

Scouts (UK) - The Great Indoors! Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

Smithsonian - Digital Jigsaw Puzzles - Need a fun mental break? We’ve created six digital jigsaw puzzles through Jigsaw Explorer that feature a few favorite images from our collection. Play them right here on our blog or use the links to expand an individual puzzle. Each puzzle is set to contain about 100 pieces, but they are customizable for any skill set.

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

YouTube - Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson kicked off the State’s LeadersAReaders program with her reading of Pete the Cat and his Magical Sunglasses. This program is a partnership between the Arkansas State Library and DESE, which are both divisions of the Arkansas Department of Education, and the Central Arkansas Library System.


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.

By Long Creations hosted by embark - "We are all living through history and something I have said I wanted to do from the beginning is to make a keepsake of this moment for us to look back on. I have saved newspapers and artwork done by my kids, taken photos of all our days, and kept a diary. BUT I have also been working on a 'time capsule' worksheet for my daughter, son, and I to fill out. This will be available as a FREE resource for any of my fans" Natalie Long of Long Creations

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

CandlewickPress - For more Chris Van Dusen, visit his IGTV channel and meet Chris Van Doodles!

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.

Long Creations - You are living through history right now! Create your very own journal style time-capsule to capture your memories, thoughts and feelings about experiencing life during a pandemic.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Weave a mini carpet.

National Museum Australia - Fun art activities inspired by the exhibition, Travelling the Silk Road.

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.

Wizarding World Digital is a patnership betrween Warner Bros. and Pottermore - Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home.


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 

Cosmic Kids YogaYoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Historic Arkansas Museum - Arkansas wildflower scavenger hunt.

Jack Harmann Kids Music Channel - Over 45 Albums for children with over 1,000 super fun movement songs for children.

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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