School’s closed, the Library’s closed, and there’s not a lot to do when you’re stuck in your house. Check out these free resources for lots of great ways to keep busy!
EBooks and EAudiobooks
MPPL’s E-Library offers a large selection of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and other terrific resources All you need is your library card!
No Library Card? The resources below are free – No card required!
Audible Stories is now offering free audio stories for all ages. Stream them on your computer, phone, or tablet.
LibriVox offers free public domain audiobooks for download or online listening.
Project Gutenberg is an online library of over 60,000 free ebooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks to download or read online.
Scribd‘s library of magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks is offering users 30 days free, no credit card required.
Smashwords offers a selection of free self-published ebooks in epub, Kindle, and PDF formats.
Read, Wonder, and Learn – Author Kate Messner presents authors and illustrators read-alouds (ranging from picture books to young adult), mini-lessons on drawing and writing, and other activities.
Browse OpenCulture’s index of free K-12 resources, ranging from free ebooks and audiobooks to online textbooks, world language lessons, videos and websites on a variety of academic subjects.
At-Home Learning Activities
Get help with schoolwork and practice math or other skills with Tutor.com, available with your library card.
Free AP study tools from Fiveable
Scholastic Learn at Home features day-by-day projects for grades K-12.
Readwritethink includes activities and interactive lessons for students in grades K-12. You can filter by grade, activity, learning objective, and more. Many of the activities/lessons point to free information sources for the topic.
Here’s a long list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings via KidsActivities.com
Science at Home from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry
Learning Resources from the Field Museum
TED-Ed educational videos from the folks who brought you TED Talks
Creativity / The Arts
Daily Writing Prompts from the New York Times
Comic Book Tutorials for Those Staying at Home During Coronavirus from the New York Times
Comic Artist Jarrett Lerner offers activities like Finish this Comic, blank comic pages, and drawing/writing prompts.
Artists of any age will enjoy Mo Willems Lunch Doodles, mini drawing lessons from the Kennedy Center’s “Artist in Residence at Home.”
Try your hand at Online Art Lessons from Art for Kids
Sight Reading Factory is offering a free trial of online sight-reading practice for vocal and instrumental musicians.
Keep Dancing with free livestream dance classes for all ages. Class times, levels, and dance styles vary.
Looking for Something Different?
Relax and take care of you body with a little Yoga with Adriene.
Nike Run Club‘s free app offers running workouts for a variety of abilities and distances.
Try Breakout.Edu‘s digital escape room games for grades K-12.
Go on a Virtual Field Trip to a zoo, national park, the Louvre Museum, or the surface of Mars!
Take a Virtual Museum Tour.
Have you canceled Spring Break travel plans? Visit a Virtual Theme Park.
If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love San Diego Zoo’s Live Cams.
Prefer sea life? Try Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Cams — don’t miss our favorite, the Sea Otter Cam!
Take a screen break with these Best Podcasts for Kids in elementary, middle, and high school.