Family & Kids Resources

Educational

Author Kate Messner's Page
This page posts videos of different authors reading and talking about subjects that interest them. Scroll through and find something new to learn.

Bedtime Math
Help kids improve their math skills with creative learning ideas.

Common Sense Media’s Wide Open Classroom
Curated resources sorted by grade and subject.

E-Books (EBSCO) - 5 eBook Collections Courtesy of EBSCO
Need access to more eBook options and research content to complete at-home assignments for classes? EBSCO wants to help Pennsylvania communities in this time of crisis and is making several eBook collections available for full access to all POWER Library patrons for the time being.

eBook collections available:

  • Public Library Collection
  • K-8 Collection
  • High School Collection
  • Cricket Media Collection (This collection explores a wide range of subjects to help young readers explore and expand their worlds. Students from pre-K to 8th grade can build strong literacy skills with digital access to award-winning, short-form fiction and nonfiction titles by Cricket Media.)
  • Academic Collection

Education Articles from Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media collected articles on the COVID-19 situation as well as ways to keep your children learning when they are home from school.

Educational Resources offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
School is closed but kids need to keep learning. These companies are offering free subscriptions to help you keep your kids occupied and educated.

Home Together Resources
PA Parent and Family Alliance has collected and categorized free resources for families staying at home.

PBS Learning Media
PBS has curated videos and lesson plans for your convenience. Some of Ken Burns’s documentaries (The Roosevelts, Jazz, College Behind Bars, The Civil War, The Dust Bowl, The War, and The National Parks) are also available here for free until June 30

POWER Library
Get ready to find a world of information with POWER Library's e-resources.  Access with your library card. If you do not have a library card, you can register for a POWER Library e-card good for POWER Library electronic resources.

TumbleMath: K-6 Math eBooks
A comprehensive collection of math picture books complete with animation and narration.

Wonderopolis
Each day, Wonderopolis posts a new “Wonder of the Day” question designed to get kids and families to read, think, talk and learn together! Questions range from “Can you cook an egg on the sidewalk?” to “Is a computer bug an insect?” and many more!

 

 

Entertainment

AudioBookCloud
An all ages audiobook library collection of streaming audiobooks.

Berks Libraries BINGO Board
Join the Stay at Home Family BINGO game! Complete activities and reading prompts in the squares. Finish 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to get a BINGO! When you get BINGO, submit your answers on our Google Form at https://bit.ly/BingoAtHome to claim your certificate. The library will be posting resources and other information to help you complete your activities available at www.berkslibraries.org/coronavirus-updates

Dav Pilkey at Home
Join the creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants each Friday for a new video!

Harry Potter at Home
Enjoy free activities, quizzes and articles related to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Also, use the  OverDrive or Libby app to check out the eBook and eAudiobook of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with no wait times!

LeVar Burton Reads
LeVar Burton, literacy advocate, reads short stories to children, teens and adults each week live on Twitter at the following times:  

  • Mondays at 12pm – Children’s Stories

Lunch Doodles with Author Mo Willems
Let Mo Willems, author of the Pigeon series as well as Elephant and Piggie, teach you how to draw at 1pm every day!

Podcasts for Kids
Enjoy fun podcasts that are kid friendly.

Master List of Read-Alouds from Authors
Keep kids entertained with stories read by their favorite authors. Many authors will also be livestreaming other activities such as sing-alongs and drawing classes.

Metropolitan Opera to Stream FREE performances every night
Maybe you've always wondered what opera is or thought you could get into it if you just had the time. Now is that time.

Reading Public Museum
Reading Public Museum is offering Way Out Wednesdays! Stream a new presentation from the Neag Planetarium each Wednesday to your TV screen!

Tumblebooks: K-6 Children's eBooks
Enjoy a selection of children's eBooks available instantly on any device through Tumblebooks.

Virtual Museum Visits with Google Arts and Culture
Take a trip with the whole family for nothing with virtual visits to museums throughout the world!

What Do We Do All Day
Activities, games, booklists and a Facebook page with daily activity suggestions!

 

Health/COVID-19

Activity Book and Coloring Pages to explain COVID-19 to children from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Collection of Free COVID-19 eBooks
Use these free e-books to talk to kids about the Coronavirus pandemic.

Comic - Explains COVID-19 in ways that kids will understand.

This hand washing song from author/illustrator Lucy Knisley is a fun way to teach kids to wash their hands.

Listen to this Coronavirus PSA podcast from author Jason Reynolds.

My Hero is You: How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), a part of the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has created a picture book geared towards children ages 6-11 to help them understand and cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Talk to your kids about why people are wearing masks.