Suffolk Libraries at Home
Curated by the Staff of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Keep busy at home with these links and resources for learners of all ages.
Check back often - we’ll be updating this page all the time!

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This document includes sections for Kids & Teens, Adults, and Librarians.

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Kids & Teens

Livebrary Resources

Please note that for the following resources a valid Suffolk County Library Card is needed for access. Visit your local public library’s website to see what resources are available in your area.

  • Brainfuse - if you’re stuck on an assignment and need help from an online tutor or just want to find more information on a specific topic visit Brainfuse-HelpNow. Live tutor hours are schedule from 1-11PM every day!

  • Flipster eMagazines - free electronic magazines like Food Network and Living. All You need in your library card to log-in!

Family & Kids eMagazines - free electronic magazines like National Geographic Kids, Zoobooks, Beanz and Highlights

Teen eMagazines - free electronic magazines like Official XBOX and J-14.

  • Pronunciator - Learn a new language with this great resource.

  • Suffolk Topic Guides - find different types of resources on specific topics of interest in these topic guides created by library staff members (a library card is not needed to access the Topic Guides).

Book & Author Resources

  •  Addicted to YA Book Club - “If you're addicted to Young Adult books then come join. Here you can share your thoughts about YA books and just be yourself around people who like the same kind of books. Come participate in the group discussions about the books and the characters. New members are always welcome!”
  •  Audible Stories - “We have created stories.audible.com —a place where anyone, in any country, can enjoy unlimited streaming of hundreds of titles for kids and families for free. The stories were hand-picked by our Audible editors and offer a mix of education, entertainment, and general-interest titles, from the classic to the contemporary, with a focus on stories that are suitable for children."

  •  Sync Audio Books for Teens - Beginning April 30th there will be two free YA audiobooks to download for 13 weeks.
  •  Authors Everywhere YouTube Channel - “On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.”

  • A Calendar of Live KidLit Virtual Events created by author Kat Cho.

  •  Dan Santat - Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic (#dandemic) “Dreading the thought of being quarantined at home with your family? I’ve created a new fun online learning program for kids and parents to hopefully help fix that anxiety. I call it the SANTAT ONLINE SURVIVAL SCHOOL FOR THE PANDEMIC”

  •  DayByDayNy / En Español - The New York State Library hopes that families across New York State will use this interactive calendar to develop a love for books and learning that will last a lifetime. The calendar uses multimedia to enhance books, songs, and family health and bring these components to life.  If families can only spend a few minutes together, this calendar will give them something they can use to make sure that this is quality time as well as educational time.
  •  Drawing Classes with Graphic Novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka on YouTube: “You won’t need anything fancy. Some paper, a pencil. Maybe a marker. As we go along—and I plan to keep this going as long as we need—I may work in color lessons. (Color pencils, watercolor.)”

  •  Everywhere Book Fest - May 1 & 2 - A virtual gathering of kidlit authors, books, and readers that will bring the book festival experience to everyone.

  •  Goodnight with Dolly - Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books.

  •  Harry Potter at Home -Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied!

  •  Jarret Lerner downloadable comics activities
  •  Jason Reyonolds “Write. Right. Rite.” Series - Welcome to the “Write. Right. Rite.,” a “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” video series! The “Write. Right. Rite.” is meant to be an entertaining and inventive way to engage with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds.
  • Junior Library Guild @ Home - Free Ebook Access - Looking for activities and resources to keep students engaged during this new-normal of school closures and social distancing? As the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation, it's our honor to offer you these free resources to help keep students' brains busy and blossoming.
  •  Kate Messner’s The Ranger in Time book club - “I’ll be sharing a chapter-by-chapter read-aloud of RANGER IN TIME: RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL here on my blog over the coming weeks. I’m so glad you’ve found your way here!”
  •  Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (presented by The Kennedy Center) - “The Kennedy Center’s first-ever Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Willems, invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons as Mo invites you to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making. Begins March 16, 2020 and continues on weekdays for the next few weeks. Viewers can see each day’s new video after 1:00 p.m. ET to participate in the doodle at www.kennedy-center.org/mowillems.”

  •  Matt de la Peña Writes Letters to Readers - “I know so many parents and teachers are in the same boat as my wife and I right now -- we're at home with the kids, trying to run a make-shift school during the day. I've started writing letters to any interested young people (especially elementary and middle school students).”
  •  Mondays with Michelle Obama - On Monday, April 20, at 12 noon (ET), “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will kick off a four-week series of videos that will feature Mrs. Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books (one book every Monday through May 11).

  • myON eBooks - myON has made their full library of nonfiction and fiction ebooks free. Click the hyperlink for login instructions on how to access this resource!

  •  SaveWithStories - Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner & friends read children’s books on Instagram and raise money for No Kid Hungry and Save the Children

  •  Storyline Online - “The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.”

  •  Tumblebooks - “TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, has made its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31. Its flagship product, TumbleBooklibrary, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world. Please follow the above link for log-in information for all of their resources.
  •  March 24th - Christina Soontornvat’s A Wish in the Dark Virtual Book Launch - “I can't have an in-person book launch, but I've decided I'm still going to party WITH MY FRIENDS! Throughout the day on March 24 I'll post ridiculous videos with my author buds & I'll be giving out copies of the book on the hour. On Twitter & Insta!”

Publisher Resources

  •  Epic Reads - YA book news, quizzes, and more from the folks at HarperCollins.

  • Every Child a Reader Coloring Pages - these coloring pages are from a number of different publishers all in one place.
  • Graphix Coloring Sheets - Graphix
  • @GraphixBooks
  •  Graphix Coloring Sheets - “We're so excited to share Graphix coloring sheets! Color in your favorite characters from graphic novels by Kazu Kibuishi, Tom Angleberger, Katy Farina, Kristen Gudsnuk, Jim Benton, and more!”
  •  Harper Kids from Home on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram - “Check back with us at noon EST every day for fresh, fun content to help keep minds and bodies busy and active
  •  HarperKids Storytime Anytime - “Storytimes open a new world of possibilities for children by encouraging a love for books and reading. Create your own storytime – anytime you want – with these charming books and activity sheets for kids!”
  •  Harper Shelf Stuff - Calling all fans and fanatics of Harry Potter, Raina Telgemeier, Big Nate, Rick Riordan, Wimpy Kid, Dear Dumb Diary, Warriors and tons of other books—we want you to join our squad! Shelf Stuff is a brand-new spot where you’ll find the goods on these books and many more.
  • Quarto Kids Pinterest - see a curated Pinterest board of activity sheets and more from Quarto Kids.
  • Random House - Random House has tons of resources for all age groups: elementary, middle school, and high school levels!

  • Simon & Schuster Pinterest - activity sheets, reading group guides, and more from Simon & Schuster.
  •  Sourcebooks - Activities to do at home including lesson plans, event kits, makerspace, activity kits and more!

  • Sterling Children’s Publishers - Find activity sheets for a number of Sterling titles.
  • Workman Publishing - All these resources and materials are FREE. Additionally, Sandra Boynton has given permission for all her books published by Workman to be read virtually.


Craft & Science Resources

  • Raspberry Pi at Home Activities - these educational at home coding projects from Raspberry Pi have projects for all levels of makers.
  •  Red Ted Art - Easy to follow crafts and ideas for all age groups from RedTedArt.com. The crafts are designed to be made from every day items, so you can usually get crafting straight away!
  •  RJ Knits - Got time on your hands? Put needles & yarn in them and learn to knit!
  •  STARNet STEM Activities Clearinghouse - In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use.

Museum Resources

  • Find NY Culture - Find organizations with learning resources and educational programs.



Websites, Digital Resources & More

  •  ALSC’s 2020 Notable Digital Media List - “The Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.”
  •  DayByDayNy / En Español - The New York State Library hopes that families across New York State will use this interactive calendar to develop a love for books and learning that will last a lifetime. The calendar uses multimedia to enhance books, songs, and family health and bring these components to life.  If families can only spend a few minutes together, this calendar will give them something they can use to make sure that this is quality time as well as educational time.
  •  #DisneyMagicMoments - #DisneyMagicMoments lets you experience the magic of Disney wherever you may be. Enjoy Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic with stories, videos, and activities to inspire imagination and discovery among kids, fans, and families alike.

  •  Dungeons & Dragons/Roll20: Free Adventure Preview - Explorer's Guide to Wildemount - From Polygon, “The talented performers from Critical Role, virtual tabletop platform Roll20, and Dungeons & Dragons publishers Wizards of the Coast have released a free pen-and-paper adventure online. The excerpt from Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount is available now for those stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak”
  •  Playing Dungeons & Dragons at a Distance Using the Theater of the Mind - Playing Dungeons & Dragons is a great way to spend time with friends & family who are in isolation, and stay connected with them. There are many ways to play online, but this guide will focus on a method called the “theater of the mind”. It will mainly cover the role of the dungeon master, and how to best prepare for, and subsequently run, a theater of the mind style game.
  •  Instrument Petting Zoo Online From Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, “Join the IPZ from the comfort of your own home. Learn about new instruments and download worksheets to work on Music Basics on your own.”
  •  Learning at Home List from Joyce Valenza - “Here are some resources to keep them engaged and learning during the current crisis.”

  • Youtube Channels

  •  America’s Test Kitchen Kids YouTube Playlist 
  •  Bon Appetit YouTube Channel - Cooking tutorials, challenges and more fun in the kitchen!
  •  The Brave Wilderness - Your one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters!
  •  Crash Course YouTube Playlists - Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Created by John & Hank Green.
  •  Dodo Kids - Dodo Kids is THE place for kids (preschoolers and up) who love animals and who love to see furry, funny, heartwarming, inspiring, exciting and playful animal stories.
  •  Epic Reads - Young Adult author interviews, book trailers, and book vlogging.
  •  HiHo Kids YouTube Channel - kids try cool and interesting stuff!
  •  The Houston Zoo YouTube Channel 
  •  Mother Goose Club - “Preschoolers, parents and teachers love Mother Goose Club's six colorful characters that introduce preschool themes through classic nursery rhymes, original songs and colorful videos."
  •  Shelf Stuff - Calling all fans and fanatics of Harry Potter, Raina Telgemeier, Big Nate, Rick Riordan, Wimpy Kid, Dear Dumb Diary, Warriors and tons of other books—we want you to join our squad! Shelf Stuff is a brand-new spot where you’ll find the goods on these books and many more.
  •  Super Simple Songs YouTube Channel - kids songs, nursery rhymes and more!
  •  TEDEd YouTube Channel - “Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website.”

  • Podcasts

SNAP

Island Harvest provides free referrals and free assistance for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) over the phone, and you do not have to go to the Department of Social Services. Island Harvest can walk you through the online application by telephone or complete a short intake and submit the online application for you. Give us a call today!

631-873-4775

Adults

Recommendations in this section are not screened to be family-friendly, so please take a look before sharing with mixed company!

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This document includes sections for Kids & Teens, Adults, and Librarians.

Online Book Clubs

  •  Oprah’s Book Club -  OBC is the interactive, multi-platform reading club bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories.
  •  Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine - A community propelled by meaningful connections with stories, authors and fellow members, Reese’s Book Club sparks thought, joy, and conversation–online and in real life.

  •  Andrew Luck Book Club - Book club created by former Indianapolis Cold Quarterback Andrew Luck.  “The mission of the Andrew Luck Book Club is to build a team of readers of all levels.” Each month there is a “rookie” and a “veteran” book.  
  •  History Book Club - The History Book Club is the largest history and nonfiction group on Goodreads.
  •  New Adult Book Club - This group is for everyone to share their love of New Adult fiction - the rapidly growing category for books that have the same coming of age feel as YA books but with more mature themes and content.
  •  Romance Readers Reading Challenge - “If you love to read romance novels, or just read, and you like reading challenges, come and join this group. If you look at your TBR list and don't know which book to start with, worry no more. We will give you a reason to.”
  •  Goodreads Choice Awards Book Club - We will read the Goodreads Choice Awards winning books throughout the year but not only... Be prepared for winners, nominees, new bestsellers, awesome series.
  •  Girls Night In Book Club - “Every month, we choose one book to read together as a community. Tag #GNIreads as you read along, and join us at one of our meetups!”
  •  Noname’s Book Club - “Noname's Book Club is an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. We do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color.”
  •  The Next Best Book Club - Are you searching for the NEXT best book?
  •  Everyone Has Read This But Me - The Catch Up Book Club - Your friends reference it, your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/"sort of thing?" raves about it, even your favorite movies quote it, or it IS your favorite movie but you've never read the book.


Book Resources

  •   BookCon Readathon - 28 authors. Seven hours. One great cause. Please join the first-ever BookCon Read-A-Thon from the comfort of your desktops and smartphones to enjoy readings and presentations from many of your favorite authors across all genres.

  • JSTOR - You can search all open access content on JSTOR without a login - there’s more than 6000 ebooks and 150 journals.

  •  NPR Book Concierge - The Book Concierge is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. Mix and match tags such as Book Club Ideas, Biography & Memoir, or Ladies First to filter results and find the book that’s perfect for you or someone you love.

  •  Online Book Club - “OnlineBookClub.org is a free site for readers that has been around for over 10 years, before smartphones even! We have a ton of awesome features for book lovers and a massive community of active members from all over the world. There are over one million members!” Includes reviews, forums, and a book tracking app.

Art, Music & Theater

  •  Ballet Nova Streaming Ballet Lessons: “During these challenging times we are pleased to announce that BalletNova will be offering free live streamed classes taught by our esteemed faculty and hosted by our Artistic Director Matthew Powell! In addition, you'll get a sneak peak behind the scenes of the studio, our upcoming productions, and more exclusive content.” Click through for schedule.
  •  Met Opera Live Streams - nightly streaming of opera from the Met. Each stream is available until 3:30 the following day.
  • National Theater At Home - broadwayworld.com reports: “From Thursday 2 April, a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch via the National Theatre's YouTube channel.” The first production will be One Man, Two Guvnors on April 2nd, featuring James Corden.
  •  Stay At Home Fest - “Until COVID-19 ends, artists are moving their events online, and we need a place to find them. Stay At Home Fest brings these events together into a massive ongoing music festival-style calendar, along with a curated “Main Stage Event.” We can slow the spread of COVID 19, support the artists we love, and fight the effects of isolation. Stay at home. But stay together.” Note that some events may charge a fee or request a donation.
  •  Stratford Festival “Virtual Film Festival” - beginning Thursday, April 23rd and running through July, the Stratford Festival will launch a new filmed Shakespeare stage production every Thursday to view for free. Each production will remain live for three weeks. Current announced plays in order are: King Lear, Coriolanus, Macbeth, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, King John, The Adventures of Pericles, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and The Taming of the Shrew.  

TV & Movies

  •  Movies On Demand from Universal - Universal Making ‘Invisible Man’, ‘The Hunt’ & ‘Emma’ Available In Home On Friday; ‘Trolls’ Sequel To Hit Cinemas & VOD Easter Weekend (recent announcement - more updates to come; will require payment)
  •  Netflix Party (Chrome browser extension) - “Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.”

Cooking & Baking

Other Websites

SCLS Staff Picks

A collection of favorite ways to pass the time, according to the staff of SCLS!

  • YouTube

  •  Bob Ross YouTube Channel - “The official YouTube channel of "The Joy of Painting" and Bob Ross. Watch and paint along with every episode of The Joy of Painting! Happy painting!”
  •  Bon Appetit YouTube Channel - Cooking tutorials, challenges and more fun in the kitchen!
  • Chillhop Music - The best place for lofi hip hop and chill beats including mixes, singles and 24/7 chillhop radio.
  •  The Dodo - “The Dodo on YouTube is a place for everyone who loves animals and cares about their wellbeing. Our goal is to make caring about animals a viral cause.”
  •  Moster Factory - Justin and Griffin McElroy create monstrosities in video games, then laugh at them.
  •  Lessons from the Screenplay - “With Lessons from the Screenplay, I make videos that analyze movie scripts to examine exactly how and why they are so good at telling their stories. Part educational series and part love letter to awesome films, Lessons from the Screenplay aims to be a fun way to learn more about your favorite films and help us all become better storytellers.”
  • Ms. Mojo - MsMojo produces original, high-quality pop culture-related videos on film & TV, celebrity, music, health, lifestyle, fashion, and more. We are a sister channel to WatchMojo. Entertaining Top 10 Countdowns.
  •  NPR Music - Tiny Desk Concerts - The official YouTube channel for NPR Music featuring Tiny Desk Concerts, live shows, documentaries and more.
  •  The Shedd Aquarium - “We engage and inspire, entertain and inform. We are a vital teaching and learning resource, conservation leader, neighborhood partner and global collaborator. We are passionate about our animals, their habitats and the planet we share.”
  •  Unspeakable - “On this channel you will see me pull pranks on my friends, drive crazy cars, do insane challenges, and much more with the squad!”
  • WatchMojo.com - Top 10 lists on Music, TV, Film and Video Games. We publish 4 or more Top 10s daily. Subscribe for new top 10 lists every day, and binge watch on Top 10s covering Pop Culture, Celebrity, Movies, Music, TV, Film, Video Games, Politics, News, Comics and Superheroes. WatchMojo’s back catalogue has ten thousand videos on Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Tips, How To’s, Reviews, Commentary and more  Your trusted authority on ranking Pop Culture.


  • Podcasts

  •  The Allusionist - A podcast about language by Helen Zaltzman
  •  Binge Mode - Deep dives (on pop culture including Star Wars & Harry Potter) with Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion of theringer.com, a very good website.
  •  Decoder Ring - In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
  •  Fanti - Sometimes the people, places, and things we love don’t love us back. We’re fans, but we also have some ANTI- feelings toward them. Every week on FANTI, journalists Tre’vell Anderson and Jarrett Hill bring their pop culture and political expertise to things we must stand and stand up against.
  • The FANtom Zone- The FANtom Zone is a comic book/comedy podcast where they discuss, review, and argue endlessly while indulging in everything comic books.
  • Judge John Hodgman - Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge.
  •  Maximum Fun Calendar of Events - A lot of MaxFun hosts are doing livestreams these days to keep us all company. See what’s on the calendar already, and be sure to bookmark it because we’re always adding new stuff!
  •  My Brother, My Brother and Me: An advice podcast for the modren era. The McElroy brothers are here to take your questions and turn them, alchemy-like, into wisdom.
  •  Ologies - A comedyish science podcast hosted by Alie Ward. Asking smart ologists not-smart questions about their professional obsessions. (Yes, she has a COVID episode!)
  • Parenting Tips - "Parenting Tips" provides current research-based information from Cornell University and other American land grant institutions. In today's world, parenting is rewarding as well as challenging. "Parenting Tips" supports parents and other caregivers by translating timely child development research into practical and helpful information to support family health and wellness.
  •  The Past and the Curious - “It is our goal to share true stories of inspiration, humor, and the incredible achievements of all types of people, many of which are sadly under-shared, and to do so in an easily accessible and diverse manner.”
  •  Reply All - From Gimlet Media, “‘A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” – The Guardian
  •  Sawbones - Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy on a marital tour of misguided medicine as they discuss the weird, gross, and sometimes downright dangerous ways we tried to solve our medical woes through the ages (has two episodes so far about COVID-19).
  •  Staying In with Emily and Kumail - In this podcast — whose profits go to charities helping those affected by Coronavirus — Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani are uniquely qualified to lead you through this forced quarantine situation. Let us advise you on how to stay calm and avoid cabin fever. Let us give you entertainment recommendations. Let us give you constant updates on the squirrel vs. bird war happening right outside our window. Let us not talk about the C word at all. And most of all, let us take all of the proceeds from this podcast and spread it amongst charities that are helping those who are hit hardest by this quarantine.
  •  Stuff You Should Know - If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Niño, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you.
  •  This Podcast Will Kill You - Grad students studying disease ecology, Erin and Erin found themselves disenchanted with the insular world of academia. They wanted a way to share their love of epidemics and weird medical mysteries with the world, not just colleagues (has a six-part series on COVID-19).
  • Wine & Crime - Wine & Crime is a new true crime / comedy podcast. Join three childhood friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesota accents!

  • Websites

  • Books & Audiobooks

  • Family Books & Series

  • Games

For Librarians

Resources

Resources that librarians should investigate on behalf of their individual libraries

  •  Bookmarked by Landmark - “Best Book Club Picks for Every Reader” - Sourcebooks has curated a page for their adult/YA crossover titles which includes discussion guides. Librarians can use these for viruta book clubs.

  •  Tumblebooks - “TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, announced today it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31. Its flagship product, TumbleBooklibrary, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world. It is inviting public libraries across North America  to email info@tumblebooks.com with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all three TumbleBook databases so they can be shared and accessed by their patrons from the comfort and safety of their homes. If you are a school or individual wishing to take advantage of this free access we urge you to contact your local public library. Tumblebooks is being made available to every public library.” Please follow this link for log-in information for all of their resources.

  •  Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Public Libraries - Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries is a guidebook and source of programming inspiration for all librarians working with early to young adult readers. Librarians will find thematic, easy to implement, hour-long writing workshops that require only paper, markers, and excited young writers. Writing Boxes further explores the essential connection between reading and writing by pairing each workshop with mentor texts to model writing, providing librarians with exemplary books to spark writing responses across genres, formats, and curricula. Free PDF download.
  • NYSED Continuity of Learning website - If you would like to know more about the guidelines of what teachers are working with for distance learning, this site supports teachers in that effort.

  • StarNet - the STEM Activity Clearinghous is where librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use.

Publisher Permissions for Recording/Streaming Storytimes:
If you have seen an official statement from a publisher that is not on this list, please email darla@suffolknet.org 

Abram’s Children’s Books

ABRAMS is eager to support and encourage the creative efforts of educators and others who are providing remote learning in this environment. We would be happy if you chose one or more of our books to read online to your students and participants. We ask that you follow these guidelines when doing so:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission of Abrams Children’s Books, and please note the title, author, and illustrator of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another group or platform with limited access for your students only.

Bloomsbury Kids

        From katemessner.com: “Bloomsbury Kids isn’t sharing an official policy at this point, but they’ve set up general guidelines for fair use, allowing both live-streaming (not recorded) and password-protected, private read-alouds of entire works, as well as publicly shared read-alouds of excerpts (no more than 20%), all through the end of the school year. Bloomsbury is asking that you contact the publisher or the author of the work for more information on those guidelines.”


Boyds Mills & Kane

Guidelines for Online Reading During the Coronavirus

How to share BMK books with students

A silver lining of the challenges we are currently facing is the heartwarming and absolutely unsurprising commitment we are seeing by authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, and all other educators to make sure kids continue to have access to great books while schools are closed. We want to assure you that Boyds Mills & Kane has your back!

Here are our guidelines for reading Boyds Mills & Kane books online during this time:

         Please note at the beginning of your recording that you are reading with permission from Boyds Mills & Kane.

         Please ensure your recording is available only on closed platforms (e.g., through a password-protected school platform or a private YouTube channel accessible only by students/educators).

         Please delete or disable access to your recording after June 30, 2020.

         If you are an educator, please email your name and title to us at marketing@bmkbooks.com. We’d love to hear how you’re using our books during this time!

        By posting any recording, you agree to all terms outlined above. Boyds Mills & Kane may adjust these terms in the future, as the situation evolves.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep kids engaged, involved, and inspired!

Sincerely,

Juliana Lauletta

Publisher

Chronicle Books



Crabtree

Crabtree Publishing Company is dedicated to supporting our education community as we navigate uncertain service challenges. We realize that librarians, teachers, home-educators and parents are actively looking to provide reading resources for their students and community in an effort to keep them learning and reading. Virtual sharing through story time and online read-alouds provide that solution.

 At this time, Crabtree is granting open permission to those individuals wishing to use our books in a virtual online setting to extend learning and engagement through read-alouds. We commend those individuals who have committed their efforts to furthering the education of their students and community during this time of uncertainty. It’s wonderful to see individuals coming together, in a virtual manner, to enrich their communities, with the love of books and reading!


Teachers, librarians,home-educators and parents may use any Crabtree Publishing title in a read-along for non-commercial use until June 30, 2020 as follows:

 
• At the beginning of the recording/live video, please indicate that you are reading with permission from Crabtree Publishing and reference the author.

 
• Video live streams may include displaying the book as part of the reading.

 

• Teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers, and clergy are granted permission to read any Crabtree Publishing title to their patrons, students, and children through virtual means(public or private platforms). Refer to conditions of recorded use below.

 • Recordings of video or live-stream read-alouds through public or private platforms (ie Facebook Live, Instagram, Zoom, Youtube Live and other such means) are allowed under the condition the recordings of these events are removed from your archives by June 30, 2020.

 • Please email permissions@crabtreebooks.com to notify us when you post a stream or recording using Crabtree Publishing books and include the following information:

- Name and address of library, school, institution, individual

 - Title and author of book that is read

 - Link or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted

 
• We would love to see our books featured in your read-alongs so kindly tag Crabtree Publishing when referencing these recordings on social media!

Twitter: @CrabtreePub

Facebook: @CrabtreePublishing

Instagram: @CrabtreePublishing

By participating in a read-along recording using Crabtree Publishing books, you agree to the above terms,which are in effect until June 30, 2020. Should you have additional questions, please email permissions@crabtreebooks.com 

Note: Usage is limited to individuals within Canada and the United States.

Disney Publishing (Disney Press titles only) - UPDATED

The below permission license from DPW is limited to our Disney Press imprint. Mo Willems has granted permission here and Ryan T. Higgins has granted permission here.

The copyright for most of our Hyperion titles live with each author, so please check their website and/or social media posts. If you are still not sure about a title, please contact us at the email below.

 With the increase in school closures, and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Disney Publishing Worldwide has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We support the efforts of educators and librarians who wish to provide remote learning at this time. Our permission is limited to Disney Press titles. If you are not sure which category a book falls into, please reach out to us at the following address: Dina.Sherman@Disney.com.

We ask that if you read a Disney Press book online for your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

        Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission from Disney Publishing Worldwide, and please note the title of the book.

        Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for your students only.

        Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2020.

        Please send an email to Dina.Sherman@Disney.com with your name, school, city, state, and the title and of the book(s) you read online with a link to your video.
        By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.
        These terms are in effect until June 30, 2020.
Please note that other organizations interested in posting videos of your Disney Press title reading will need to contact Dina.Sherman@Disney.com who will evaluate their request.
 Thank you for all you are doing.

HarperCollins Children’s Books

If you are an educator or librarian who would like to read a HarperCollins Children’s book online:
We are granting permission to educators and librarians to read HarperCollins Children’s Books titles online, on video, through the end of the school year. These virtual readings may be streamed live via digital platforms, or if recorded, posted to closed educational platforms. If a closed platform is unavailable, recorded videos of readings may be uploaded to YouTube as long as they are marked “Unlisted”. We ask that any educators or librarians performing or posting readings please do the following, as conditions of this grant of permission:
 1. At the beginning of the reading, state it is “with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books”.
2. Send their name, school or library, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book they intend to read online to ChildrensPermissions@HARPERCOLLINS.com.
3. Delete uploaded or archived videos or, in the event the applicable platform does not permit deletion, disable access to uploaded videos, by the end of the local school year.
This permission grant is to best serve the community of readers out there who need us right now.

Holiday House

We are thrilled for you to share our books with young readers, but we do need your help to protect our creators’ copyrights. We can permit the creation of virtual read-alouds at no charge within a closed platform for non-commercial use only, and as long as the video is removed after a limited time (30 days), and you acknowledge the author/artist and Holiday House. We cannot grant permission for these videos to be posted publicly to YouTube at this time.

Holiday House Terms:

  1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading “with permission from Holiday House Publishing.”
  2. Post your reading within a closed platform or group for your members only, not for commercial use.
  3. Please delete your video within thirty (30) days from date of posting.
  4. Send an email to rights@holidayhouse.com with your name, school or library, city and state, the title and author/illustrator of the book you will read online, and what platform you plan to host the reading on.

By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

We would also love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag us @HolidayHouseBks on social media in any posts affiliated with it!

Thank you!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media group is dedicated to supporting our reading community as we navigate this challenging landscape together. We know stories have the power to connect people, bring joy, and create learning moments, and we are inspired in particular by the educators and librarians who are sharing virtual story time and read-aloud opportunities with young people.

To help solve for some of the challenges teachers and librarians are facing due to facility closures and travel restrictions, HMH is granting an open permission to those individuals who would like to use our books to engage their students and community remotely. We are grateful for these talented educators who are keeping children’s spirits up and creating space to celebrate reading during a time of uncertainty.

Our partners at HMH’s K-12 education group are working directly with schools and districts to meet the challenges around delivering curriculum and accessing our programs and resources in a variety of formats and forms to accommodate remote learning. You can learn more about this at www.hmhco.com/coronavirus .

Our titles include books published under the following imprints: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Versify and Clarion Books.

As educators and librarians, you may use any HMH title in the following ways until June 30, 2020:

        Perform a video or audio live-stream read-aloud of any HMH title including through public or private platforms such as offered by Facebook, Zoom, or the like. Video livestreams may include displaying the picture book as part of the reading.

        Post a video or audio recording of a teacher or librarian reading any HMH title through a private platform. Videos may include a video capture of the picture book as it is being read.

        If you or your students and patrons do not have ready access to a livestream or private platform, then you may use a public platform like YouTube. Please take the additional step to make the settings non-public (e.g., “private” or “unlisted” so you can share the link with your intended audience).

We would like to hear from you about what titles you have chosen to read using this permission. Please email readaloud@hmhco.com to tell us which titles and the authors/illustrators. To be clear, if you follow these guidelines, you don’t need to ask for separate written permission from HMH. But if you have questions, you can also direct questions to that email address.

We do ask that after this limited permission expires on June 30, 2020, you delete or disable access to all videos or recordings of HMH titles, including those posted to any public or private platforms.

 

Lee & Low

During this critical time, we realize the absolute importance of continued learning in ways that do not put our students at risk. Normally there are companies licensed to professionally produce audio and video recordings of our titles; under the current circumstances, time does not permit professional production to take place.

For this reason, Lee & Low is granting permission to allow educators to do a virtual recording or videotaping of our titles for non-commercial purposes only. Here are our guidelines for reading Lee & Low titles online during this time:

• Please note at the beginning of your recording that you are reading with permission from Lee & Low Books.

• Recordings should only be posted/shared on closed platforms such as a private YouTube channel or password-protected school platform.

• Story time or read-aloud events featuring our books may be streamed live through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Live. However, please make sure recordings of these events do not remain in your archives for more than 24 hours after the event has concluded.

• Please tag @LEEandLOW when discussing any recordings featuring our books on social media

• Reporting: Please use this form to notify us when you post a stream or recording using our books.

By posting a reading, you agree to the above terms which are in effect until June 30, 2020. For any additional questions, please email hehrlich[at]leeandlow.com

Lerner

Lerner is committed to our authors and illustrators as well as the readers who enjoy their books. We want to help protect the hard work and creativity of our contributors while supporting schools and libraries in this difficult time.

To that end, we are granting a temporary license to educators and librarians who would like to use our books to support their students and patrons via distance learning and remote access with the following stipulations:

· A one-time, non-dramatic reading of the book, for educational and non-commercial purposes only

· The reading shall not be publicly shared/broadcast on Youtube/Facebook or other social media platforms, unless posted “Unlisted” (not “Public”), and shall not be used as a means to generate income via advertising or any other fee

· The reading shall be removed from all formats, including live videos that have been archived, by June 30, 2020

· Please begin the video or recording with a statement that you are reading with permission of Lerner Publishing Group

· The following imprints are covered by this agreement: Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab, Darby Creek, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions, Graphic Universe, Kar-Ben Publishing, Lerner Classroom, Lerner Digital, Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Twenty-First Century Books, Zest Books. Imprints or publishers listed in our catalog but not listed above are NOT COVERED by this license and permission must be sought directly.

· With all readings, you must include the following notice: Displayed with the permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. “Title” by Author, illustrated by Illustrator. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Please email permissions@lernerbooks.com with any questions.

Little Brown

Macmillan

With many schools around the country closed, and more closing daily, Macmillan wants to support teachers, librarians and parents as they work to keep their students and children engaged with reading and learning via virtual classrooms and other forms of remote learning.

Using Our Content in Media

During this emergency and when their schools are closed, we have no objection to (1) teachers and librarians live streaming or posting videos reading our children’s books to their students, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis, and (2) authors live streaming or posting videos reading their children’s books, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis.

Reporting

We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us via email (addressed to permissions@macmillan.com) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing the following information:

  • Name and address of the library, school, or store
  • Title, author and ISBN of the book that is read
  • Contact information for the individual responsible for the reading
  • The educational or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted or held and a link to that video or live event

Peachtree

We at Peachtree want to do everything we can to help kids and parents, and educators and librarians, cope with the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in now while protecting the hard work of our authors and illustrators. Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc. is happy to share a resource page full of free downloadable teacher’s guides, and activity sheets.

We would be happy to allow you to read our titles to your library members, but we do need your help to protect our creators’ copyrights. We ask you to follow these guidelines:

 

  • At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading the title “with permission from Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc.”
  • Please post your reading within a closed platform or group for your members only.
  • Please delete your video by the end of this current school year, no later than June 30, 2020.
  • Please reply to permission@peachtree-online.com with your name, school, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you will read online.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

We would also love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag us on social media in any posts affiliated with it!

Thank you for everything you are doing to help kids and families during this difficult time.

Penguin Random House

For Booksellers and Librarians who wish to provide a story time reading or other read-aloud experience to young people who would otherwise visit the library or bookstore in person:

  • Story time or read-aloud live events in which a Penguin Random House book is read out loud and the book is displayed (for picture books) may be streamed live, in real time, on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • These story time or read-aloud live events may not be maintained in the archive of the social media platform and appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that videos of the live events are not retained. Because these platforms automatically archive live events by default, when your event has concluded, please  locate the recorded live video in your account (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and delete it. See screenshot for how to delete a live video from YouTube after it has concluded.

Reporting requirements – We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us via email (addressed to StoryTimeTempPermission@penguinrandomhouse.com) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing the following information:

  • Name and address of the library, school, or store
  • Title, author and ISBN of the book that is read
  • Contact information for the individual responsible for the reading
  • The educational or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted or held and a link to that video or live event

Scholastic
We have been moved by the numerous requests we’ve received from teachers across the country who are trying to address these needs by posting readings of books online for students to access. We want to support you in your efforts and ask that if you choose to read your book online to your students you follow these guidelines:
1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Scholastic.”
2. Our preference is that you post your reading through your school's platform or another closed group or platform with limited access for your students. However, we recognize this may not be possible, in which case you may post it through a more publicly accessible platform, such as YouTube.
3. Since we view this as a way to compensate for the closure of schools, please delete your video or disable access by the end of this current school year, no later than June 30, 2020.
4. Please reply to tradepublicity@scholastic.com with your name, school, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.
5. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag Scholastic's social media handles in any posts affiliated with it!
Twitter: @Scholastic Instagram: @ScholasticInc Facebook: @Scholastic YouTube: @Scholastic
Thank you for all you are doing to help students and their families through this difficult time.
Simon & Schuster

Dear Educators, Librarians, and Booksellers:

Simon & Schuster is pleased to provide resources and support as you navigate distance learning and bookselling in the weeks ahead. Please visit The Book Pantry website for reading group and teaching guides, author studies, and more at SimonandSchusterPublishing.com/TheBookPantry

In addition, we will permit you to livestream and post readings of Simon & Schuster books online for your students and customers, subject to the following. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to these terms:

 1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading the book “with permission from Simon & Schuster.”

2. We ask that you post your reading within the confines of your school, library, or store's platform or another closed group with limited access for your students and customers. However, for Ready-to-Reads, picture books, and any other younger formats, if this is not possible, you may post it through a public platform, such as YouTube.

3. For these younger formats, it is fine to read the entire book. For chapter books and novels, the readings should be limited to a few chapters.

 4. Since this is a way to deal with the current extraordinary situation, your video should be deleted or access disabled by no later than June 30, 2020.

 5. If you are an educator or librarian, email us at Education.Library@SimonandSchuster.com with your name, school, city, and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online and the date. If you are a bookseller, email us at ChildrensPublicity@SimonandSchuster.com with your name, store, location, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online and the date.

 6. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so educators and librarians, please tag Simon & Schuster Education & Library’s social media in your posts!

Twitter: @SSEdLib
Instagram: @SSEdLib
Facebook: @SSEdLib

And booksellers, please tag Simon & Schuster’s social media in your posts!

Twitter: @SimonKids
Instagram: @SimonKids
Facebook: @SimonKids 

Many thanks for the work you do every day to share books and the love of reading!

Sincerely,

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Sterling Publishing

Here are the guidelines to follow:

  • Please send your name, your library or school, and the title of the book you intend to read online to agochnauer@sterlingpublishing.com.
  • Please say "All Rights Reserved, Sterling Publishing Co. Inc." at the beginning of a reading and add this language to any digital posting.
  • Please tag us in any post about your reading:
  • Twitter @sterlingkids
  • Instagram @sterlingkids @sterlinglibrarymarketing
  • Please be sure that videos posted to your school’s private platforms are deleted after a month. Please be sure that videos posted to social media are deleted after 24 hours.
  • These recordings may not used in any commercial way.
World Book Inc.

Dear Educators,

The events over the past few weeks and uncertainty about what is to come are unprecedented, but it is a period that we will get through together as a community, as we always do. Whether you are directly or indirectly impacted, we know that COVID-19 is placing a significant strain on the ability of educators to reach their learners, causing much stress for schools and libraries, as well as for children and their parents. World Book has been a partner supporting the education community since 1917, and we are here to continue to support you today and through these challenging times.

For over 100 years, our missions have been aligned. To further support you and your remote learning efforts, we are providing all of our valued educators with access to additional Pre-K to grade 12 learning resources through April 30, 2020. To gain access to these additional complimentary resources, please click here .

We created this guide to support you, your team, parents, grandparents, caregivers, or anyone using our resources remotely. To further support virtual learning, next week we will be launching Wizard, an adaptive learning resource for math, science, social studies, and language arts. This resource can help augment teacher and parent efforts by:

  • Ensuring that kids retain content taught earlier this school year, and
  • Providing teachers and parents the opportunity to assign new learning topics and to monitor students’ progress on each topic, ensuring that they are learning and mastering standards-based content.

When you click to gain access to the additional complimentary resources, you will automatically have access to Wizard when it becomes available next week, without any further action.

If we can do anything more to help in your efforts, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone in your community.

Best,

Geoff Broderick

President, World Book, Inc.