Last updated 03/26/2020 @ 2:35pm
In light of our current closure due to COVID-19, we would like to share information on a variety of online resources that are available to both our patrons and the public. This document contains a list of links and a blurb of information about what is available at those corresponding links. By no means is this meant to be comprehensive, but is rather presented as an aid to our patrons during this time of need. Some are links to articles, and some are links to the resources themselves. This is a living document and we will be updating it accordingly as things become available. Please feel free to reach out to us with suggestions for additions!
Accessible with a Crawford County Federated System (CCFLS) Library Card:
This information is also available from the Meadville Public Library Website. The links are also accessible through your local CCFLS library’s website.
These resources are available to our patrons using the Library’s POWER code, which you should be able to find on your library card. If you are unsure of what this is, please contact us via email.
**No library card? No problem! To increase access to digital resources while we are closed, we have enabled online patron registration from our catalog at https://catalog.ccfls.org. Complete the registration form, follow the link in the confirmation email you'll receive, and you'll be able to use Overdrive, POWER Library, and other resources that require a library card.
These are temporary accounts that can't check out physical materials, so if you want a regular card be sure to apply for one after we reopen.
Consumer Reports - Consumer Reports Online is now available through Erie-Crawford District Library services. If asked for a Patron ID, please enter your six-digit POWER code from the blue sticker on your library card.
eGovernment - Find government data, contact information, and tax forms in one easy place.
ePrep - Practice the SAT, ACT, PSAT and more, under timed conditions online grading and video review to improve skills.
GALE Literature Criticism Online - GALE Literature Criticism Online represents a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres presented as digitized pdfs and reader versions of full text and excerpts. Download, print and email article features are available, as well as citations and translations into multiple languages.
Gale Virtual Reference Library - Online access to encyclopedias and reference e-book sets. You can search the books, download articles from them in a number of formats, even have the articles read to you. At-home access is available. Simply enter just Meadville’s POWER code, no barcode (PLxxxx).
Libby - an app allowing access to ebooks and audiobooks which are available through the CCFLS system via Overdrive. Search for “Crawford County” when inputting your library card information.
Masterplots - If you’re looking for information on literature, Salem Literature’s Masterplots is a good place to start. Also available in the Reference Room, this 12-volume set summarizes works of literature, lists main characters, and provides critical analysis as well as suggestions for further reading. Use the POWER code to get access outside the library.
POWER Library - Search for articles in magazines, journals, and encyclopedias. Find images for school projects. Get informed about medical issues. This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
Pronunciator - Pronunciator is a language learning system. Register in with an email address and your library card number and then follow the directions to get right to learning through your browser or download apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Android tablet or phone.
Testing & Education Reference Center - TERC – the Testing & Education Reference Center offers test preparation & practice exams for high school, college entrance, professional certification and licensing, military, and civil service. Peterson’s ebooks are available as well as tools for Career Assessment, a Resume Builder and the Virtual Careers Library.
Universal Class - Over 500 online continuing education courses are now available through our website! These video based courses are for patrons interested in personal or professional growth. As a student, you can sign up for 5 classes at a time & can learn on your own time at your own pace. There is a wide range of subjects which are offered from expert instructors giving continual feedback. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can be earned on selected courses.
Crafting / Hobbies / Misc Activities
100 activities to do at home - link is to article
Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)
FreeSewing - free sewing patterns
eBooks & Audiobooks
Archive.org - Internet archive & digital library offering public domain eBooks, Audiobooks, and more.
Audible Stories - Audiobooks and stories for children through teens available for free.
National Emergency Library - From Archive.org
Project Gutenberg - eBooks which are considered to be part of the public domain
Scribd - Read audiobooks and eBooks for free for 30 days
TumbleBook Library - Free eBooks for kids!
Amazon - free access to 40 children’s TV shows including Pete the Cat & more.
Education Companies with Free Subscriptions - (link is to article)
Edhesive - Free Computer Programming classes for grades 6-12 & teachers as well.
Imagineering in a Box - from Walt Disney Imagineering and Khan Academy
Library Learners - a list of distance learning resources
Mister Roger’s Neighborhood - Full length episodes are available to watch for free.
Netflix - an article with a list of 150+ educational shows that are available to stream on Netflix.
Starfall - Phonics & Reading
Storyline Online - Children’s stories read by celebrities
Tech Resources - A list of technology & tech education resources currently available for free.
Time for Kids - Free access to digital library of Time for Kids Magazine
1500 Free Online Courses - An article listing 1,500 free online courses
Codeacademy - learn to code online for free
freeCodeCamp - non-profit based free coding education
Google Scholar - Database of scholarly articles
Indigenous Cinema - Presented by the National Film Board of Canada.
Ivy League Classes - This article lists links and information on courses that you can take for free from several Ivy League Schools.
Lynda - online education service from LinkedIn, one free month of classes is available.
Skillshare - currently offering 2 months of online courses for free in arts and crafts.
Ted Talks - thought provoking videos with an emphasis on STEAM
Exercise & Fitness
Dancio - 2 weeks of free-use access to master dance classes
Debbie Allen - Free Live dance classes for adults and kids.
Down Dog - An application which is allowing free access to Yoga, HIIT, and Barre classes until April 1, or July 1 if you are a teacher or student with a “.edu” email account.
Peloton - An application which features 90 days of free fitness classes.
Planet Fitness - YouTube page featuring a series of workouts that you can do at home.
Caring for Each Other - From the Sesame Street Workshop, aimed at helping both caregivers and children.
Headspace - Headspace is currently offering free access to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff.
Virus Anxiety - Mental Health Resources centered around Coronavirus Anxiety from Shine
Museums, Art, & History
Google Arts & Culture - Works of art from 2500 museums all over the world
Music, Theater, & Entertainment
Note: many musical artists are offering live concerts during this time. If you have a specific artist in mind, you may want to search for them specifically.
Billboard - Live at Home series available for streaming via Facebook
BroadwayHD - Free 7-day trial, streaming Broadway hits
Metropolitan Opera - Nightly Met Opera streams
Seattle Symphony - Free streaming of performances via YouTube
Tiny Desk Concerts - An intimate series of performances from NPR
YouTube - Many things are available to stream here for free including historic concerts and less-historic movies. All it takes is a search!
Zoos, Aquariums, & the Natural World
Access Mars - View the surface of Mars as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
Cornell Lab Bird Cams - The Cornell Lab Website also has a bird identifying aid available!