Youth Services Online Resources
Nassau Library System

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos.

Instagram Authors & Illustrators

@macbarnett will be reading a book aloud each day at 3pm ET (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)

@oliverjeffers reading one of his books every weekday at 2pm ET

@sophieblackall on Instagram

@carsonellis leading a drawing club

The Spanish Experiment
Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Read along in Spanish or English.

Abdo Digital Bookshelf
Their digital products are available for free now through June 2020. (You may experience difficulty because of high volume)!

A roundup of author’s who are reading their works online
Search #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Writing Workshop

Jen Calonita Author
The first writing challenge is up! And it comes with a prize. Every kid who tackles one of this week’s writing prompts and has a parent comment on this page that they’ve tried the assignment (or you want to send a screenshot of their work) will be entered to win an autographed copy of VIP. Each week I’ll pick a new book to give away and I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday (U.S. only). Have fun!

Kate DiCamillo’s Writing Workshop
Here is a message from her to her fans and we hope to continue these #WritewithKate posts weekly, with a different writing prompt or inspiration. Please share this video with your children and students – just 2 pages a day. It’s a great start!


Art Activities

Carin Berger


Coloring Pages from Every Child a Reader

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Drawing Studio
2pm Weekdays

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
1pm Weekdays

Search youtube for #MoLunchDoodles

Red Ted Art
Cute and easy crafts for kids


The Ideal Bookshelf
What books would be on your ideal bookshelf? Use these templates and draw your own.


Virtual Learning


Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic has curated a free digital learning hub that allows free access to daily learning journeys divided into 4 grade spans. Each learning journey is built around a story or video (this is basically their bookflix platform but with curriculum)

Parents have to set up an account and watch a bookflix video. 3 hours of content is available per day. A great resource to add to a child’s learning experiences at home. 

Busy Toddler on Instagram (@busytoddler)

Susie is a former teacher and a mom of 3. She has lots of school and play activities.

Roundup of Virtual Field Trips

There’s links to zoos (love the Ape cam!), national parks, museums, art galleries and something for parents too.


Live Jelly Cam from Monterey Bay Aquarium


Peachtree Publishing’s Activity Sheets

Khan Academy
You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. 

Starnet Libraries
The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is a community of library and STEM professionals that work together to strengthen STEAM learning in public libraries nationwide. Hundreds of STEM activities that you can do at home.


The Nonfiction Minute

Short essays to read and/or listen to about interesting real-world topics

Google Arts & Culture
Explore art collections from around the world


YA Resources

Coronavirus Outbreak Leads to Over 450 Manga Volumes Released Online for Free

A list of Ivy League MOOCs


Virtual Programming During a Pandemic, a guest post by Stacey Shapiro

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson is taking your questions!
Find her on Twitter (@halseanderson)
or Facebook (
YA novelist Laurie Halse Anderson is taking question on her books via Twitter & FB in hopes of starting a #QuarantRead book club. Hit her up about SHOUT, CHAINS, SPEAK and many others! 



Starting on Monday, March 23, they are launching a free eight-week series of daily live interactive courses on the Constitution for middle school, high school, and college students.

Britannica Digital Learning
This is for schools and libraries, not for parents.  For access credentials to Britannica LaunchPacks Social Studies and Science, we invite building and district leadership to complete this form and our team will contact you promptly with setup information across your institution.




Learning Computer Science at Home — Thunkable Education Resources

Keep Moving!


Cosmic Yoga
Yoga and mindfulness for kids


Learning About Coronavirus 
Teaching our World: The Coronavirus


PBS Kids Resources

Help ease your kid’s worries about the virus by reading this article from PBS Kids and following their helpful tips:


This Curious George video can help your child understand what germs are and teach them how to protect themselves from them:


Sesame Street has a printable worksheet that can teach your child how to wash their hands properly – with a little help from Elmo:

Lots of additional PBS resources


How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19


A simple social story for young children to understand what is happening.


Free Webinars (Multiple dates available in March & April)

What Every Kid Needs to Know about the Novel Coronavirus


What Every Teen Needs to Know about the Novel Coronavirus

Two free hour long webinars. One for elementary/middle school students and the other for high school students. While the primary audience are children and youth, I welcome parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, school administrators, and anyone who is interested in getting information on the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The webinar will use medically accurate and age appropriate content. The content will focus on the science and public health along with frequently asked questions about how the coronavirus impacts things that matter to youth and adolescents. Webinar log in details will be sent 1 day before the webinar.

Presented by Dr. Anthony J. Santella is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Hofstra University where he teaches in the graduate public health programs and undergraduate community health.