Online Children’s Library

Hello to all our Patrons from the Children’s Department Librarians @ the Mamaroneck Public Library,

Please note, we are thinking of you and wishing you well. While we are currently closed to the public, we can connect you to wonderful online resources for you and your children. These include the following:

Information about speaking with your child about the virus:

 

Parents – The following is a free book provided by Candlewick Press for you to share with your children regarding the Coronovirus. https://www.candlewick.com/
This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the corona-virus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.

Here are a few sites with information on how to speak to children regarding the virus and changes to their daily life schedule:

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Picture Books Stories Online – for a Storytime adventure! Here are wonderful online resources where children can listen to stories online.

Scholastic: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
with themed books read online and fun related activities for preschool age and up.

Tumblebooks – Click here https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/learn-online/

Listen, Read & Watch: For online access to children’s e-books, music and movies, tumblebooks and so much more click on the Listen Read and Watch tab at The Westchester Library System website. Click here https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/listen-read/

Learn at home! for learning at home resources for Early Learners and Learners of all ages, you can find ABCMouse, Learning Express,and Daybyday NY which includes fun interactive activities, Click here https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/research-tools/

Research while schooling at home! Includes links to many interactive Encyclopedias and resources for students. Click https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/research-tools/

Fun and Safe Online Websites

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.  http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncdm    

Fun/Educational Websites for Families

Magazine and News

Time Magazine: Time has opened their digital library for everyone for free for the rest of the school year!

National Geographic for Kids: quizzes, articles, games, and videos around scientific facts and lots of animal content

Highlights: quizzes and articles from the long-standing children’s magazine

Scholastic: Learn at Home magazines broken down by grade level for children as well as resources for educators and parents

DOGO News: current news article written for children

Sports Illustrated Kids: sports reporting directed to children

STEM and Hands-On Exploration

Exploratorium: the San Francisco museum has hands-on, educational website of activities families can do at home

Farmer’s Almanac for Children: weather, historical events online

NASA Kids Clubs: games and activities centered around space and other STEM topics

Science Bob: experiments, videos, Q&As around scientific topics

Spatulatta, Cooking for Kids: blog of fun recipes for children

BrainPOP: “Make Any Room a Classroom” tools for parents – has been opened up to everyone for the school year

Characters, Book Exploration

Nick Jr.: familiar cartoon characters in games and videos in a very colorful webpage

PBS Kids: familiar cartoon characters from local channels with games and activities

KidsReads: for readers to research book reviews, authors spotlights, articles

Pottermore: immersive games and adventures for Harry Potter fans

Virtual Museum Tours

International

The British Museum, London, UK – this national collection includes the Rosetta Stone and a real mummy

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, London, UK –  this website gives users the ability to look at three galleries as  teacher, kid, or parent 

Natural History Museum, London, UK –  available through Google sites, the Museum includes lots of dinosaur exhibits

The National Museum of Computing, Milton Keynes, UK – in a browser, you can look closely at historic computer systems from World War II

The Louvre, Paris, France – virtual tours of different exhibits, like the Egyptian Antiquities

Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain – 360 degree look at an exhibit of the artist Rubens, set to calm music

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands – a Google site of a lot of Van Gogh’s work

Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy – famous Renaissance art through Google Arts & Culture

The Acropolis, Athens, Greece – a virtual tour of the Parthenon Gallery and Archaic Acropolis

Easter Island –  an outdoor tour of the Moai Statues in the Pacific

United States

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – a website geared towards #metkids with interactive maps and videos from the museum

Boston Children’s Museum –  the virtual web browser make you feel like you’re there with the ability to explore by floor in Google

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. – well laid out, allows children to do self-tour room-by-room

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. – Google site broken up into time periods with the  ability to look at individual art pieces

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. – multiple exhibitions about the moon, human space flight, air travel, etc.

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio – ability to look at the NASA Hangar, wind tunnels, and laboratories

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana – world’s largest children’s museum has a large amount of DIY projects as well as virtual tours

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California – live stream of different underwater life – jellyfish, penguins, open sea

Please continue to visit our website in the coming days where you will find fun pages from the Children’s Librarians at the Mamaroneck Public Library as we serve you virtually.

Best Regards,

Terry Numa, Head of Youth Services.