Keep Reading and Learning While the Library Is Closed!

We've combed the internet for high quality, FREE resources for ebooks and other things to do while waiting for the Library to re-open. We hope you enjoy these suggestions as much as we do while hunkering down at home:

For Children:


Story Time From Space
Story Time from Space: Astronauts read books, while weightless, from the International Space Station!

One of our favorites, hear astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor read A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi while hanging out in the Space Station airlock.

The whole shebang. A list of all the astronaut stories read from the Space Station.


Wow! If your child (or you!) are interested in science and space exploration, you won't want to miss this one. There are so many things to explore here that listing them would take a whole page. For starters try:

The NASA homepage :


Tumble Book Library presents a collection of children’s literature available instantly by simply clicking on the link. Books can be viewed as videos with reading-along supported by highlighted text as the book is read-aloud. A range of different authors, genres, and topics are available. Love the animated reading of 50 Below Zero by Canadian author Robert Munsch and the National Geographic videos are so interesting!
Sign in with:
username – tumble735
Password – books


DayByDayNY is part of the New York State Library’s early literacy initiative. Songs, poems, crafts, PBS videos, and a daily read-aloud of an e-book are available, in English and in Spanish. The daily read-aloud is a real treat! Please take a look and listen!


Epic! is a digital library of books and learning videos for preschoolers through age 12. You can search the collections by specific titles or by general categories of reading and viewing interests. Look for the “Join free for 30 days” information near the top of the homepage.


The PBSKids website features many previously aired PBS TV shows with children’s literature brought to life through animated readings. Arthur, Clifford, Curious George and many other classics can be found there along with new books and characters. PBSKids provides games and fun activities related to their televised books.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo hosts daily Live Safari sessions on their Facebook page, with a new video every day at 3 p.m. Hippos, Pandas, Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Bears. . . Oh My!

For All Audiences:


Audible has made hundreds of audio book titles for children and adults completely free during the coronavirus crisis. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed. A terrific selection of contemporary and classic titles for all ages!


Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks. You'll find the world's greatest literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Have fun finding obscure works by authors you may recognize, like these stories by Frank Baum author of The Wizard of Oz.


The New York Stae Museum in Albany is closed for now, but you can see overviews of current and permanent exhibits that sometimes lead to links of more detailed information. For example this short video about the Shakers in New York, afterwhich there are several links to other sites concerning the Shakers.


Even though you can't check out the Friends of the Library free pass to the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, they have created a virtual museum online! Tour the collection, listen to the museum's audio guides, watch art classes for kids.

The Hyde Collection Home Page

Audio Guides

The Hyde on YouTube - art classes, museum tours and more

Click here to download a PDF with more ideas