Keep your kids entertained and engaged
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Movies, TV, Music, & More
Kanopy Kids: Tired of Frozen II? Try Sesame Street! Instantly borrow from a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content that range across Movies, TV Series, Animated Storybooks, Live Action, and Animated favorites. All you need is a Tinley Park Public Library card. Help
Hoopla: Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, TV shows, & audiobooks, 24/7 with your Tinley Park Public Library card.
eBooks and Audiobooks
Tumblebooks: Young children will enjoy this online collection of storybooks, read-alongs, videos, games, puzzles, & nonfiction books. World language audiobooks are also included.
Unite for Literacy: Free storybooks that offer narration in many languages.
Scholastic Teachables: Worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! Printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade. Scholastic has also launched a free Learn at Home website.
Bedtime Math: Math activities to keep your child's skills sharp.
Children's Book Week Coloring Pages (Ages 5-10): Coloring pages from 23 illustrators for Children’s Book Week.
GoNoodle.com (Ages 2-13): Presents movement activities, calming activities, simple dances for active participation
Hour of Code (Ages 5+): Learn various coding tasks within an hour.
Invent.org (Ages 4-13): Includes a free downloadable STEM activity guide with lots of fun experiences
Khan Academy (Grades Pre-K-12): Resources for parents to help with homeschooling, including daily schedules, instructional videos, and more. Has paid and free content. This link includes instructions for signing up for the free account.
Little Bins for Little Hands (Ages 5-13): Includes experiments, recipes for slime, sensory play, lego challenges.
Mad Science: At-home experiments that you can do with ingredients that you most likely already have in your house!
Reading Through It Together: Book and activity recommendations by age from Brightly.
Vroom App (Ages 0-5): Early literacy activities for families
Whitmore Ace Hardware, New Lenox Curbside Kids Crafts: Offering free make and take S.T.E.M. Kits i.e. bird feeders, sunflower planting projects, etc., bagged up and ready to go outside of the store. A new activity is put out on Fridays and is first come first serve.
Wonderopolis (Ages 5-12): Asks a Wonder of the Day question, provides answers and text reader option. Explore past wonders & complete activities.
Librarian-approved Online Storytimes
#OperationStorytime is being used on social media to build a collection of videos from librarians, authors, and illustrators providing online storytime resources/read alouds during COVID-19.
KidLitTV (Ages 2-8): KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!: Author Mo Willems shares his doodles daily.
Stay At Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers
Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning and Daytime Emmy-nominated children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Storytime from Space: Picture books are shared by astronauts on the International Space Station. This project is administered by the Global Space Education Foundation.