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      Things to do and read at home, from your Santa Monica Public Library!

    The Library may be closed, but our online resources are available 24/7. Attend a virtual program, check out ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, and TV shows. Get help with homework or even learn a new language. The list below will get you started. See our Ebooks and Apps page for a full list of e-resources, or our Online Databases page for a complete list of databases. Scroll down on this page for additional outside resources to continue learning from home.

    Bibliocommons Lists

    Biblicommons is the Library's catalog. Educators – did you know you can use your library account to create personalized lists of books for students? Lists can be shared to the public or limited to who you send the URL to. Log in with your library card and PIN to get started. Check out this Step-by-step guide. Anyone can make and share Bibliocommons lists. It's a lot of fun!
    Brainfuse HelpNow

    Brainfuse HelpNow offers online live tutoring, as well as homework help, test prep, and skills-building services for students Grades 3-College Level. Need help? Check out these Brainfuse video tutorials.
    Hoopla Digital

    Hoopla is a streaming service you can use on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Hoopla offers music, eaudiobooks, ebooks, comics, movies and television shows, with up to 6 downloads per month. Hoopla items are always available; there's never a hold list or a wait. Download the free Hoopla app, set up an account using your SMPL card, then search and download.  Pro tip – very carefully choose your 6 downloads, because with so much to choose from, it's easy to hit your limit, and Hoopla does not allow you to return items early. For great help tutorials, check out Hoopla's How-To Guides.
    Mango Languages
    Learn a new language with Mango Languages, an interactive language learning system teaching conversation skills for over 70 languages. You can even learn to speak Pirate! Access the library edition through your browser or download the Mango Languages Library Edition app for your mobile device. You will need your library card number and PIN to sign up. Need help? Check out this How to use Mango Languages Tutorial.
    Overdrive / Libby
    Access some of your favorite titles for all ages digitally through Overdrive. Check out ebooks and eaudiobooks in your Library account portal and open them in your browser, through the Overdrive app, or through the Kindle app. If you use other libraries, in addition to SMPL, use Overdrive's Libby app to search across the ebook/e-audiobook collections offered by every library from which you have a card. Check out up to 15 titles at a time. Find more information at Libby FAQs.
    The  Library has partnered with the educational resource ReadyRosie to share powerful games and expert videos that support you and your child's learning. Turn daily activities into learning opportunities for birth-3rd grade. Register using code the SMPL. Check out What is ReadyRosie? to learn more. Please note that the video stresses that you can work with your child's teacher to measure learning, but a teacher need not be involved. After all, you are your child's first teacher! With the growing impact of the COVID-19 virus, ReadyRosie has developed this free toolkit to help families with information and resources for supporting the children in their care. Available in English and Spanish.
    Encourage the joy of reading with TumbleBooks. Created from existing picture books, TumbleBooks are electronic picture books featuring sound, animation, music, and narration to help keep children actively engaged in reading. 
    World Book
    World Book captivates even the most reluctant reader with unique visual engagement, rich multimedia content, and an abundance of educational games, ebooks, activities, and projects. With thousands of articles and a collection of biographies, World Book encourages young learners to be curious. The site includes sections for early learning, kids, students, and advanced learning, as well as a timelines feature and Spanish language content.
         Additional outside resources for learning at home
    Anti-Racism Resources  
    Anti-Racism Resources List
    A list of anti-racism resources, including links to advocacy groups, podcasts, articles, books, and films, created by activist Sarah Sophie Flicker and writer Alyssa Klein.
    New York Times Article: These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids
    A list of books from the New York Times to help facilitate discussions about racism and protest to kids. 
    Zero to Three Article: Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five
    Guidance for parents on having age-appropriate discussions about racism and equality with children ages two to five. 
    Enrichment Activities for Families
    The Cayton Children's Museum
    This Museum presents virtual storytelling, music, and sing-a-longs, art making and creative exercises. Join them weekdays, 11:00am to 3:00pm, for #CaytonRecess on Instagram. 
    The Kennedy Center 
    Kennedy Center Artist-In-Residence Mo Willems presents Lunch Doodles each weekday at 1:00pm EST. Post your doodle on social media with the tag #MoLunchDoodles. 
    L.A. Parent Article: Library Resources You Can Use From Home
    Learn all about the various resources available at libraries throughout California.
    Library of Congress
    Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is collaborating with the Library of Congress to present free how-to draw demonstrations, read-a-louds, and other fun resources each Friday.
    MCN: The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
    An extensive list of virtual museum resources, e-learning, and online collections.
    Peterson Automotive Museum
    Activities, tours, and livestream events.
    Poppins At Home
    Mommy Poppins lists weekly virtual concerts, story times, events, and classes.  
    Science Friday
    A long-running radio show and podcast focusing on science. Free STEM activities to do with kids and teens.
    Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources
    Children's book authors and illustrators offer home activities, including mini-lessons, book readings, and teaching guides.

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