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

    The Library may be closed, but you can still find activities, ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, and TV shows. Get help with homework, or even learn a new language! The list below is just to get you started – more to come soon! Most of the below resources can be accessed from the Library's Ebooks and Apps page or, in the case of databases, at our Online Databases.

    Explore additional outside resources to continue learning from home.

    Brainfuse HelpNow

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    Online live tutoring, as well as homework help, test prep, and skills-building services for students Grades 3-College Level. Access Brainfuse via the eBooks & Apps link at the bottom of the Library's homepage (smpl.org), or by clicking the Kids or Teens tab of the library website, then clicking on the Homework Help link. 

    Brainfuse video tutorials

    Mango Languages: Library Edition

    Mango100Learn 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.

    How does it work?

    TumbleBooks 

    SMPL Online TumblebooksEncourage 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. 

    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.
    Step-by-step guide
    Anyone can make and share Bibliocommons lists. It's a lot of fun!

    Hoopla Digital

    hoopla100Hoopla is a streaming service you can use on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Hoopla offers music, audio books, ebooks, comics, movies and television shows, with up to 6 downloads per month. Best of all, Hoopla items are always available; there's never a hold list or a wait.

    To get started, download the free Hoopla app from Google Play or the App Store, set up an account, then search and download. No library catalog required, just your library card number.

    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".

    OverDrive eBooks

    libby-app_logoAccess some of your favorite titles for all ages digitally through Overdrive. Check out audio and ebooks in your library account portal and open them in your browser, through the Overdrive app, or through the Kindle app on your computer or device. 

    Or if you use other libraries besides Santa Monica Public Library, use Overdrive's app Libby to search across the ebook and e-audiobook collections offered by every library you have a card with. 

    Check out up to 15 titles at a time.

    Libby FAQ

    Sesame Street eBooks

    Sesame Street eBooksIs your child in love with Elmo? Read more, learn more, and play more with all your favorite Sesame Street friends for free using your library account. Browse more than 200 classic and brand new books. All books are based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. Choose from read-along books, audio books, animated books, and interactive books. 

    To get started, go to Sesame Street eBooks. Click the Login picture of Elmo in the upper right corner, then make sure to click on the "Library Card Login" link to sign in with your library account.

    ReadyRosie

    SMPL Online Ready RosieThe Santa Monica Public Library has partnered with the educational resource ReadyRosie to share powerful games and expert videos that support you and your child in his/her learning. Turn daily activities into learning opportunities for birth-3rd grade at ReadyRosie. Register using code SMPL.

    What is ReadyRosie?
    (Note that this video stresses that you can work with your child's teacher – awesome idea! - to measure learning, but a teacher need not be involved. After all – you are your child's first teacher!)

    ReadyRosie Healthy at Home Toolkit

    With the growing impact of the COVID-19 virus, ReadyRosie is developing this free toolkit as a resource to help families with information and resources for supporting the children in their care. Available in English and Spanish.

    World Book Kids

    Captivate even the most reluctant reader with unique visual engagements, rich multimedia content, and an abundance of educational games, e-books, activities, and projects. With thousands of articles and a collection of biographies, World Book Kids (yes, as in World Book Encyclopedia) will encourage the young learner to be curious. World Book Kids can be accessed via the Library's Databases page. 

    Remote learning and support due to impact of COVID-19 Virus 

    With schools facing closures and moving to a period of remote online instruction, World Book is providing access to additional Pre-K to 12th grade learning resources until April 30, 2020. Get Started

    Online support for distance learning for parents and educators is available and can be accessed here 24/7.


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