Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
- Mason Cooley

Coping with COVID-19

Language & Literacy

  • Free daily writing prompts from New York Times
  • Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books from the British Library. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.
  • Brush up or learn a second language with duolingo
  • April is National Poetry Month.  Start early and get ready for Poem in Your Pocket day.
  • Freerice is an addictive word game that benefits the World Food Program.  Play on many levels. We warned you - you’ll be hooked!

Read Alouds & Podcasts

  • Storyline has loads of your favorite books recorded for your listening and viewing pleasure!
  • Tune in to Kids Ask Authors, created and hosted by award-winning author Grace Lin.
  • Common Sense Media has a curated list of podcasts for kids. We highly recommend "But Why?", produced by our own Vermont Public Radio.
  • Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater. Check out their podcasts for stories read aloud by some funny folks!
  • How does the government actaully work? Civics 101 podcasts for your middle and high school kiddos will fill in the blanks.
  • Kidcasts: Black Voices is a list of podcasts that center Black and African American history, culture, and notable figures.

STEAM

  • Doodle and draw with author/illustrators Mo Willems and Jarrett J. Krososzcka
  • Free downloadable activities from kids' art magazine Illustoria.
  • FourScienceVT: home learning activites from Vermont's science museums (Vermont Institue of Natural Science [VINS], ECHO Center, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Montshire Museum of Science).
  • Mystery Science is a fabulous website for science learning for kids K-5.  There are mini lessons and activities that require minimal materials - usually things you have around the house.  Check out, “Are Unicorns Real” and “How Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Germs.”
  • Audubon at Home: enjoy environmental education content that can easily be done from your own house/porch/yard with common household materials, created by Audubon Vermont.
  • DO try this at home! Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has a lot of simple experiments you can do at home with minimal materials.
  • Our friends at Bedtime Math  have great content for preschoolers through middle school.  On the website there are daily problems as well as screen-free activities in “Cabin Fever Math.”  There are also two free apps that post daily math challenges. Check out Bedtime Math and Minimath in the app store.
  • Learn about animals, ecology, and conservation through interactive games and fun activities with Rainforest Alliance
  • Math games from CoolMath.
  • Videos and guided practice for Eureka Math (this is the math program that the Burlington School District uses)

Education

  • COVID 19 Coronavirus Prep in BSD: resources for Burlington School District students.
  • Khan Academy/Khan Academy Kids is a great resource for all-around learning.  Pick and choose from thousands of on-line learning opportunities at all levels. Ask your BSDVT student if they have created an account through school.
  • Learn at home with Scholastic lessons for kindergarten through 9th grade.
  • Check out Lakeshore Learning for all kinds of support including printables, flashcards, awards.  Your kids would be thrilled to be named “Student of the Day!”
  • Teaching Tolerance has incredible educational resources on race and religion, ability, class, immigration, gender and sexual identity, bullying and bias, right and activism and ethnicity.
  • Great Schools has online-learning resources for grades K-12, including worksheets, booklists, and support for parents.

Virtual Field Trips

 

 

We are now partially open. Click here for info.

The library will be closed Monday, Aug. 17 for Bennington Battle Day