Free Online Resources

While We Are Closed

Here is a list of free resources that any patron can access online.  Some of these resources are available year round with your library card information, and some of these are available because various database owners have provided libraries free access to their information while the COVID-19 crisis continues. We are very thankful for these providers!

We will indicate whether or not you need to be a patron in each resources’ description.  If you do need to be a patron, you’ll need your barcode off the back of your library card, and your pin number, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number, unless you’ve changed it to something else.  We hope these resources can help us all better manage this crisis.

Resources for All Ages

Overdrive and Libby

eBooks and eAudiobooks

We’ve purchased a number of new titles to get us through the closure period.  Full instructions on how to use Overdrive and Libby, including an online tutorial, can be found by clicking here.

PATRONS ONLY

Lili Databases

Provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, there are databases here to help all ages.  Here you can find homework help, Consumer Reports, Chilton Auto Repair Guides, My Heritage Genealogical Database, and more.

RESIDENTS OF IDAHO

Madison Goodreads Ultimate Reading Challenge

A fun reading challenge which is open to any patron over the age of 10 who has a library card.  The Spring Challenge is currently underway.  Any book you’ve read since March 1st can be counted, as long as it fits our criteria.  Full instructions available on the Goodreads Challenge webpage.

PATRONS ONLY

AudioBookCloud

eBooks for all ages

Idaho Humanities Council Resources List

A list of online activities provided by the Idaho Humanities Council for those stuck at home during the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order. Includes virtual tours of museums, books, movies, television shows, and podcasts.

National Theatre at Home

Join us right here every Thursday at 7pm UK time (2am MST) for some of the best British theatre, free to stream for a week. Starting from 2 April with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors featuring James Corden.

From the UK

NASA at Home

For citizen scientists of all ages.

National Emergency Library

Approximately 1.4 million digitized books available.

Explore.org Live Webcams

Showing a variety of wildlife webcams around the world.

Website also offers a number of documentaries for all ages on a wide variety of educational subjects.

America's National Parks

Extend the park experience with fun activities, enriching stories, and exclusive free access to Eastern National publications each week with the Book of the Week series.

Harper Collins Publishers

LOTS of resources for kids, teens and adults, including Story Times and teacher resources.

MCN

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

Resources for Children

Including homework help and homeschooling resources.

Tumblebooks of the Day

Daily books and games for the younger folks.

Madison Library District Online Storytimes!

Until we reopen, we’ll be doing LIVESTREAM Storytimes on our Facebook page!

Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:30 am

If you miss this week’s Storytime, you can watch the video for a week.

DayByDayID

Daily books, videos, and games from the Idaho Commission for Libraries

Idaho Public Television

Distance Learning for grades pre-K through 12.

Also resources in Spanish!

TumbleMath

Kindergarten through 6th grade math eBooks.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Every day at 11:00 am MST!

Brought to you by the Kennedy Center.

Abdo Digital Bookshelf

Resources for pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Abdo Zoom Database

Resources for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Audible Stories

Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

For Children, Tweens and Teens

Junior Library Guild Elementary Stream

For Elementary Aged Kids

Ignore the Personal Account Sign-In box at the top of the page—just scroll down to the books and get started. You can even click the “X” in the top right corner of the sign-in box so that it goes away.

If you download the iOS (apple) app, you’ll have a one-time login:

Username: JLGELM
Password: JLGFREE

Goodnight with Dolly

Join Dolly Parton as she reads books from her Imagination Library.

Aiden Tyler, QuareTEEN

For Middle School Aged Kids

Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen is a new and original middle-grade serial written and read in real time by author Rex Ogle.  Join us every Tuesday, or watch the archive videos.

Teaching Books At Home Resources

For children and tweens Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Resources including study guides, author videos, book trailers, vocabulary lists, and more.

Junior Library Guild Middle School Stream

For Middle School Aged Kids

Ignore the Personal Account Sign-In box at the top of the page—just scroll down to the books and get started. You can even click the “X” in the top right corner of the sign-in box so that it goes away.

If you download the iOS (apple) app, you’ll have a one-time login:

Username: JLGMID
Password: JLGFREE

Harry Potter at Home Hub

Presented by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World

This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more.

Create a free login to access.

The first book is available on Audible Stories and our own Overdrive / Libby!

Curious City

Free home learning and play kits for grades pre-K through 12.

Resources for Teens

Teen Book Cloud

ebooks for grades 7 through 12

Abdo Digital Bookshelf

Resources for grades 5 through 12.

Idaho Public Television

Distance Learning for grades pre-K through 12.

Also resources in Spanish!

Curious City

Free home learning and play kits for grades pre-K through 12.

Junior Library Guild High School School Stream

For High School Aged Kids

Ignore the Personal Account Sign-In box at the top of the page—just scroll down to the books and get started. You can even click the “X” in the top right corner of the sign-in box so that it goes away.

If you download the iOS (apple) app, you’ll have a one-time login:

Username: JLGHI
Password: JLGFREE

Teaching Books At Home Resources

For teens in high school.

Resources including study guides, author videos, book trailers, vocabulary lists, and more.

Resources for Adults

Including Educators, Parents, and Homeschoolers

Romance Book Cloud

A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

Junior Library Guild Teacher and Homeschool Resources

Includes virtual Author visits, webcasts, and virtual events for you and your students.

Teaching Books At Home Resources for Teachers and Homeschoolers

Parent and Teacher resources.

Resources including study guides, author videos, book trailers, vocabulary lists, and more. Create a free login and password to access.

Children's Book Council Publishers Online Resources

An extremely comprehensive list of all the publishers providing free educational and entertainment content.

Rick Steve's European Classroom

Hundreds of teachable clips from the beloved PBS Host of Rick Steve’s Europe.

TOON Books

Resources for Distance Learning & Home-Based Activities for Kids Ages 3-12

Some of these resources, kids can use on their own; others are more hands-on. And perhaps best of all, some are designed for pure fun. After all, kids do love comics!

Random House Teachers & Librarians Resources

Discussion guides, activities, and more available for FREE to download.

Free Resume Builder

Build a resume online with professionally designed resume template layouts

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