Research & Discovery for Kids & Families

So many resources available online and not enough time to sort through them for quality options. The Library is here to help! 

Questions or suggestions regarding kid and family online resources? Please email Children's Librarian Kelly Allen at

Library Online 

You will need a library card to use these resources. Don't have a library card? Request a Web Only Library Card by completing this short online form. 

Resource How can the resource help you?
Access BadgerLink
Provides licensed content not available through free search engines. BadgerLink Training Page
Britannica Library
Access Britannica Library
Encyclopedia articles with images, maps, games, and other learning materials for elementary school students and educators. Provided by BadgerLinkBritannica Library Help
Access CreativeBug
NOW AVAILABLE! Unlimited access to online art and craft classes for ALL AGES. Log in with your library card and pin. You will be prompted to create an account. Paid for by Oregon Public Library. 
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Access Explora
Search EBSCO databases for elementary school students and educators. Provided by BadgerLink.
NoveList Plus
Access NoveList Plus
A database of fiction and nonfiction including read-alikes, reviews and discussion guides.
Access OverDrive
Check out E-books and digital audio books that can be downloaded to your device free. Getting started with the Libby app. Provided in collaboration with WPLC.
Access Teaching Books
Multimedia resources for exploring children's and young adult books and their authors. Provided by BadgerLinkTeachingBooks Training Page

Access Transparent Language Online
An online language learning resource. Create a personal account and start learning. Several languages have the KidSpeak option for young learners. Paid for by Oregon Public Library.
PBS Education
Access PBS Wisconsin Education
Video programs for Wisconsin's K-12 students and teachers, available via streaming or download. Provided by Wisconsin Public Television.

Other Learning Resources 

Children's Librarians have created a list of websites to help our young patrons learn and explore new things!

Topic Resources
Books & Read Aloud Videos
  • Authors Everywhere!  - Authors hosting writing and art workshops, storytelling and more (YouTube).
  • HarperKids - Publisher provided read alouds of its books (YouTube).
  • Kid's Literature Online Schedule - Google Doc that lists when and on which platform authors and illustrators are hosting readings, art lessons, and more!
  • KidLit TV - Picture books read by authors.
  • Penguin Classroom - Publisher provided activities and read alouds of its books.
  • An online guided reading program with interactive eBooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes. There are over 400 interactive, leveled eBooks spanning 29 levels. 
  • Read-Aloud Revival - A collection of booklists for a variey of ages by homeschooling parent and author Sarah Mackenzie.
  • Read, Wonder, and Learn - List of read alouds for a variety of ages curated by author Kate Messner.
  • Spanish Children's Stories - Hear stories in Spanish by the Spanish Experiment.
  • Storytime Online - Books read by celebrities (YouTube).
  • TumbleBooks - A collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. Free access through at least August 31, 2020.
Finding Quality Apps
  • AppFinder - Search for educational and recreational apps by age, topic, platform, and cost. Created by Madison Public Library.
General Learn at Home Resources
Virtual Field Trips
  • 12 Free Museum Tours - Recommended virtual tours like National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City.
  • More Virtual Tour Ideas - Google doc listing over 30 Virtual field trips.
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