The St. Francis Xavier School Library is hard at work curating a dynamic collection of e-learning resources that provide access to accessible, cost-effective and stimulating experiences for students and families. While these tools share their roots in literacy, applications and media span print, digital, audio, visual and more. We understand that parents are working hard to juggle work, life and now co-teaching responsibilities and, with this in mind, our team will continue to post additional enriching and educationally-grounded resources as they become available.
Questions regarding the resources listed below may be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of our library and reading specialist teams, we extend our heartfelt thanks to parents for their partnership as we work to sustain a love of learning and reading in our households during this dynamic time in our school’s history.CHECK THE LIBRARY BLOG FOR NEW IDEAS HERE ENJOY MRS. SAWYER'S COLLECTION OF #GET CAUGHT READING PHOTOS HERE
RESOURCES ACROSS ALL GRADES
The Junior Library Guild is offering free access to its Elementary, Middle School and High School steaming services during this time of e-learning. JLG offers activities and resources to keep students engaged through a rich digital platform.JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD
Amazon’s Audible is offering hundreds of free audiobooks for kids during COVID-19 school closures. Stories are available for preschoolers through teens, and favorites include Stone Soup, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, and Rad American Women A-Z.AUDIBLE STORIES
Hoopla is a free platform through which students (and parents!) may borrow digital movies, music, audiobooks and e-books for enjoyment on an iPad, computer or smartphone. Users need a current public library card to set up an account and begin borrowing and enjoying content.HOOPLA
E-books and digital audiobooks are available through Axis 360 for readers in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Families should contact Mrs. Sawyer at email@example.com for student log-ins and passwords managed through SFX School. All Middle School students have their own, unique Axis 360 codes.AXIS 360
MY CAPSTONE LIBRARY K-8
Capstone Interactive Books provide text highlighting, audio support, and the ability to customize book lists for students in K-8. My Capstone Library features nearly 5,000 titles! This is a great spot to find digital craft books to help keep children engaged. SFX students should use username: continue and password: reading.
Libby, brought to you by Overdrive, is an easy-to-use app for downloading or streaming library e-books and audio books. Students will need a current public library card to access this database.LIBBY/OVERDRIVE
Pioneer Valley Books provides engaging stories and teaching materials that help children develop strong literacy skills and a love of reading. The company is offering free personalized books during the month of March.
PIONEER VALLEY BOOKS
Lerner Publishing Group creates the highest-quality nonfiction and fiction content for children and young adults in a variety of subjects and formats. Based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group, one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers, is now offering a large selection its digital products for free through June 30, 2020.
RESOURCES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD & ELEMENTARY
Raz-Kids provides a leveled and guided reading program for students in PreK-2nd Grade with interactive ebooks. Students read and answer questions for multiple books then graduate to the next level for additional learning.RAZ-KIDS
The Wilmette Public Library offers a catalog of virtual story time experiences on its YouTube Channel. Digital content includes songs, stories and more and is geared toward Early Childhood learners.WPL YOUTUBE STORYTIME
Amazon Storytime provides a free platform recommended for ages 5-12 using the Alexa App. Alexa and Echo devices may be configured to read stories to your students at home. This resource is totally auditory and features lively, full-cast recordings. Children may choose from story categories including bedtime, silly, family, friends, and more.AMAZON STORYTIME
Pebble Go introduces K-3 beginning readers to databases that teach kids about research, reporting, and citing sources. Pebble Go is packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports. SFX students may access this resource using Username: engaged and Password: learning.PEBBLE GO
Tumblebooks transforms existing picture books by adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book best suited for children in PreK-4th Grades. Students may read books, or have them read to them. No login is required.TUMBLEBOOKS
EPIC provides “read to me” books for students in K-12. This leading digital library for kids offers unlimited access to 35,000 of the best children’s books and features highlighted text and videos. Parents are invited to create free accounts.EPIC
PreK-5th Grade students are encouraged to try eSpark if they are looking for a fun, differentiated learning platform for math and reading. eSpark provides automatically differentiated instruction after students completed an easy quiz. Fun games, videos, and creative academic challenges are offered with free access to users.ESPARK
RESEARCH, INFORMATIONAL + NON-FICTION RESOURCES
Time has made online subscriptions to Time for Kids free to families during this time of school closures. This K-6 resource provides access to new issues of Time for Kids and Your $ each week. TIME for Kids has also made available a complete library of previously published editions from 2020 along with additional educational resources and activities.TIME FOR KIDS
PebbleGo Next provides an online encyclopedia best suited for students in Grades 3-5. The PebbleGo Next family of databases helps children learn about key concepts related to Social Studies, Biographies, Science, States and American Indians. Robust articles, all supported by read-aloud audio and connected to curriculum, include critical thinking questions to help students connect to larger ideas. Students may access Pebble Go with Username: engaged Password: learning.GO NEXT
ScienceFlix by Scholastic is transforming the way students in Grades 3-8 access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering via engaging science articles and videos. Students may access ScienceFlix using Username: sfxschool and Password: sfxschool.SCEINCEFLIX
Students ages 8 and up can use Scholastic Go! when seeking informational databases that cover general reference, science and social studies resources. Students can use Username: sfxschool and Password: sfxschool to access the site.SCHOLASTIC GO
Brain Pop offers students in Grades 3-12 over 1,000 short animated movies together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music. Students should access the site with Username: sfxstudent and Password: crusader.