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Please enjoy this list of additional free online resources for parents and students during this extended breakchild e-learning. Some of the resources do require a library card, but many are free to everyone.  If you live in the library district and do not have a card, apply for one here!  

Online Resources from Three Rivers Library

Downloadable Media from Three Rivers Library

Click on these links for quick navigation to the various sections of the page.

Art, Crafts & Activities
Authors & Storytimes
e-Learning Tools
Escape Rooms
Teen & Young Adult Resources
Virtual Museums and Field Trips

Other Cool Stuff!


Brookfield Zoo
Facebook Live chats featuring zoo animals.

Cincinnati Zoo
Home Safaris featuring zoo animals.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Live cams of different animal exhibits.

Nature in Your Face
The YouTube channel run by Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles, with educational and comedic animal adventure videos that brings you an up-close look at the natural world. They've also been doing some live streams via their Facebook page.

Phillips Park Zoo Parent Resources
Animal themed activity sheets for children.

Art, Crafts, & Activities

Chicago Parent
At-home activities.

Do-It-Yourself tutorials and videos for Arts & Crafts for kids and adults. TRPLD library card required.

Drawing with Disney
Learn to draw your favorite Disney characters with the Imagineers that created them!

Kids and adult TV shows, eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, music, movies. TRPLD library card required.

Jarrett Lerner
Printable comic book activity sheets.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Kennedy Center is hosting visits to his studio weekdays to doodle with Mo.

McHarper Manor Art
Free Facebook Live art classes (also available afterward).

National Geographic For Kids
Games, videos, animals, states, weird but true, and MORE.

National Film Board of Canada
Over 4000 films including animation, documentaries, and educational films.

Paint Parties
Facebook live painting parties for teens and adults held nightly. Videos can be viewed after the live events.

Paint with Bob Ross
Each episode features Bob Ross painting a different scene while he goes over the techniques and materials you need to paint along.

Boredom buster ideas.

Authors & Storytimes

Creative Writing with April Henry
Young Adult author, April Henry, has ideas on getting started with creative writing when you don't know what to write. April also posts live videos and story starter challenges on her Facebook page most days.

Ben Clanton (author of Narwhal & Jelly series and more)
Facebook video author visit and drawing class.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak reads his book, The Book With No Pictures.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka (author of "Lunch Lady" & "Jedi Academy" series and more)
Daily drawing classes from this author/illustrator.

Oliver Jeffers (author of the "The Day the Crayons" series and more)
Live Instagram videos every day at 1pm CST of this author reading his books.

Storyline Online
Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Storytime From Space
Astronauts read books from space.

Various Authors
A list of other authors who have or are trying to do read-alouds of their books throughout the coming weeks.

e-Learning Tools 

ABC Mouse
Free home access to ABC Mouse with the code SCHOOL7771.

Amazing Educational Resources
Comprehensive list of free educational resources.

Bedtime Math: Splash of Math
You're invited to dive in for a Splash of Math this summer! Bedtime Math, creators of Crazy 8s, has redesigned their virtual programming catalog to refresh many fan-favorite activities and several new ones.

Brainfuse HelpNow!
Live tutoring, test prep, writing help, and skill-building tools. TRPLD library card required.

Classic video storybooks paired with non-fiction books. TRPLD library card required.

Movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health
Free online coding lessons and Hour of Code activities.

The Franklin Institute
Science videos.

Google Arts and Culture
Online tours of museums, parks, and national icons.

Hour of Code
Coding activities featuring a variety of familiar characters.

Little Pim
Online language learning geared toward young children.

Online language learning. PPLD library card required.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons listed by grade level (grades K-5).

Scholastic Learn at Home
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus
Age-appropriate discussion of coronavirus.

Picture Books, Videos, and Games for pre-k through grade 3. (No library card required at this time.)

Universal Class
Free online courses on a variety of subjects from cooking, to photography to computers to homeschooling. TRPLD library card required.

World Book Online
Educational articles, videos, games and more. TRPLD library card required.

Escape Rooms

Cinderella Escapes!
A digital escape room designed by staff at Henika District Library in Wayland, MI.

Escape the Fairy Tale
This digital escape room was created by Marissa Lieberman, Children's Librarian at the East Orange Public Library, NJ.

Escape like an Egyptian
Created by Liz Strauss, Teen/Outreach Services Manager, Dover Public Library in Dover, Ohio.

Escape from Wonderland Digital Escape Room
Created by Erin Honeycutt, Children's Librarian at Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, Georgia, this digital escape room is fun for the whole family.

Golden Girls Escape Room
A digital escape room from an unknown designer.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
A digital escape room designed by staff at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

The Minotaur's Labyrinth
This escape room was created by Karen Liu. a Teen Librarian at The [Salt Lake] County Library's Riverton Branch in Riverton, UT.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
A digital escape room designed by Ashley Walker-Tyler, Children’s Library Associate at Nashville Public Library in Nashville, TN.

Pete the Cat and the Birthday Party Mystery
A Pete the Cat-themed Digital Mystery Puzzle designed by staff at Abington Free Library in Abington, PA.

Pikachu's Wild Rescue Escape Room
A digital escape room designed by staff at High River Library in Alberta, Canada.

Space Explorer Training
A digital escape room designed by staff at Campbell County Public Library in Kentucky.

Spy Apprentice Digital Adventure
This escape experience was created by Lauren Rura and Felicia Brock, Adult Service Librarians at Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, OH.

Star Wars: Escape from Star Killer Base
A digital escape room designed by staff at Richmond Hill Public Library in Ontario, Canada.


Do Yoga With Me
Free online streaming video yoga classes for all skill levels.

Joe Wicks- "The Nation's P.E. Teacher"
Joe Wicks, famous as The Body Coach, will be holding kids' workout classes every weekday. The workouts are designed to be kid-friendly, will last half an hour, and won't need much space so they can be done indoors.

Radio City Rockettes Dance Class
The famed Radio City Rockettes will offer live dance classes on Instagram every week on Thursdays at 11am CST.

Run (or walk) through Disney
Have a treadmill at home?  Grab your mobile device or smart TV,  and make your way through some of the most beloved Disney spots!


123 Andrés
Recording of a live performance in Spanish by children’s performer 123 Andrés. 

Emily Arrow 
Live concerts and storytimes streamed live daily at 12pm CST. Videos will be available for streaming following the live events.

Laura Doherty
Children’s musician, Laura Doherty will be streaming a live performance on Facebook Live beginning March 18 at 3 PM CST. Other performances will be announced on her Facebook page.

Little Miss Ann
Little Miss Ann will be performing several upcoming shows via Facebook Live. Announcements for streaming dates and times are listed on her Facebook page.

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Met Opera Streams
The Metropolitan Opera will be offering Live in HD streams of classic operas beginning each evening at 6:30 PM CST. The streams will be available free on the Met website for 20 hours following their posting. 

Mr. Jon & Friends 
Facebook live streams of musical numbers every weekday at 9:30am CST. Performances will be available to be rewatched at any time following the live events.

Justin Roberts
Musician Justin Roberts will be going live on Facebook every day at 10:30am CST with activities, live performances, music lessons, and more. 

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots
Join the Tatar Tots for live streaming performances on Facebook Live.

Teen & Young Adult Resources

Creative Writing with April Henry
Young Adult author, April Henry, has ideas on getting started with creative writing when you don't know what to write. April also posts live videos and story starter challenges on her Facebook page most days.

Chilton's Auto Repair Source
Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. TRPLD library card required.

Book Riot YA Literature
Website that focuses on content related to all things young adult books. Takes quizzes, discover new books, and read articles written by and for book lovers of all ages.

Offers 1000+ online art and crafts classes with expert step-by-step instructions plus patterns, templates and recipes from Joann Fabrics. TRPLD library card required.

Do Yoga With Me
Free online streaming video yoga classes for all skill levels.

Driving Tests
Practice tests, resources, and FAQs to help obtain or renew your driver’s license.

Free Code Camp
Listing of over 250 free online courses offered through Ivy League Universities.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
A digital escape room designed by staff at Peters Township Public Library.

Khan Academy
Educational resources, video tutorials, and standardized test prep. 

Resource for book recommendations based on read-alikes of your favorite books and interests. TRPLD library card required.

Paint Parties
Facebook live painting parties for teens and adults held nightly. Videos can be viewed after the live events.

Roll 20
Free online virtual tabletops for role-playing games. Create a board and play with friends around the world. 

Website and app that streams podcasts on a wide variety of topics and interests. 

Virtual Museums & Field Trips

12 Virtual Museum Tours
Article that includes links to virtual tours of 12 different museums around the world. Travel to Paris or London from your couch.

30 Virtual Field Trips
Google Doc that links to 3o free virtual field trips and tours. 

75 Virtual Museum Tours Around the World
An ultimate list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the comfort of your couch.

Art Institute of Chicago
Virtual tour of the School at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute Museum. 

Dupage Children’s Museum
Interactive virtual tour of the Dupage Children’s Museum in Naperville, IL.

Sistine Chapel
360-degree virtual tour of the paintings on the Sistine Chapel. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Virtual tour of the exhibits of the National Museum of Natural History

White House Tour
360-degree tour of the White House. 

Other Cool Stuff

Delish Digital Cooking Classes
Delish's editorial director Joanna Saltz and her kids will be going live on Instagram every weekday at 1pm EST to share cook-along videos.

National Theatre
The National Theatre streams a free play every Thursday at 1pm CST.

Things to do at home
A list of various ideas to try from home from the Internet Archive.