Great online stuff for kids

November 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Blogs, Kids

Here at BCPL, we just keep adding and adding to our collection of fun and educational electronic resources for kids. Everything on here is free. All you need is a library card (which is also free!).

One of our newest, and coolest electronic additions is TumbleBookCloud. We have versions for elementary through high school readers.

For middle and high schoolers, TumbleBookCloud allows you to listen to your favorite audiobooks with just a click of the button. Books are available in fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language, and feature adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read, and the pages turn automatically.

For elementary and middle school readers, TumbleBookCloud Junior  is a collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos and audio books.

TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book. “TumbleBooks are great for children learning to read. The interactive website keeps children interested in reading, contributes to success in school and helps to instill a love of learning,” said Natalie Church, who works in the youth services department at our Main Branch.

All books are available all the time, from any device with an internet connection. The website is easy for children to navigate. Each story comes with puzzles and games to reinforce comprehension.

BookFlix is a new online literary resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related non-fiction ebooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. And the award-winning True Books print series goes digital in another new electronic resource for kids, called TrueFlix.

BCPL’s Internet Branch,, is also home to several other free online databases geared toward kids and teens:

  • America the Beautiful contains state history, people, places and events for elementary and middle school students.
  • Kid’s Search provides a graphically enhanced search interface, and is designed for youth grades K-8. It also contains teacher resources.
  • Lands and Peoples is a look at countries and cultures of the world, for middle & high school students.
  • The New Book of Popular Science contains Science & Technology plus science in the news for middle & high school students.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the World Book Encyclopedia – in Spanish – and includes a visual dictionary.


And of course, there is the ever-popular, which offers Homework Help daily from 2 to 9 p.m. The service is for students from elementary school through the first year of college.  Just click on the button, enter your library card number, and you’re in. Select your grade level and the subject you need help in, and you will be quickly connected with an expert tutor for one-on-one help in elementary math and science, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, American history, world history, political science, spelling, grammar, essay writing and book reports. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.

Each tutoring session is archived, so you can review or replay it later. You can also save files to your “locker” to work on them later, or talk to your tutor with voice chat. is also the only online, on demand tutoring service that allows students to connect to a tutor from any device in its HTML5 classroom. Students who use an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad can download the To Go mobile app.


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