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Free resources

While the library is closed to the public we still have much to offer to our patrons. Some of the resources listed below are always free to use, some are temporarily free, and some require a Willimantic Public Library (WPL) card to access. If you have any questions or problems accessing these resources, please email us at willimanticpubliclibrary@biblio.org. We hope you will find the information below useful. Jump to ebooks & Audio Books, Online Learning, Resources for Kids and Teens

Getting a library card and renewing material

If you are a Windham/Willimantic resident and do not have a library card but would like to access our online resources, please fill out a Library Card Registration Form (also available in Spanish). We will issue you a temporary card good until June 1. If you'd like to continue using that card after the library reopens, you will be able to pick up your card with your photo ID and proof of address.
We do not charge overdue fines. Most items checked out recently at our library have had their due date changed to June 1. If the due dates on your items were not changed and you'd like to renew them, please email us at willimanticpubliclibrary@biblio.org.

 

ebooks & Audio books

SimplyE

Combines all ebooks & audiobooks available to WPL card holders into one app. With collections from OverDrive, rbDigital, the CT State Library, and SimplyE, there are almost 30,000 items for you to listen to and read. The app is available for Android and iOS. Need help getting started? Go to Getting Started with SimplyE.

SimplyE for Android
SimplyE for Apple

OverDrive

Download free audio books and ebooks with your WPL card from the Overdrive website or from the free Libby app.

rb digital

Download free audio books and ebooks with your WPL card

TumbleBookLibrary

Animated, talking pictures books plus games and puzzles for children in grades PreK-5. View site in English, Spanish, or French.

TeenBookCloud

Fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction ebooks for grades 7-12, all available instantly on any device. Available until August 31, 2020.

AudioBookCloud

Audio books for all ages, including some Spanish titles, all available instantly on any device. Available until August 31, 2020.

RomanceBookCloud

A huge collection of romance novels, all available instantly on any device. Available until August 31, 2020.

Audible

Instantly stream an incredible collection of stories for kids to listen to, including titles in six different languages.

SebcoBooks

Over 700 free multi-user ebooks for all ages. (Username: keepreading Password: sebco ID/Card#: 1) Available until June 30, 2020.

Project Gutenberg

Over 60,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device.

 

Online Learning

Universal Class

Take online continuing education classes for FREE with your WPL card. Over 500 classes available including computer training, personal finance, GED training, pet and animal care, language learning, music and painting, and much more!

The World Almanac for Kids Online

A great resource for kids doing homework, research, and learning for fun. Read articles, watch videos, take quizzes, do puzzles, and more, on many different topics. Log in with your WPL card.

Mango Languages

Learn over 70 languages with this award-winning language learning resource. Use your WPL card to access.

Job Now

Learn how to write a resume and prepare for job interviews. Provides live expert assistance for resumes, interviews, and searching and applying for jobs.

researchIT CT - Connecticut's research engine

Search online databases, access magazine and newspaper articles, search the catalog of all Connecticut libraries, and more. (Formerly iConn.org)

Khan Academy

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything - for free. A library of instructional videos covering K-12 math, science, history, and more. Students can learn by using videos, practice exercises, and assessments.

edX

Access 2500+ online courses from 140 top institutions.

 

Online Reading and Learning for Kids and Teens

Children's book explaining COVID-19

View and/or print book in English, Spanish and many other languages.

OverDrive Kids

OverDrive Teens

Download free audio books and ebooks with your WPL card from the Overdrive website or from the free Libby app.

The World Almanac for Kids Online

A great resource for kids doing homework, research, and learning for fun. Read articles, watch videos, take quizzes, do puzzles, and more, on many different topics. Log in with your WPL card.

TumbleBookLibrary

Animated, talking picture books plus games and puzzles for children in grades PreK-5. View site in English, Spanish, or French.

TumbleMath

A large collection of math ebooks for children in grades K-6, plus related lesson plans and quizzes. Available until August 31, 2020.

TeenBookCloud

Fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction ebooks for grades 7-12, all available instantly on any device. Available until August 31, 2020.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.

Scholastic BookFlix

Grades PreK-3 - Read and watch stories and do related actiities. Username: Learning20 Password: Clifford (Free access through April)

Scholastic TrueFlix

Grades 3+ - Read and watch nonfiction books and do related actiities. Username: Learning20 Password: Clifford (Free access through April)

Scholastic ScienceFlix

Grades 5+ - Read and watch science books and do related actiities. Username: Learning20 Password: Clifford (Free access through April)

Scholastic Watch & Learn Library

Grades PreK-3 - Watch videos and use accompanying Think Sheets and quick quizzes to help with learning. Username: Learning20 Password: Clifford (Free access through April)

Audible

Instantly stream an incredible collection of stories to listen to, including titles in six different languages.

Abdo Elementary Digital Bookshelf

Enjoy free access to Abdo publishing's digital content for grades PreK-8. Available through June 2020.

Abdo Secondary Digital Bookshelf

Enjoy free access to Abdo publishing's digital content for grades 5-12. Available through June 2020.

JLG @ Home

Looking for activities and resources to keep students engaged during school closures and social distancing? Enjoy free access to JLG Digital's online reading platform.

ABC Mouse

Award-winning early learning program for kids 2–8, with 10,000+ educational activities to help prepare for kindergarten and beyond. Use code AOFLUNICEF for temporary free access.

Adventure Academy

Elementary and middle school age students can immerse themselves in thousands of engaging learning activities in a fun and safe multiplayer virtual world. Use code AOFLUNICEF for temporary free access.

ReadingIQ

Discover thousands of books, including award-winning and exclusive titles, for children 12 and under. Use code AOFLUNICEF for temporary free access.

Storyline Online

Celebrities read children's books. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.

National Geographic Kids

Fun online learning with videos, games, quizzes, and more.

Mystery Science

Free science lessons for remote learning for children in grades K-5.

Story Time from Space

Watch astronauts reading children's books and conducting educational demonstrations while orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station.

Khan Academy

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything - for free. A library of instructional videos covering K-12 math, science, history, and more. Students can learn by using videos, practice exercises, and assessments.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is making educational coding activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them. They will release weekly activities over the next few months.

 

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