Due to COVID-19 containment efforts, the Oak Bluffs Public Library building will remain closed to the public until further notice. Visit our Contactless Pickup page for details on how to pick up library materials.

Free e-Learning Resources for Caregivers and Children

The following resources are free and comprehensive, so you have educational and recreational activities to do with children at home.

As of 4/21/20: Governor Baker extends all school and childcare center closures through the end of the year, or June 29th, 2020. Students and teachers will continue online learning. See news conference clip here

For districts and families struggling with access to education, WGBH (PBS channel 2) will be airing educational content between 12 pm-5 pm M-F and will have free resources available on their website at the WGBH Distance Learning Center.

How to check out an e-book or e-audiobook from home

Join our Children’s Librarian Caitlyn for a detailed tutorial on how to access e-books and e-audiobooks on Overdrive or Hoopla, or sign up for an e-card! A couple of tips–ALWAYS place a hold on a book you want in our CLAMS system first. We are ordering books based on demand, so you may get it way faster than you think! There is a “quick link” to check out these materials on our homepage–see picture below.

New collection of e-books on Overdrive: always available non-fiction books for kids! Click here to see. Sign into Overdrive using your library card number and PIN. Need help logging on? Call the library 508-693-9433 or email oakbluffslibrary@gmail.com

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Quick link for Hoopla e-books, e-audiobooks, movies and more!
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Quick link for e-books

World Book Remote Learning Support

World Book is providing educators with a free trial to their online remote learning resources, available until April 30th, 2020. For more information and tools about distance learning, visit World Book’s COVID-19 Support Resources.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic offers instructional content for teachers and caregivers. Children can access about three hours of educational content per day. Scholastic organizes lessons according to grade level, so there is something for everyone.

Mindful Schools

For the next few weeks during school closures, Mindful Schools is offering free, live mindfulness classes for children in grades K-5.

Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Tune in every weekday with children’s author, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, for an episode on drawing. Each episode is about 20 minutes long.

Storytime Online

This website gives children the opportunity to listen to their favorite books being read by celebrated actors. This literacy program has was awards such as the American Association of School Librarian’s 2019 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, 2016 Parents’ Choice Award, and 2017 Mobile Web Award.

Mass.gov Early Childhood Education Resources for Families

Mass.gov has curated a list of resources for families and children of all ages. The site also provides links to articles and content about talking to children about COVID-19.

Walt Disney Imagineering and Khan Academy

Walt Disney Imagineering has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a learning experience for children. The free, online course promotes story development and conceptual design skills.

To download the Exploration Sheet for printing or to save on your desktop, click here.