Online Resources for Parents & Children

Welcome to the Online Resources page for families!

Click on one of the learning areas below to view the online sites available for children and their parents to use.

Reading Resources Science Exploration Sites Math Learning Resources
Coding Resources History Resources Research, Reference
& Learning Resources

Reading Sites

tumblebooks_kstrspTumbleBooks provides free access to on line books for children of all ages. To use, enter your Mid-Hudson Library System library card number and pin. Children can read along with the story to support their growing reading skills or read independently on-line. Picture books, chapter books and non-fiction books are available.  There is also a selection of books in Spanish and French.  Your child can also choose from a variety of puzzles, games and non-fiction videos.

TumbleBook of the Day  provides free access to a new book for students to listen to every day.  This also requires a library card to use, but both are free and easy to use. Listen today…come back tomorrow for a new book!

ebooksMHLS For Kids has downloadable audio books and e-books for your child.  Using our awesome digital book and audio book website, OverDrive, use your library card to access the newest and most popular children’s chapter books and audio books. You can search their collection by genre, material type or reading level. Best of all, you can download or stream materials to your smartphone, iPad, or other device!

storylineStoryline Online lets you see and hear well-known actors reading children’s books accompanied by graphically dynamic videos the whole family will enjoy!

february logo Share This SiteDayByDay NY is filled with stories, activities & fun for families with young children. It is part of the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

CliffordClifford the Big Red Dog helps beginning readers learn to read!

Story PlaceStory Place, sponsored by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a great early literacy web site for young children offering a digital learning library for your youngest readers.

StarfallStarfall Learn to Read offers families letter learning and interactive story resources for your new & developing readers.

KizClubKizClub provides free resources for preschool and elementary age children. This is a great site for your new & developing reader. The site also has many resources for teachers, librarians, and homeschooling families.

Babies & BooksBabies & Books for new parents, ideas for the kinds of things you can do with your child during the early stages of growing to promote reading.



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Ready for summer reading? Ask about summer reading logs.



Science Exploration Sites

SciencebugCatch the Science Bug
Get kids excited about science! Kids can solve puzzles & do their own scientific investigation, but they can also learn about different kinds of scientists, their work and how they change the world!

Climatekids2Climate Kids
Climate Kids offers kids clear answers to questions on global climate change. It includes educational games, activities, crafts, videos & information on green careers.

Science Buddies
Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools

Math Learning Resources

Bedtime mathBedtime Math
Make math part of your family routine.  This site serves up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun.  Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. No logins, no drilling, no scores…and it takes only 5 minutes a day!
This web site is full of amazing ways to practice many areas of the math curriculum, including games, resources and free downloads.  Greg Tang books are also available and are great resources for making math learning fun!

Features book suggestions, lessons, and more that aim to teach PreK-K about money and economics. Created and provided free, by top economic education group, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

For more resources for older students and parent education, visit


Coding Resources

A place where everyone can learn to code. Try an hour of code or check out one of the many coding sites linked to this page.


Scratch Jr. is designed to help children 5 – 7 years design their own interactive stories & games.



Scratch teaches children 8 – 16 years to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community.

History Resources

PBS WorldSome sailed across the Atlantic, others rocketed to the moon. Learn more about the lives and journeys of some of history’s greatest explorers.

Research, Reference & Learning Resources

Universal Class is available to anyone with a library card, all for free. Looking for a new craft to do as a family? Looking for behavior management advice? Need continuing education for a teaching or homeschooling curriculum? Universal Class is for you!

Universal Class provides lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs).  More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.



PBS Kids Everything has games and activities based on the PBS shows that PBSyou know and trust!


DK Find OutAn online resource for students age 7 – 11 years with information covering many topics of interest for kids.

nytimes_kidsTeaching & Learning with The New York Times contains relevant current events articles, student opinion surveys and lesson plans for teachers.

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a large collection of online books and other informational resources available in a variety of languages. They strive to make books available internationally, so every child can read in their native language.

kidsportHomework Help,
Learning Resources & more!

info-bitsKids InfoBits is the perfect research and news tool for today’s young learners. Our library’s subscription makes the resource free to you, but means you’ll have to enter your library card information to use it. It’s an easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content. Its design helps kids explore information while increasing their comfort with database searching.

timeTime for Kids has current events, kid reporters, information about countries around the world and more.  This site is a resource which supports the Time for Kids Magazine, but some resources can be accessed without a subscription.

national-geogrNational Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place.

kttwgKids World Travel Guide has been developed as a new and unique travel guide concept and e-learning platform. Children share their insights, stories about travels and geographical information about foreign countries in an effort to get children interested and involved in learning and sharing their knowledge about countries, people and cultures.