At-Home Resources

Welcome to the library’s at-home resources!

This page will be updated regularly; please check back often.


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Governor Charlie Baker has announced a new text alert system for Massachusetts coronavirus updates. Text COVIDMA to 888-777. Texting rates apply.

To reach Massachusetts Emergency Management Association operators, contact the crisis line at 2-1-1. The state’s Department of Public Health is located here.




Library staff is here to help you during this temporary closure. If you have a question about any of these resources, please fill out this form and a staff member will get back to you! Thank you!

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the library’s temporary closure:

  • The library book drop is currently closed. Please hold on to your checkouts until we re-open, even if the materials are from another library.
  • There are no fines for overdue books or DVDs at Flint Memorial Library. If the item belongs to another library, you will not incur any fines or penalties during this time period.
  • Due dates for current checkouts have been extended to Saturday, April 11.
  • Any holds ready to be picked up will be available until Monday, April 13.
  • You may still visit the online catalog and place holds on items in order to queue up for when holds are fulfilled again.

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eBooks & Magazines

Overdrive / Libby – For all ages! All you need is your library card and you have access to the entire state’s digital collection.

Download Libby for your devices here: Apple or Google Play

To access each network:

  • Tap the icon on the top right of your app.
  • Choose add a library card.
  • Add Merrimack Valley Library Consortium first. This is the Flint Memorial Library!
  • Then, add these networks:
    • Boston Public Library
    • NOBLE
    • Minuteman
    • CW Mars
    • CLAMS
    • Old Colony
    • Sails
  • For each network, you will be a visitor from Merrimack Valley.

Check out these always available audio titles – new items added!

Read or Listen to the first Harry Potter book now! There is no wait for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This #HarryPotterAtHome special access is brought to you by Overdrive and Pottermore Publishing. (Unlimited access for Sorcerer’s Stone runs through April 30, 2020)

The Overdrive Big Library Read is now live! Read Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic or listen to the book, then join the discussion and post on social media with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead for a chance to win a Samsung tablet.

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Explore the World with Your Library Card

Explore the world – all with your Flint Memorial Library card! Access databases full of books, magazines and other texts by clicking the links below and entering your barcode.

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Elementary students:

Miss Humblebee’s Academy – if you are prompted for a password, type open. (This resource is free for an undetermined amount of time)

Kids InfoBits

Britannica

InfoBase Databases – World Almanac, Mailbox (activities for kids), science, history and more. (Free at-home access until May 25, 2020)

Login courtesy NRHS Library Media Center
username: 432269-user
password: digital

Middle School students:

Research in Context

Britannica

InfoBase Databases – World Almanac, Mailbox (activities for kids), science, history and more. (Free at-home access until May 25, 2020)

Login courtesy NRHS Library Media Center
username: 432269-user
password: digital

High School students:

All research topics

Britannica

HeritageQuest

NRHS Library and Media Center

Teen Health and Wellness – courtesy NRHS Library Media Center. Ask anything anonymously.

User name: northreadinghs

Password: hornets

Now with new content on bullying and cyberbullying, suicide, stress, depression, gender identity, anxiety, vaping and more.

Teen Resource Center – courtesy NRHS Library Media Center. (Free remote access for 30 days.)

Password: hornets

InfoBase Databases – World Almanac, Mailbox (activities for kids), science, history and more. (Free at-home access until May 25, 2020)

Login courtesy NRHS Library Media Center
username: 432269-user
password: digital

Gale in Context: High School – if you are prompted for a password, type open. (This resource is free for an undetermined amount of time)

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Adults:

Genealogy

Ancestry.com – Available from home for a limited time. (This link will bring you to our Databases page. Click the link on the top right to access Ancestry.)

FamilySearch

NRHS Yearbooks and Annual Reports

HeritageQuest

All topics

Library databases

Newspapers

North Reading Transcript

The Boston Globe (archives, 1980-present)

The Boston Globe (daily paper)

New York Times

And more!

Consumer Reports

Novelist

RocketLanguages

Gale in Context: College – if you are prompted for a password, type open. (This resource is free for an undetermined amount of time)

Gale in Context: Canada – if you are prompted for a password, type open. (This resource is free for an undetermined amount of time)

Digital Commonwealth – the state’s digital repository of library materials

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NR Public Schools

Extended Learning at NRPS website

For the schools’ updated FAQ document, click here.

Resources to Support Extended Learning

Grab-n-Go meal options for families who qualify.

NRPS Elementary – Sites curated by your teachers. Thank you, Ms. Lindsay!

NRPS High School – Sites curated by Ms. Brown, NRHS Librarian

Created by Sophia, student at NRHS

NRPS Language Learning Tools for all ages

NRPS Typing Agent – You will need your NRPS login for this!

Follett eLearning – login information here

Sora by Overdrive – login to Clever and look for the Sora by Overdrive link. No username or password necessary.

NRHS Library and Media Center

Help Superintendent Daly and his son illustrate their book (this link will bring you to Twitter)

Follow your teachers on Twitter – list may not be complete, if we’re missing anyone, please let us know (this link will bring you to Twitter)

Hood School Art – A new art prompt every day (this link will bring you to Twitter)

North Reading Police & Community Impact Team – Tips on “keeping your chin up!” (this link will bring you to Twitter)

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Virtual Storytime

Please join us for virtual storytime on Facebook Live! We will broadcast live from Ms. Danielle’s living every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Friday at 1 p.m., and will have special guest readers on Mondays at 2 p.m., until re-open.

Make sure you like our Facebook page and Instagram page. Videos will be uploaded to both mediums.

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If You Liked This… Read That

Not sure what to read? Check out our If You Liked This… Read This! page.

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Beanstack

Beanstack is the library’s reading tracking software. Available on the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and online, it has a built-in stop watch to help you keep track of your minutes and book read!

Join our Spring Into Reading challenge and see how much you read during the library closure!

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Access the Boston Public Library eResources

Did you know our sister libraries can also provide resources? Sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard right now. There is so much available and you all qualify because you live in Massachusetts.

Sign up here: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/ and get all these resources and more!

Britannica Learning Zone

Hoopla – eBooks, audio books, movies and music always available with no wait
Bonus Collection – items in this collection do not count against your checkout total!

Kanopy – thousands of movies at your disposal

Little Pim – language learning specifically for ages 3 to 6

Mango Languages – learn a new language at any age

PressReader – read magazines from all over the world

RBDigital – more audiobooks and magazines

COVID-19 Resources & Information

And more!

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Free Music

Download the Freegal Music app on your iPhone or Android. If you’d rather use your computer, click here. You’ll be asked to enter your zip code and choose your library. Enter your full library card number and from there, you’ll be able to download five songs per week and stream 24 hours of music a day.

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Tumble Books & Math

Check out our Tumble Books & Math page. Access is free until Aug. 31,2020.

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Abdo Books

Abdo Books has offered free access to its digital bookshelf until June 2020.

Abdo Books has also offered free access to its digital database until June 2020.

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PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next has offered free access to its digital database while schools are closed.

Username: engaged
Password: learning

Username: engaged
Password: learning

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Capstone Interactive Books

Capstone Interactive has offered free access to its digital bookshelf while schools are closed.

Username: continue
Password: reading

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Sebco Books

Sebco Books has offered free access to its digital bookshelf, which aligns with curriculum standards, until June 30, 2020.

Click here.

The username and password is already saved for you. Simply enter your name and library barcode number to get started! If you are unsure of your library barcode, please fill out this form and a staff member will get back to you!

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Sites/Games to Explore

Disclaimer: These sites are not library-sponsored

Authors / Illustrators

Online art class with Mo Willems – Author of the Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie and Knufflebunny books – every day at 1 p.m. EST (this link will bring you to YouTube)

Let’s Draw with Maddie Frost – Author, illustrator and friend of the Flint Memorial Library

Bob Shea drawing lessons – Author, Illustrator and friend of the Flint Memorial Library

Greg Pizzoli – Live Instagram book reading daily (this link will bring you to Instagram)

Jarrett Lerner: Activities (updated daily) – Author, Illustrator and friend of the Flint Memorial Library

Dav Pilkey – Author and illustrator of the famed Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, presents activities to go along with his books.

Draw Everyday with JJK – Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka (this link will bring you to YouTube)

Elise Gravel – author of the Disgusting Critters series – coloring pages

Erica Sirotich – author and illustrator of Found Dogs – coloring pages

Liz Climo – Coloring book from author and illustrator of the Rory the Dinosaur books

Kidlit Authors – online schedule crowdsourced by librarians (times may be subject to change)

Authors EverywhereThis link will bring you to YouTube

Will Hillenbrand – Click activities for fun games and coloring sheets

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Books

Storyline Online – Your favorite books read by awesome people

Audible – free, curated audio books while schools are closed

Junior Library Guild – free digital books

  • Elementary username / password:
    • JLGELM
    • JLGFREE
  • Middle School username / password:
    • JLGMID
    • JLGFREE
  • High School username / password:
    • JLGHI
    • JLGFREE

Benchmark Universe eBooks – Free access to eBooks and lessons until July 31, 2020 (access courtesy NRHS Library Media Center)

Username: Eng_books
Password: benchmark2020

Booklist – Find your next great read!

Houghton Mifflin textbooks

Internet Archive – Free National Emergency Library eBooks

Internet Archive – Free Universal School Library eBooks

Open Culture – thousands of eBooks, audiobooks and lessons – all free and all ages.

Reading IQ – free home access while schools are closed with this code: SCHOOL4374 (access courtesy NRHS Library Media Center)

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Coloring Pages / Activities

Candlewick Press – coloring pages and activities from some of your favorite books

Crayola Create & Learn At Home

Crayola Coloring Pages

Every Child A Reader coloring pages

Little, Brown and Company Books – Activities for young readers

Quarto Publishing – Coloring and activity pages

Quiver Vision – 3D coloring pages (need electronic device for 3D action)

Twisty Noodle – Learning coloring pages

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Flint Memorial Library Performers

Music with Dara – We will miss our Music with Dara program for March, but we can watch her on YouTube until then! (this link will bring you to YouTube)

A special message from Dara:

This is a link to a mini music program I recently videotaped for your children. I hope they will enjoy it! Please let me know if your child has any requests for next time. Also, please let me know if your child has a birthday coming up. I’d love to sing Happy Birthday to him/her!

I hope you and your families are all doing well and staying healthy. I miss your children and look forward to seeing everyone down the road!

Rockabye Beats – Join friend of the library Marcos Valle for three live classes a week! Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. (link will bring you to Facebook)

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Games

ABC Mouse – while this is free in the library building, you can access it at home while schools are closed with this code: SCHOOL4374 (access courtesy NRHS Library Media Center)

ABC YA – Educational games for preK through fifth grade

Adventure Academy – free home access while schools are closed with this code: SCHOOL4374 (access courtesy NRHS Library Media Center)

Brain Pop – Games for all topics geared toward older children (free while schools are closed)

Brain Pop Jr – Games for all topics geared toward younger children (free while schools are closed)

Fact Monster – Let Frank the Fact Monster help you with your homework or just give you some information you may not already know! Also games and trivia.

Fun Brain – Popular games, videos and books

KneeBouncers – Educational games for the pre-school set. Free, ad-free version until further notice.

I Spy – I spy with my little eye…

PBS Kids – games that align with PBS programming

Starfall – Reading and phonics fun

Toy Theater – Educational games for kindergarten through third grade

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General Education

Khan Academy – free lessons for all ages by the non-profit Khan Academy

Smithsonian Distance Learning – all ages

Smithsonian – Explore the Smithsonian’s kids’ site

Sourcebooks – Activities and lessons

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Magazines

Highlights for Kids

National Geographic for Kids

Ranger Rick – Free access to digital versions of the popular magazine

Scholastic – Magazines are now free while school is out of session

Scholastic News – News just for kids

Sports Illustrated for Kids – Learn about your favorite athletes and sports

Time for Kids – More news for kids

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STEAM

All About Birds – Learn about our feathered friends from your backyard (there’s an app for this too! Merlin ID at Apple and Google Play)

America’s Test Kitchen – Kitchen Classroom and Young Chefs Club

Boredom Busters activity pack – free STEAM activities

Disney / Khan Academy – Imagineering in a Box

Everyday Math

NASA Kids – Go to outer space!

Scholastic ScienceFlix – Books and videos to supplement science learning. (Access courtesy of NRHS Library Media Center)

Scholastic TrueFlix – Books and videos to supplement social students and science learning. (Access courtesy of NRHS Library Media Center)

StoryMarch – Art activities from the Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group

Wicked Cool for Kids – STEAM enrichment

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Videos

Amazon – free Children’s programming, all that you need is an Amazon account

Broadway – free performances to stream

Pete the Cat songs and videos

Toe Jam Puppet Band songs and activities (this link will take you to Facebook)

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Virtual Field Trips

Explore.org – Live webcams featuring animals

Virtual museum tours worldwide

Virtual field trips

More virtual field trips (via CNN.com) – Museums, art galleries, concerts, operas, dance, cultural sites, zoos and aquariums

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Miscellaneous

List of free subscriptions at KidsActivities.com

ABC-CLIO – free American History, American Government and World History resources

Everywhere Book Festival – an all-online book fest, May 1 and 2

RefDesk.com – a lo-fi compendium of the Internet

Story Preservation – “Learning Lab” activities

Wonder Grove Learn – Sign up for three free months with your email, geared specifically for children in PreK through Grade 2.

Wondropolis – Questions submitted by kids, answered by experts

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