At-Home Resources

Welcome to the library’s at-home resources!

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


To receive news and updates from the Town of North Reading, click here.

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

Information regarding hospitals, COVID-19 cases, and more can be found at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association (MEMA) site here.

To reach MEMA 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!

Always available classics have also been added to the collection!

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 June 30, 2020)

What is being checked out right now? Find out here and get a copy for yourself!

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NEW! Hoopla

Our brand-new service is here!

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!

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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)

Gale in Context: Elementary (formerly known as InfoBits)

Britannica

InfoBase Databases – World Almanac, Mailbox (activities for kids), science, history and more. (Free at-home access until June 30, 2020)

Login courtesy NRHS 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 June 30, 2020)

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

High School students:

All research topics

Britannica

HeritageQuest

NRHS Media Center

Teen Health and Wellness – courtesy NRHS 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 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 June 30, 2020)

Login courtesy NRHS 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:

All Topics

Browse our complete list of online resources.

DIY Databases (available through June 2020)
Auto Repair Source
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Home Improvement Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center
Small Business Reference Center
Small Engine Repair Source

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
HeritageQuest
NRHS Yearbooks and Annual Reports

Newspapers

North Reading Transcript
The Boston Globe (archives, 1980-present)
The Boston Globe (daily paper)
The New York Times

And more!

Consumer Reports
Digital Commonwealth – the state’s digital repository of library materials
Gale in Context: Canada – if you are prompted for a password, type open. (This resource is free for an undetermined amount of time)
Gale in Context: College – if you are prompted for a password, type open. (This resource is free for an undetermined amount of time)
Novelist
RocketLanguages
Rosetta Stone (This resource is free with your library card barcode through June 30, 2020. If you need your library card barcode, fill out this form.)

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NR Public Schools

Remote Learning at NRPS website

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

NRHS how-to videos – Get expert help from 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 – NRHS students and teachers may login to Clever and access the Sora by Overdrive link. No username or password necessary.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks  a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Register for SYNC and sign up for email or text alerts at  www.audiobooksync.com.

NRHS 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)

Batch School Art – Optional, but awesome, art activities for K-5

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

Batch School Music

Batch School Physical Education

Social / Emotional Learning with Ms. Petrie

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

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Virtual Programming

Please join us for virtual storytime on Facebook Live! We will broadcast live from Ms. Danielle’s living room 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 we re-open.

Make sure you like our Facebook page and Instagram page. Videos will be uploaded to both mediums. You do not need an account to watch the video links below!

Attend virtual programming from across the state using this link!

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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!

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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

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 July 31, 2020.

Abdo Books has also offered free access to its digital database until July 31, 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

Charlesbridge Publishing – Author videos

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

DC Kids Camp – Authors and illustrators of DC books present activities (this link will bring you to Instagram)

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 books from author and illustrator of the Rory the Dinosaur books

Mercy Watson – Learn to draw everyone’s favorite pig (This link will bring you to YouTube)

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

Coronavirus – Read about the coronavirus in this free children’s book from Candlewick Press.

Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus – Read this new public service book for free from Candlewick Press.

Bad Kitty – Learn how to “Wash Your Paws” with your favorite bad kitty.

Coronavirus – Read about the coronavirus from a New England author.

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

12 Story Library – free books and activities

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

Username: Eng_books
Password: benchmark2020

Booklist – Find your next great read

Book Connection – book-related activities for children and teens (free access until September 2020)

Bookful – free access to AR reading app for 60 days for Verizon FIOS customers.

Boston Celtics Read to Achieve – storybook videos

Crabtree Publishing – Free access to eBooks

Username: read
Password: free

Epic – free access to 40,000 digital books for Verizon FIOS customers.

Houghton Mifflin textbooks

Internet Archive – Free National Emergency Library eBooks

Internet Archive – Free Universal School Library eBooks

Knowbuddy Resources – books for grades K-6, including non-fiction, fiction and Spanish titles

Mim’s House Books – free access to eBooks until June 30, 2020

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 Media Center)

Unite for Literacy – free eBooks (access courtesy NRHS Library Media Center)

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Coloring Pages / Activities

Better Day – Coloring sheets for adults and teens

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

Crayola Create & Learn At Home

Crayola Coloring Pages

EBSCO (free) Coloring Book for Adults and Teens

Every Child A Reader coloring pages

Holiday House – Activities and coloring sheets to go with HH titles

Little, Brown and Company Books – Activities for young readers

Lonely Planet Kids – Activities

Quarto Publishing – Coloring and activity pages

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

Scholastic – Activities to go with popular Scholastic titles

Simon Kids – Activities and coloring sheets

Twisty Noodle – Learning coloring pages

World Book Day – Activities surrounding World Book Day and authors.

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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! (These links will bring you to YouTube)

A special message from Dara:

These are links to mini music programs 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!

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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 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 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

PBS Learning – Learn from the best!

WGBH – PBS Boston – Distance Learning Center

Kids Discover – free science and social studies activities through June 2020 (access courtesy of NRHS Media Center)

Username: nrpsk12
Password: nrpsk12

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

Ask Magazine

Click Magazine

Cricket Magazine

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 Media Center)

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

Julie’s Library – Julie Andrews reads to us

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

Encantos – Enjoy free activities in English and Spanish

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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