To limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and safeguard those most at risk for contracting the virus, Chatham County Public Libraries encourage our users to practice social distancing and remain at home when possible. We have curated the following list of digital content and online learning resources that can be accessed via computer, tablet, or other smart device to keep users engaged with content made available to Chatham County Public Library users with current library accounts, as well as to students enrolled in the ChathamPASS program and to the general public.
Sites requiring current CCPL account/ChathamPASS access:
Access Video Films on Demand - Educational and entertainment-based video content including documentaries, feature films, TV shows, and tutorials/how-tos.
e-iNC Library - Chatham County Public Libraries' main eBook and Audiobook subscription site.
Mango Languages - Online language learning tool for over 70 languages, with step-by-step audio tutorials.
NC Kids Digital Library - eBooks and Audiobooks focused on children's and YA literature; includes graphic novels!
Kid-Friendly Information About Coronavirus (COVID-19):
BrainPOP: Coronavirus - an interactive learning experience with information and activities that kids can complete to become more informed about COVID-19.
KidsHealth - site published by Nemours includes both kid-friendly information about COVID-19, as well as resources for parents. Available in English and Spanish.
PBS Kids offers some de-stressing activities that familes can engage in together, to help manage the stress associated with widespread illness.
Free sites anyone can access:
Art, Culture & Design
A Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections - curated by MCN (Museum Computer Network), who "envision a world in which all museums are empowered digitally to achieve their missions."
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center - explore original materials from 272 libraries, museums, and archives across North Carolina.
Virtual Field Trips - 30+ field trips you can take from the comfort of your home!
Virtual Museum Tours - curated by Travel & Leisure.
Audio Book Cloud - an all-ages online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for schools and libraries.
Authors Everywhere - a Youtube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.
KidLit TV - online read-alouds, kid lit podcasts, activities and more. KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids.
Loyal Books (formerly Books Should Be Free) - thousands of free eBooks and audiobooks in the public domain.
Open Library - over 1,000,000 free eBook titles, mostly in the public domain. Also includes a growing lending library of over 200,000 contemporary titles.
Project Gutenberg - a collection of over 60,000 free eBooks in the public domain.
Romance Book Cloud - more than 1700 romance eBooks. Read to your heart's content!
Storyline Online - the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Teen Book Cloud - eBooks and more for teens in grades 7+. Includes fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, videos, and audiobooks.
Tumble Book Library - eBooks and more for kids in grades K-6. Includes graphic novels, picture books, kids' fiction and non-fiction, as well as videos, playlists, puzzles, and games.
Digital collections of the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.
Digital Public Library of America - includes primary source sets for educators preparing to teach remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each set contains a variety of primary sources, context, lesson plans, discussion questions and student activities.
Learning At Home - a Wakelet list curated by Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor Rutgers University SC&I, teacher-librarian, a Milken Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow.
Scholastic Learn At Home - daily themed lessons created by staff a Scholastic Classroom Magazine, for Pre-K through Grades 6+.
Tumble Math - math eBooks for kids in grades K-6. Read books about math concepts online and take quizzes to help master the concept learned.
World Book Online - free access to World Book Encyclopedia (through April 30) as well as nonfiction eBooks, early learning resources, activities and crafts, and much more. (If you are not automatically logged in, enter username wbsupport
and password distancelearn.)
Folkstreams - documentary films of American Culture
Internet Archive - a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
National Film Board of Canada - explore an online archive of classic and modern Canadian films, including a large selection of films by Indigenous filmmakers.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - tour digital collections, view archival footage and listen to rare recordings.
Grammy Museum At Home - the GRAMMY Museum will make never-before-released content from the GRAMMY Museum archives available to the public. Each day will spotlight a different pillar of the Museum's Mission.
Nightly Met Opera Streams - every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - free online learning resources. Sign up for a free membership to Rock Hall EDU and access lesson plans, activity sheets, presentations, videos, playlists, and digitized primary source materials from the Rock Hall's library and archives.
Center for Puppetry Arts @ Home - workshops, museum tours, and puppet shows from your home for FREE!
Museum of Photographic Arts - view online exhibitions and learn about photography through videos and other online resources.
National Geographic Photography - view the Photo of the Day, Series, Galleries, and more.
Science and Nature
All About Birds - online guide to birds and bird watching.
Museum of Life and Science - at-home activities and experiments, videos, and interactive Q&A.
North Carolina Virtual Science Festival - from NC SciFest. Celebrate STEM Education Month (April) from home via virtual events and at-home learning activities.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - connect with the natural world and the wonders of North Carolina through Science at Home and a daily Moment of Science.