Free Online Resources for Students and their Families

posted Mar 24, 2020, 8:15 AM by Central Library   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 8:15 AM ]

Karyn Isleb, Head of Youth Services at our Manchester City Library has shared some resources shown below...

Free Online Resources for Students and their Families:

·         Virtual Field Trips – Families can take local and global virtual field trips


National Zoo – has live animal cams including a Panda cam


San Diego Zoo & Safari Park – You can take a trip around the world with their live animal cams.


Cincinnati Zoo – Every day beginning at 3:00 pm, they go live with a Talk about one of their animals.  Fiona the Hippo was one of their special guests.


Franklin Park/Stone Zoo – They have begun at 1:30 pm a Zoo to You program.  They visit and talk about some of the animals at their zoos. 


New England Aquarium  - They are offering live visits and activities that families can do at home.


Boston Children’s Museum – You can take a virtual tour of the museum.  They also have activities families can participate in.


Shedd Aquarium – Chicago – They are offering tours of the aquarium.  Your tour ‘guides’ are two penguins and a porcupine.  There are also lots of behind the scenes footage as well.


National Parks  - You can tour 31 National Parks all across the country with Google Earth.


Exploring Mars! – You can explore the surface on the Curiosity Rover.


Discovery Education – There are a lot of different tours you can take on different topics.

·         Books – Electronic Resources


TumbleBooks – They have given free access to their online five databases. Their databases offer a variety of audiobooks for all ages including adults.  They are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home.  The books are available instantly.  There are not check-outs, holds or download.  Links and passwords are available at on our homepage.  


·         Free Educational Sites – There are so many out there for families to use.  Here are some:

PBS Learning Media –

National Geographic for Kids –

Highlights Kids –

Learning A-Z –

Brainpop –

Switcheroo Zoo -

Kids Discover –

Time for Kids –


·         Disneyland/DisneyWorld – They have begun offering virtual rides of some of their famous rides for families to enjoy. Check out their website for more information.