Canada Day: ORL locations will be closed on Friday, July 1, for Canada Day. Regular hours resume on Saturday, July 2.
To help with your child's education, our librarians have found and vetted a variety of books and sites featuring learning resources.
Go to Britannica Library for Children
Britannica Library for Children provides age-appropriate articles on a variety of subjects. Check out neat features like “Canada in Focus” and the interactive World Atlas.
Go to Global Road Warrior
Global Road Warrior is packed with colour photos, over 1000 country maps and information on culture, customs and travel essentials for 175 countries and nations. It is great for students researching country information.
Go to Kermode Education (New!)
Kermode Education is a browser app that analyzes web pages to help you learn how identify if the information on the page is accurate and trustworthy. When logging in, enter the first 5 digits of your library card barcode number as the license key.
Learn more about Kermode Education
Go to TumbleBook Library for Kids
For preschoolers to Grade 2. There are no downloads or waitlists for the books in these collections! Play these books in your browser over an internet connection.
For older kids, we have TeenBookCloud (Grades 6-12).
Math: Grades 1-2
Science: Grades 1-2
Math: Grades 3-4
Science: Grades 3-4
Social Studies: Grades 3-4
Math: Grades 5-6
Science: Grades 5-6
Social Studies: Grades 6-7
This site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction. Please note that it will be updated frequently as more resources and new information are identified to share. (Source: Open School BC).
Khan Academy is a non-profit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. This site offers learning plans in math, science and other subjects for learners, parents and teachers.
ReadWorks offers free content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from K-Grade 12. With an emphasis on reading comprehension, this site features content in science, technology, social studies, arts, poetry and literary fiction.
A diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The Canadian Children's Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. It provides links to free author and illustrator livestreams, comics, videos, podcasts, educator guides, virtual author book talks, and much more!
Celebrity actors read from a broad collection of children’s books in a read-along format. Each comes with a story guide, providing discussion topics to enhance learning. (Source: SAG-AFTRA Foundation).
Cool Math 4 Kids
This site provides you with math games where you can choose the grade and topic, as well as lessons explaining those topics and quizzes afterwards. You will also find manipulatives, printable flash cards, and much more. Have fun with your friends using the brain teasers.
Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
Give your brain a workout! Includes a wide variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math and thinking games (Grades 1-6).
Talking Math With Your Kids
Created by a teacher and curriculum developer with a PH.D., this site provides guides to practical ways that parents and teachers can engage children ages 3-9 in discussions about math concepts in everyday life.
Science activities and learning materials for kids in elementary school.
Live Online Workshops
Live Online Workshops with over 40 subject matter experts who are experienced in virtual facilitation, collaborative tools, event planning and online interactive training. Expect hands-on experience and interactive learning! (Source: Canada Learning Code).
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Students can continue to learn at home while schools are closed. Take a Code Break with us, or see resources for students, parents, and teachers – including videos, fun tutorials, and projects!
This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. (Source: Farm & Food Care Ontario).
NASA Climate Kids
NASA's Climate Kids website tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. Targeting upper-elementary-aged children, the site is full of games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging. (Source: Earth Science Communications Team).
Fun science experiments, videos, games, and articles. (Source: National Geographic for Kids).
STEM at Home
Let's Talk Science has a great selection of resources and activities for engaging children and youth at home. Discover hands-on activities using materials commonly found at home, watch an engaging web series or videos from around the web, curated by subject and participate in cool Careers competitions for youth and win prizes! (Source: Let’s Talk Science).
Explore The Met using an interactive map, watch behind-the-scenes videos that feature kids just like you, travel through more than 5,000 years of art in our time machine and try out creative projects for at home. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art).
Big History Project
Journey through nearly 14 billions years of history in the self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. You’ll find every chapter full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.
Canadian Geographic Online Classroom
Every week, new activities and resources will be shared to make learning from home, or teaching at a distance, easy and fun. (Source: National Geographic Education).