During our Closure

Looking for things to do at home with the kids? Here are some reading and activity suggestions and online resources recommended by our Children's Librarians.

Activities, Curriculum, Lessons & More

NOTLLibrary:Live – Create with Kasia:

Each week a new step-by-step project video will be uploaded to our YouTube channel! To view our channel click here!


Introduction to Micro:bit Mini Camp: 

Learn the basics of coding with this virtual mini camp for kids! For more information visit our Facebook Page! Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/110222921726


All Kids Network:

Crafts, worksheets, colouring pages, printable mazes, dot to dots, and more. To visit this on allkidsnetwork.com click here!


Bedtime Math:

Daily prompts to make math easy and fun to talk about. Try adding this into your bedtime routine! To visit this on bedtimemath.org click here!


CBC Curio.ca:

Online streaming platform, currently with complimentary access, with collections of educational videos. To visit this on curio.ca click here!



Online games, books, and activities divided by grades K-8. To visit this on funbrain.com click here!


The Kennedy Centre presents Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems:

Draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. To visit this on kennedy-center.org click here!


Khan Academy:

A non-profit providing free education through fun lessons, like “Imagineering in a Box.” To visit this on khanacademy.org click here!


Learn at Home:

Resources for elementary and secondary students from the Ontario Ministry of Education. To visit this on ontario.ca click here!


Math Playground:

Free online math games and puzzles, for grades 1-6. To visit this on mathplayground.com click here!



Science, tech, engineering, and math activities for families with kids in grades K-4. To visit this on nasa.gov click here!


PBS Kids:

Videos and games for kids of all ages supported by popular characters. To visit this on pbskids.org click here!


Pete the Cat, Harper Collins Children’s Books:

Songs, videos, and activities about everyone’s favourite cat. To visit this on petethecatbooks.com click here!


Scholastic Learn at Home:

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. To visit this on scholastic.com click here!


Seussville, Random House Children’s Books:

Activities, crafts, and printables. To visit this on seussville.com click here!



Design anything your imagination can think of which can then be printed using a 3D printer. To visit this on tinkercad.com click here!


Todd Parr Fun!:

Printable and online activities from always positive author Todd Parr. (Be sure to check out the Things That Make You Feel Good activity book) To visit this on toddparr.com click here!


TVO in the Classroom:

Educational videos, articles, and games for students in grades K-12. To visit this on education.tvo.org click here!


TVO mPower:

Math games for K-6, aligned with the Ontario curriculum. To visit this on tvopower.com click here!


Vroom by Bezos Family Foundation:

A free app and website with brain building tips for kids 5 and under. To visit this on vroom.org click here!


Teen Book Club:

Join the NOTLPL Teen Literacy Alliance! To join click here!

Virtual Story Times & Book Readings

Author Mac Barnett: Most days at 3pm, Mac Barnett reads his books on Instagram Live.



Author Monique Gray Smith: Reads her books and shares the videos on Instagram Live.



Author Oliver Jeffers: Every weekday at 2pm, Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books on Instagram Live.



Author Peter H Reynolds: Every weekday at 3pm, Peter Reynolds will read one of his books on Facebook Live.



Jbrary: A directory of online storytimes and resources for songs and rhymes.



OperationStoryTime on Instagram: Search #operationstorytime on social media to find authors reading their works online.



Penguin Kids: Every weekday at 11am, Penguin Kids will share a read aloud on Instagram Live.



SAG-AFTRA Foundation: Listen to famous actors and personalities like Betty White, Oprah, and Kristin Bell read children’s books.



We are Teachers: The Big List of children’s authors doing online read alouds and activities


Zoos, Museums & Other Experiences

Cincinnati Zoo: Facebook Live videos highlighting a new animal each weekday at 3pm, and shared via Youtube after the live stream.



Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Live free events with scientists and explorers around the world, hosted Live on Youtube.



San Diego Zoo: Live cameras in various zoo exhibits, paired with educational resources.



Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Self-guided tours of select current and past exhibits.



The Hidden Worlds of the Natural Parks: Stunning videos of volcanoes, caves and other natural wonders.