Parents

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With CPL's e-media services, you can bring e-books, movies, music and more to wherever you are, any time of the day. There are many ways to do it:

On your Smart Phone: Libby (OverDrive), Hoopla, or Cloud Library

All of our e-media services have apps available in the Google Play or Apple store, but due to the size of smartphone screens and the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, phones are great for audio. As portable entertainment, music or audiobooks are convenient when you're on the go, or busy around the house. (*Be sure to download items while connected to wi-fi. Items will delete when they are returned.)  ​We recommend: Hoopla offers both music and e-audiobooks, but audiobook aficionados will want to use Libby (OverDrive) and Cloud Library as well to maximize their options.

On Your E-Ink Reader: OverDrive or Cloud Library

The best bet for 21st century bookworms, e-ink e-readers such as the Kobo Clara HD or Kindle Paperwhite are portable, use very little battery power, and are easy on tired eyes. They don't support apps, reducing distractions so you can focus on reading. Take the library with you wherever you go! We recommended: Though Cloud Library content can be transferred to non-Kindle readers with the Windows app, OverDrive has the best selection of new e-books, and works with both Kindle and ePub formats. 

On Your Tablet or Kindle Fire: RBdigital Magazines

Tablets offer a mix between the portability of a smart phone and the screen size of a computer. iPads, Kindle Fires and other tablets are especially good for reading e-books or watching video. Tablet e-readers like the Kindle Fire also offer e-reader capabilities, as well as a wide selection of apps. As we mentioned above, you can find apps for our e-media services in your device's app store, so your options are wide open. ​We recommend: Tablets offer a lot of options, but we think the reading experience offered by RBdigital Magazines is great on larger tablets. 

On your TV: Hoopla or Kanopy

Sit back and relax with streaming video. There are a variety of ways to stream content to your TV, including devices like Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, or directly connecting your TV to your computer with an HDMI cable. See this video from TechBoomers, or this article from CNET, for more information on how to send video from your computer to your television. We recommend: It's a toss-up. Kanopy has a great selection of foreign and independent film, as well as children's television. For British television or popular films, Hoopla is your best bet.

On Your Computer: Alexander Street Press

Fortunately, you can enjoy any of our services from your Mac or PC. All of our e-media services will run directly through your web browser. Enjoy-the world is your oyster! We recommend: Alexander Street Press offers great background music while you work, from Bach to Bossa Nova.

Man listening to audiobook on smart phone

Movies and music and e-books, oh my! We have something for everyone, whether you're an avid e-audiobook listener, a parent in search of family-friendly videos, an e-book fan working through a classic detective series, or someone looking for your favorite summer driving music, your CPL library card offers a wide variety for every type of reader (or listener, or watcher). If you are looking for...

The Newest E-Books: ​OverDrive 

Offering a large catalog of e-books and e-audiobooks, OverDrive also has the newest e-books. Read on your smartphone, Kindle, or other device, even on your computer. 

The Newest E-Audiobooks: Cloud Library 

Cloud Library has a selection of e-books and e-audiobooks, but its best content is the new e-audiobooks added every week. Listen on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

Always-Available E-Books, E-Audiobooks, and Comics: Hoopla

Offering thousands of titles, including high-resolution graphic novel pages, Hoopla content is always available. A great option for voracious readers who are working through long series or want to explore new authors.

Popular Magazines: ​Rbdigital Magazines 

Read current issues of popular magazines in high-resolution on your device with RBdigital. We recommend a tablet or laptop, for best viewing.

Movies and Television: ​Kanopy and Hoopla (Tie)

Hoopla's selection is much larger, and has a higher check out limit with something for everyone, while Kanopy specializes in independent film and world cinema. Both Kanopy and Hoopla also have great selections of quality children's video: for feature films we recommend Hoopla, while Kanopy offers a more impressive selection of children's television. 

Popular Music: Hoopla 

Hoopla lets you stream full albums from artists in every genre, including same-day new releases from top artists.

Runner Up: Alexander Street Press - If you like rare tracks, world music, jazz or classical music, Alexander Street Press is your destination for thousands of songs from around the world and throughout history. 

Whether you're homeschooling or preparing to avert the summer slide, these resources will help you strengthen your math skills. 

Elementary School Math

  • Math Everywhere! series on hoopla - An eight book series full of word problems and real world scenarios.
  • McGrath Math series on hoopla - These books use teddy bears to teach beginning skills like counting, patterns, and more. 
  • Mathplayground.com - Hundreds of free math games separated by grade.
  • LearningExpress Library - The Elementary School Center on LearningExpress Library offers practice tests for grades 4, 5, and 6. Create a free account with your library card.

Middle School Math

Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse offers live homework help daily from 2-11pm. With just your library card, you can bring your toughest math problems to a live tutor. 

 

Hoopla homeschooling resources

Do your kids miss going to school? (Do you miss sending your kids to school?) Hoopla can help! Here is a collection of always-available titles Elementary-age children can learn with (and enjoy) during their time at home.  

Not only are Hoopla titles always available, but at this time Hoopla has curated a list of more than 1,100 "Bonus Borrow" titles that are free to checkout and do not count against your monthly limits. We've put together a list of our favorites. (Educational Bonus Borrows are marked with an *)

 

 

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Autism is a set of complex, developmental challenges that affect an individual's social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation. About 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Want to learn more? You can contact the Autism Alliance of Michigan. The library has resources to help too! 

This accessible and authoritative guide helps parents understand how autism spectrum disorder is defined and diagnosed and offers an overview of the most current behavioral and developmental therapies for children with ASD. Topics include: symptoms, accessing care, services in the community, and the role of complementary and alternative medicine. Parents will also find inspirational and relatable stories from other caretakers, helping them feel less alone. 

A child's voice leads into each chapter, offering a one-of-a-kind exploration into how ten core characteristics of autism affect our children's perceptions and reactions to the surrounding physical, sensory and social environments. This revised and updated third edition sharpens the focus on these basic aspects while expanding on how our own perspectives shape the life of our child and ourselves, today, tomorrow, and for years to come. An all-new section illuminates the surprising breadth of our power of choice and outlines potent strategies for strong decision-making in every situation. 

April is Autism Acceptance Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Children's

Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers! by illustrator Melanie Walsh

Writers, artists, and other creators are finding creative ways to share their work while so many of us are homebound. Here are a few family-friendly sources to help you learn and grow!

Live Readings

  • Oliver Jeffers will read a story every day live on his Instagram (archive also available)
  • Mac Barnett will read a story every day live on his Instagram
  • Monique Gray Smith is sharing readings from her books on Instagram
  • The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is posting live shark stories on Facebook

Art and Science

  • Carson Ellis is sharing art prompts and lessons every day on her blog
  • Every weekday the Kennedy Center is sharing Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
  • The Michigan Science Center is sharing experiments and more in their Echo Live! series
  • The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is posting a live Nature in Your Neighborhood video series 

For more, check out this curated list.

Trying storytime at home for the first time? These resources chosen by CPL librarians will have you laughing, moving, and reading in no time. Remember, this is the perfect time to be silly with the kids!

Books

We want to ensure you have access to online resources during our closure, so we are 

In addition, our database vendors are also offering free or enhanced services during this time, which we will make available to you for as long as they are offered:

  • Kanopy is creating a selection of "free" titles that do not count against monthly caps, including unlimited access to Kanopy Kids content!
  • For Pre-K students, Miss HumbleBee's Academy offers learning exercises in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music to prepare children for Kindergarten. 

  • Brainfuse has added additional tutors for their live hours, and is providing stronger support for their 24/7 learning tools such as Skill Surfer and MEET online collaboration.
  • The popular genealogy resource Ancestry, normally restricted to in-library use, is available to you at home. (Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home provides daily lessons and activities to keep kids engaged and learning during school closures. 
  • In addition to our usual Tumblebooks content, you may now access Tumblemath to support K-5 students
  • Pronunciator has added special COVID-19 lessons in 101 languages to help learners communicate with health care professionals - perfect for English Language Learners. 

  • Kids InfoBits helps teachers (and parents) find curriculum-appropriate content for young learners on animals, music, people, and more!
  • Gale in Context for Middle School, High School, or College offers age-appropriate interdisciplinary content that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

All you need to access these resources is an active CPL library card. We have changed expiration dates on all library cards set to expire in March and April, and will renew already-expired cards online if you contact us. Don't have a card? You can apply online to receive a temporary card good for 90 days. 

Looking to start a conversation with your children about the importance of hygiene, hand washing, and preventing the spread of germs? Check out these Juvenile Fiction and Nonfiction selections below. Click on the titles for exact location and availability.

Juvenile Fiction

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