Free External Resources


Even though the library is closed, and we #StayAtHome, there are many great engaging, entertaining, and educational experiences to see and read online. However, we know it can be frustrating to find the good stuff, the interesting stuff, and find credible and authoritative websites.  We're here to help you!

We are curating a list of some fabulous websites where you can discover new ideas, listen to famous people read children's stories, watch movies, play games, or learn a new skill right in your living room.  We add new things almost every day!

These credible websites deliver information, movies, virtual tours, and activites for children, teens, adults and families. 

Need information on COVID-19? Visit the Town of Hunstville website.

Arts & Culture

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!: Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home

Paris Opera: Screenings of great opera classics that will amaze you.

Google Arts & Culture: Over 2000 of the world's leading museums and archives partnered with Google Cultural Institute to bring YOU the world's treasures online.  Dozens of virtual tours are available including Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin Germany, Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Museum Kampa in Czech Republic, and dozens more.  This online resource began in 2011 now includes arts organizations and museums in over 40 countrues.  There are more that 32,000 artworks to view!


BreakoutEDU: Find a collection of digital games that kids can play at home. Click on any game and start playing!

The New York Times Crosswords   "Would you like to improve your mental flexibility, learn a few interesting things every day and establish bragging rights among your friends? Solving crossword puzzles is like mental yoga — both challenging and relaxing at the same time." ~ New York Times

The Globe and Mail Crosswords  Find archived JUMBO crosswords for FREE!  And the Cryotic Crossword, too!   Oh, and Sudoku Classic!  Have you tried the Universal Crossword? It is a WOW! puzzle.

LIVE Children's Authors & Book-Related Content

@benclantoon: Author and illustrator Ben Clanton is going live on Instagram every Monday at 12:30 PM

@dangutman: Author Dan Gutman reads chapters from his books on Facebook Live every weekday at 2 PM

Dav Pilkey at Home: Be creative and have fun with characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants. Check on Fridays for new videos.

Harper at Home: Various live readings by HarperKids team and authors: HarperKids from Home for younger ones; Shelf Stuff for ages 7-12; Epic Reads for those interested in YA books

Harry Potter at Home: J.K. Rowling along with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents and caregivers add Harry Potter magic to daily life. This includes unlimited access through Overdrive to the ebook and audiobook versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (US)

Haunted Canada Road Trip: Ontario writer Joel A. Sutherland is sharing a daily scary ghost story on his Youtube channel. Stories are set in Canadian locations from B.C. to Newfoundland 

I Value Canadian Stories - The Podcast: voicED Radio’s new podcast series, hosted by Stephen Hurley, focuses on the work and perspectives of 15 Canadian children and YA authors. Interviews with Eric Walters, Marty Chan, Anita Daher, and Natasha Deen are already available with a new podcast being released daily

The Imagination Library Presents “Goodnight with Dolly" Dolly Parton reads books from the Imagination Library to children and families weekly at 7:00 PM starting April 2, 2020

Kids Can Press’ “Spring Books Relay” Twice each day, an author or illustrator with new books releasing during the COVID-19 crisis will read from their work or offer a drawing demo. View listings for March 31 to April 6

MG Lit Online Book Club: Middle grade readers are invited to take part in a monthly book club including a video meet-up between the author and all participants, hosted by Manitoba children’s librarian Kathie MacIsaac. Participating Canadian authors include: Kenneth Oppel and his book Bloom, Michelle Kadarusman and her book Music for Tigers and Colleen Nelson and her book Harvey Comes Home. View site for dates and details.

Neil Gaiman Videos: Neil Gaiman videos including Neil (and some famous friends!) reading The Graveyard Book and Coraline

@oliverjeffers: Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers reads one of his picture books on live on Instagram every weekday at 2:00 PM

@penguinkids: Schedule listed here for a celebrity reading of a book on their Instagram or Facebook account. A book is read every weekday at 3:00 PM

@petethecatofficial: James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat, reads a picture book live on Instagram every weekday at 12:00 PM

#savewithstories: Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams recently launched this series featuring celebrities reading children's stories out loud

@seymoursimon: Author Seymour Simon reads from his non-fiction books for kids every weekday on his YouTube channel

Seussville: Read and play Seuss games

Storyline Online: Stories read aloud by actors

Storytime from Space: Stories read aloud by astronauts

Online Learning

Hour of Code: Learn coding skills with an hour of code activity

Khan Academy: Non-profit educational organization produces short lessons in the form of videos

Khan Academy Kids: App for younger children

National Geographic Kids: Animals, games, videos and exploration

Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic classroom magazines team offers free resources

TV & Movies

Broadway HD: Watch hit musicals like Kinky Boots and 42nd Street for a limited time

National Film Board of Canada: Watch quality Canadian documentary, animation and fiction films online

6 Indigenous Films: CBC curated and reviewed 6 indigenous films from the NFBs massive Indigenous Catalogue

Working From Home

Accel5: Tips and tricks for remote work and stress management

EBSCO: Support for remote working such as managing remote teams, utilizing remote technology & reducing work stress

Zoom: Host a free video teleconference for your workplace

Virtual Tours

Canadian Museum of History: Virtual tour

Canadian War Museum: Virtual exhibitions

Ripley's Aquariums At Home: View live feedings, educational encounters, and discover downloadable animal activities

Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC): Largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations

Virtual Museum Tours: Offered by Travel + Leisure, a magazine subscribed to by HPL

Virtual Garden Tours: Five digital garden tours just in time for spring

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