VRA Virtual Library

Digital Resources for Home or School

While the Media Center is Closed

The Valley Ridge Academy Media Center would like to keep students connected to our library services when we are not able to be in school. Below please find a large selection of eBooks and other digital resources that are available to students from Valley Ridge Academy. Some of these resources are regularly paid collections and subscriptions. Other resources have been offered free to our school for the remainder of the school year. These resources are for a K-8 population, so please assist your young children in navigating appropriate resources. If you have any questions about access, please email Mrs. Ayrish Booysen at shannon.ayrishbooysen@stjohns.k12.fl.us. We would also like to know how these resources have benefited your students, so that we can direct funds to the full time use of any of these programs that have been beneficial. Updated September 21, 2020

Ebooks for Reading or Research

MackinVia E-books for all Grades (K - 8)

VRA students and families have access to over 9,000 e-books to read via MackinVIA. We have digital versions of most of our Sunshine State Books. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, there are audio only books and others are simply a standard book to be read online. Some resources are multi-user while the others are single user check-out (one person at a time). In addition there are other Digital resources housed in MackinVia under Videos, Databases, and Links.

Use this link to access MackinVia https://www.mackinvia.com from any internet device. You can also download the app to phones and tablets. At this link type in the location - Valley Ridge Academy. Then click on Login. You will be directed to the Follett Destiny login page (blue and white). If you are not directed to this login, please click, Not My Location, refresh your screen and try again.

Username = e-number or s-number for students (include the e or the s)

Password = school district log-in password (animal or HAC password for students)

If you can’t log-in into your account, you can go in as a guest, don’t choose a location, username - vra and password – hawks. Most books will work in this mode but you won't be able to check-out single user eBooks or download them for offline use.

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Epic - free access at home (K-8)

Students have free access to Epic at school. Usually home access requires a subscription. Right now Epic is offering free at home access from 8AM to 3PM using an educators class code. If you would like access to Epic through the VRA Media Center Classroom, please go to this link https://www.getepic.com. Click on Student and enter Class Code: wrq8906. Your child might have already set up a Profile and they can continue to use this ID. If they don't have a profile, scroll down to the very bottom of the page and have them create a profile. They may use a grade level profile too.

Epic is like Netflix for children's books. The e-book platform is provided free to educators and supported by home subscriptions. They have over 35,000 eBooks and videos.

  • Gives instant access to the world’s largest digital library of high-quality fiction and nonfiction for kids 12 and under
  • Includes personalized reading recommendations for each child based on individual reading preferences and abilities
  • Reading logs to track student progress
  • Available on iPads, iPhone, Android devices, and on any computer or desktop

JLG Digital Online (K-12)

FREE access to our JLG Digital online reading platform!

With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access* to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books, so tell your home-bound students to click to their hearts' content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

NOTICE: Usernames & passwords are no longer needed! Simply click the school-level book stream of your choice and you'll be automatically logged in!

Elementary Stream

Middle School Stream

High School Stream

Lerner Bookshelf (K-12)

Now through June 30, select Lerner eBooks will be available for free via the online Lerner Bookshelf. They've set up two collections of eBooks:

All Lerner eBooks are available as multi-user editions that allow for unlimited simultaneous access by every student in your school.

Read Alouds

Storyline Online (K-5)

Storyline Online is a popular website where children’s books are read by famous actors. Each book has a recommended grade level and includes supplemental curriculum developed to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.

The site was created by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation (SAG-AFTRA) and includes many wonderful books including Enemy Pie and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.



Storytime with Ryan & Craig is a free, short-form reading show for children, parents & educators. Every week, Ryan and Craig read aloud a new children’s book and you can view hundreds of their book videos. Ryan and Craig are working writer/director/actors. They use silly voices, big emotions, improvised dialogue and sometimes a capella songs. You'll find fun read-alouds of books such as SSYRA Jr book, The Very Impatient Caterpillar, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Pete the Cat, Go, Dog, Go!, and many more.


Kid Lit TV (K-3)

Kid Lit TV - A great source of popular books read aloud for students to enjoy.


Wilbook Press Free Online Books, Videos and Poetry (K-3)

Wilbook Press - https://www.wilbooks.com/free-resources-free-online-books

As part of their commitment to early literacy they now offer over 1,000 of their titles for free to read online. They have large leveled library, educational videos, poetry and printables.

Research and Encyclopedias

World Book Online

World Book Online is even more than an online encyclopedia. It’s a suite of online research and discovery tools, that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, e-books, student activities, educational games, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. It’s safe to explore and can be used by all levels, from Early Learning to Advanced.


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Wonderopolis®, is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.

What is a kinkajou? Find out at Wonderopolis https://www.wonderopolis.org/

Wide Open School

Wide Open School is a free collection of online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors of Common Sense in partnership with organizations like National Geographic, Khan Academy and Scholastic.


Click on "We're a Family" and select the age range to see science experiments, virtual field trips, get moving videos and much more.

Current Events


DOGO News-Kids News, Current Events


DOGO Media is an online source for news, books and movies empowering kids to engage with digital media in a fun, safe and social environment. DOGO [doh-GOH] means young or small in Swahili and all their resources are geared towards kids.

They have a news site, as well as sites for DOGO books and movies. On the books site you can read and post reviews and search the St. Johns Public Library to see if the book is available.


Read the St. Augustine Record or the Florida Times Union newspaper free here


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Science News for Students

Science News for Students is an online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents and educators.


Valley Ridge Academy Media Center

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning and a love of reading is at the heart of our program.