Coronavirus & Summer Learning

Useful Information for Families

Information for Families

Dear Caregivers,

The purpose of this newsletter is to share facts and information and provide you with some online learning resources and community resources. This is a living document and will be continuously updated. I have updated to reflect the summer programming from Tompkins country Public Library and a selection of books we have digitally that celebrate blackness.

Stay well,


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Access our eBook and Audiobook collection

Open a world of reading.

Try Sora, the new reading app for students, by OverDrive

Celebrating Blackness through books - a few favorites

Checkout these ebooks & audiobooks from South Hill SORA’s digital collection. A special thank you to Paula Long, the librarian from BJM for compiling most of these titles.


Our world may be very different these days, but some things will stay the same -- and the fun and value of learning throughout this summer is one of them!

Join TCPL as we launch our virtual Summer Learning programs June 27 through August 8. We have programs for all ages, so the whole family can participate!

Click here for all the details!

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Free Educational Websites for Home

Sometimes screen time is a necessity if we have children at home and work we need to do. Here are three apps that make screen time a learning time:

  1. CodeMonkey: a game-based education program that teaches children to code. It comes with a membership fee, but there's a free 14-day trial that doesn't require a credit card.
  2. Khan Academy: Online learning in math, science, and literacy for all age groups. Standards-aligned. Free.
  3. BrainPop: Fun, interactive educational activities for all ages and all subject areas. Some areas do not require password, others do. Our south hill password can be found in the database handout below.
  4. Scholastic Learn at Home: Interactive learning journeys for all ages.

Updated Read Aloud by Mrs.Jones

I will continue to post videos throughout the summer. They will be posted here and on the library google classroom.

The join code is


Mrs. Jones reads Liza Lou

Use the South Hill library page to access our databases. Passwords are provided below.

25 Amazing Virtual Field Trips for Kids—Spring 2020

Thanks to technology, it’s now possible for kids to visit all kinds of places from the comfort of their home. We’ve compiled a list of the best virtual field trips for you, so enjoy your “visit”!

YMCA launches 60 free online classes for people stuck at home

From boot camp to yoga, there is something for everyone.

While school is on pause, kids listen free. Please see below from Audible.

As all of us around the world confront this difficult new period, we recognize the importance—and the challenge—of staying relaxed and entertained, especially for kids at home who are missing the stimulation of the classroom.

At, you will find hundreds of our titles available completely free. The collection has been handpicked by our editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18.

These stories offer a screen-free option that we hope may help break up the day for families with students home from school.

There are selections for our listeners in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.

To access the free titles, just visit from any web browser.

The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen.

We wish you and your loved ones good health, and we hope that listening to a good story will offer some respite during these unsettling times.

All of us at Audible

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

This site is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Just click the button and it will take you to the website.

More free online resources to help your students stay busy

Below are the two mega-lists of free resources. There is a lot!

I hope these are helpful! Stay healthy everyone :)