Distance Learning Support from the Library

Greenwich Library wants to ensure all students and staff at our local schools have access to our vast digital resources in order to support ongoing digital and remote learning initiatives!

The first step of this process is ensuring all staff and students have library cards. Sign up for your Library card and account via email by completing the following forms:

Please include your school email within the form to ensure authentication. If you have any questions about renewals and/or PINs please email eperdue@greenwichlibrary.org.

Here’s just a sample of digital resources that you’ll have access to with a Greenwich Library card:

  • The Digital Library offers ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, documentaries, music, homework help resources and more for kids from preschool age to high school students.
  • National Geographic for Kids: Get full access to magazines and books for students in grades K-5 for research on topics such as animals, science and technology, environment, history, people, places and culture. Also, access over 200 videos that offer an in-depth look at everything from solar power to the future of green construction to the “Things You Wanna Know” series (think ice cream!).
  • National Geographic – The Virtual Database: Access NG magazines dating back to 1888, which can be used as a research tool for students middle school grades and up.
  • Homework Help: Use various resources provided by Greenwich Library to help with all of your homework needs, including links to Funk and Wagner’s New World Encyclopedia, access to popular magazines, and magazine and newspaper databases for grades K-5
  • Digital Learning: Teachers and high school students can find Lynda.com instructional videos on subjects like web design and IT and Great Courses which covers all educational subjects
  • Mango Language Learning: step-by-step instruction on over 70 languages
  • eBooks & Audiobooks: with Overdrive which has over 2000 titles in their juvenile collection and RBdigital. Find classic and popular titles in a variety of genres including fiction and nonfiction. Many of the classics can be found on RBdigital.
  • Read last year’s Summer Reading titles chosen by GPS Media Specialists in eBook format:
  • 2020 Intermediate Nutmeg Book Award Nominees: eBook Library list compiled by Greenwich Children’s Librarians
  • Recommended Digital YA Titles: eBooks & Audiobooks compiled by Greenwich Library’s YA Librarian
  • Bookflix: from Scholastic – pairs video storybooks with related non-fiction read-along titles. There are activities accompanying each pairing as well as resources to further explore topics.
  • Tumblebooks: Offers beautifully animated and professionally narrated storybooks as well as chapter books, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, and educational games and activities for grades K-4. Teachers can look at the common core section for instructional information. The platinum subscription allows entire classes to use the same materials.
  • Looking for a different variety of entertainment?
    • Kanopy Kids: Diverse selection of educational and entertaining content that includes movies, TV series, animated storybooks, live-action, and animated favorites
    • Hoopla Kids: Music, comic books, movies and TV shows for children, available to stream or download

Visit Greenwich Library’s website for resources and services for Children and Young Adults. The Library is also providing telephone reference support at 203-622-7920.

Many families are distance learning and looking for both educational and fun online activities they can do from home:

  • Virtual Storytimes from Popular Authors: Our favorite authors and illustrators, such as Mo Willems and Grace Lin, among so many others, are presenting live programs daily. Learn to draw! Watch a storytime! School Library Journal shares where you can find your favorite.
  • The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities: With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online read alouds and activities on social media.
  • Virtual Field Trips & Fun Websites: Watch a Broadway musical; go on virtual field trips to farms, aquariums, and museums around the world; get a drawing lesson or watch a storytime by a favorite author. A few ideas for a day spent inside!