Kids & Teens: Resources

Apply for a Library Card

Middletown residents can apply online for a Russell Library card. We will mail the card to you and also email you the card number so you can begin using it right away! Cards can be used to access all of our online services. New applications only!

Renew Your Library Card

Middletown residents: If your card has expired or you think you already have an account but have lost your card, please use this form.

Russell Online

We have even more online services at Russell Online: Ted Talks, Consumer Reports, Hartford Courant, Geneology & more!

123 Homeschool 4 Me

Free homeschool worksheets for grades K-12 plus articles on how to teach your children at home. (No library card required.)

Ancestry Academy

Video lessons to help families get started on their family tree building.  (No library card required.)

Ancestry: Lesson Plans

At-Home History Lesson Plans. (No library card required.)

Audible

A free audiobook database for kids. (No library card required.)

Audiobook Cloud

An all-ages audiobook database. (No library card required.)

Bill Nye: Science Experiments

Science experiments you can do at home. (No library card required.)

BookFlix

Over 120 animated stories designed to strengthen early literacy skills. (Russell Library card required.) Click here to access from home.

BrainPOP

An education website offering free access during the COVID-19 crisis. (No library card required.)

BrainPOP Jr. (Grades K-3)

An education website offering free access during the COVID-19 crisis. (No library card required.)

Downloadable Magazines for Kids

From RB Digital. No limit and permanent checkout! (Russell Library card required.)

eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Magazines

Downloads are available 24/7. (Russell Library card required.)

Highlights Kids

Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments. (No library card required.)

Home-Based Art Making

An elementary art teacher blog with art projects and lessons. (No library card required.)

hoopla Bonus Borrows

In order to provide more content to during this difficult time of sheltering at home, hoopla announces the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites. (Russell Library card required.)  Borrowing titles from this collection will not count against your regular monthly borrows!

International Children's Digital Library

Children’s literature in multiple languages from the world community. (No library card required.)

National Geographic Kids

Learn about geography and animals. (No library card required.)

Nature & Wildlife Livecams

Webcams from around the globe. (No library card required.)

Nomster Chef

Learning through cooking. (No library card required.)

Project Gutenberg

Free downloadable classic children’s books. (No library card required.)

Relaxation & Recreation

Virtual field trips, crafts, games, music, meditation & more!  Also, tips on working & learning at home. All ages. (No library card required.)

researchIT CT

Online reference databases: history, science, biography & more. Also, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, ebooks, audiobooks. (No library card required.)

Scholastic Learn at Home

A free resource that provides articles, stories, videos, virtual field trips & fun learning challenges. (No library card required.)

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

Fun science activities, which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together. (No library card required.)

Stay-at-Home Bingo

Play Russell Library’s Stay-at-Home Bingo Game.

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Stimola Live

Live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators.  (No library card required.)

Storyline Online

Your favorite stories read to you by movie stars. (No library card required.)

Tech Topics

Finishing up the semester? Russell Library has recommendations on using the Internet safely, learning new programs, and staying up-to-date.

Tumble Books Library

K-6 children’s ebook database.  (No library card required.)

Tumble Math

A K-6 ebook math database.  (No library card required.)

Universal Class

Over 500 courses including parenting, homeschooling, special education, teacher resources, how-to & much more! (Russell Library card required.)

Virtual Dives with NOAA

These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. (No library card required.)

Teens

Audiobook Cloud

An all-ages audiobook database. (No library card required.)

Britannica Online

Articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books, and other resources. (Russell Library card required.)

Coursera: Free Classes for Teens

From calculus to guitar for beginners, Coursera helps high school students everywhere keep learning. (No library card required.)

eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Magazines

Downloads are available 24/7. (Russell Library card required.)

Mango Languages

Need help with a class? Over 70 languages available. (Russell Library card required.)

Novelist

Book reviews, sample chapters, suggestions & read-alike lists. (Russell Library card required.)

Relaxation & Recreation

Virtual field trips, crafts, games, music, meditation & more! Also, tips on working & learning at home. All ages. (No library card required.)

researchIT CT

Online reference databases: history, science, biography & more. Also, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, ebooks, audiobooks. (No library card required.)

Stimola Live

Live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators.  (No library card required.)

Tech Topics

Finishing up the semester? Russell Library has recommendations on using the Internet safely, learning new programs, and staying up-to-date.

TED Talks

3300+ talks to stir your curiosity. (No library card required.)

Teen Book Cloud

eBooks for Grades 7-12.  (No library card required.)

Universal Class

Over 500 courses including parenting, homeschooling, special education, teacher resources, how-to & much more! (Russell Library card required.)

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Outreach and Group Visit Request Form

NOTE: Outreach is temporarily suspended.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Russell Library is proactively addressing concerns surrounding Coronavirus (Covid-19). The health and safety of our community is our top priority. While pandemics of this nature are unpredictable, we are taking precautionary steps to reduce the spread of illness.

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If your group wishes to visit the children’s library or have a children’s librarian visit your organization, please fill out our request form. Visits MUST be requested a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.

Library staff will respond to requests within 5 business days to confirm your visit or to work with you to find another date.

Email the Children's Department

If you wish to contact any of the children’s or teen librarians, simply send us an email! We will respond as quickly as we can.