Kids & Teens: Resources

Please note: The companies that provide our databases often set residency restrictions. Russell Library cannot do anything to provide access to non-residents. If you are not a resident of Middletown, please see the resources that say No Library Card Required.

Apply for a Library Card

Middletown residents can apply online for a Russell Library card. We will mail the card to you & email you the card number so you can begin using it right away! 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!

Time Management for Kids

How to help your kids manage their learning time while at home.

READING

Audible

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

Audiobook Cloud

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

Biblionasium

Kids can review books and get recommendations. They can see what others are reading. Virtual bookshelves allow kids to add what they’re reading, want to read, and have read.

BookFlix

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

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.)

Graphic Novel Book List

Our children’s department’s list for kids grade 3-5 that are vailable online from hoopla. (Russell Library card required)

International Children's Digital Library

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

Julie's Library

Join Julie Andrews for a new storytime podcast! Julie and her daughter, children’s author Emma Walton Hamilton, read their favorite children’s books. Every story comes to life with sound, music and activities. (No library card required.)

Online Book Recommendations by Grade Level

Our children’s department’s list of books for kids, Grades K-5 that are available online from hoopla. (Russell Library card required)

Project Gutenberg

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

Reading Beyond

A list designed to help adults recommend age appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers. (No library card required.)

Tumble Books Library

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

LEARNING

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: Lesson Plans

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

Bill Nye: Science Experiments

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

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.)

Connecticut Science Center

There’s plenty to do online at the CT Science Center! (No library card required.)

National Geographic Kids

Learn about geography and animals. (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.)

Skype a Scientist

This site connects teachers and families with scientists from many disciplines. Children can learn more about a field of study or what it’s like to be a scientist. (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.)

FUN

Ancestry Academy

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

The British Museum

The British Museum’s collection is online! Explore 2 million years of history.  (No 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.)

Librarian-Recommended Apps & Games

Librarians’ 2020 picks for Notable Children’s Digital Media. (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.)

Relaxation & Recreation

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

Russell Library Storytimes

Visit our YouTube channel to hear stories read by our librarians, board members, and other friends! (No library card required.)

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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.)

Virtual Tours of Famous Places

Russell Library has gathered together some of the best virtual tours on the Internet. Travel the world from home!

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.)

Happiness

Happiness is… baking for others, blanket forts, gratitude, music and more. Discover the things that make us all happy.

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.)

Standardized Tests

JobNow’s Skillsurfer module includes full practice exams and study guides for standardized tests: pre-secondary school exams, including the HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT. It also has pre-college options, such as the PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ACT, as well as AP Test prep. (Russell 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

Our librarians will present storytimes via Zoom to your organization. Click the link to fill out the form to request a virtual visit.

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.