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Finding New Avenues to Explore

The Puyallup Public Library supports life-long learning for everyone.  While schools are closed to help fight the spread of COVID-19, we have reviewed this collection of online resources to provide families with quality educational opportunities to share together at home.  This page can be used along with our Read With Us and E-Resources pages to cover a wide range of interests and age groups.

  • Brightly is a site created by publisher Random House that contains a large variety of reading resources and recommendations. You can find suggestions by age group or topic.  There are dozens of storytime videos and activities, especially for the 0-5 age group. Who can argue with their tagline, "Raise kids who love to read".
  • Code.org is a non-profit site that teaches software programming in a fun interactive way.  Try their lesson on coding your own dance party or learn how to expand your Minecraft experience by writing your own code. The possibilities are endless once you learn the basics.
  • CreativeBug offers video tutorials on everything from making a sweet summer popsicle to your own wedding decorations. Available free with your library card.  Log in and browse the great ideas for kids’ crafts, party favors, knitting patterns and much more!
  • Historylink is the free, online encyclopedia for all things Washington.  Find out more about your hometown, take a virtual tour of Pike’s Place Market or browse through hundreds of fascinating articles that make Washington history come alive!
  • Infobase produces the World Almanac as well as a dozen other high quality resources including biographies, history and science topics for K-12 students. Through 6/18/20 all of their databases are free and accessible with no login.  
  • Khan Academy offers classes on a wide range of topics and has introduced scheduled courses for students who are currently at home. You will need to create an account to access the content.  Highly recommended.
  • Learning Express is a one-stop shop for assistance with standardized tests.  Study for the GED, SAT, postal carrier exam, military entrance exams and more!  Practice tests help identify areas of strength and subjects that need additional study.
  • Lynda.com is an online learning portal that delivers hundreds of courses.  This resource is particularly good for learning computer and office skills.   Login with your library card number and PIN, then create an account to save your progress.
  • Mango Languages is a fun, interactive way to learn over 50 different languages.  Mango requires a library card to login, then you can create an account to save your progress.  Mango also supports ESL learners.
  • No Time For Flash Cards is an educational site for pre-school and elementary school students.  Make simple crafts with everyday objects.
  • Our Community Adventure is an activity-based program that can involve the whole family.  Print out a game board and list of activities.  Complete simple tasks together like taking a walk, reading a book or baking a cake to advance around the game board.  Collect a prize when you finish!
  • Primarily Washington provides primary resources on history topics rooted in Washington State.  Learners can explore on their own using a rich collection of online images and artifacts, or choose one of the curriculum tracks that have been created to use with the collections.
  • Purdue University has an Online Writing Lab (OWL) that provides information on academic writing.  They include the major style manuals, tips for students, videos and citation examples all designed to help students create the perfect research paper.
  • Scholastic, a trusted name in publishing for youth, has created a resource page with reading recommendations and activities divided by age.  Visit the page for daily assignments and discussions.
  • Storytime Online was created by two Canadian librarians with a love for children’s books.  Enjoy stories, songs, activities and discussions on the latest bestsellers for children.
  • Tumblebook Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books for preschool and elementary-age children.  This resource requires your library card to login.
  • TumbleMath pairs K-6 learners with math concepts through books.  This service is free through August 31, 2020.  
  • Worldbook is a trusted name in learning. Generations of families have used their encyclopedias.  Modern Worldbook products include their encyclopedias and timelines formatted for kids, teens and adults.  This is a limited free offer available through May 31, 2020.  This product requires a login.  Please enter username : puyallup and password:  library for access.