Free One-on-One TutoringGet free, online homework help from one-on-one tutors, daily from 2 PM to 11 PM through our partnership with Brainfuse. Available in English and Spanish, for early elementary through high school students, in core subject areas. Video content and other resources are also available 24 hours a day.
Learning Aids for Middle SchoolFind resources on core school subjects in our extensive online databases, which feature e-books, videos, lesson plans, and more.
E-Books and Core Subject Resources
Bring history to life with video clips and e-books, with popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos, and audio clips. (Grades 4–9)
An interactive science tool, with videos, articles, and suggested activities. Topics include: Earth Science, Health and Human Body, Physical Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering. (Grades 4–9)
A collection of videos and books in a variety of different categories including e-books, read-alongs, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks. (Grades 6–12)
Online resource that gives nonfiction books and videos on various topics. Also includes project ideas, suggested activities, and links to related websites. (Grades 3–7)
Includes animated talking picture books, story books, and books in other languages, puzzles, and games. (Grades PreK–6)
Research Assignments and Projects:
Explora Middle School
Search a variety of subjects, including the arts, current events, geography, history, literature, science, and math. (Grades 6–8)
Offers Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, world atlas and country comparison, news and magazine articles, primary sources, images and video. Select School Edition for all grades (PreK–12) and all reading abilities. Select articles by reading level and listen along to the text. You can use Escolar Online for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
Nonfiction content that includes eight encyclopedia databases, videos, leveled text, newspapers, and vetted websites. (Grades 3–8)
World Book Online Reference Center
Select Kids link (with balloon icon) to explore different topics, with pictures, articles, games, science projects, maps, and more. Includes features to listen along to the text. (Grades K–6)
College and Career PrepStart prepping for higher education and the workforce with resources and activities you can use at home or anywhere with internet access. Find out more at our college and career prep center.
Reading: Read Alouds for Middle School AgeThe New York Public Library offers e-Books in read aloud and read along formats for children and teens through our app SimplyE. There are also in read aloud and read along formats through our databases.
Available with a Library Card
Hundreds of BrainPOP videos explain a wide variety of concepts in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art & Music, Health and Technology. (Grades K-8)
Social Studies and History e-books. Try the Read to Me feature. (Grades 4–9)
Social Studies and Science e-books. Use the Read to Me feature. (Grades 3–7)
E-books available as read-alongs for Early Readers, Chapter Books, Children’s Classics, and Advanced Readers. (Grades 3–6)
E-books available as read-alongs for Early Readers, Chapter Books, Children’s Classics, and Advanced Readers. (Grades K–6)
Read-alouds available for math e-books. (Grades K–6)
ENGAGING ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME
Explore engaging resources for supplemental learning on core subjects such as math, science, and reading that include activities like games and puzzles.
NYPL's Learn at Home Activities
Discover our calendar full of activities to keep kids and teens engaged while learning at home.
Take on the role of a BBC social media reporter breaking the story of a hacking crisis in this choose-your-own adventure game with live-action video. Touches on digital literacy issues such as sources, fake news, and sharing on social media.
Get started learning programming languages like Scratch, HTML/CSS, or Python with these fun tutorials and creative projects! We recommend beginning coders start with the Scratch modules while more experienced coders can test out HTML/CSS or Python.
Community Oral History Project
Not only can you explore the oral histories from folks in your community, you can also help by transcribing interviews.
Digital Compass by Common Sense Education
Digital literacy choose-your-own-adventure games for middle school students.
Hour of Code
Fun, themed coding tutorials that are great for beginners as well as kids who are comfortable with coding, but want to practice or tackle a fun challenge. Spend an hour making art or designing games using popular characters from Frozen, Minecraft, or Star Wars.
Build an animated beatboxing crew using drag-and-drop musical samples. Play around and make your own beats or complete challenges to unlock music choruses. Incredibox has both a limited online demo and an app.
Microsoft MakeCode Arcade
Design, remix, and play games while learning the code that powers them. Start with a tutorial game before building your own game or taking a deeper dive into a coding course.
Mouse Open Projects
Find resources and tutorials for creative technology projects using 3D modeling, eight-bit pixel art, coding, and more.
NPR’s Kids and Families Podcasts
We especially love Wow in the World, “a podcast designed for parents and kids to listen to together,” with its content focus on learning more about the world.
OldNYC—Mapping Historical Photos from NYPL
Ever wondered what your neighborhood looked like way back when? See New York City through the ages in these archival photographs.
PBS Above the Noise
Each short episode in this series takes on a current event or controversial topic, giving you facts and figures to cut through the hype and rise above the noise.
Play games online and watch fun videos.
Create the next chart-topper with a web-based keyboard of music samples. Record and layer different tracks, then listen to your creation.
A programming language developed by MIT especially for beginning coders. Use the Scratch website or download the free software to create, remix, and share coding projects like games and animations in a safe online community.
An online platform for making digital art. Paint and draw with a wide range of tools and special effects or add clip art and text. Sketchpad’s website can be used on a computer or a tablet.
Create weird, old-timey gifs with the New York Public Library’s own stereography site.
An online reading and language arts hub jointly hosted by the International Literacy Association and the National Council for Teachers of English. Features printable activities, book recommendations, and interactive tools like a digital comic book creator!
An online hub from Penguin Random House to “help raise kids who love to read.” Features reading tips, book recommendations, activities, and more.
Research in Context
This fully integrated database contains thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, essays, critical analyses, and full-text coverage of more than 1,000 magazines and newspapers. Also includes more than 20,000 photographs, illustrations, and audio and video clips.
Useful for all subject areas. ELA, SS, Math & Science
Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5.
Useful for students in all subject areas. ELA, Science, Math, and SS. Especially for students who are reading on a 3-5 grade reading level.
Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
Useful for ELA, SS, & Science as it examines current and topical issues that have multiple points of view. Excellent for "argument" essay.
Gale Power Search
Use this to search all of the Gale Products in one search.
Useful for all subject areas.
A general Encyclopedia that touches many topics.
Useful for all subject areas.
New York Times Replica Edition
Read the New York Times Daily in school only.
This tool also translates articles into other languages.
Read books on your computer and/or download them to your tablet or mobile device.
Useful for all subject areas and for finding popular titles that are currently unavailable in the library.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains searchable nonfiction e-books.
Useful for many subject areas and many reading levels. Please click to see what titles are available.
General Science Collection
A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.
Useful for Science Research
U.S. History Collection
As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.
Useful for SS/History
Discovery Education offers media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience the fascinating people, places, and events. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform.
Popular Magazines includes more than 1,000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac products. All the titles were selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons. This database is 100% full text and includes over 600 titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries".
Useful for ELA, SS, & Science. You can find current magazine articles. The database is updated regularly to include news from the day before.
New York State Newspapers
A subset of InfoTrac Newsstand, this database includes articles from newspapers from around New York State including: Glens Falls Post-Star, New York Times, New York Observer, New York Post, and Newsday.
Useful for ELA, SS, & Science. You can find current newspaper articles. The database is updated daily to include news from the day before.