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With some students and adults alike scheduled to work from home over the next few weeks, now is the perfect time to explore our online resources. Whether you’re looking for education or entertainment, our website has something for you. Here are some ideas for kids, caregivers, and lifelong learners of all ages:

Universal Class offers more than 500 online classes in everything from essay writing to drawing, decorating, and digital photography. Try taking a course on the American Civil War while reading an electronic copy of Bull Run by Paul Fleischman — one of tons of titles available through Hoopla. (book suggested for grades 6-8)

Explora – Elementary and Explora – Middle and High School (available under the Research It link on the KPL site) each offer a simple search engine that allows learners to search by keyword or topic and sort results by source type. Want to learn more about fairy tales? Explora – Elementary offers more than 3,500 search results for fairy tales that can then be sorted by source type, reading level, publication, and publication date. Explora – Middle and High School brings back more than 35,000 results, which can be sorted in the same ways. Pair your research with reads like Cinder, a dystopia retelling of the Cinderella story that’s available through OverDrive as an ebook or audiobook. (book suggested for grades 6-10) 

LearningExpress Library offers tutorials, ebooks, practice problems, and other resources to help learners of all ages review and master material in everything from K-12 school subjects to core computer and career skills for adults. If you’re preparing for a college or graduate school entrance exam, try pairing a prep course from LearningExpress with an online title like Crush Your Test Anxiety: How to Be Calm, Confident, and Focused on Any Test.  

And for those lifelong learners:

 EBSCOHost (available under the Research It link on the KPL site) offers access to articles from hundreds of archived magazines, newspapers, and journals while RB Digital lets you download current copies of many popular magazines. 

Kanopy is an online streaming video platform that offers Kirkwood residents access to an ever-expanding collection of classic films, documentaries, indie movies, and children’s programming.

Mango Languages offers self-paced online courses in more than 70 languages. After a few lessons, try sharpening your skills by watching a foreign language film available through Kanopy or Hoopla.

So check out these and other resources listed under Research It and Download It on the Kirkwood Public Library website. 


Charlene Oldham is a Youth Services Librarian for the Kirkwood Public Library. When she's not at KPL, she enjoys freelancing for local and national publications, cooking, and sharing food and fun with friends. Her list of favorite authors is forever fluctuating, but will always include Beverly Cleary and Lois Lowry.