Library Tools for Teachers

Teachers, parents, and students: we’re still here for you. Your Library is proud to be a resource to help you navigate the new reality of online learning.

Getting started

Here is a list of our services that could help you in your virtual classroom.

Ask the Library

If you have any questions about our services, you can call our new Ask the Library phone line at 902-490-5753 or email us at AskLib@halifax.ca. Read more about the Ask the Library Line here.

The Ask the Library line is staffed:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
You can also leave a message after hours, and we’ll call you back.


Online card registration

Many of our resources require a library card to access. If you or your students need a card, you can get a temporary one using our online card registration.

Internet access

Our internet is still on. At some branches, our WiFi will reach outside the branch. People can park outside near the building and access our free internet.

“Virtual Library” for Kids and Teens

Our Children’s Services team is busy creating virtual storytimes, craft videos, STEAM activities, reading recommendations, contests, cooking videos, and more for kids and teens, all gathered in one convenient place on our website, and updated daily.

Note: Summer Reading Club information will be coming soon, and shared on our Kids’ page!

E-Library tools

Access a list of all of our free E-Library online resources here.

Here are a few highlights from our E-Library. If you need any help getting started, you can find quick video tutorials for most of these resources here, on Niche Academy, opens a new window.


E-Books and Audiobooks via OverDrive

The Library has over one million digital titles available for download, including teens’ and kids’ books. We have set up a separate kids’ room to help children, parents and teachers easily find resources. You can find the Kids’ room on OverDrive here, opens a new window. This is a great way to keep kids reading at home who may have run out of physical “just right” books to keep them reading.

We also have a More Languages room set up where you can find material in French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, German, and Russian. You can find the More Languages room here, opens a new window.

Our collection can be accessed through tablets and phones, computers (through a browser), or e-readers. Download the Libby app through your preferred app store to get started. If you have any questions about accessing this collection, please call our Ask the Library line and someone will help you get set up or check out our blog post, How to: Use Libby, by Overdrive.

Hot tip: our Duke Classics and Project Gutenberg books are all simultaneous-use, so classes could read the same book. Check out this list of Always Available Classics for Kids, opens a new window.

E-Books via TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks allows access to thousands of books, and unlike OverDrive, they can be read at the same time. For example, an entire class could access the same book for a class novel study. TumbleBooks also offers animated, talking picture books kids can read or listen to online. Choose from over 300 popular and award-winning books. French and Spanish titles are also available. Learn more about TumbleBooks here.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is curated collection of audiobooks, National Geographic videos, and e-books for children in grades 3-6. Find read-along stories, non-fiction, graphic novels, and more—read, watch, and learn online. The TumbleBook products have lots of accessibility features, which can be very helpful for struggling readers, or those who have challenges reading print materials. Access TumbleBookCloud Junior here.

TumbleBooks Math

TumbleBooks Math is a comprehensive collection of math picture book stories. The books also feature lesson plans, and quizzes created by math teachers. Access TumbleBooks Math here.

TeenBookCloud

TeenBookCloud (formerly TumbleBookCloud) is an online database of e-books and educator resources. TeenBookCloud offers a large selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, e-books, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! Read, watch, and learn online. Access TeenBookCloud here.

Audiobooks via AudioBookCloud

Pick from thousands of audiobooks—from classics and fiction, to books for kids and young adults, to audiobooks recorded in Spanish. Access AudioBookCloud here.

NoveList

Get recommendations for books and audiobooks for all ages. This is a great resource for finding read-alikes for students who have read everything by their favourite author and are looking for something new to read. Learn more about NoveList here. 


Literacy Games via Squiggle Park

Squiggle Park is an app for young readers that teaches literacy skills through the power of play. Mischievous monsters and adaptive bite-sized games support ELL students and any kids Pre K- Grade 2 in building confidence and becoming successful, independent readers. Learn more about Squiggle Park here., opens a new window

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Our own national encyclopedia is a one-stop shop for information about all things Canadian—people, historical events, geography, culture and more. The Canadian Encyclopedia online is available in English and French. Access the Canadian Encyclopedia here.

Gale General Reference Centre

Access more than 100,000,000 articles on a wide range of topics from academic works to homework help for kids. Access Gale General Reference Centre here.

World Book Online

Students of all ages will find valuable information in thousands of articles, interactive games and activities, animations, science projects, and more. You can also access resources in Spanish and French. Access World Book here, opens a new window or learn more about this great resource.

Endless Ideas Blog

Our Endless Ideas blog post  includes some great resources, free performances, and activities for kids created by people and organizations worldwide, and is updated frequently with new links to content.

Movies via Kanopy

Kanopy offers a wide range of independent films, classic cinema, documentaries, educational videos, and foreign films. Learn how to get started with Kanopy.

Videos via Public Library Video Online

This comprehensive video service features over 50,000 streaming videos spanning science, history, engineering, health, performing arts, religion, film, and many other topics, with content from BBC, A&E, PBS, as well as Broadway performances and other films and documentaries from around the world. Access Public Library Video Online here.

RBDigital

Read full-colour digital magazines online—for free, with no checkouts or limits. Pick from more than 200 magazines. Access RBDigital here, opens a new window or learn how to get started with RBDigital.


PressReader

Stay in touch with the news of the world. With PressReader, you can search thousands of publications by country and language, and read translated articles instantly. Access PressReader, opens a new window or learn how to get started with Press Reader.

Lynda.com

Pick from more than 4,000 video tutorials taught by industry experts on a wide range of topics including business, photography, graphic design, project management, animation, audio and music production, web design, marketing, job interview preparation, public speaking, and much more. Access Lynda here, opens a new window or learn how to get started with Lynda.

Cloud Cookbooks

Get instant access to 3,000 recipes from 40+ local Canadian cookbooks. Access Cloud Cookbooks here, opens a new window or learn more here.

Is there something else we can do to help? Please get in touch and let us know. We are still here for you.

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