Susan Slater, Children’s Librarian
Kelley Wood, Assistant

SPECIAL RESOURCES DURING the current pandemic

Here are some FREE resources you might want to try.

Check out recorded readings with Warren Public Library’s Ms. Susan, Ms. Kelley and volunteer and library enthusiast Ms. Donna on our Facebook page videos or link to them on our website here. Note: the sound on Ms. Susan’s videos is better on Facebook (we are trying to fix that).
We miss seeing all of your sweet faces.

Thursdays, April 2 – June 4: Imagination Library Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton. Everyone’s favorite book lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books. For Dolly’s readings click here.

Parents in Warren can have one Imagination Library book a month mailed to their home FREE for children from birth up to age five (not elibigble once they turn five). Contact Jefferson DeFrees at this link to register your child.

More than 1000 free resources from Lakeshore such as Lessons & Activities and Make Your Own: Look under “Resources”.

Access virtual story times at; I recommend When a Dragon Moves In.

Find a list of educational websites offering FREE subscriptions during closures at In addition to a list of free subscriptions there are also lists of screen free activities and links to virtual museum tours. 

Tumblebooks, a great learning resource for all ages, has granted libraries and their users free access to their resources through August 31, 2020. For reading K-6th grade ebook database: Username: tumble735; password: books. For math K-6th math ebook database: Username: tumble2020; Password: A3b5c6.

Lerner Publishing Group is proud to support parents, educators, librarians, and readers of all ages with “Help at Home.” The new site includes author videos, free downloads, and resources to help with virtual learning during these difficult times. 

Find free author and illustrator readings, book buzzes, lessons, and more for remote classrooms and homeschooling at

Amicus Publishing opened up their entire library of ebooks for distance learning. If you leave the site and return, and you encounter a login screen use this username: and password: AMICUS.

kids programs

 We are not able to offer any in-person programs this summer. All programs will be virtual. Check out the Virtual Programs page for programs posted thus far such as Checkers Library TV and Absolute Science episodes plus a link to recorded story times by Ms. Susan, Ms. Kelley and volunteer Ms. Donna.                                                                           

ABC Mouse for Libraries

The award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use when visiting the Warren Public Library! From Age of Learning, Inc.

ALA Book, Print & Media Awards

The American Library Association and its member units honor books, print and other forms of media through a variety of awards. These awards are given to publications, and the authors, illustrators, and publishers who create them. Newbery and Caldecott are just two of the numerous award lists you will find here. These lists can serve as an excellent resource when selecting books for your children.

Storyline Online

An award-winning children’s literacy website. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation streams videos featuring well-known actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. The site also offers activity guides.  Click on the photo of the book to start the recording of the book you choose.  The site also offers an app.

Pennsylvania Center for the Book

The mission of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book is to study, honor, celebrate, and promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Includes links to award lists, blogs, reviews, book clubs, family literacy projects, book events such as conferences and festivals.

Parents' Choice: Children's Media and Toy Reviews

Professionals with various areas of expertise evaluate audio, books, DVDs, magazines, mobile apps, software, television, toys, video games, and websites.  Awards are arranged by category, and reviews are provided.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

A fun and educational website designed for students, parents, and teachers. It provides an introduction to how the U.S. Government works based on information resources available on the Government Printing Office website.


Perfect for early readers, English Language Learners, and reluctant readers, BookFLIX and pairs quality fiction video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks. Also included with each pair of books are interactive games and activites, web links, author biographies, and resources for educators, librarians and parents. You will have to enter your library card number at some point, which can be found on the back of your library card. As long as your library card number is active, you should be able to access BookFLIX and TrueFLIX.


On the POWER Kids webpage find the POWER Library’s e-resources (Chat with a Librarian, books, movies, and more, and PA Photos and Documents) are now presented in a single, kid-friendly interface.