Library Alternatives

During this time of curtailed library services many publishing and education services have provided special access to their services.  We have also found some links to sites that may be of interest as an alternative to the library, especially for kids.

Inyo Distance Learning / Inyo County Office of Education On this site you will find content resources specific for various grade spans, resources and supports for parents and caregivers during this challenging time, and resources in support of the social emotional well being of students and families.


  • KANOPY'S ACTION PLAN  While libraries are limiting programming, Kanopy is offering selected free films and free Kanopy Kids films.  Click here for Kanopy, or use your Kanopy app on your device.  Log in with your library card number and PIN.
  • AMAZON AUDIBLE is offering free streaming audio stories for kids while schools are closed. Click here.
  • BBC SOUNDS Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.


  • Pandemics: The Invisible Enemy (PDF) From Salem Press & Grey House Publishing to Explore Current Events through an Historical Lens
  • BOOKBROWSE FOR LIBRARIES Free, full access to BookBrowse for librarians and patrons through the end of May. To enjoy full access to all of BookBrowse for two months. If asked to login, enter: staysafe.
  • is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge.
  • How Coding Provides Skills That Can Help Children Cope With Distress Uncertain times are especially tough on young minds. Here’s how children and teens can learn coping strategies through coding.
Links to more e-resources from the library


  • STORYLINE ONLINE  streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. 
  • Lunch Doodles with MO WILLEMS  Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.
  • Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus  Articles and resources for hard-to-teach topics, chosen by the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines
  • Welcome to DAV PILKEY At Home. Together we can get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check back every Friday to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more!
More links of interest to kids and parents