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.


  • JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD has made their digital online reading platform available.  Select the school-level book stream of your choice and you'll be automatically logged in.  Elementary Stream / Middle School Stream / High School Stream
  • QUICK ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA K-12 ONLINE CONTENT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS  California offers — at no cost to local schools, districts or students — access to online educational content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest and for use by every public K-12 school and student in the state.  ProQuest research databases, the TeachingBooks literacy service and online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica are available to every Californian from this website at least until May 31.
  • GALEis offering open access to some of their most comprehensive resources for learning.  Curriculum-aligned content for students pre-K through undergraduate and  resources for credible information on topics related to health and global issues. Click here.
  • With schools and education programs shut down across the country, our friends over at Winter Wildlands Alliance have put together an amazing page of resources called HomeSchool SnowSchool. It's all the amazing fun of SnowSchool, from the safety of your own home, and has activities tailored to all K-12 grades.
  • Omnigraphics has made Health Reference Series Online available until April 30th.  Enter library card number for access.
  • 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.
Links to more e-resources from the library
  • Random House Children’s Books and Mary Pope Osborne, author of the popular Magic Tree House series, have announced a new online program, aimed at keeping young readers engaged during the coronavirus crisis. MAGIC TREE HOUSE Home Adventures will run from April 27 to May 22, featuring weekly themed videos, crafts, games, reading challenges, recipes, trivia, and other activities tied to the series and its characters. Readers will also have access to videos of Osborne reading and answering questions from fans.
  • 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.
  • 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