Online Resources at Home

Free Resources that can be accessed from home at any time!


WHPL Resources

WHPL’s Computer Card Sign Up– This page allows you to register as a patron of our library online. You will have limited privileges initially.

WHPL’s Digital Library– Links to digital resources such as Hoopla, Kanopy, Overdrive, Libby, and RBDigital to access free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, and more!

WHPL Resources– Resources such as: Career and Job Searching, Research and Genealogical, Legal, Medical, Local, Tax, Census, and Health.

WHPL’s Youtube Channel Access instructional videos on how to access our digital content.


WHPL Books Lists

Best Fiction of 2019 -A list of some of the best fiction from 2019 as selected by several publications. All titles listed are available as e-books or audiobooks.

Best Mysteries and Thrillers 2019 Online A list of some of the best mysteries and thrillers from 2019 as selected by several publications. All titles listed are available as e-books or audiobooks.

Best Nonfiction of 2019– A list of some of the best nonfiction from 2019 as selected by several publications. All titles listed are available as e-books or audiobooks.

Great Books on Food– There’s so much more to food than just recipes…. Check out these great books on food, including chef’s memoirs, histories, journalistic explorations, and more.

Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction 2000 to 2019 A list of award-winning fiction available for download from the library.

Reader’s Advisory List– A list of great books available on Overdrive and Hoopla


Online Educational Resources for Kids and Teens

Abdo Digital Bookshelf (Pre-K through 8) Educational eBooks and digital resources for grades Pre-K through 8.

Abdo Digital Bookshelf (Grades 5 through12)– Educational eBooks and digital resources for Grades 5 through 12..

Access Mars with Google– The real surface of Mars recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

Audible Free Audiobooks for Kids and Teens in 6 different languages.

Audiobook Cloud all ages Audiobook database.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children A book created to help children understand Coronavirus.

Child Mind Institute-  Support for Kids with ADHD During the Coronavirus Crisis

Dav Pilkey– Author of Dog Man who will post new videos starting April 1

Kahn Academy– Khan Academy is a nonprofit provider of free online educational resources “with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Resources are for students from pre-school through high school in the areas of math, science and engineering, arts and humanities, economics and finance, and more.

Kate Messner Authors and illustrators share resources for learning from anywhere.

Kidlit TV– Read-aloud stories, crafts, activities, and more.

The Learning Lab– The Learning Lab from the Smithsonian provides access to millions of digital resources from across the institutions. You will also find collections that include lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators and classroom teachers.

NPR Coronavirus Comic a comic for kids explaining the COVID-19 coronavirus.

OER COmmons A central directory for open educational resources (OERS), which are free online courses, lectures, textbooks, and more, including resources for children from preschool through high school.

RBDigital– EBooks, Audiobooks, magazines and more! No Library card required. Select  the register option on the right side of the page and create a user name and password. Use ctstatelib20 for the access code then provide first name, last name, e-mail, and postal code.  Accept the terms of service and privacy policy then click on register.

Scholastic en Espanol- Spanish Language Read-Along Stories

Sebco Books- Library and Educational eBooks for children and Teens. Username: keepreading   Password: sebco   ID#: 1

Scholastic Learn at Home– Gr. Pre-K and up. Day-by-Day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Sterling Publishers– Picture book authors will read their books every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am

Teen Book Cloud– Gr. 7-12 eBook database.

Tips from a Homeschool Mom With schools closed, many of us are facing the challenges of teaching our children at home for the first time. While our schools and teachers are working hard to provide lessons and resources, we may still feel overwhelmed by the prospect of our children learning at home. We reached out to Jennifer Frost, head of the Haven Schole homeschooling group in West Haven and founder of the college counseling company College Fit, for her advice.

Tumblebooks– K-6 children’s eBook database.

Tumblemath K-6 math eBook database.

VIZ– Free manga content.

Online Activities for Kids & Teens

Care.com Activities  25 after-school activities and games for every type of kid.

Dog Man Digital Escape Room– Dog Man Reading Escape Room activity for elementary age kids.

Mommypoppins Activities and resources for parents.

PBS Kids– Educational videos, games, and activities.

Rainy Day Projects– craft and project ideas.

Online Resources for Adults

100 Women of the Year– Time ‘s list of the most influential women of the past century.

Audiobook Cloud– all ages audiobook database.

Coursera– Online courses, many free, from almost 200 universities and companies around the world.

EdX– An online platform for education and learning. edX was founded by Harvard and MIT as a way to share courses with the world. edX provides courses from universities and companies from around the world. Many free courses available.

Epic Reads– 16 Books That Will Speak to Your Introverted Soul.

OER Commons– A central directory for open educational resources (OERS), which are free online courses, lectures, textbooks, and more.

Romance Book Cloud– a collection of romance novels.

TED–  The online home of TED Talks, TEDX, and more, providing talks on a wide array of topics by innovative speakers.

Tips from a Homeschool Mom– With schools closed, many of us are facing the challenges of teaching our children at home for the first time. While our schools and teachers are working hard to provide lessons and resources, we may still feel overwhelmed by the prospect of our children learning at home. We reached out to Jennifer Frost, head of the Haven Schole homeschooling group in West Haven and founder of the college counseling company College Fit, for her advice.

Online Activities for Adults

Debbie Allen Dance Classes – Live dance classes on Instagram Live. “There’s a party going on in your living room, in your bathroom, wherever you are..!” Try the first class, then watch for live sessions Wednesday and Saturdays.

HASFit (Heart & Soul Fitness)– An extensive collection of workout videos. Search and select by length, fitness level, workout type, muscle group, and equipment.

Headspace– a subscription resource, is offering a free guided meditation collection (Weathering the Storm) through its app. Some short meditations can be played on its website.

Google Arts and Culture– explore high definition art, explore culture in 360 degrees, tour famous sites and landmarks, and much more.

Home Depot DIY Digital Workshops Over 2,000 online tutorials on home improvement projects.

How to Play App An app that offers the complete rules to over 75 card games.

The Metropolitan Opera– The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is offering free nightly streams of operas while the opera house is shut down due to COVID-19.

Planet Fitness– is sharing daily ‘Work Ins’ on Facebook, and through its app.

Virtual Museum Tours– Museums from around the world offering Virtual Tours from home.

YMCA 360 – currently offering its online classes for free, including Boot Camp, Barre, Tai Chi and much more.