Summer Reading 2020
Summer reading prizes are available for curbside pickup! Click here to learn more.
At-Home Learning and Fun
Homework Alabama offers free online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get help in math, science, English, social studies, reading, writing, and more from a live tutor. Tutors are currently available 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days per week. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.
Kanopy has movies for all ages, including K-12 video lessons and videos of some of our favorite picture books!
PebbleGo is a fun way for kids to research science and animals! This database is designed for preschool to third grade.
Kids InfoBits is a database of books, pictures, magazines, and news sources for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade. Learn about everything from art to technology!
Britannica School Edition and Britannica Online for Kids are great places for kids to search or browse articles, pictures, and videos designed for elementary ages. Learn about everything from famous people to unusual animals.
In addition to our year-round resources, many great companies have made their online resources free during our time of social distancing. Check out some of these resources that are new to us. If you use them, let us know what you think!
TumbleBookLibrary is a wonderful collection of eBooks for kindergarten-6th grade. It includes popular and award-winning picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, read-along videos, and more!
TumbleMath is a fun collection of math picture books for kindergarten-6th grade.
PebbleGo, Kids InfoBits, and our Britannica resources are provided by the Alabama Public Library Service and Alabama Virtual Library.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Reading aloud to children before they begin kindergarten is a great way to prepare them for success in school; encourage social, emotional, and mental development; expand their vocabularies; strengthen family bonds; and so much more!
Keep yourself and your child motivated to read together regularly with IPL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Parents can register any infant, toddler, or preschooler at
- Count a book more than once.
- Read aloud to your baby from a book you’re reading for yourself. Count a few pages of an adult book as a children’s book (we’ll trust your judgment on that).
- Count books your child hears at storytime, daycare, etc.
- Read to your child while they play with something else.
- Skip pages, make up new endings, or read however you want!
You child will earn a bookmark and sticker for every 100 books, and a new book and certificate when they reach 1,000 books! Plus, earn digital badges and get book recommendations along the way.
Events for babies, kids, and tweens are included on our monthly calendar for all ages.