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Library in your loungeroom brings you a range of educational, entertaining and informative resources that are free and easily accessible from the comfort of your own home.

This Kids & Teens section includes all of the usual fun and educational content you may already be familiar with in our eLibrary, plus new content from our partners and trusted sources.

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Animalia

Animalia

Animalia Digital is an interactive digital program which takes the magic of the book into new and exciting areas of learning. The program includes engaging digital read-throughs and levelled activities, games and puzzles focusing on literacy and language for children aged 5-12.

BusyThings

The award winning BusyThings combines fun and laughter with a huge range of high quality curriculum-linked content, now available for ages 3-11 years.

Kanopy Kids

We now have Kanopy, featuring thousands of films available for streaming – movies, documentaries and tv series.

You can watch up to eight films per month. Once you play a film you have three days to watch that title an unlimited number of times.

Need more help? Have a look at the Kanopy help guide.

Languagenut

Learn a language in a nutshell. Over a dozen different languages to choose from including English too.

Story Box Library

Story Box Library features Australian stories read by Australian storytellers. More than 200 picture books read aloud with animated illustrations. Children participating in 1000 Books Before School can count stories listened to on Storybox Library towards their book tally!

Sunshine Online

Funways makes early learning in reading and maths fun and interactive for all pre-schoolers. Learning Space 1 2 3 provides animated and interactive learning in literacy and maths for primary school aged children.

Tumble Book Library

Animated talking picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and more. Also includes Tumble Puzzles, Tumble Quizzes and Tumble Resources for teachers.

Typing Tournament Online

Learn to type online with this complete, 10-finger typing course! Ages 6 to adult can jump right in at their existing skill level. Animated lessons, games, drills, graded tests and printable certificates.

Boredom busting activities

Kids – join in some fun, and free boredom busters!

We love to have fun with you in the library, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun online too! Library staff, and some of our partners, have created some awesome boredom-busting activities that you can do at home, away from the computer or TV.

Make sure to share your creations with us, we’d love to see what you come up with! Email us at programs@ncgrl.vic.gov.au

Nature Weaving

Use autumn and your backyard as inspiration to create a woven artwork. 

DIY footpath paint

Make some non-toxic footpath paint using just four ingredients you can find at home.

Papercraft Easter Basket

Just in time for Easter! Create your very own basket for goodies with just paper, glue and sticky tape.

Nature Drawing with Trace Balla

Castlemaine-based writer and illustrator Trace Balla talks about the process of drawing the things you find in nature. For primary school-aged kids.

Walking Maps with Trace Balla

A fun activity to do after your daily walk. Author and illustrator Trace Balla talks about her new book Landing With Wings and guides you through some fun diary-mapping.

30 Day Lego Play Challenge

Everyone loves Lego, so why not take on the 30 Day Lego Challenge? 



Lego game

The rules are simple:

  1. Each player starts with 2 Lego blocks – one on top of the other.
  2. Roll a dice and move your blocks the number of squares you rolled and follow the instructions.
  3. The person with the largest Lego tower at the end wins!

Online fun!

#AnimalsAtHome

Enjoy the zoo at home! Zoos Victoria is live-streaming some of their animal exhibits for us to enjoy at home. Watch snow leopard cubs, penguins, zebras, lions, giraffes and more!

Become a virtual astronaut!

NASA’s free Space Center Houston app lets you explore virtual reality experiences, take astronaut selfies, and follow along through an audio tour of its educational space center.

Girl Genius online

Girl Genius is an online adventure story where the characters grow, change, run and even die. Perfect for fans of graphic novels!

Lunch doodles with Mo Willems

Drawing activities with author and illustrator Mo Willems.

Newy with kids

A great, all-ages family guide with lots of fun things to do. Aimed at families in the Newcastle region of NSW, but we’ve found plenty of great resources.

Arts @ home

For some free at-home art activities for all ages, families may like to sign up to ARTS:LIVE.

Carp Productions ‘Funny Fairytales’ l

You’ve seen Carp Productions perform at the library, now watch them at home!

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

All the fun of an escape room, but online! And this one’s Harry Potter-themed – what could be better?

MyKidsTime

Educational, inspirational and hugely enjoyable activities for kids and families.

The World of David Walliams

Every day at 11am, you can listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

Other Recommended Resources

Cereal Readers

Find books published in series for children and young adults.

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages children and students up to year 10 to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online.

Legend

Can be used anywhere online 24/7 without a library card. Can be used anywhere online 24/7 without a library card. Can be used anywhere online 24/7 with your library card number and pin. Can be used anywhere online 24/7 with your library card number and pin. Only available when using a library computer or when connected to the library wi-fi. May require your library card number and pin. Only available when using a library computer or when connected to the library wi-fi. May require your library card number and pin.

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