Homeschool with hoopla!

While home during shelter-in-place, it is practical to keep new digital learning resources coming in to help with burnout and boredom. Check out all of the Abbot Public Library’s e-collections and digital resources online. Today we are spotlighting homework help on hoopla.

Parents can borrow any of these picture and chapter ebooks as “Bonus Borrows.” They do not count toward the five borrows a month limit. Use your Bonus Borrows for supplementing nonfiction books for kids. The collection of ebooks covers diverse subjects, from astronomy to zoology, and is geared to grades K-5. Update homework help with fresh, factual materials.

Below are some engaging examples:

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Engineers by Andrea Beaty
Cooking Class: Global Feast! By Deanna Cook
Junk Drawer Algebra by Bobby Mercer
How Plants Grow by Donna H. Rice (also available as a Read Along)
The Solar System by Laura Hamilton Waxman, part of the Early Bird Astronomy series

You can also check out the School Closed? collection on Overdrive or through Overdrive’s Libby app for more books to keep kids learning while at home, as well as other activities for kids that were posted on the blog!


Boston Children’s Museum April Make-A-Thon Challenge

Looking for creative ways to keep your little ones engaged at home? Missing visits to the Boston Children’s Museum? We’ve got you covered!

Boston Children’s Museum presents their first ever Make-A-Thon. The challenge: during the month of April, invent and build something that can help somebody using recycled materials. Check out the Museum’s website for more information.

For some inspiration to get your little global citizens and mini makers going, check out the following titles, available (free with your Marblehead library card!) through our e-collections:

On hoopla:

Inventions That Could Have Changed The World…But Didn’t! by Joe Rhatigan

Simple Inventions series by Liz Huyck

Rad Recycled Art: Easy-to-Make Recycled Projects by Emily Kington

Crafting With Recyclables by Dana Meachen Rau

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (also available on audio — check out the movie and Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, too!)

On Libby: 

Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff

The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines by Kelly Doudna

Smithsonian Maker Lab by Jack Challoner

Good luck and happy inventing!