Remote Learning and Home School Resources

Do you need some resources or other information to better support your child's remote learning or home schooling? The Lake Bluff Library is here to help! Take a look at the resources we've compiled below.

Access Library Materials

Need books for a research project? Looking for entertaining stories to complete your daily reading minutes? Here are some ways you can access Library materials:

  • Use our Take Ten form to request materials and our trained professionals will create a personalized set of ten items for you to check out.
  • Place holds on items in our catalog and then schedule a Curbside Pickup.
  • Visit the Library during our Building Hours and come inside to browse and check out materials. Please note: Currently, all children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult when at the Library.
  • Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more through our eMaterial collections.

Need your books for a longer period? Contact us to inquire about extending the loan period for your home school or remote learning materials.

Don’t have a library card yet? Visit our Get a Library Card page to find information on how to get one!

Digital Resources

Did you know you can access dozens of digital databases and online learning platforms with your Lake Bluff Library card? A full list of links is available on our Research and Homework Help page, and we’ve highlighted some key resources for you below.

  • Bookflix - offers animated picture books paired with non-fiction titles for fun and learning from home.
  • TrueFlix – a multimedia resources supplementing science and social studies curriculum.
  • Freedomflix – a multimedia social studies resource offering a behind-the-scenes look at the people and events that shaped our world.
  • Explora Primary Schools – a reference and research database designed for primary school students, with the ability to filter search results by Lexile reading level.
  • Explora Secondary Schools – a reference and research database designed for secondary school students, with the ability to filter search results by Lexile reading level.

Printable Resources

We’ve created several printable pages that you can use for tracking reading, setting reading challenges, directing book discussions, and more!

FAQs

Q: Do you have computers/laptops that I can use at the library for remote learning?

A: We have desktop computers available in the Children’s Department as well as patron laptops available at the Circulation Desk for in-house use. You will need a library card or a photo ID to check out a laptop. All computer sessions are limited to 60 minutes, but we can extend your session if no other patrons are waiting for access.

Q: I’m doing home schooling, can we use the library space to conduct lessons or study groups?

A: We do not have any separate rooms available for use at this time, and due to occupancy limits, we are asking patrons to be mindful of others and limit the length of their visit.

Q: What kind of activities are available at the library right now? Do you have coloring pages, toys, games, etc. available?

A: Due to COVID safety measures, there are no in-person activities currently available at the Library. Take-home activities, such as crafts and preschool fun pages, are available in the Children’s Department on a first come, first served basis. You can also request a take-home activity for Curbside Pickup (use the Notes field to request your take-home activity).