We understand that our physical library spaces and books are so important to our patrons, but in a time of social distancing, we can still offer some supportive ways students can engage with the library. Our online resources are perfect for accessing ebooks and e-audiobooks from home, as well as conducting research.
Our e-resources page showcases a variety of resources, including
- picture book read-alongs in K-6 Tumble Books, or higher grade ebooks in our Gr 7-12 Teen Book Cloud
- a database for genealogical research (Ancestry)
- online encyclopedias (Britannica)
- Infobase Homework Help (to log in, you need the Username = chinook_pl, and Password = media)
- Kids Infobits (a database used to introduce younger children to database research - see our youtube video about it here)
- Literature databases
- access to thousands of newspapers via Press Reader
- and of course, many other research and ebook databases - there for your exploring!
Our most popular ebook resource, which you access by clicking "ebooks" on our website main page (or by accessing our ebook app, Libby) is Overdrive. Using a library card to sign in, users can browse thousands of ebooks and e-audiobooks, which they can read on tablets, computers, e-reader devices, and mobile phones. Each book has a limited number of same-time signouts - Richard Wagamese's "Indian Horse", for example, limits to 9 simultaneous signouts.
Not to worry if your next great read is taken out - "place a hold" to get in line for the next available one! There are no late fees as these books check themselves back in after the reading period.
The best part about Overdrive is that patrons can download the "Libby" app for free, and search, manage, and read/listen to their books from there. All they need is a library card, and if they don't have one currently, we can help get them set up. They can call us for assistance (306-773-3186 OR 306-778-2752) to have us create a temporary card over the phone, or they can sign up online here . We are available by phone or email to walk people through any of these processes.
New to Overdrive/Libby? Learn more for your:
Please contact us with any questions and we'll be delighted to help.
Connect and Learn with Others
It's not just Chinook Libraries going digital - take a peek at some of our fan favourite websites and streams!
Dolly Parton and the Imagination Library lead weekly bedtime stories - Dolly herself welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. Snuggled in bed with her Imagination Library book, Dolly shares stories that are just right for this moment in time.
Our friends at Saskatoon Public Library lead daily online storytimes! Check them out for family friendly, and very silly, readalongs.
Scholastic Learn at Home has free daily projects for Pre-K to Grade 9 to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Elmwood Park Zoo offers 'Zoo School Live' videos and activities. Learn about animals at the zoo. Each video includes an activity to complete after watching.
Home Safari from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical garden contains streaming safari adventures from the school at 1pm.
How to Toon with cartoonist Joe Wos. Enjoy free live drawing lessons Monday - Friday at 11am CST.
Dav Pilkey at Home by the author and illustrator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is posting weekly activities.
Storytime from Space are stories read by real astronauts from the International Space Station.
Mystery Science offers free science lessons that don't require an account or login! Choose mini (15 - 30 minute) or full (45 - 90 minute) lessons for K to 5 students.
America's Test Kitchen has created the Kitchen Classroom with weekly recipes, hand-on activities, experiments and quizzes to tackle together.
Storyline Online is a free resource for remote learning during COVID-19.
If you miss our Swift Current storyteller, Tekeyla, and her lovely stories and rhymes, catch up with her here, at our playlist of Chinook storytime favourites!
Print off some calming animal colouring sheets from Wintergreen publishers.
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 - Have young children with more questions? This e-book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.