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Audiobooks


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cloudLibrary

cloudLibrary

cloudLibrary is our new eBook and downloadable eAudiobook platform. It's easy to use - download the app, log into your library, browse, borrow and read! There are thousands of titles from which to choose and more being added all the time.

Hoopla

Hoopla

Hoopla offers 5 credits per month for an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics.

In order to provide relief during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla is proud to announce the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites. Use of these titles will not count against your usual 5 credits!


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Stories

Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Audible is providing complimentary access to Stories on a provisional basis.

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks’ databases feature unlimited online access to a wide selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Due to the COVID-19 situation, TumbleBooks is providing complimentary access to this database until August 31.

AudioBookCloud
All ages eAudiobook database

Comics


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Hoopla

Hoopla

Hoopla offers 5 credits per month for an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics.

In order to provide relief during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla is proud to announce the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites. Use of these titles will not count against your usual 5 credits!


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Marvel Comics

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, is now offering all fans FREE access to some of Marvel’s most iconic stories from recent years, including now-classic Marvel Comics events and critically acclaimed runs featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and more. Fans who are social distancing will be able to escape into the Marvel Universe and revisit their favorite stories from a curated selection of complete story arcs – completely free – on Marvel Unlimited, starting Thursday, April 2 until Monday, May 4.

Do It Yourself


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Do It Yourself Website

DIY: Home Improvement Reference Database

This database offers access to leading home improvement magazines, videos, articles, and more. It's the perfect one-stop shop for handywomen and handymen of all skill levels with projects ranging from basic decorating tips to advanced electrical work.

eBooks


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cloudLibrary

cloudLibrary

cloudLibrary is our new eBook and downloadable eAudiobook platform. It's easy to use - download the app, log into your library, browse, borrow and read! There are thousands of titles from which to choose and more being added all the time.

Hoopla

Hoopla

Hoopla offers 5 credits per month for an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics.

In order to provide relief during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla is proud to announce the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites. Use of these titles will not count against your usual 5 credits!


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TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks’ databases feature unlimited online access to a wide selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Due to the COVID-19 situation, TumbleBooks is providing complimentary access to this database until August 31.

TumbleBookLibrary
K-6 children’s eBook database

TumbleMath
K-6 math eBook database

TeenBookCloud
Gr 7-12 eBook database

RomanceBookCloud
A huge collection of steamy Romance eBooks for the older crowd!

Know Buddy Resources

Read entire eBooks online for free on a variety of different topics for grades pre-K to 6. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Amicus publishing has opened up their entire library of Know Buddy Resources eBooks to help with online learning. Complimentary access to this database will last until May 31. The username is info@amicuspublishing.us and the password is AMICUS.

eLearning


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Lynda

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The video library consists of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone

Want to learn a new language or advance your skills in one you are already learning? Rosetta Stone Plus is an effective, easy-to-use program that allows you to learn a new language on your own time. Start your interactive language-learning journey today and choose from 30 different languages.

Driver's Ed Database

Driver's Ed Database

Study for your G1 or M1 test or simply brush up on the rules of the road in Ontario using this incredible driver's education database. It includes 6 G1 practice tests, 1 M1 practice test, 1 G1 test simulator, 1 M1 test simulator, and an extensive FAQ section with more than 100 MTO-related questions.


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Scholastic Learn At Home

This free virtual learning resource centre has material for grades pre-K to 9. It allows you and your kids to access 20 days worth of lessons across all content areas. Virtually learning has never been so easy or so fun!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. You can sign up for free as either a learner, a teacher, or a parent. 
Additionally, in response to school closures due to COVID-19, Khan Academy has published schedules for parents interested in structuring their child’s day more and guides for how to go about virtual learning. It also live-streams daily on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to help keep students and caregivers engaged.

Random House Teachers and Librarians

The Random House Children’s Books School and Library Marketing Team has put together a fabulous selection of resources for educators, librarians, and parents. If you’re putting together plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling your children and are looking for resources, visit the pages below for discussion guides, activities, and more available for FREE to download.

Elementary School Resources

Includes storytime books and activities, Sylvan workbooks, Dr. Seuss, Escape This Book!, exercise and meditation, imagination, Magic Tree House, nighttime books, non-fiction books and resources, social emotional learning, STEAM books, Step Into Reading, and additional resources.

Middle School Resources

Includes fiction books with guides, In the Middle of it All, non-fiction books with guides, series for binge-reading, STEAM books with guides, and additional resources.

High School Resources

Includes a young adult creative writing guide, a young adult supplemental texts brochure, discussion guides, The Princeton Review, and additional resources.

Coursera

This database allows you to start streaming on-demand video lectures today from top instructors in subjects like business, computer science, data science, language learning, and more. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Coursera is providing complimentary access to select courses until May 31.

Mental health and well-being

From de-mystifying mindfulness to understanding the science of happiness, we’ve collected top wellness courses to help you prioritize mental health and well-being during these uncertain times.

High school students

From calculus to guitar for beginners, we’ve rounded up courses to help high school students everywhere keep learning.

College students

From preparing for an interview to learning data science, we’ve collected courses to make it easier to keep learning.

Career development

From creative problem solving to leading the company of the future, we identified courses to help everyone navigate the changing world of work.

Building your cloud technology career

From machine learning to cloud computing, we’ve curated a set of courses to help you grow your career in an increasingly digital world.

Understanding public health

From the science behind COVID-19 to communicating during global emergencies, we’re making popular public health courses completely free.

Courses in Spanish

From wellness to professional development, we’re making popular Spanish-language courses available for free.

Educator Resources

Expert staff at the Niagara Falls Public Library have curated a list of resources in a Google Doc for you. The list aims to support online education, distance learning, literacy, research, and leisure reading during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resources are all free to use and cover a diverse range of subjects across a variety of school curricula. Most of the resources are accessible to all, but a few require a Niagara Falls Public Library card and PIN.

For educators who need a library card - Click Here
For students and parents who need a card - Click Here.

Please check the list below often, as resources are constantly being added.

Genealogy


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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

NFPL and its partners ProQuest and Ancestry.ca, are offering complimentary access from home for a limited time!

All you need is your library card number and PIN.

Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, Birth, Marriage and Death notices, Passenger lists and Naturalizations, Military records and much more!


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Family Search

This nonprofit family history organization is dedicated to connecting families across generations. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history. It has over 4 billion names from all over the world, offers 24/7 expert phone support, and (best of all) it’s completely free.

Newspapers & Magazines


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PressReader

PressReader

PressReader offers users access to thousands of newspapers and magazines written in over 60 languages. Both current issues and back issues are available, so you never have to miss out. There are no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of titles you can view or download.

RBDigital

RB Digital

RBdigital Magazines, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from the library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download

Movies & Television


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Hoopla

Hoopla

Hoopla offers 5 credits per month for an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics.

In order to provide relief during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla is proud to announce the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites. Use of these titles will not count against your usual 5 credits!

Kanopy

Kanopy

Kanopy offers 5 credits per month for one of the most unique and compelling collections of film on the planet. Kanopy's films range from documentaries, indie and foreign films, must-see classics and blockbuster movies. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Kanopy is also currently offering credit-free viewing on Kanopy Kids!


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Curio

This educational streaming platform allows you to access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada. Due to the COVID-19 situation, CBC is providing complimentary access to this database on a provisional basis.

National Film Board

The National Film Board of Canada has over 4,000 films, documentaries, and shorts available to stream for free.
 

Online Events Hosted by NFPL

Join the Niagara Falls Public Library on Facebook daily as we host online events for all ages!

View the list below or see the Full Calendar.

Afternoon Doodles

Sundays @ 3pm

Join Donna as she takes you through the basics of drawing and doodling.

Bedtime Stories

Every other Sunday @ 7pm

Grab your favourite stuffy and join Miss Megan for some bedtime stories and ukulele music.

Learning games and tools for kids and caregivers

Mondays @ 3pm

Looking for something fun and/or educational? Follow along for recommended learning apps and games to help get everyone through these long days. We'll cover cost, registration, safety, age-levels, and, of course, fun-factor.

Maker Programs

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 A.M.

Makers are people who build, design, invent, and create. Join us on Facebook Tuesdays and Thursdays while we explore all sorts of materials, and projects. Register to get reminders but it is not required to attend. NFPL Facebook page link below.

Online Storytime

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 10:30 A.M.

Join the Niagara Falls Public Library on Facebook Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as we perform rhymes and songs, read storybooks and teach you fun activities you can do at home. Register to get reminders but it is not required to attend.

Shake, Shimmy & Dance

Every other Thursday @ 3pm

Make some noise and get out your dancing shoes for our music and movement storytime!

Tech Tips

Wednesdays and Friday @ 3pm

Follow along to discover easy-to-understand technology tips and tricks, and learn how to use simple tools and apps to make your digital life easier. This program will include a live Q&A following the video to help with any customer questions.

Ukulele Singalong

Sundays May 24 & Jun 7 @ 10:30am

Join Miss Megan for a ukulele singalong jam! Have fun and sing your heart out.

Watercolour Tutorials

Tuesdays @ 3pm

Learn the basics of working with Watercolour and create your very own Watercolour painting.

Museums, Galleries, Zoos and More!

Can’t visit in person?
Check out one of these fabulous online experiences instead!

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Research


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Canadian Reference Center

Canadian Reference Center

(Book Reviews, Images, Newspapers & Magazines, Reference Books)

Canadian Reference Centre combines Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K) periodicals in full text; full text reference books; full text biographies and an Image Collection. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Explora Canada

Explora Canada

(Book Reviews, Encyclopedias, Images, Newspapers & Magazines)

This general interface provides access to Canadian Reference Centre, Consumer Health Complete, Literary Reference Centre Plus, Masterfile Complete and Primary Search.

Explora Primary Canada

Explora Primary Canada

(Book Reviews, Encyclopedias, Images, Newspapers & Magazines)

This general interface provides access to Canadian Reference Centre, Consumer Health Complete, Literary Reference Centre Plus, Masterfile Complete and Primary Search.

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia

(Encyclopedias)

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete

(Encyclopedias, Images)

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Complete also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,011 biographies, 83,472 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

Novelist

Novelist

(Book Reviews, Finding Books to Read)

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.

Novelist K-8

Novelist K-8

(Book Reviews, Finding Books to Read, For Children)

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles that teachers may use in the classroom. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows how to use NoveList to meet the reading needs of students and teachers. You can access the Learning Center by clicking on its link in the left hand column of your screen.

Virtual Reference Library

Virtual Reference Library

(Book Reviews, Finding Books to Read, For Children)

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).


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Lunch Doodles with Mo

Every weekday at 1:00pm EST, kids (and adult kids!) can drop in via YouTube for a wonderful lesson in drawing presented by legendary children’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems!

Ballet Class Live with Tiler Peck

Every weekday at 1:00pm EST, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Tiler Peck, is live streaming ballet classes on Instagram. Throw on a pair of ballet slippers and join in as she takes dancers through some basic stretching, ballet positions, and some pointe work at the end for more advanced dancers. Follow #turnitoutwithtiler for more!

Storyline

Missing your favourite storytime programs at the library? Then check out Storyline! It streams videos featuring your favourite celebrities reading picture books. Each book includes supplemental curriculum material aimed to help strengthen comprehension, verbal, and written skills for your kids.

Story Time From Space

Want to get out of your house for a good story time? Well, this is about as far away as you can get! Join real-life astronauts on the International Space Station as they read your favourite STEAM-inspired children’s books