Staying Entertained At Home

The Marlborough Public Library has aggregated the following resources in order to help keep residents entertained while the library is closed. All of the resources linked are free. Some resources are provided throught the library and may require the use of an up-to-date library card.

If you have questions please contact us at 508-624-6900 or email us at marlboroughreference@cwmars.org.


Library E-Resources

These resources are provided for free through the Marlborough Public Library. Many of these require an up-to-date library card. If you have trouble accessing these resources, call the Marlborough Public Libray at 508-624-6900 and we may be able to provide support over the phone.

Overdrive can be used on computers, tablets, smartphones, kindles, and more to access free books, audiobooks, and magazines from the library. Download the Libby app for Android or the Libby App for Apple for the best results on tablets and smartphones. You can get help with Overdrive and Libby on their Help Site and Overdrive FAQ. Marlborough Public Library librarians can offer limited support over the phone at 508-624-6900.

The library subscribes to multiple e-newspaper databases. These are available on our Databases page under "Periodicals."

The library subscribes to a variety of databases covering a wide range of topics. These are available on our Databases page.

The Boston Public Library offers an e-card which you can register for online for free. A library card number is emailed to you, and is activated immediately. You can use this to stream music and movies, read e-books, and access databases for free through the Boston Public Library. Visit the BPL's E-Cards page for more information and to register or renew your card.

Boston Public Library is also allowing temporary access to many of their online resources. Click here to explore. Don't miss TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud, RomanceBookCloud and other free e-book collections with no waiting lists.

Get Involved

A Cornwall resident began a worldwide practice of sending postcards to neighbors offering help.

Reach out to the local food pantry, Feeding AmericaFeed the Children, No Kid Hungry, or Meals on Wheels to make cash donations or donations of food or supplies. Contact them in advance or check their websites to ensure that your donation will make the greatest impact.

The American Red Cross still needs blood donations, but has temporarily stopped doing blood drives. Click the link to make an appointment.

Donate to the CDC to help them continue to support research and development.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 repsonse fund is taking donations to equip healthcare workers with protective gear and support quarantined individuals. Direct Relief is doing the same, both nationally and internationally.

Zooniverse is a citizen science initiative that allows non-scientists to contribute meaninfully to real scientific research. Spend half an hour marking stars, categorizing microbes, or mapping kelp fields, and help a scientist discover new planets, find a cure for a disease, or map the effect of global warming on oceans.

Educational Resources for Students and Kids

School Library Journal has a list of educational resources that are available online for free.

There are many websites that teach computer coding for free to students. Some of the most popular have been aggregated by Childhood101.

Many universities and organizations offer free courses online, and a few others are offering few classes during the COVID-19 outbreak: 

  • Khan Academy offers classes for students in a variety of subjects. This requires a free account.
  • E-learning for Kids has games that strengthen skills in math, science, computer skills, and more.
  • Scholastic is offering free access to materials during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • edX offers free courses from schools like Harvard, MIT and Berkeley

Use PlotGenerator or Seventh Sanctum to generate writing ideas, character names, and more. The YouTube channel Authors Everywhere! is where children's book authors provide workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.

How Stuff Works has lots of great articles on... well, how stuff works. Lots of great engineering and STEM questions answered!

Kids ages 3-6 can do pre-kindergarten prep with Miss Humblebee's Academy. The password is "open".

Check these resources for exploring colleges: How To Pick a College During a Global Pandemic, How to Make College Decisions when Campuses Are Closed, Virtual & Interactive Campus Tours

Fun Resources for People of All Ages

The Monteray Bay Aquarium has livestreams of its jellyfish take, coral reef tank, kelp forest tank, and more!

Virtually explore the Hidden Worlds of National Parks

Visit Explore.org for a variety of wild animal livecams, as well as service dogs and cat rescues.

#StoryMarch is an art challenge for children and teens of all ages that encourages daily themed drawings that connect and make a story when they're lined up.

Many museums are offering free virtual tours. Find out more!

Zooniverse is a citizen science initiative that lets you contribute to scientific research at home. Categorize microbes, discover new planets, and more from the comfort of your home.

Sporkle is a great trivia quiz site with hundreds of quizzes and puzzles.

You can play Madlibs on your phone for free! 21 free stories are included in the app.

The Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader have 23 free coloring pages available online, featuring art from popular children's book illustrators.

Left Brain Craft Brain has a boredom buster kit with fun educational crafts and more!

National Geographic has jigsaw puzzles and more.

PBS Kids has fun games for kids of all ages. We won't tell if Mom or Dad chills out with these for a few minutes either.

Fun Brain has a variety of interesting games.

Home With Kids: What Now? answers the question that's on all our minds with ideas for creative projects and crafts.

Many museums are offering virtual tours while closed. Find out more with Travel and Leisure.

NASA space-themed STEM crafts!

Bill Nye the Science Guy at-home crafts, activities, and experiments.

Watch independently produced films on American folklife courtesy of Folkstreams.

Help transcribe historical letters and diaries from Americans on the Western Frontier on Newberry Transcribe

Get moving with free virtual dance classes from the Ailey Extension school.

Books and Authors Online

Mo Willems, the author of the Pigeon books and of the Elephant and Piggie books, is doing Lunch Doodles daily from his studio!

Visit author Kate Messner's Read, Wonder, and Learn page for a list of learning resources. 

ilovelibraries.org has a list of libraries that have scans of books, maps, and more, including original Mozart manuscripts from Harvard and the original draft of "Alice In Wonderland" from the Bodelian Library in England.

The Story Preservation Initiative offers recorded fiction and nonfiction told my master stortytellers.

Journalist Phoebe Judge is narrating Agatha Christie's first Poirot novel, one chapter per day, in podcast form: Phoebe Reads a Mystery

A variety of Children's authors are collaborating on Authors Everywhere, which inclues storytimes, art demos, activities and more.

The Junior Library Guild has made tons of ebooks and more free on their website. Be sure to use the login appropriate for your child's age group!

Search #OperationStorytime for videos of famous authors reading their books!