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Oceans of Possibilities in Online Resources

Oceans of Possibilities in Online Resources

July 22, 2022

Are you an adult participating in the Summer Library Program who wants to really dive in? Do you have some kiddos at home who want to read some cool books about oceans? Or find some fun experiments to do at home with water? Then this list is for you!

Explore some of the many online resources available with your Library card!

For kids:

  1. TumbleBook Library TumbleBook Library offers a huge collection of animated talking books on many different themes, including books in Spanish. Navigate to the “Sea Creatures” playlist for a whole collection of books on ocean critters.
  2. Just for Kids Access Video – This resource gives kids a fun and educational way to stream a wide variety of videos. Use the search term “oceans” to find videos about marine life, wave science, restoring coral reefs, and the future of our oceans.
  3. ScienceFlixScienceFlix is for kids who want to learn more about science through fun projects or experiments. Access the “Oceans of the World” topic to learn about the role oceans play in our survival.
  4. Book Connections Book Connections provides original resources, author recordings, video book readings, and video book trailers. Check out the resources for the 2021 Caldecott Medal winner We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade.

For adults who want in on the fun too:

  1. ShipIndex.org On this unique database, users can learn about famous ships like the Titanic or USS Constitution. The full database provides access to over 3 million citations to ships in over 900 resources.
  2. Biography (from Gale) – Biography lets you read the biographies of more than a million people, including famous explorers, scientists, and even pirates! Learn about the colorful history of Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Did you know that not all pirates were men?
  3. Mango Languages – Learn to speak like a pirate with this fun and easy-to-use language learning program!
  4. Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries – The ocean has been a huge cultural and artistic source of inspiration throughout history. Discover how the ocean has influenced musicians all over the world by exploring the music. Listen to On Deck and Below: The Irish at Sea to hear some cool Irish jigs.
  5. OverDrive (Libby) – And of course, there are always lots of eBooks and eAudiobooks on the themes of oceans, ocean exploration, adventure, history, and animals offered through OverDrive. Some personal recommendations include: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Boys in the Boat, and The Breath of a Whale.

Enjoy your electronic ocean exploration!

Meghan B.
Electronic Resources Department

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