Free Digital Resources

Free Digital Resources from St Helens Libraries

Helping you at home

The following resources are provided free to you by St Helens Libraries. For access to some resources you will require your St Helens library card. 

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BorrowBox

Website: https://fe.bolindadigital.com/sthelens

eBooks & eAudiobooks with Borrowbox.

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RBdigital

Website: https://sthelens.rbdigitalglobal.com

eMagazines, eComics & eAudiobooks with RB Digital.

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PressReader

Website: https://sthelens.rbdigitalglobal.com/service-details/newspapers-group/newspapers

Online newspapers with Press Reader via RB Digital.

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Find My Past

Please email us at libraries@sthelens.gov.uk to access this service.

Take a look into your family’s past.

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St Helens Archives

Website: www.sthelens.gov.uk/history

St Helens Archives online catalogue.

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St Helens Community Archive

Website: https://www.sthelenscommunityarchive.org.uk/

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Be a part of history!

Website: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/archive-service/part-of-history/

Find out how you can help document our local experience of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Issues Online

Website: https://sthlibrarieswp.koha-ptfs.co.uk/online-reference/#Issues%20Online

A homework resource for students to help gain a better understanding of the world, and the issues which affect our lives.

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First News

PDF downloadhttps://schools.firstnews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/free_resources/FIRSTNEWS_735.pdf

Weekly junior newspaper, now available online.

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Home Schooling

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BBC Bitesize

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.

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Coronavirus Information Book

Website: https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

Free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

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BBC Teach

Primary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/primary/zd7p47h

Secondary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/secondary/zkqp47h

You can use BBC Teach for free. The website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.

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Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor

Website: https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Let Carol teach your child Maths during this difficult period. The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support children’s continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period.

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Scholastic Home Learning

Website: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/homelearning

Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of FREE home learning packs for Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 children.

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PE with Joe Wicks

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/videos

Keep active while at home! Join Joe from The Body Coach TV for his livestream of daily workouts. A 30-minute workout class for kids of all ages… teenagers and adults you can get involved too.

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Cosmic Kids

Website: https://www.cosmickids.com/

Making yoga and mindfulness FUN for kids.

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Twinkl

Website: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub

Twinkl Home Learning Hub – New ideas, everyday!

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Oti Mabuse Dance Class

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape/videos

Dance class to get your everyone moving and dancing.

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Think U Know

Website: http://b.link/thinkuknow

Online Safety at Home.

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Fun for All Ages

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Citadel Arts

Website: http://www.citadel.org.uk/timeline/?fbclid=IwAR1lygGt66-6bN7J2NXKpzBkkNmG-n0ZV5TK93iK5xa8–T-0Yjk9JYDrH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citadel.sthelens

Bringing arts & crafts into your homes as well as an exciting online program of events.

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Heart of Glass

Website: http://www.heartofglass.org.uk/

Bring Art into your home, virtually.

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Mako Create

Website: https://www.makocreate.co.uk/class/onlineworkshops/?wcs_timestamp=1588341600

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakoCreateUK/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpuBv8ezpxFqU_KGZDd8ngw/featured

Looking for something creative to do whilst stuck indoors? Then come and join Mako, every Friday from 2PM when they will be live-streaming free animation workshops.

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Early Arts UK

Website: https://earlyarts.co.uk/blog0

Some fantastic creative ideas for families and schools to do during lockdown.

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National Shelf Service

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPUIqlJM0aieXdq-LxKDvWA

A new daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. This focuses on helping children and families discover new and diverse reading experiences.

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Libs Connected – #LibrariesfromHome

Website: https://www.librariesconnected.org.uk/page/librariesfromhome

Libraries may be temporarily closed but public libraries still have lots to offer their communities. At Libraries Connected, they are showcasing the best digital services from public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Draw Along With Videos

Step by step drawing videos posted on social media by children’s illustrators:

Rob Biddulph: https://twitter.com/RobBiddulph #DrawWithRob

Ed Vere: https://twitter.com/ed_vere #DrawWithEdVere

Sarah McIntyre: https://twitter.com/jabberworks #DrawingWithSarah

David Roberts: https://www.instagram.com/dr.illustration/ #DrawWithDavidRoberts

Steven Lenton: https://twitter.com/StevenLenton #DrawAlongALenton

Jim Field: https://twitter.com/_JimField #DrawWithJimField

Lydia Monks: https://twitter.com/LydiaMonks #DrawWithLydia

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Booktrust Hometime Hub

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge with book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

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Puffin Books

Website: https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children.html

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1 

Puffin are here to help keep storytime going by sharing story-inspired activities and ideas.

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Chicken House Books – #CoopedUpKids

Website: https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/schools/coopedupkids/

Welcome to #COOPEDUPKIDS, the Chicken House home for all the tools you’ll need to let your imagination fly! Here, you’ll find all the resources that Chicken House and our author and illustrator friends have pulled together while we’re all, well, cooped up inside!

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CBeebies

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

CBeebies helps pre-schoolers learn whilst they play fun games, watch clips, sing songs and make things with their favourite CBeebies characters and shows.

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World Book Day

Website: https://www.worldbookday.com/2020/03/book-ideas-hub-brilliant-stay-at-home-ideas-free-resources/

Book Ideas Hub: Brilliant stay at home ideas & free resources.

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National Theatre at Home

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

A programme of National Theatre Live productions, streamed for free via YouTube every Thursday evening at 7pm.

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The Shows Must Go On (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag

Full length performances every Friday evening at 7pm.

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Penguin Books

Website: https://www.penguin.co.uk/search-results.html?articleType_1=Children%27s%20articles&articleType_2=Games%20%26%20activities&tab=articles&page=1

Games, activity sheets and quizzes that are book or character themed.

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Nosy Crow Books

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/NosyCrow

Sing along with nursery rhyme videos plus author readings for all ages.

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World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/activities/

Free resources from David Walliams, based on his best-selling books.

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Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/?fbclid=IwAR213GU-yc0XuHKZNERbvCruEE3UW6z6zlJ9bkIAWStojoZRTyoXYBN114k

Free audiobooks from David Walliams – a new one will be released every day at 11.00.

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Pete McKee Drawing

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc35qZqwmCU5zdftDZMdpUA

How to Doodle Stories.

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Inky Willis

Website: https://earlyarts.co.uk/blog0

Some fantastic creative ideas for families and schools to do during lockdown.

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Bump Booster

Ideas for parents to be: https://www.ascel.org.uk/bump-booster/ideas-for-parents

Rhymes for parents to be: https://www.ascel.org.uk/bump-booster/rhymes-for-parents

Giving a child the best start in life, even before they are born.

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Stay safe, everyone. From all of us in St Helens Libraries x