QPL’s Back-to-School Resources

This will be an unprecedented school year for NYC students and their families, and Queens Public Library is here to help.

During the upcoming weeks and months, the Library will offer several digital resources and online programs to make it as easy as possible for students to learn and thrive. Learn more about them below.

Digital Resources

Brainfuse HelpNow: Brainfuse HelpNow provides free, on-demand, easy, and engaging eLearning for students of all ages, including homework help; live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP, and state standardized tests; and a 24- Hour Writing Lab where you can get constructive feedback.

Sora Reading App: All NYC Department of Education students can instantly borrow eBooks and graphic novels in over 20 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Install the free Sora reading app and enter your NYCDOE student login to get started.

Method Test Prep: Designed to work seamlessly with students' unique learning styles and busy schedules, Method Test Prep's ACT and SAT prep programs help students raise their ACT and SAT scores and build their reading comprehension, grammar, and math skills. Method Test Prep is used by over 1,000 schools around the world.

Resources for Teens: visit this webpage for a list of QPL digital resources designed specifically for teens.

Research Databases: QPL has several databases that can help you with your schoolwork, including:

  • Biblioboard, a primary source database featuring historical books, articles, images, maps, documents, and more.
  • BookFlix, an online literacy resource from Scholastic.
  • Britannica Elementary, a site that lets you look for people, places, and things, with video and games.
  • Britannica Academic, which includes Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam Webster's Collegiate dictionary.
  • Britannica School, which is for all grades and all reading abilities.
  • Kids InfoBits, a collection of more than 550+ age-appropriate magazines for kids grades K-5.

Most of these digital resources require a Queens Public Library card or eCard. If you don’t have one yet, learn how to get one.

Online Programs

  • Our librarians will record special Facebook Live videos to teach you how to use Brainfuse HelpNow, World Book Encyclopedia, and QPL’s other online resources for students and families.
  • Our Facebook Live storytimes will have special interactive back-to-school themes.
  • Our “School is Cool” programs with the Bilingual Birdies will show families how to make going back to school a fun experience.
  • Emily Ellison of Emily Music for Kids will teach you songs about school, friendship, learning and fun, and how to be safe and kind at school all year long.
  • We will hold online Open Houses in English and Chinese to show you how to get an eCard or library card, access our digital materials and databases, and much more.
  • Our friends at Urban Stages Theater will join us for concerts, magic, puppet shows, and more.

These are just some of the great QPL virtual programs for back-to-school; for dates, times, and more information, visit the QPL Calendar, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel in September and October.

Other Programs and Events

QPL Talks Live with NYC Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza: Watch the August 24th Facebook Live conversation between QPL President & CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Chancellor Carranza about the Department of Education’s plan for safely reopening the nation’s largest school system.

Grab-n-Go Packages: Students can stop by our Cambria Heights, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Queensboro Hill, and Ridgewood branches the week of September 8th to pick up pre-packaged kits with literacy tools and fun activities for children and families (while supplies last). Visit our Reopening Website to see the hours of operation for these QPL locations.

STACKS Fall 2020: Enrollment in our free enrichment program for children in grades K-5 starts on Monday, September 21. STACKS is all virtual this year, with sing-alongs, STEM workshops, art projects, and more. Stay tuned for more information.

Teen Coding Boot Camp: These online classes that teach teens how to create their own computer programs start in September. Check back on the QPL website to learn how to register.

Use the links below to read our other Back-to-School blog posts, including tips on getting your kids used to their face masks and how to sign up for a Queens Public Library card or eCard.

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