Online Resources: Available during the COVID-19 Pandemic

During these are unprecedented times, the publishing community and several providers of research databases, online magazines, eBooks and audiobooks are graciously offering expanded access so that library patrons and students have greater access to valuable educational content for use during this extended period of time. We have pulled together some of these resources below:

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Access Library Content

Greater Sudbury Heritage Database

The Greater Sudbury Public Library and the Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums are proud to announce the soft-launch of the collaborative resource, the Greater Sudbury Heritage Database.

Recognizing the historical value of local and community publications, the Greater Sudbury Public Library partnered with local publishers, editors and businesses to digitally reproduce publications in order to make them accessible to the public online. Each publication offers a unique perspective that reflects the diverse nature of our community, culture, and history in Greater Sudbury. We invite you to explore all the publications to learn about the events, individuals, local organizations, business and industries that have shaped Greater Sudbury and its people.

Though we are still working out some of the technical issues of the database, we believe there is value for a patrons to be able to access these resources at home while the libraries are closed.

Publications included: Le Voyageur, Falcon, IN Touch, Vernon's Directories, Northern Ontario Mining News, and the Northern Life.
Please check out the database for the exact dates of included publications.

 Access the Greater Sudbury Heritage Database

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Access Canadian Content

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CBC's ever-growing list of Canadian writers sharing readings of their books, author interviews and more. Click to access the list, updated daily.

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During this unprecedented time, while children and parents are at home and we're all practicing social distancing, let's come together in a safe way, every day. Click here to access HarperCollins free resources

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Huffington Post's round-up of Canadian authors who are sharing live online readings. Check out Kenneth Oppel, author of the Silverwing series reading from his catalogue, which spans all ages. Click to read article

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Scholastic's classroom magazine team has created a free "Learning at Home" hub for teachers and families which offers 21 days of engaging, knowledge-building learning journeys for different grade levels that can be accessed at home by kids on any device, even phones.Free Access to Digital Subscriptions Scholastic's Learning At Home Portal.

Access Graphic Novels

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With the uncertain times we are in right now and with more schools moving to remote learning every day, we at Papercutz want to help ease the tension a bit as we can with some great graphic novels! Click to access great titles
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DC Kids Camp

An At-Home Activity Program Curated by DC Middle Grade Authors and Artists. Click to access a list of fun activities

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CrossCAN Digital

Weigl would like to help kids continue with their studies during this uncertain time and are offering temporary unlimited access to their entire library of Lightbox Interactive eBooks for either K-5 or 6-12 grade levels at no cost. This will allow kids to have access to digital and distance learning content for a period when schools may or may not be back in session. Sign-up for Lightbox Interactive Resources.

Access Magazines

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Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly is giving everyone free access to their digital magazine. This includes free access to reviews and archives.

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Kirkus Reviews

Effective immediately, digital subscriptions are free for all. That means you are able to access the current issue as well as our full online archive of issues from your home at no charge. 

Go to the magazine link in the main navigation of to access your free digital issues.

World Trade Press Resources

World Trade Press is the world's premier publisher of country-by-country information products for culture, travel, language, and food. Their online databases help students and teachers understand cultures of the world, learn languages, and become global citizens.
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Other Resources


Access to Booklist Online is free during this unprecedented time.Click here to access Booklist.

The Economist Educational Foundation

Through The Economist Educational Foundation, the Economist magazine is providing free home-learning resources for children while schools around the world are closed. Parents and teachers alike can find these resources, including a critical-thinking guide on covid-19 designed for 9- to 14-year-olds, online.

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Nuttah & Kitchi Ebook

Are you looking for a way to discuss how to stay safe with your kids when dealing with COVID-19? Join Nuttah, Kitchi, and their entire family in their discussion of keeping everyone safe. 

"Nuttah & Kitchi: Project Protect Our People, Stay Healthy Keep-Safe"
Written by Sandra Samatte & Illustrations by Julian Grafenauer.

Download the free ebook today.