NYPL Connect: Introducing Free Online Tutoring for Students, Digital Research Books, and More

By Alana Mohamed, Senior Digital Content Editor
March 24, 2020
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The New York Public Library is pleased to offer online tutoring to provide families with homework help, enrichment activities, and remote learning support through our partnership with Brainfuse. This partnership is just one of the many ways the Library is expanding its digital resources to New York City families during our temporary closure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Through Brainfuse, kids and teens in grades K–12 can now access free, remote, one-on-one tutoring in a wide range of subjects and levels—from first-grade math to advanced algebra. Tutoring is offered seven days a week from 2 PM to 11 PM via chat. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Brainfuse also offers a bank of videos, activities, a writing lab, and other resources that are available to students 24/7.

Families can access these tools with an NYPL library card. If you or a family member don’t have a library card, sign up for one using our SimplyE app.

As New York City schools increasingly turn to digital learning in response to the spread of COVID-19, we hope our expanding digital resources can help support teachers and families during this challenging moment. Our goal is to support a culture of learning, whether that’s in the classroom or in the living room.

Featured Resource: Free Tutoring Now Available

Beginning today, families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and an NYPL library card can access tips, activities, and one-on-one tutors through a new partnership with Brainfuse. Tutors are available from 2 PM to 11 PM every day in both English and Spanish. Students can also make use of Brainfuse’s videos, activities, and other learning resources 24/7.

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Resources for Kids & Teens

Expanded Remote Learning Resources

Our Remote Learning Resources for Kids & Teens page is a vital tool for young learners and their parents and caretakers while NYPL is temporarily closed. Check out the updated selection of online resources NYPL offers—we're constantly growing them to meet your needs.

Now Available from Anywhere: NoveList K–8 Plus

Now you can get book recommendations for children and teens at home, whether you're looking for fiction, non-fiction, or audiobooks. Browse books by genre—and NoveList also allows you to sort by theme, tone, writing style, and illustration, among other criteria. Grades K–8.

Curriculum-Friendly E-Books for High School Students

Available for both teens and educators, our EBSCO database offers teacher resources, fiction, and nonfiction titles that adhere to Common Core Curriculum standards. Browse everything from classics like Wuthering Heights to at-home study guides across multiple disciplines. Grades 9–12.

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Test Our New Service: Digital Research Books

Researchers can now search for over one million digitized books in one place with our beta test of a new tool, Digital Research Books. This growing collection has been digitized from research institutions around the world and features access to scholarly works, literary texts, and other primary resources. Try it out from home and give us your feedback.

Listen to Digital Audio Resources from Home

If you find it difficult to read standard print text, our librarians at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library have compiled a list of remote resources just for you. Use our BARD app, available through the National Library Service, to access talking book and digital braille files with a library card, or choose from a selection of free resources.

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You can also find a comprehensive list of our digital resources on Remote Resources page. This includes access to e-books, research e-journals, online newspapers, and resources for young learners. If you have any questions, please refer to our reference service, Ask NYPL.