Discover a wide array of free programs across the Library, including at our neighborhood branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
The New York Public Library is here to support kids of all ages, educators, and parents and caregivers with an array of programs and resources, both in person and online. Discover what we’re doing for kids and teens as New Yorkers return to school this fall—plus books, free homework help, learning tools, and fun, engaging activities to help you develop all your skills.
NYPL After School is a free drop-in program for kids aged 6–12 that takes place after regular school hours on Mondays through Thursdays. Join us at one of our 20 participating branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island for homework help from one of our tutors or Teen Reading Ambassadors, reading recommendations, fun writing, STEAM, and enrichment activities—and even snacks! Find out where NYPL After School is happening in person, explore online activities and resources, and more.
Build, code, and stargaze with NYPL’s amazing STEAM Discovery Kits! Available to borrow from 30 branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, these kits enable kids to explore robotics, astronomy, engineering, coding, and more using exciting tools, toys, and books at home.
Not sure where to begin? From primary sources to scholarly articles, start your research with resources chosen by our expert librarians.
Join the Library this school year for programs, including author talks, storytimes, performances, and more.
From storytime to homework help, the Children’s Center features an array of programs and services to help kids and their families develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, including early literacy programs, programs for school-aged children, performances and special events, homework resources, class and group visits, and a youth study room.
Learning Aids for 3rd to 5th Grade
Find resources on core school subjects in our extensive online databases, which feature e-books, videos, lesson plans, and more.
E-Books and Core Subject Resources
This resource pairs fictional video story books with nonfiction e-books. It plays the narration while highlighting the words of the story across the screen. Topics include: Animals and Nature, People and Places, ABCs and 123s, Music and Rhyme, and more. (Grades PreK–3)
Bring history to life with video clips and e-books, with popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos, and audio clips. (Grades 4–9)
An interactive science tool, with videos, articles, and suggested activities. Topics include: Earth Science, Health and Human Body, Physical Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering. (Grades 4–9)
Online resource that gives nonfiction books and videos on various topics. Also includes project ideas, suggested activities, and links to related websites. (Grades 3–7)
A collection of videos and books in a variety of different categories including e-books, read-alongs, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks. (Grades 3–6)
Includes animated talking picture books, story books, and books in other languages, puzzles, and games. (Grades PreK–6)
Research Assignments and Projects
This is an easy to use database for students to search by keyword or by topic to find articles from encyclopedias, magazines, news sources, and biographies. Includes features to listen along to the text and search by lexile level. (Grades K–5)
Child-friendly database which searches across reference books, news and magazine articles, biographies, and pictures. Includes features to listen along to text and lexile level of text. (Grades K–5)
Offers Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, world atlas and country comparison, news and magazine articles, primary sources, images and video. Select School Edition for all grades (PreK–12) and all reading abilities. Select articles by reading level and listen along to the text. You can use Escolar Online for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
Nonfiction content that includes eight encyclopedia databases, videos, leveled text, newspapers, and vetted websites. (Grades 3–8)
World Book Online Reference Center
Select Kids link (with balloon icon) to explore different topics, with pictures, articles, games, science projects, maps, and more. Includes features to listen along to the text. (Grades K–6)
To see all of the databases available from the New York Public Library, visit: Articles & Databases