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Midvale Elementary Library Media Center: 1 REACH


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2020-2021 Fun Learning

I Promise Book

HarperKids Diversity in Reading YouTube Channel

Join publisher HarperKids for some fun storytimes featuring great new books, many read by the author or illustrator.

Back to School 2020

BrainPop Back to School 2020

BrainPop Back to School 2020

BrainPOP Dr Fauci

BrainPop News: Interview with Dr. Fauci

The director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases talks about COVID-19, the importance of keeping up safety practices, what kids can do to help stop the pandemic, and how vaccines work.

Mystery Doug Coronavirus

Has anything like the coronavirus ever happened before?

Bookmarks is a new Netflix show featuring Black celebrities and artists reading children's books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. Additional resources include kids book lists and activities.


You can find all episodes and activities here, or watch without a Netflix account on the Netflix Jr YouTube page!

Summer Fun & Madison Public Library's We Read Program

We Read Logo

From Madison Public Library about their We Read summer program:
This year MPL is trying something different (everything this year is different) - a program called We Read. We Read is a Madison-wide community celebration of reading - everyone is invited to participate no matter what kind of reading you’re doing! To be a part of We Read, all you have to do is find something to read that you love, share it with a friend or share it on social media and join in the conversation about our favorite ways to read.There is no registration, no tracking of books, or prizes. You can share how YOU read on our Instagram page, @madisonpubliclibrary. We are posting a different “We Read” theme every two weeks, like “We Read Outside” and “We Read With Our Ears”. People can also share their favorite reads and recommend them to others by using the hashtag #WeReadMadison. The website with all the information including downloadable posters, coloring sheets and the interactive zine is

Wide Open School

Wide Open School

A free site powered by Common Sense editors that helps families build weekly schedules and find activities for their kids.

Kids and Books

Book Competitions

Common Sense Media book article with fun summer book challenges and competitions!

Mystery Doug Fish

Why can't fish breathe on land?


BONUS Activity: Fish use their gills to breathe air that is in the water. It doesn’t look like there’s any air in a glass of water. But try this experiment. Fill a clear cup with water. Let it sit out on the counter for a few hours. Then look carefully at the sides of the cup. What do you notice? Try the experiment with hot water and cold water. See what happens!

Mystery Doug Mars

Why is Mars red?


BONUS Activity: What color are the rocks where you live? With an adult, go outside and find a spot where you can see rocks and dirt — maybe in a park or in someone’s yard. Pick up some rocks. Take a close look. The rocks won’t all be the same color, but is there one color that’s more common than others? If the place you live was named for its rocks, what would it be called?

Summer Learning & Magic Tricks

These are a few great sites have some FREE content to check out these last weeks of school and into summer!
(Also check out the list of links under Virtual Learning on the Home page of the Midvale Library Portal for even more great fun and educational sites to visit!)


Audible Audiobooks

Ignite Brain Gym

Ignite Brain Gym

Lunch Doodles Mo Willems

Lunch Doodles & Virtual Learning with Mo Willems

Music Play Online

Music Play Online

Reading IQ

Reading IQ


Epic eBooks

(See weekly LMTS communication from your teacher for login information for Music Play Online, Reading IQ, and Epic eBooks or e-mail Ms. Taillon at

The Ickabog

J.K. Rowling's The Ickabog

A new story by J.K. Rowling titled "The Ickabog" is being published online for free over seven weeks (a chapter or two at a time). She would like YOU to illustrate The Ickabog for her! Every day, she will make suggestions for what you might like to draw and you can enter the competition for a chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book later this year. (When the book is published in November, she will donate all her royalties to help people who have been affected by the coronavirus!)

Mystery Doug Unicorns

Are unicorns real?

Mystery Doug Magic

This week's BONUS feature's "Top 5 Magic Tricks," where students are asked to solve the secrets behind amazing illusions!
(Extra CHALLENGE - Design your own magic trick and perform for your family!)

Jibrizy Coin Trick

Jibrizy Coin Trick
(Extra CHALLENGE - Learn Jibrizy's coin trick above and host your own show!)

Mystery Doug Read Aloud Shadow

Mystery Science Read-Aloud: What does your shadow do when you're not looking?

BONUS Activity: Find a partner and trace each other’s shadows in chalk—first in the morning, then in the afternoon. Use different colors for different times of day. Be sure to trace around your partner's shoes first and write their name next to their shadows. Draw an arrow to where the sun is in the sky at that time of day. At the end of the day, think about why the morning and afternoon shadows pointed in different directions.

Book Fair & ABC Mouse

Midvale's ONLINE BOOK FAIR is now OPEN!
(May 18th-31st)

Book Fair OnlineBook Fair Jungle Logo

Orders ship directly to your home and shipping is free on book-only orders over $25. Our school library receives 25% of the proceeds to use for books and Makerspace items!

Mystery Doug Glass

How is glass made?

Mystery Doug Glass

BONUS Activity: Go on a glass “scavenger hunt” in your home. You likely have windows made of glass, but what else? How many different glass objects can you find? How do you know that they’re all glass? Write or draw at least three things you notice that all of these objects have in common. Write or draw at least three things that are different about the objects.

ABC MouseABC Mouse

ABC Mouse

Digital learning activities in a variety of subjects such as reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music, and art!

(See weekly LMTS communication from your teacher for login information or e-mail Ms. Taillon at

Book Fair & Fun Learning Activities for Home

Shop the Scholastic Book Fair Online from May 18-31!

Book Fair OnlineBook Fair Jungle Logo

Midvale Elementary and our library may be closed and Rhythm & Books cancelled this year but Scholastic is making it possible for us to hold an online Book Fair for our school instead! Orders ship directly to your home! Our school library receives 25% of the proceeds to use for books and Makerspace items. Take advantage of free shipping on book-only orders over $25.

Mystery Doug Flowers

How do flowers bloom in the spring?

Flowers in colored water

BONUS Activity: You can see for yourself how water moves inside a plant. Fill a glass with water and add a few drops of red or blue food coloring. Place a white flower in the glass. Wait a few hours and watch to see what happens. Look closely at the flower petals. What do you notice? Repeat this experiment, but use a stalk of celery or a lettuce leaf. What do you predict will happen?

DIY Birdhouse

Audubon's How to Make a DIY Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

Audubon for Kids

Audubon for Kids

A great expansion to the Specials bird-related lessons (Ms. Meri's Art lesson, Ms. Mo's Mindfulness lesson, and Mr. Tim's Music lesson)!

This program adapted science curriculum for at-home learning and created lots of birdy DIY projects, games, videos, and weekly lessons.


Muzzy Language Learning for Children

Learn a new language!

(See weekly LMTS communication from your teacher for login information or e-mail Ms. Taillon at

Very challenging but clever and fun! Ask an older family member to do this with you if you want a super challenge!


Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

Created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library In Pennsylvania

Virtual Read-Alouds & BrainPop News

Filmmaker Wes Tank raps other Dr Seuss books such as Oh the Thinks You Can Think, Hop on Pop, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Ask your family for permission and assistance looking on the other videos on Wes Tank's YouTube channel!

Sankofa Read Aloud Channel

Sankofa Read Aloud YouTube Channel

This collection of read-alouds features African American children's stories written by African American authors. The site has titles that appeal to various age groups.

BrainPOP News Homeroom News Team

Introducing NEW VIRTUAL LEARNING BrainPop News

(See weekly LMTS communication from your teacher for login information or e-mail Ms. Taillon at

Flattening the Curve

Episode 1: Flattening the Curve

How Soap Works

Episode 2: How Soap Works


Harry Potter At Home

Harry Potter At Home

Reading, crafts, articles, quizzes, puzzles, and more!

Draw a Bowtruckle

Harry Potter Crafting Magic - Did you know new craft activities land on Harry Potter At Home every Wednesday?

This Week: Draw a Bowtruckle: A Tree-Dwelling Fantastic Beast

Flocabulary & Device Free Dinner

Flocabulary Social Distancing

Flocabulary Social Distancing Video


(See weekly LMTS communication from your teacher for class code or e-mail Ms. Taillon at

Mystery Doug Birds

Why do birds lay eggs in the spring?

This week's BONUS feature's "Top 5 Amazing Bird Nests," which shows off unusual nests made of mud, sewn leaves, and more!

Earth Day & Interesting Activities for Home Learning

BONUS Activities from Ms. Taillon - Watch my introduction video!


Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is April 22 - check out the official website!

Mystery Doug Earth

How old is the Earth?

This week's BONUS feature's "Top 5 Reuses of Plastic," including some fun inspiration for reusing plastic at home!

Nature Smile Word

PebbleGo has some great non-computer fun and educational activity suggestions to get your child's creativity going in this article. One idea is to write words using natural materials outside. Check out the others, too!

Children's Book Awards & Makerspace Centers

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Hello Lighthouse BookStuff of Stars BookThank You Omu BookRescue & Jessica BookDreamers BookFox the Tiger Book

Marble Run & Read Your Heart Out Week


Welcome Read Your Heart Out readers! Thank you for sharing and celebrating with us!

Marblelympics Channel - See all the Marblelympics races and episodes!

Midvale Mail/Letter Writing & Groundhog's Day

Device Rules Review & Chromebook Checklist

Librarian from the Black Lagoon

The Librarian from the Black Lagoon (BookFlix)

BookFlix also has The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon and The Teacher from the Black Lagoon!

Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon See if you can find them! Teacher from the Black Lagoon