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AudioBookCloud

AudioBookCloud is an online collection of streaming, simultaneous-use audiobooks for all ages. Browse titles by category, or click on Index to see all titles in the collection. Access through your browser.

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Creativebug

Have a look at this introductory video by Creativebug to learn more.

Creativebug is an art and craft education resource for web and mobile apps. There are thousands of online video classes taught by leading instructors. Categories include:

  • Art + Design
  • Crochet
  • Food + Home
  • Kids
  • Knitting
  • Jewelry
  • Quilting
  • Sewing

Please note that access to Creativebug requires library customers to provide first and last name and email address to authenticate use. For more information, contact info@virl.bc.ca or review Creativebug’s Privacy Policy here.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

Historical and contemporary information about BC. The Encyclopedia of British Columbia is the definitive reference work on British Columbia. With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips, the EBC is the source of readable and authoritative information on significant British Columbian people, places and things.

Explora for Kids

Explora is an EBSCO database designed for kids. You can search for thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. This is a great homework tool!

Flipster Magazines

Notice: Access is available for a limited trial period. Trial ends August 10.

Explore over 1,400 magazine titles in this Flipster trial from EBSCO. Includes popular Canadian and international titles like Cosmopolitan, Maclean’s, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time. Browse categories for Art & Design; Business; Entertainment; Fitness & Health; Food & Cooking; Home & Garden; Science & Technology and more. Browse French and Spanish language titles.

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KnowBC

KnowBC is the online portal for Harbour Publishing, an independent publisher based on the Sunshine Coast that focuses on British Columbian coastal history and culture. KnowBC features the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, along with essential publications and natural history field guides for the Pacific Northwest Coast, including

  • The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names
  • Far West: The Story of British Columbia, a provincial history for younger readers
  • A Field Guide to Birds of the Pacific Northwest
  • A Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants of Canada
  • A Field Guide to Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest
  • Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes
  • Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia

Knowledge Network

Knowledge Network, is a Canadian publicly funded educational cable television network serving the province of British Columbia. The station supports lifelong learning for children and adults by providing quality, commercial-free programming through its broadcast channel, websites and apps. Knowledge Network also invests in documentaries and children’s programs produced by independent filmmakers with more than 40% of their programming budget supporting original stories told by BC and Canadian filmmakers. Download their app and stream their content for free!

National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

NoveList Plus

Discover your next favorite book! Finish a great book and looking for more? NoveList’s librarian-created read-alike suggestions and appeal mixer can help. Search from home. Link to the library’s catalogue. Then borrow and read.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive is our most popular eBook and eAudiobook platform and we’ve a space just for kids! All you need to get started is your library card and an internet connection. Download the Libby App for a simple and easy experience downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks for free.

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Each library member receives 10 check outs and 10 holds at any one time.

PebbleGo

Includes the following three databases: PebbleGo Animals, Science, and Dinosaurs. These databases are for children from preschool to grade 3. Easy navigation and text make learning fun!

TumbleBookLibrary

Update: TumbleBooks is providing free access, no card required. Click on the Launch button to open.

An online collection of animated picture books, audiobooks, graphic novels, children’s classics, early reader chapter books, and National Geographic videos. A great resource to teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love!

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TumbleMath

TumbleMath is a collection of math picture books, complete with animation and narration, for grades K-6. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes. Access and read in your browser.

Click here for a guide for parents on using TumbleMath at home (pdf).

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