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Free Online Books

  • You can look for free children's books to read online on google books by going here and typing "free children's books" into the search bar. You can do the same for any kind of book, just put the word "free" first.

  • Project Gutenberg offers 60,000 free e-books.  Their website includes how to load these books onto your cell phone, kindle or other devices.  Learn more here.

  • People Get Ready is a community book space in New Haven located on Whalley Avenue. They are currently closed to the public, but the owners have been holding virtual, daily storytime sessions on Facebook Live and then saving those videos for families to watch on their page. Their Instagram account also provides daily helpful ideas for engaging with children in reading activities while they are at home or in their community during this period of social distancing.

  • Click here for a list of seven websites that offer free eBooks for children to read.

  • For families with library cards, the NHFPL has several free online resources such as eBooks, audiobooks and movies through apps/websites like Hoopla, Kanopy, and OverDrive. They also offer online skill classes in Microsoft Office, graphic design, arts & crafts, statistics and more through apps/websites like CREATIVEBUG and There is a long list of kid/teen resources, research sites for students doing projects and free access to the New York Times, as well. See their list of electronic resources here.

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