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Audible Stories

For as long as schools are closed, Audible Stories is open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.


An all ages audiobook database brought to you by TumbleBooks.


As a resident of Gates, you have access to Hoopla- a digital media service that allow you to  borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. 


Browse, check out, and download audiobooks, eBooks, music and videos right to your home computer or mobile device! Click here  to view the entire catalog of titles and for full instructions.

Sora App

Did you know all students of the Gates Chili School District have access to Sora? In collaboration with Monroe BOCES 2 and GCSD, Sora is a FREE collection of ebooks and audiobooks for independent, self-directed, or teacher-assigned reading. Students can read or listen to these books using a Chromebook, desktop computer, or personal mobile device. 

Below are downloadable directions from the Gates School District:

Sign into the Sora App

Visit and follow the instructions to get started.


The New York Public Library has taken steps to expand access to their online offerings. You may apply for a library card through SimplyE to gain access to an array of digital resources, including e-books and audiobooks, as well as databases available from home during our period of closure.


A collection of videos and books in a variety of different categories including e-books, read- alongs, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks brought to you by the New York Public Library.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud junior is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: Ebooks, Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos and Audio Books suitable for elementary grades, brought to you by the New York Public Library


A K-6 children's ebook database brought to you by TumbleBooks.


A K-6 math ebook database brought to you by TumbleBooks.

Educational Resources for Children & Teens


ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. 


Beanstack allows you to receive a weekly book recommendation for your child (ages 0 to 12) in your email which comes with a learning tip and a link to our catalog to locate the book. There are other fun features like app recommendations and learning guides, which are lists of books, crafts, activities and more based on a theme. Beanstack also allows you to log your child's reading so you can keep track of what books they have read.

Britannica Academic Edition

An accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty. Discover encyclopedia articles, full-text journal and magazine articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources and tools that make research easier and more productive. Provided by the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library.

Britannica School

Thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases for elementary, middle, or high school students. There is Read-aloud, a font size adjuster, and built-in translation tools support students with special needs and ELLs. Provided by the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth.


Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.


An educational resource that brings hip-hop and videos for all subjects K-12 together!


Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

Gale in Context: Elementary (Formerly Kids Infobits)

For beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Provided by the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library.

Khan Academy

A nonprofit organization with free educational resources. During the school closures, Khan Academy has created guides, daily schedules and free webinars to be used by parents and teachers.

More about signing up here:

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

Novelist K8 Plus

Novelist K8 Plus is a version of Novelist for children and middle school age readers. NoveList is a reader's dream come true! You can use NoveList Plus to find recommended reads, find book discussion guides, find author readalikes.

Open Culture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)

Visit the RMSC website for science videos and home experiment activities to keep science discovery happening at home! Be sure to check out their Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram pages for more videos and activities!

Ted Ed

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative that supports learning around the globe.


Normally requiring a subscription, Vidcode is a website that teaches students how to computer program and is currently offering their platform and curriculum for free at this time.

More about vidcode supporting students during school closures: