Patrons of all ages can now check out movies, including streaming at Prairie Trails Public Library. We encourage parents to provide guidelines for their children. Our library policy includes the American Library Association’s Freedom to View Statement:
The FREEDOM TO VIEW, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore these principles are affirmed:
- To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.
- To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
- To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of the content.
- To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.
- To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public's freedom to view.
This statement was originally drafted by the Freedom to View Committee of the American Film and Video Association (formerly the Educational Film Library Association) and was adopted by the AFVA Board of Directors in February 1979. This statement was updated and approved by the AFVA Board of Directors in 1989.
Endorsed January 10, 1990, by the ALA Council
The Prairie Trails Public Library District is closed due to Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order at least through April 30, 2020. While the library is closed you can access digital materials, classes, and databases through our website. We have listed some resources that currently are free to access, some require a library card.
If your library card is expired, lost, or blocked:
- Library cards that have expired from 2019-2020 have been reactivated with a new expiration date of July 4, 2020.
- Library cards that were blocked due to fines have been temporarily unblocked in order to access digital materials.
- If you live in Burbank or Nottingham Park, you can register online for a digital library card. The digital library card will give you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and our databases through our website.
If you have materials you have checked out, please note:
- All materials checked since March 1, 2020 will have a due date of June 1, 2020.
- Please hold on to your materials until the library is opened.
Scholastic “Learn at Home” : Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Biblioboard : Digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.
CK-12 : This non-profit provides “open textbooks” for K-12 students all over the world. It offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
ScienceBuddies: Science Buddies offers thousands of free resources for learning STEM, including a collection of 160+ fun, hands-on STEM activities and videos. Each of our K-12 activities covers a specific STEM concept, can be done in an hour or less, and can usually be done with materials easily found at home.
PBS Learning Media: WTTW and PBS have curated Free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
TumbleBooksLibrary: K-6 children’s ebook database
TumbleMath:K-6 math ebook database
TeenBookCloud: 7-12 ebook database
AudioBookCloud: All ages audiobook database
ChildWorld.com With an overwhelming number of schools and libraries closed or closing in response to COVID-19, The Child’s World has taken the opportunity to collaborate with Big Timber Media to support educators during these challenging times. Many of our eBooks are now available for FREE through June 30, 2020. These digital offerings can be found as part of Big Timber’s Distance Learning Collections. Each collection contains a variety of eBooks to provide educational opportunities for students at home. Together, we can work together to ensure children have the materials they need to keep reading—and learning.
Free access to high-quality digital books from around the world. Browse by age, genre, book length, character types, or even the color of a book's cover.
AVAILABLE FOR LEARNING/ENTERTAINMENT WHILE AT HOME (need library card)
Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Prairie Trails Public Library District is participating in eRead Illinois, a new program through the Illinois State Library designed to increase access to e-Books for Illinois residents. In addition to our current eBook service, My Media Mall, Library cardholders will also have access to the eRead Illinois collection via Axis 360, a state-of-the-art digital media platform. Now users will have access to even more eBooks and audiobooks!
To check out the eRead Illinois collection, please click here for the Library's Axis 360 home page.
Learning to Read, then Reading to Learn
Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles are designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.
Digital Library of Illinois is a Web-based service that allows library patrons to check out and download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and eVideos any time of the day or night from the comfort of their own home. Digital Library of Illinois allows users to download to a personal computer, as well as enjoy digital content on a wide array of devices including MP3 players, CDs, Smartphones, and PDAs iPod®, iPhone™, and the iPod Touch. After the checkout period, title(s) will be automatically returned to the collection. Learn more about Digital Library of Illinois.
24/7 access to hundreds of titles on e-audio.
Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering. Content suggested for students grade 4 and higher.
The Early World of Learning is the premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.
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Universal Class offers online courses in exercise and fitness, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden care, cooking, computers and technology, health and medicine, homeschooling, job assistance, law and legal, parenting and family, pet and animal care, plus 100's more. These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.