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Educate and entertain your children with Bayside Library's online resources

While the Bayside Libraries may be closed due to COVID-19, there are a range of resources available to keep your children educated and entertained at home.

All you need is your Bayside Library Service account details. Find out how to create your log in here.

The Library customer service team is still here to support you 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday, on 9261 7840.

Select your age group

 

Making the most of our online resources

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Toddler and pre-school

Story Box

Story box is a website that has a selection of videos for children. This includes children’s books that are read aloud by storytellers, and activities that are attached to stories that can be done at home, with minimal preparation.

National Disaster Recovery storybooks

Birdie stories are a collection of stories that help children and families in the midst of natural disaster recovery. Birdie and the big sickness could be an appropriate book to explain the current circumstances.

Early Primary School (Prep–year 2)

Story Box

Story box is a website that has a selection of videos for children. This includes children’s books that are read aloud by storytellers, and activities that are attached to stories that can be done at home, with minimal preparation.

National Disaster Recovery storybooks

Birdie stories are a collection of stories that help children and families in the midst of natural disaster recovery. Birdie and the big sickness could be an appropriate book to explain the current circumstances.

Britannica Library

Are a collection of age appropriate resources for all ages, including encyclopaedia articles, dictionaries, atlases and more.  Level 1 resources are appropriate for primary age children.

Rainforest Coding

An interactive adventure that introduces the programing language ‘scratch’ to children from the age of 5. This is a free resource, you will require an internet browser on a computer to access this.

BusyCode

BusyCode introduces children between 6-11 to coding and teaches the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs. This resource can only be accessed via an internet browser on a computer

Animalia

Animalia is an interactive computer based literacy resource. This will require either a tablet or computer that can download the program. Activities in this app are divided into school grades, with foundation for prep and one/two, three/four and five/six.   

Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. 

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages online. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese and more.

Middle Primary School (grades 3-4)

Story Box

Story box is a website that has a selection of videos for children. This includes children’s books that are read aloud by storytellers, and activities that are attached to stories that can be done at home, with minimal preparation.

National Disaster Recovery storybooks

Birdie stories are a collection of stories that help children and families in the midst of natural disaster recovery. Birdie and the big sickness could be an appropriate book to explain the current circumstances.

Britannica Library

Are a collection of age appropriate resources for all ages, including encyclopaedia articles, dictionaries, atlases and more.  Level 1 resources are appropriate for primary age children.

Rainforest Coding

An interactive adventure that introduces the programing language ‘scratch’ to children from the age of 5. This is a free resource, you will require an internet browser on a computer to access this.

BusyCode

BusyCode introduces children between 6-11 to coding and teaches the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs. This resource can only be accessed via an internet browser on a computer

SwopBots coding adventure

Swopbots is a coding puzzle game for children aged 7 and above. It is a fun and highly motivational way to get children thinking about coding language. SwopBots requires you to download and install a program.

Animalia

Animalia is an interactive computer based literacy resource. This will require either a tablet or computer that can download the program. Activities in this app are divided into school grades, with foundation for prep and one/two, three/four and five/six.

Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. 

Register for Victorian Premiers' reading challenge.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages online. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese and more.

Upper primary school (grades 5-6)

Story Box

Story box is a website that has a selection of videos for children. This includes children’s books that are read aloud by storytellers, and activities that are attached to stories that can be done at home, with minimal preparation.

National Disaster Recovery storybooks

Birdie stories are a collection of stories that help children and families in the midst of natural disaster recovery. Birdie and the big sickness could be an appropriate book to explain the current circumstances.

Britannica Library

Are a collection of age appropriate resources for all ages, including encyclopaedia articles, dictionaries, atlases and more.  Level 1 resources are appropriate for primary age children.

Rainforest Coding

An interactive adventure that introduces the programing language ‘scratch’ to children from the age of 5. This is a free resource, you will require an internet browser on a computer to access this.

BusyCode

BusyCode introduces children between 6-11 to coding and teaches the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs. This resource can only be accessed via an internet browser on a computer

CoderZ

CoderZ is an innovated, friendly and engaging online learning tool that intergrates with 3D stimulations of educational robots within realistically rendered simulation scenes.

This requires access from a computer with an internet browser.

Animalia

Animalia is an interactive computer based literacy resource. This will require either a tablet or computer that can download the program. Activities in this app are divided into school grades, with foundation for prep and one/two, three/four and five/six.

Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. 

Register for Victorian Premiers' reading challenge.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages online. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese and more.

RBDigital

RBDigital is an app that has ebooks, magazines, comics and graphic novels for older children and teens. 

Years 7, 8 and 9

Britannica Library

Are a collection of age appropriate resources for all ages, including encyclopaedia articles, dictionaries, atlases and more.  Level 2 resources are appropriate for high school age children.

CoderZ

CoderZ is an innovated, friendly and engaging online learning tool that intergrates with 3D stimulations of educational robots within realistically rendered simulation scenes.

This requires access from a computer with an internet browser.

Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. 

Register for Victorian Premiers' reading challenge.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages online. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese and more.

RBDigital

RBDigital is an app that has ebooks, magazines, comics and graphic novels for older children and teens. 

Newspapers, Ebooks and Magazines

There are a wide range of resources for newspapers, Ebooks and Magazines.

Newspapers that can be read online from our library website are The SeniorThe Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Leader Newspapers Online. The PressReader app gives access to newspapers from around the world.

Borrowbox, and  Libby by Overdrive are apps that can be used to borrow ebooks, audio books. Some of the Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge books can be found in these applications.

Magazines can be found in PressReader.

Family History

Ancestry and Find My Past can be accessed from the library website. This allows users access to online records to research family history.

Years 10, 11 and 12

Britannica Library

Are a collection of age appropriate resources for all ages, including encyclopaedia articles, dictionaries, atlases and more.  Level 2 resources are appropriate for high school age children.

CoderZ

CoderZ is an innovated, friendly and engaging online learning tool that intergrates with 3D stimulations of educational robots within realistically rendered simulation scenes.

This requires access from a computer with an internet browser.

Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. 

Register for Victorian Premiers' reading challenge.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages online. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese and more.

RBDigital

RBDigital is an app that has ebooks, magazines, comics and graphic novels for older children and teens. 

Newspapers, Ebooks and Magazines

There are a wide range of resources for newspapers, Ebooks and Magazines.

Newspapers that can be read online from our library website are The SeniorThe Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Leader Newspapers Online. The PressReader app gives access to newspapers from around the world.

Borrowbox, and  Libby by Overdrive are apps that can be used to borrow ebooks, audio books. Some of the Victorian Premiers’ reading challenge books can be found in these applications.

Magazines can be found in PressReader.

Family History

Ancestry and Find My Past can be accessed from the library website. This allows users access to online records to research family history.

Other research tools

Bayside offers access to Oxford University Press and EBSCO Australian and New Zealand reference centres.

Driving Tests

Aussie Driver has resource to help pass your learners test and information needed for sitting for your licence, including a practice test stimulator.