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Featured eResource of the month: eBooks, eMagazines and audio downloads

You can access eBooks, Audio downloads or eMagazines free of charge. We’ve got a wide range of titles to choose from. More resources can be found in our Books, reading and information section. 

For more information about how to use the resources below or any problems accessing them, please contact libraries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

The full list of eResources

Books, reading and information

Library subscriptions (library card number required to access remotely):

  • Audio downloads: register and login to RBDigital to borrow downloadable audiobooks 
  • eBooks: download books through CloudLibrary to read on smartphones, tablets and eReaders
  • eMagazines: register on Magzter and download magazines onto your smartphones and tablets (best viewed through Magzter Library app)
  • Newsbank - Access UK and Ireland: provides access to current local, regional and national newspapers (plus backcopies of older editions). Digital editions are now available for national newspapers.

Other webpages:

  • Audible: download audio stories and books from Winnie the Pooh to Jane Eyre for free. Audible has a wide collection of stories (across 6 languages) available to listen to / stream on your devices during library and school closures. 
  • BookTrust Books and Reading: a digital hub with resources from the wonderful community of children’s authors and illustrators. Listen to authors read their stories and offer tips, advice and story starters for creative writing at home. Follow illustrators as they show you how to draw your favourite characters and find online books as well as games, quizzes and recipes to have a go at.
  • Crafts Magazine: free access to all the digital edition of the Crafts Magazine, spanning from today all the way back to the 1970s. Tips and creative inspirations also provided
  • Peters 100 books for parents: list of books that primary aged children could read at home, along with downloadable activity sheets for each book. Collated by publishers, librarians and curriculum specialists.
  • Project Gutenberg: over 56,000 eBooks available to download for free or read online
  • Reading groups online:advice from the BBC about how to set up an online reading group and you can access books online from the library for free
  • Researchify audiobooks: free children's classics & audiobooks – in text format and audio (through YouTube)
  • Roald Dahl Museum: enjoy an online tour of the Roald Dahl Museum, where you can be inspired to ‘Make Stories like Dahl’ or to ‘Make a Wonka factory machine’
  • World Book online (eBooks and eAudio): free books and audiobooks for children to access from home. Suitable for all ages. Registration is necessary.

Culture

Library subscriptions (library card number required to access remotely):

  • Medici.tv: reference catalogue of over 3,500 musical works filmed from the 1940s through to the present day and 2,000 films including concert, documentaries, operas, ballets and master classes in high definition. Over 100 live events streamed every year and available in replay for 3 months. Available until 31 May.
  • Naxos Music Library: As well as classical music Naxos also includes jazz, blues, and world music - it has access to over 2 million tracks and adds 500 new CDs every month. Listen to whole CDs or individual tracks, you decide.

Art and creativity:

  • Age Friendly Cheshire West Creative Kindness project: create an original A5 piece of artwork that includes a rainbow, a butterfly and positive message that can be shared with older members of the community.
  • Cultural First Aid Kit: provides 30 creative and fun activities / workshops that can be completed in the comfort of your own home, in hospital or care homes. The activities have been created by artists, musicians and therapists for people to carry out themselves or with family and friends.
  • Firstsite Gallery (Art is where the home is): free art activity packs created by UK artists including Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, Richard Wentworth, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller, Vanley Burke, Mark Wallinger and more.
  • West Cheshire Museums: new family and adult activities available making the collections accessible on-line whilst they can’t be enjoyed in person. Activities range from crochet patterns to cut and colour fashion dolls.
  • NAPA Arts in Care Homes: to encourage more creative writing projects in care homes, NAPA have set a 500 word writing competition for care home residents – deadline 15 May. They are encouraging people (including school children) to get in touch and form care home to care home pen pal partnerships (Only Connect).  Resource pack for ideas creative writing activities and poems provided

Films

  • Mubi films at Storyhouse: the online cinema platform Mubi are providing a free 90-day trial period of cult, classic, independent and world cinema. A new film is added every day. Sign up to watch for free using the website or app, on any device.
  • The BFI Free collection: The British Film Institute (BFI) has a large archive collection of free films available including shorts, historical, international, home video, feature films and more.

Music

  • BBC Music Memories: BBC Music Memories is designed to use music to help people reconnect with their most powerful memories. Create a playlist and take part in the survey to discover the nation’s favourite music memories.
  • Naxos Music Library: As well as classical music Naxos also includes jazz, blues, and world music - it has access to over 2 million tracks and adds 500 new CDs every month. Listen to whole CDs or individual tracks, you decide
  • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra:enter a ‘Digital Concert Hall’ with performance by the great conductors and soloists of our time, more than 40 live broadcasts, hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades, interviews and concert introductions and exciting documentaries
  • New York Metropolitan Opera:nightly live streaming of classical opera.

Theatre

  • National Theatre Online: enjoy world class theatre from the comfort of your own home.
  • Oxford Playhouse Plays On: online creative programme from creative challenges to creative masterclasses. Recorded performances are also available.
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: enjoy RSC shows and other work from the comfort of your own home.
  • The Shows Must Go On: Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals streamed for free online. Streamed on Fridays and available to watch for 48 hrs.
  • Theatr Clwyd Together: online creative programme to encourage and facilitate creativity amongst in the community. Free weekly themed creative projects online, with the Theatr Clwyd team and freelance artists providing content and inspiration in music, dance, visual arts and theatre. 

Driving and citizenship

  • Theory Test Pro: the entire DSA question bank, hazard perception clips and an online Highway Code
  • Go Citizen: British citizenship test

Family history and local studies

Library subscriptions 

  • Ancestry Library edition: family history resource with access to public records from around the world. For remote access, please log in to your library account.
  • Find my past: family history resource with access to public records from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. For remote access, please log in to your library account.

Other webpages: 

Health and wellbeing

  • Age Friendly Cheshire West – you are not alone: information from all our age-friendly partners as well as fantastic ideas about how to keep in touch, feel less isolated and help others.
  • Brio Leisure – quick workout videos: whether you’re working from home or studying, why not include a quick workout into your day? These workouts by BRIO, are designed specifically to do in the home. From High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to Pilates. 
  • Creative Isolation (March Network) – home based creative ways to support mental health including crafts, singing, theatre, music and the story box project. Many provide links to YouTube videos and live streaming.
  • Dedicated helpline: the Council has launched a dedicated helpline to provide advice and support, and where necessary make arrangements for food, medicines and social contact.
  • Good Housekeeping Guide - free online workouts: 25+ fitness studios and gyms offering free live-stream workouts to keep you active in your own home. From yoga to meditation, boxing to dancing, interval training to toning, there’s something for everyone.
  • Live Well Cheshire West: local information, support and advice on how to cope at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • NHS Health and Wellbeing: mood assessment quiz and mental wellbeing audio guides created by the NHS
  • Online colouring pages: offers a wonderful choice of colourings, from animals and flowers to vehicles, circus and trains. Online colouring works well on tablets and touch screen devices, where it’s easy to tap and fill the white spaces. This is particularly true for people in the later stages of dementia, when using a pen, pencil or computer mouse may no longer be possible.
  • Online jigsaw puzzles of all sizes: variety of online jigsaw puzzles of different sizes depending on ability. You can save your progress, create your own puzzles and much more. It's free and no personal info is required

Mental health support

  • Brain in Hand: designed by the National Autistic Society, Brain in Hand gives easy access to personalised support from an app on your phone. It’s packed with features to help you remember activities, reduce anxiety and feel supported. 
  • Mind: practical advice for staying at home, with links and information to support mental wellbeing. Tips and advice provided for everyday living.
  • Mind - Games and Puzzles: support and distraction techniques through playing games or puzzles
  • My Mind (NHS): dedicated NHS website for young people and children. Out of hours support and links to West Cheshire Services.
  • Young Minds: essential guide to talking to your child about the coronavirus, with expert advice from the Young Minds’ Parent Helpline.

Home schooling and study

Primary

Library subscriptions (library card number required to access remotely):

  • World Book online: Access a wealth of information online, suitable for all age ranges, including articles, maps and videos

Other webpages:

  • BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons: daily lessons for home schooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
  • Cbeebies Radio: listening activities for younger children
  • Circus Housevideos demonstrating circus skills that you can work on at home. There’s a 3 ball juggling tutorial for complete beginners or more advanced tricks for the adventurous
  • DK Find Out: Dorling Kindersley activities and quizzes 
  • Edsential at home: themed weekly activities for children and young people to explore, to help stay fit, healthy and motivated. Free downloadable activity sheets are provided.
  • Imagination Tree: creative art and craft activities for Primary age
  • Kidslingo: multi award-winning language classes online via live video - in French and Spanish
  • Maths Factor: let Carol Vorderman teach your child Maths, for ages 4-12 years. Matched to the National Curriculum. Site free due to school closures
  • National Geographic Kids: activities and quizzes for younger children
  • Oxford Owl for Home: free resources for Primary age including phonics, spelling and maths activities. Guide to Oxford Reading Tree also provided
  • Red Ted Art: easy arts and crafts for younger children
  • Science learning at home: range of topics provided by Jodrell Bank to enhance learning about science.
  • Tutortastic Home Learning: free online learning resources including Beanstalk, Twig Classroom and TTS – with many educational sites now with free access, due to school closures
  • Twinkl School Closure Home Learning: online resource packs for students in Y1 and Y2, including Google classroom and Joe Wicks Move videos

Secondary

Library subscriptions (library card number required to access remotely):

  • Credo: over 600 reference titles and multimedia
  • Issues online: covers contemporary social issues, with statistical background information
  • Oxford Reference: 100 ready reference titles and thousands of images
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: biographical information of over 60,000 people who have helped shaped the British Isles.
  • World Book online: access a wealth of information online, suitable for all age ranges, including articles, maps and videos

Other webpages:

  • BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons: daily lessons for home schooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
  • British Council: resources for English language learning.
  • Duolingo: learn languages for free (not available via Internet Explorer)
  • Seneca: free revision resources for GCSE and A level.

Further education

Library subscriptions (library card number required to access remotely):

  • Access to Research: articles from academic journals and conferences (available for use in the library only)
  • Credo: over 600 reference titles and multimedia
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: historical information about people who have helped shaped the British Isles.
  • Public Information Online: UK Parliamentary and government publications including acts, bills, command papers, daily Hansard, civil service yearbook and a wide range of statistics

Other webpages:

  • Futurelearn: access to 100s of free courses (only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate).
  • Openlearn: free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but accessible to all.
  • The Skills Toolkit: new digital learning platform developed by the Department of Education, linking to a variety of websites and opportunities. Free, high quality digital and numeracy courses available.

Study tools

  • Oxford Dictionaries:expert guidance on grammar, spelling and usage; specialist dictionaries for writers and editors
  • Oxford English Dictionary: the full Oxford English Dictionary, over 600,000 words, three million quotations

Virtual tours of Museums, Art Galleries and Cities

  • Armchair gallery: especially designed for people living with dementia. It includes artworks and artefacts from the collections of Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House & Newstead Abbey, and lots of creative activities alongside them.
  • British Museum, London: in the 360 degree tour you will find the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and other ancient wonders. The museum’s amazing interactive infographic platform, History Connected, goes into further depth of various objects with curators, along a timeline.
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao: take a tour around one of the world’s around most distinctive art spaces. View collections of postwar American and European paintings and sculptures by Rothko, Holzer, Koons and Kapoor
  • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: the museum has over 6,000 years’ worth of creative treasures from neolithic clay figures to Van Gogh’s Irises to Renoir’s La Promenade and much, much more. The Getty garden terrace is also available to view through Xplorit
  • MASP, São Paulo, Brazil: the Museum de Arte de São Paulo has one of the broadest historical collections available, spanning from the 14th to 20th centuries. Paintings appear suspended in the air and there’s also a temporary retrospective exhibition by Brazilian pop artist Teresinha Soares beside the building’s statement red staircase
  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris: situated in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Paris railway station and hotel, the musée is home to Cézanne, Monet and other French masters. It hosts the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world. The virtual tour also includes an online exhibition charting the history of the building
  • National Gallery, London: the National Gallery is home to 2,300 publicly-owned paintings, watercolours, drawings and other European art from the 13th to the mid-20th century. There are seven exhibition spaces of Renaissance art and the Central Hall to explore in its 360-view virtual touring pages, from portraits to large dramatic altarpieces.
  • National History Museum, London: from the diplodocus to the dodo, botany to butterflies, giant crystals to specimens in jars, the Natural History Museum’s vast collection has it all. Lose yourself in the corridors and gallery spaces
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea: explore a mix of print, design, sculpture, photography, new media and other large-scale installations. From Joseph Beuys to Warhol to Nam June Paik, the collection includes an international line-up of established artists and contemporary Korean artworks
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: the museum has a vast collection of art and historical objects across 80 galleries. View art work by Vermeer, Rembrandt and other Dutch masters while exploring the Great Hall and beyond
  • Vatican City, Rome: guided audio tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square
  • Vatican Museums, Rome: view soaring, vaulted ceilings, intricate murals and tapestries. Don’t forget to look up when exploring the seven spaces, especially in the Sistine Chapel
  • V21 Artspace: virtual tours of over 100 art exhibitions to explore

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