School Library

Finley Elementary School Library

Library Information & Resources

Susan Tatum, Librarian (509) 586-7577 x1012
Daily Office Hours: 1:00 to 2:00
Email: statum@finleysd.org

Please contact me either by phone or email if you have questions about the library materials your student may still have.

Notice During School Closures

Any books currently checked out will not be due until school officially resumes onsite.


Learning Resources During School Closures

ABCMouse Early Learning Academy

Research-based learning resources for children in preschool through 2nd grade. Get free access to this digital program on computers, tablets, and smartphones. ABCMouse Early Learning Academy requires internet connection. ABC Mouse also includes a significant amount of Spanish language content.Access Code: SCHOOL7983

ABCya!

Free educational games for preschool through 6th grade that will keep kids engaged and having fun. Topics include math, reading, typing, and just-for-fun logic games.

Accelerated Reader

Take AR quizzes at home. Use the link above to go to our schools AR site. Login as usual (user name is usually student’s first initial plus first four letters of last name—eg: John Smith would be jsmit. Password is first name initial plus last name initial). If you have any trouble accessing the site, please email me. I think I have permissions set so this can now happen. If your child cannot login, either email or call me.

Adventure Academy

Research-based learning resources for children in 3rd through 8th grade. Get free access to this digital program on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Adventure Academy requires internet connection.
Access Code: SCHOOL7983

Amazing Space

Amazing Space, developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute, is home to a suite of Web-based astronomy activities for kids in grades 4-12. Featured topics include telescopes, comets, planets, galaxies, stars and black holes.

BrainPOP

BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
Free Access Code COMING SOON

Capstone Interactive eBooks

Click the link above to access over 3,000 online Interactive eBooks, provided free by Capstone publishers while students are affected by closures due to COVID-19. Usernames and passwords are all lowercase.
Username: continue
Password: reading

Code.org: Hour of Code

This website offers Hour of Code to teach the basics of coding to preschool - 5th grade students in an hour long lesson. There are also longer coding lessons available.

Dreamscape

This website offers bite-sized learning games focused on building mastery of foundational reading skills through practice and play. Access is free but does require making an account.

Duolingo

This resource helps anyone learn a new language through bite-sized lessons designed to feel more like games. Requires a free account.

Funbrain

Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain is a free website that offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

FunBrain Jr.

Funbrain Jr. is a division of the above Funbrain website, but specifically geared for kids in preschool and kindergarten. It offers educational games, stories, printables, and more.

GoNoodle

Free website with active videos and games encouraging learning and movement.

Hello Kids

This resource offers coloring pages that you can either print or do online, drawings and drawing lessons, various craft activities for children of all ages, videos, games, songs and even wonderful readings for bedtime.

Highlights Kids

A place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes from Highlights.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students build early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math skills. the app encourages creativity and builds social-emotional skills. They also have a free app, Khan Academy Kids, geared toward kids ages 2-7 that teaches the above as well as social-emotional skills and encourages creativity. Requires making an account.

Kids Discover

Kids Discover is an educational publisher that produces high-interest nonfiction reading for children ages 6–14. Access requires making an account.

Math Card Games for Kids

This resource is actually a free ebook! It is free until March 31, 2020. The majority of games in this book are geared toward grades 3-9, but there are several that even kids in grades 1-2 can play. All you need is the free ebook and a deck of cards to play the fun math games and puzzles in this resource.

Math Game Time

Math Game Time offers free math games, worksheets, homework help & videos for teachers, parents & children.

Math Playground

Free, online math games for grades 1-6. Features problem solving, logic games and number puzzles kids love to play.

Mid-Columbia Libraries

While the school libraries are closed, take advantage of our awesome public library's amazing resources! Ebooks, e-Audiobooks, and magazines can be accessed from home and you can place holds on physical books so they're ready for a quick pick-up stop.

If your student does not already have a library card, head over to the Kennewick branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries and sign them up! All legal guardians including foster parents can sign up children for library cards.

Mid-Columbia Libraries are currently having a spring reading challenge.

Miss Julia's Favorite Read Alouds

Visit the link above to see a playlist of some of Miss Julia's favorite books read aloud on YouTube! Note: Miss Julia is not the creator/reader of the linked videos.

NASA Kids' Club

The NASA Kids' Club is a games-based website that stimulates children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by incorporating five skill levels, national education standards and NASA content.

National Geographic for Kids

Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.

Once Upon a Story

Ms. Tatum’s YouTube Channel for stories. I’ve started this to read some of my favorites. If you have favorites you would like me to read aloud, please send me a message or call during my office hours. Currently, I am planning on having both picture books and also at least one chapter book read one chapter at a time.

PBS Learning Media

PBS has curated free, learning standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. This link will take you directly to the part of the website geared for student use.

PebbleGo Databases for K-2

Click the link above to access this award-winning research database with over 1,000 articles across five subjects. This database features leveled text and navigation designed for beginning researchers. Access is provided free by Capstone publishers while students are affected by closures due to COVID-19. Usernames and passwords are all lowercase.
Username: engaged
Password: learning

Prodigy

Prodigy delivers a free, unique learning experience through an interactive math game where success depends on correctly answering skill-building math questions. Requires making a free account.

ReadingIQ

Research-based learning resources for children in preschool through 6th grade. Get free access to this digital program on computers, tablets, and smartphones. ReadingIQ can be used in offline mode once your account is created and books are downloaded onto a device. ReadingIQ includes many books in Spanish.
Access Code: SCHOOL7983

Scholastic's Learn at Home

This free resources provides kids with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. Available on any device and will provide up to three hours' worth of exciting learning experiences per day.

Smithsonian for Kids

A division of the website for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. geared specifically toward kids. This free resource features learning games, quizzes, and plenty of fascinating info.

SORA Student Reading App

A reading app that connects students with online public library resources and books.

Splash Learn

SplashLearn is an award winning math learning program used for fun math practice. This resources is geared to kids in preschool - 5th grade and requires signing up for a free account.

Starfall

Starfall is a free website that uses fun educational games, movies, books, songs and more to teach children in grades K-3 reading, phonics, and math.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. You can go directly to their website by clicking the link above or visit their YouTube here.

Time for Kids

TIME for Kids engages students with authentic journalism, inspires them to join the national discourse on current topics, and provides teachers with valuable resources for the classroom. While usually not free, they are in the process of developing free access for students whose instruction is disrupted by COVID-19. Check back soon.

Wonderopolis

This free website was created by The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), which works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day—and explores it in a variety of ways.

Amazing Educational Resources

Just because you don't see a specific resource listed here doesn't mean it's not available! The link above is a spreadsheet of HUNDREDS of resources for K-12 learning. Most of them are either always free or have been made free during school closures due to COVID-19. They are organized alphabetically by name and each resource has a link, description, and whether a free service is offered. This spreadsheet is compiled and maintained independently by the "Amazing Educational Resources" Facebook Group.

Books In English AND Spanish

Did you know that Finley Elementary has a big collection of books in both Spanish and English? To promote your child’s leaning in both languages, you could read to your child in Spanish and have him/her read back to you in English.

stack of books


Parents Can Check Out Books

As a parent, you can check out books, too!  During first trimester, parents may check out from 12:30 to 1:45 PM on Tuesdays.  When 2nd trimester begins, the schedule will change slightly.  However, you may also check out books after 2:35 PM.  The elementary librarian is usually at school until about 3:30 PM.  If you need to come to the library after 3:00, please call the office and leave a message for the librarian so that she can make sure to be available for you.  Parents may check out up to five books for one month at a time.

You may return books in person and check out more, or send books back with your child. If you cannot come to school to check out books, you may leave a message with your name, phone number and address along with a request for the librarian to send home books for you to enjoy with your children.

Checking Out a Book

All we need for you to check out books is:

  • Your Name
  • Phone number
  • Address