An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Carly Pansulla, Upper School librarian

Pigott Memorial Library, like all modern libraries, collects resources for our users in a variety of formats. While we all work and learn remotely, the library is relying exclusively on our digital resources, and Upper School librarians Monica Gu and Carly Pansulla have been curating additional resource lists for students, faculty, and staff to help connect our community to content that is meaningful and useful in these challenging times. Below are some of the highlights from the resources we’ve highlighted over the past several weeks. Please reach out at if you have questions!

Local arts and entertainment resources
Book-ish resources
  • Sync Audiobooks for Teens - Begins on April 30 and ends July 29.
    • A free summer audiobook program where participants receive two thematically paired audiobooks a week! April 30 picks are The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater and Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson.
  • YALLSTAYHOME Book Festival - Runs April 25 and April 26.
    • A free virtual book festival! On both days, there will be panels of authors talking about a variety of topics and issues related to books, writing, and creativity. Some authors that will be featured on panels include: Dhonielle Clayton, Tahereh Mafi, Adam Silvera, David Levithan, Roshani Chokshi, Marie Lu, Jay Kristoff, Angie Thomas, Brandon Sanderson, and more! 
  • Everywhere BookFest - Runs May 1 and 2.
    • Another free virtual book festival! Featuring acclaimed authors such as Gene Luen Yang, Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds, Meg Medina, Renée Watson, Marie Lu, Grace Lin, Nic Stone, and more!
  • #HarryPotterAtHome portal - Newly launched for any Harry Potter fans in your household.
  • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" is currently available to read or listen to (and if you’ve never experienced the audiobooks, they are pretty magical) with no holds via OverDrive through public library systems (SPL, KCLS, Sno-Isle).
  • Quarantine Book Club - A twice-daily Zoom event with authors ($5 tickets to each author event, with proceeds supporting the authors and organizers. They do offer a free code: ALLAREWELCOME, for those who need it.
  • Audible free stories - A selection of free audiobooks pulled from the Audible catalog including youth-focused audiobooks in global languages, which could be useful for language learners. 
  • Online read-alouds:
    • Storytime Online - More stories being added all the time, read by talented actors.
    • KidStoryTime - Books read aloud (with puppets!), with publisher permissions.
    • Storytime From Space - Yes, this is astronauts reading stories! The site also has some other fun videos from astronauts (science demos, etc).
    • Vooks - Free 1-month trial of digital read-alongs.
    • Barefoot Books - A singalong stories playlist through Barefoot Books’ YouTube channel.
    • Mondays with Michelle Obama - Join Michelle Obama, PBS Kids, and Penguin House for weekly storytimes with Michelle Obama. Streams hosted on the PBS Kids YouTube Channel.
Resources for the young and young-at-heart!
Stream Films/TV Online for Free
  • Stream the 2020 SXSW short films, made available in partnership with Mailchimp.
  • Free and legal ad-supported film/TV streaming websites: Crackle, IMDb TV, Plex, Tubi, Vudu 
  • Metropolitan Opera streams - Encore presentations from the Live in HD Series of cinema transmissions for the duration of the closure. Check the schedule to see what is coming up next!
Local Public Library Systems
  • If you would like help navigating any of our local public library systems or understanding what is available, please let us know! 
Lakeside Upper School Library - Resources Spotlight
  • Check out this LibGuide to inspire your next read! Includes information about book award winners and nominees, book lists, Lakeside Top Reads, and past Lakeside Summer Reads. 
  • The library subscribes to many databases with access to magazines and newspapers - students can find he New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, Wired, Bon Appétit, Psychology Today and more in our ProQuest database, which students can find on the library’s PowerSchool page. 
  • Databases such as Science in Context, available for students from the library’s PowerSchool page, have built topic portals for Coronavirus: Covid-19, and are regularly adding new content for students looking for curated, academic resources on current issues.