We know that it’s not just parents of young children who are seeking out learning and enrichment opportunities via the Internet as they weather their confinement to home. There’s an amazing variety of materials available to all for free. While some of these were already offered by our library, and some were already available from others, a number of them are now being made available, at no cost to you or the library, by publishers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ll update this page periodically – and would love to get suggestions from you!.

Last updated Friday, 3/23, 12:30 PM.

Books

From TumbleBooks (available through August 31)

  • Romance Book Cloud – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
    Username: tumble2020
    Password: A3b5c6
  • Audio Book Cloud – all ages audio book database
    Username: tumble2020
    Password: A3b5c6

Project Gutenberg
Over 60,000 free eBooks in a variety of formats.  Mostly focuses on books no longer protected by US Copyright laws (i.e., older books).

Databases and online learning

eLibrary Minnesota (ELM)
Any Minnesota resident can access this wealth of resources available from the state of Minnesota, including Encyclopedia Britannica, a collection of eBooks for all ages, and a number of research tools for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.

Kanopy Great Courses
Already offered through our library, Great Courses and many other documentaries are available with your Red Wing Public library card number.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.  Khan Academy is a free resource, but users will need to create an account as a parent, teacher, or learner.

Mango Languages
Already offered through our library, you can learn dozens of new languages with your Red Wing Public Library card number.

Museums and cultural resources

Google Arts & Culture virtual museum tours
Take a virtual tour through any number of the world’s great museums.

Open Culture
“Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.”

Music

MNSpin
Hennepin County Library has launched an online streaming and download service called MnSpin, that contains over 50 albums by local artists in a wide range of genres. MnSpin allows anyone to stream the albums for free, and Hennepin County library card holders can download them.