Welcome to MA Library & Murray Makers' Temporary Library Closure Page!
Here you'll find audiobooks, ebooks, and more novel ways (library jokes!) to prevent boredom.
Browse our mainly non-fiction eBook collection by following the link above and signing in to the library's website with your school login info.
Huntingdon Valley Library Digital Resources
Through the Huntingdon Valley Library system, you can access audiobooks, ebooks, and more.
Libby is a free app that helps you borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the public library.
All you need to get started is a device and your HV library card. You can find Libby in the app store, or from your Chromebook at libbyapp.com
More Free Audiobooks & eBooks
Visit TeenBookCloud to browse fiction, audiobooks, graphic novels, and classics for middle schoolers and teens.
No password should be required, but use this if prompted:
Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
Sora is like the Libby app, but for schools. You can connect it to your public library card to borrow even more eBooks and audiobooks!
Visit https://soraapp.com/library/lmtsdpa to browse juvenile, YA, and classic fiction and non-fiction e-books and audiobooks!
HUGE collection of over 3,000 eBooks including fiction, nonfiction and classics, with a wide range of topics.
Visit MackinVIA eBooks and login with School Name: Murray Avenue School, User ID: murrayave Password: lions
Junior Library Guild Digital
Abdo Digital eBooks
eBook collection including fiction and nonfiction with topics including maker/crafts, history, music, sports, and science.
Visit Abdo Digital Bookshelf to browse their selection! Use the drop-down menu at the top of the page to narrow your search.
eBook collection highlights include: biographies, sports, classics, cookbooks, and books about music.
Username: keepreading | Password: sebco | ID#: 1
Visit Sebco Digital to browse their selection! Use the menu at the left side of the page to narrow your search to grades 6-8, then choose a topic.
Murray Makers // Making at Home
Check out Make Magazine's Family Maker Camp!
The creators of the Maker Faire and Make: Magazine, the leading publication for adult makers, are hosting an ongoing, family-friendly Maker Camp! Keep an eye on their upcoming events tab for live-streamed making events, like marble runs (!!!) and paper flowers.
Visit their project library for instructions to build:
Try these free Stay Home Mad Libs!.
Mad Libs is a game where players generate a list of words to fill in the blanks in a story template before reading it aloud. The results are hilarious!
Some of the included templates:
- Goofy Mad Libs
- Crazy Crafting Mad Libs
- Dog Ate My Mad Libs
- Game Over! Mad Libs
- 90s Mad Libs
- Happily Ever Mad Libs
- Ninjas/Pirates/Spy Mad Libs
- Meow Libs
Check out the STEAM Challenges at Maker Maven.
22 different projects are available, most using only materials you have in your house right now! Many challenges are appropriate for all ages, so ask your siblings to solve them with you.
Here are our top five picks:
- Can You Fit Through an Index Card?
- Who Can Fly the Most Cargo?
- Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze
- How Far Can Your Straw Rocket Travel?
- Can You Build A Bridge Using Only Pennies?
Jarrett J. Krosoczka (aka JJK) wrote and illustrated popular graphic novel series Lunch Lady and award winning Hey, Kiddo.
Each weekday at 2pm, JJK will host a new live drawing lesson. Click on the video to start on day one, or visit his YouTube channel to watch any days you may have missed!
First Second Books, makers of many of our favorite graphic novels, have a new YouTube series called #SketchSchool.
Each episode features a new illustrator sharing their process and techniques to create comic art. Featuring:
- Ngozi Ukazu for CHECK, PLEASE
- John Patrick Green for INVESTIGATORS
- LeUyen Pham for BEST FRIENDS
- Graham Annable for PETER & ERNESTO
- Lucy Knisley for GO TO SLEEP (I MISS YOU)
Join Mrs. Jolly & Ms. Mulroy's Quar-ART-ine Club!
Mrs. Jolly and Ms. Mulroy are sharing student artwork and DIY-from-home art projects every Friday on Instagram!
Past Projects: Pencil Marbling, Oreo™ art, Woven t-shirt Bracelets, String-Pull Feathers & Smartphone Photography.
Give them a follow and/or join the Quar-ART-ine Club @murrayaveartists
Use TinkerCAD to Design in 3D
Go to TinkerCAD.com and click "SIGN IN" and use your school Google account to begin.
Try the tutorials to learn the moves, then create a new design!
(Your design will stay safe in your account until we get back to school to print it!)
Did you know that we've sent 12 people to the moon, but only 3 people to the deepest part of our oceans? Technically 95% of Earth's ocean remains unexplored by humans. Follow this link to embark on a scrolling adventure of the deep sea from the comfort of your Chromebook.
If you've enjoyed our Breakout box experiences at Murray Avenue, check out Breakout Live, now archived so you can play whenever you'd like! No login is required to participate in these digital breakouts!
- Missing Skype a Scientist in the library? Now families can sign up to Skype with any kind of scientist that students are interested in learning about from home! Explore here, then sign up here.
- Or follow this link to see the LIVE Skype events happening every week, or scroll to the bottom to watch prerecorded sessions like "Astrophysics and the Perseid Meteor Shower" with Dr. Nathalie Ouellette or "Squid are Basically Rockets" with Dr. Diana Li.
Tessellations are patterns resulting from arranging, or tiling, shapes without any gaps. You can see this in the front of a brick house, the tiles on your bathroom floor, or the repeated pattern on your favorite clothing. Learn to create your own design to cover any surface with pattern.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
If, like me, you just miss being surrounded by books, take this 360-degree tour of Harvard's beautiful 105-year-old library. You can almost feel the cool marble and smell the old books!
Tour Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tennessee to learn how robotics and digital technology impact the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing.
Virtually Visit an Art Museum
Visit an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including clothing from the colonial and Revolutionary eras and a collection of artwork from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.