Kenosha Public Library Helps Entertain Residents

4/3/2020 - Denise Bernacki

Kenosha Public Library

Stay home. We have all become pretty familiar with this phrase these last few weeks. While it has been a nice change of pace for some, it has been a tough adjustment for others. And if you are anything like me, you have cleaned the house, caught up on a couple projects and have even made a few crafts and now you might be at the point that you may need to become a bit more creative with filling the hours. During this time I know my family was really banking on the library to be open but like most other public places, they have temporarily closed as well. Luckily they aren’t completely closed – their digital door is always open. Until recently I wasn’t familiar at all with what was offered online, but after a few clicks on the Kenosha Public Library website, I found some pretty cool stuff! All you need is a library card. If you don’t have one, you can apply for one online! Easy!

Online you will find a limitless sea of FREE eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, learning resources, music, movies and television shows. Who knows? You may even find some resources that you could use well past this time at home and save a few dollars on your normal streaming or learning services you currently use. To start, simply go to, click the menu and find the Digital Library:

eBooks, Audiobooks and Magazines – For Kids Too!!

Overdrive - Download e-books, e-audiobooks, videos and music for your computer, Kindle or mobile devices. This requires log-in with a library card and password.

Overdrive for Kids - With all the fabulous resources available free from your library, you can keep kids entertained for hours! Keep them connected to books through Overdrive Kids. With collections like I'm Bored Activity Books, Comic Books, Chapter Books and even a Gross Out Collection, these free downloads  are sure to keep your kids happy for hours. E-books will fit on your phone, your tablet, your Kindle, iPad, or PC.

Other Kids Resources like arts and crafts, literature guides, read-a-louds, story times, live activities with authors and illustrators, musicians and teachers, maker activities, and STEAM activities and learning can be found here:

Spring Into Reading Challenge – Through April 30, register for a Beanstack account if you don't already have one (no library card needed!). Your children will need to be added to your account in order for the appropriate reading challenges to appear. Once you're signed in, register for the Spring Into Reading challenge for each child. Complete at least one activity set (five activities). Each completed activity set earns your child a virtual badge. Completing all 5 activity sets earns a completion badge and bragging rights! If you don't want to sign up for a Beanstack account, that is OK! We have BINGO-style challenge cards for you to view if you'd prefer to print them out and participate that way. This method doesn't include virtual badges, but we encourage you to design your own for a bonus challenge! More information can be found here:

Hoopla - Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, e-books and graphic novels. You can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days and audiobooks, e-books & graphic novels for 21 days.

RB Digital - Downloadable audiobooks and magazines for adults, teens, and children.  These titles are always available and you'll never have to place holds! You will find free online magazines that cover subjects like cooking, home and garden, quilting, railroad modeling and woodworking.

Consumer Reports - Full-text PDF version of the popular consumer magazine. Find information on hundreds of consumer products. Articles include images, graphs, and charts in full-color Browse or search articles from 1991 to the current issue​. Provided by Badgerlink. This resource provides articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial and regulatory actions that affect consumers.

Movies and TV Shows

Overdrive and Hoopla


Gale Courses - Take a 6 week class on a wide variety of topics ranging from starting a small business to improving homeschooling skills to assisting aging parents. Every course is offered each month. Register, learn, participate in class interaction, complete assignments and tests – all online. Choose from the more than 370 classes listed in the Gale course catalog and get started learning something new. Course subjects include Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Healthcare and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology and Writing and Publishing. - Online learning service that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.  Choose from over 3,500 video courses created by professional instructors. A great way to learn new skills or upgrade your knowledge about current practices and procedures. Subjects include 3D and Animation, Audio and Music, Business, CAD, Design, Developer, Education and e-learning, IT, Marketing, Photography and Video and Web.

Pronunciator - Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn 163 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more!


Freegal - Freegal Music has a catalog of over 8 million songs and 15,000 music videos from 28,000 labels. New content is added daily and available as soon as it shows up on iTunes or other digital stores. Free mobile apps are available for Apple and Android devices. You can download music or take advantage of unlimited streaming! Top findings include playlists, songs, albums, music videos and audiobooks.

So there you have it! I’d be completely shocked if you couldn’t find something in that list that didn’t interest you or your kids! Think of this time at home as a gift and unwrap all it has to offer. Finally read or listen to that book that you’ve been meaning to check out, peruse some magazines you haven’t had a chance to see yet, learn something new or brush up on things you already know, learn a new language (or 162 of them) or just binge watch some movies and TV shows. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  Stay home and visit the Kenosha Public (Digital) Library and see where it takes you.

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.