Save Your Sanity Resources
As concerts are postponed, sporting events canceled, schools and offices closed, and restaurants shuttered, the experts recommend we all stay home if possible during this pandemic.
Although staying inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, let’s be honest, it can get a little boring. Let the library help you stay entertained, and maybe even productive, from home. Below you will find a collection of online resources and links you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection. Whether you want to take a virtual tour of the Guggenheim, watch a children’s storytime, or research your first novel, there’s always something waiting for you from the library.
Resources to Save Your Sanity
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- Check out Mukwonago Community Library’s own Miss Jane and Miss Michelle doing regular virtual storytimes on our Facebook page!
- Virtual library programs and storytimes are also available from other libraries in the Bridges Library System.
- TumbleBooks is a collection of over 1100 children’s books and includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, playlists, and books in French and Spanish.
- Storyline Online features actors and actresses reading picture books aloud.
- Kate Messner has curated a new list of favorite authors and illustrators reading their books aloud!
- Once Upon a No from Amy Poehler – fairy tales with a twist!
- Check out this collection of links to picture book read-aloud videos for kids.
- Raising Readers (on Facebook)
- Brightly Storytime brings you full-length picturebooks read out loud by a storyteller each week.
- Save With Stories is an Instagram account where celebrities read their favorite children’s books out loud.
- Story Time From Space: Listen to space-themed kids’ books read aloud.
- KidLit TV Read Out Loud
- Storytime Online features a wonderful range of famous authors and stars reading children’s books and short stories for kids of all ages.
- Story Cove, Folktales from Around the Globe: There is nothing like a good picture book to stir a child’s imagination and create excitement about reading. Now, many of these folktales are available online as animated stories with read-to-me versions.
- StoryBlocks (in Spanish)
Digital Books & Magazines
- Wisconsin’s Digital Library connects you to thousands of free library ebooks and e-audiobooks. Download the Libby app to make reading online even easier. Available with your library card.
- Flipster magazines can be read on a computer or you can download the free app. There are over 90 magazines to choose from. Available with your library card.
- Hoopla (coming April 1st): Hoopla will allow you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.
- National Emergency Library: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1.4 million digital books have been made available in the brand new National Emergency Library created by the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more. The archive is suspending waitlists through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.
Kids' Learning Activities
- The Youth Services blog of the Wisconsin Library Association has collected links to Author Readings and other helpful learning tools, as well as online library programming options.
- There are a lot of brand new at-home teachers now that the schools have closed. PBS Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction have created a handy webpage chock-full of learning resources devoted to at-home learning. Check it out here.
- EBSCO, a the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, and e-books to libraries, has provided a wonderful set of information and free resources supporting distance learning including study packets, STEM activities, teacher guides, and more! Take a look here.
- Kids Activities Blog has a list of education companies offering free subscriptions right now.
- Scholastic Learn at Home lessons includes daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
- Explora offers online access to magazines, journals, newspapers, and more covering education, health, business, science, history and general areas of interest. This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink and available with your library card.
- BreezySpecialEd.com offers home learning packets and strategies for Special Education.
- Learning Express offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and more. This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink and available with your library card.
- TeachingBooks is an amazing resource. Includes in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of book readings, guides to thousands of titles and multimedia resources on children’s and young adult literature. This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink. Login in HERE with your library card.
- The Frugal Fun blog is all about cheap, fun activities for kids!
- NASA STEM Engagement: Fun activities for kids directly from NASA!
- Steve Spangler Experiment Library is a website packed with wacky experiments kids can do at home.
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Let Me Tell You a Story: Take a “Story Safari” through the Cincinnati Zoo!
- The Unlikely Homeschool is a blog written by homeschool parents, for homeschool parents. Tons of great resources and ideas.
Learning Opportunities for Adults
- Gale Courses offer over 350 free, online classes in a variety of subjects, from ACT prep to Photoshop basics to medical coding.
- Do genealogy research at home with AncestryLibrary (available remotely until April 30)
- With Learning Express, you will find practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information needed to achieve results—at school, at work, or in life.
Virtual Field Trips & Webcam Live-Streams
Want to just jump right in? Take a look at MCL’s new Virtual Tours page!
- Visit 12 museums without leaving home!
- Milwaukee Public Museum has online exhibits available.
- The National Museum of Natural History offers fun virtual tours.
- Explore George Washington’s Mount Vernon on your computer!
- Visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force online.
- The “Adventures in Familyhood” blog has a list of 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids.
- Get outside with these 33 National Park virtual tours!
- Conde Naste Traveler has collected a list of museum exhibits, symphonies, and operas you can enjoy from home!
- Learn Wisconsin history by exploring photos, maps, books, artifacts, and oral histories from dozens of Wisconsin communities via Recollection Wisconsin!
- Take the kids on a virtual field trip to the zoo, the Louvre, Easter Island, and more!
- Milwaukee County ZooView TV lets you watch the animals at the zoo live.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Author and illustrator Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.
- Draw Every Day with JJK is a YouTube channel for NYT-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Everything from the Punk Farm picture books to the Lunch Lady graphic novels.
- Warrior Canine Connection’s Puppy Playroom: With their PuppyCam, you can watch real puppies, in real time. What could be better?
- Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Kelp Forest Cam: Be delighted by the antics of sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.
- Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea Otter Live Camera, for all of us who love otters.
- EarthCam is a curated collection of live cameras from locations around the planet.
- Take a tour of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum in glorious 4K!
- 50+ Virtual Field Trips to Take When You’re Stuck at Home from the Unlikely Homeschool blog.