We have collected some digital resources for you. There is a lot of fun stuff happening online from storytimes in space, to live concerts streaming right to your living room, virtual trips to the zoo and even FREE books. We hope you check some of them out and maybe find a favorite or two to help you pass the time until we can all be together again.
Please join the library on Facebook and Twitter. We are posting heaps of fun things for you to do every day! And check back here often. We will be updating and adding to this list as we find more fun things for you to try and do at home.
Stay healthy, safe and well.
Smiles & BIG banana hugs, Miss Meg & Mr. Monkey
FAMILY RESOURCES FOR COVID- 19:
Caring For Each Other – Sesame Street shares a special collection of resources to help families care for themselves and each other during Covid -19.
Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus – Scholastic Classroom Magazine shares articles, videos and activities, broken down by grade levels, to support teachers and caregivers in discussing the Coronavirus with children and teens.
Comic Strip – NPR created a printable comic that explains the Coronavirus to children.
Coloring Book – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital created a coloring book to help children understand the Coronavirus.
Art for Kids Hub – Follow along as Rob teaches one of his four kids how to draw their favorite characters.
Dav Pilkey at Home! – Join the creator of “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants” for how-to-draw demonstrations and read-alouds, Friday’s at 8:30 a.m.
Draw a Dragon – Author and illustrator Grace Lin teaches us how to draw a dragon.
Draw Every Day with JJK- Draw with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka everyday at 2 p.m.
Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom – Join a variety of artists and educators for a virtual class at the Lincoln Center weekdays at 2:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Click the link for a class schedule.
Lunch Doodles- Join Mo Willems in his studio each weekday at 1p.m.
Narwhal & Jelly – Visit and draw with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of “Narwhal and Jelly”, on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live. The video will also be posted on Facebook after the event.
Red Ted Art- A variety of fun craft tutorials for all ages.
Scott’s Studio Storytime – Join author and illustrator Scott Magoon in his studio for a story and a drawing lesson.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES:
Audible- For as long as schools are closed Audible is making a collection of audio books available for children to download for free to any computer, phone, laptop or tablet.
Junior Library Guild– JLG is giving FREE access to their online reading platform. Readers in grades K-12 now have access to JLG Digital and can read books online from any device. Go to: https://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/at-home
Knowbuddy Resources – Amicus Publishing has made their collection of children’s
books, including a variety of non-fiction titles, available for FREE until May 31st.
Ranger Rick- Do you love animals? From now through June you can recieve FREE access to one of these digital magazines: Zoobooks, Zoodinos, Zootles, Zoobies, Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick Jr. and Cub! Click here for access https://bit.ly/3dfsu3K.
Scholastic- Take a peek at this great resource from Scholastic with 20 days worth of educational activities, books and videos for kids in Pre-K – Grade 6.
Storynory- A website with classic and original audio stories for kids.
Tumble Books– Visit the Tumble Book Library for a large collection of e-books for kids. They have storybooks, graphic novels, non fiction and more.
CONCERTS & MUSIC:
At Home with Emily Arrow- Join Emily and Bow for songs and stories every day at 1:00pm.
Barefoot Books – Barefoot Books shares animated versions of their sing-a-long storybooks on their Youtube channel.
Bill Harley- Local storyteller and musician Bill Harley will be live streaming a concert from his studio every Tuesday and Thursday at 1p.m.
Laurie Berker Band Live – Join Laurie Berker on Facebook Live for most weekday mornings at 10 a.m.
Justin Roberts- Visit children’s musician Justin Roberts’ webpage to find directions on how to make homemade musical instruments. Afterwards jam along with Justin during one of his FacebookLive concerts.
Mi Amigo Hamlet & Alina Celeste- Performing free bilingual concerts together everyday-twice a day.
Turtle Dance Music- Posting 3 lively shows each day on their facebook page. The Breakfast Show kicks things off at 10 a.m., followed by Lunchtime Lullabies at noon and ending with an energetic Post-Nap Power Hour at 3 p.m.
COLORING & ACTIVITY PAGES:
Crayola- Color the day away! Visit Crayola for some great printable coloring sheets for all ages, even adults!
Candlewick Press- Children’s book publisher Candlewick provides a variety of printable activities based on their children’s books.
Doreen Cronin’s Author’s Page- a variety of printable activities from the beloved Click Clack book series.
Every Child A Reader – To celebrate Children’s Book Week the site asked 23 children’s book illustrators to contribute artwork to this free resource. You can print individual illustrations or download the complete coloring book.
PBS Parents– Click on the PLAY tab for a variety of printable activities from your family’s favorite PBS shows.
Penguin Books- Children’s book publisher Penguin has a variety of printable activities based on their children’s books.
Woo! Jr- One of our go-to sites for printable activities. Click for Hidden Pictures and other fun games.
FUN WITH BOOKS:
Authors Everywhere! - Children’s book authors and illustrators have created a special youtube channel full of stories, activities and games.
Harry Potter At Home – A magical site full of games, puzzles and activities.
Kidlit TV- Explore the world of children’s literature with stories, crafts, games, music, book trailers and more.
Kids Ask Authors- Children’s book author and illustrator, Grace Lin, hosts this podcast with other guest authors to answer young readers questions.
Shelf Stuff – A Youtube channel created by HarperCollins Children’s Books takes you
behind the scenes with popular authors and shares fun activities from some of your
Stimola Literary Studio- Presents Stimola Live events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators. Check out their calendar of events.
Adventure 2 Learning- A site with a ton of educational content including the fun movement program Adventures to Fitness has launched a new Roku app. The app is completely FREE to use. No subscription required. To add the channel to your Roku device click here:
*Free apps for AppleTV and FireTV are coming soon!
Kidz Bop – Take a dance break. Dance videos and a live stream dance class everyday at 3 p.m. on their YouTube channel.
Cosmic Kids Yoga- Yoga and mindfulness exercises presented through storytelling.
America Test Kitchen – Kid’s Club: Enjoy a variety of food themed activities, recipes and experiments.
Hour to Code- Learn to code at home with Hour to Code. They have a variety of fun coding games and activities for all ages and experience levels.
Kennedy Space Center – Join educators at the Kennedy Space Center live on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Ology – A fun science website presented by The American Museum for Natural History.
Peep and the Big Wide World – Preschoolers will enjoy these science games and videos based on the animated series.
Science Mom- Check out these videos by Science Mom and Math Dad. They have a livestream show, Quarantime, everyday from 11 – 1 pm.
Steve Spangler Scienceis sharing “50 Experiements for 50 Days” starting Monday, March 23rd. Experiments will be posted on the Steve Spangler Facebook page.
Tumble Math – The Tumble Math Library offers free access to a large collection of picture books on a variety of math concepts.
Brightly Storytime- The website Brightly, which focuses on helping parents raise kids who love to read, offers book recommendations and hosts a virtual storytime. Check out these video storytimes of popular children’s books.
Goodnight with Dolly – Dolly Parton reads a bedtime story every Thursday at 7p.m.
Harper Kids- Publishing house Harper Collins presents HarperKids with video reading of their popular children’s books.
Oliver Jeffers – Children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers will be reading a book a day on Instagram Live at 2 p.m.
Peter Reynolds – Author and illustrator Peter Reynolds will be reading one of his stories each weekday at noon on Facebook
Pinkalicious – Author Victoria Kann reads a different Pinkalicious story each day at 3 p.m. on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.
Reading Is Fundamental- Has animated read-alouds for kids in grades Pre-K to 6.
Running Press Kids- Streaming online storytime of their books read by the authors at 10 a.m. weekdays on Instagram live.
Scholastic Storybook Treasures- Scholastic has animated a variety of classic children’s books. The stories are available in several languages.
Storytime from Space- Join astronauts on the space station for an ‘out of this world’ storytime.
Storyline Online- The Screen Actors Guild hosts this award-winning children’s literacy site which streams videos of actors reading children’s picture books.
VIRTUAL TOURS & TRIPS:
Museums & Galleries:
- American Museum of Natural History
- National Portrait Gallery
- Providence Children’s Museum – Bring the museum home with these fun activities.
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
- American Museum of Natural History
Zoo Cams & Experiences: