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FREE Online Resources

The Genoa Public Library has compiled a list of free resources for parents (and others!) who need ideas for engaging activities while practicing social distancing.  This list will be updated periodically.  For resources available to Genoa Public Library cardholders, please click here.

Animals:

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari Events

Each weekday, starting at 2 pm Central time, the Cincinnati Zoo will introduce one of their animals, and include an activity to do at home.  Go to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live event.

 

Animal Webcams:

Aquarium of the Pacific Webcams

The Aquarium of the Pacific has live images of sharks, sea jellies, fish, and penguins.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams

Check in on sea otters, moon jellies, open sea creatures, or a kelp forest.

Houston Zoo Webcams

Watch giraffes, gorillas, elephants, and more.

San Diego Zoo Webcams

Live and recorded webcams of pandas, penguins, koalas, and other animals.

Virtual Farm Tours

Take a tour of real farms and see what they’re like.

 

Arts and Crafts:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Daily drawing session with author Mo Willems every weekday at 12 pm Central time.

 

Educational Resources:

Scholastic Learn at Home

Daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.  Pre-K and up.

Khan Academy

Free resources for ages 4 - 18 or a free app for ages 2 - 7.  Requires signing up for a free account.

Miss Humblebee's Academy 

An interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.  It’s as challenging as it is fun!

Kids InfoBits 

Introduces elementary schoolers to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. 

Gale In Context:  Middle School 

Combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more.

Gale In Context:  High School 

Supports student papers, projects, and presentations while empowering the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.

Gale In Context:  College 

Offers interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

 

History:

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.  All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.  The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.

Illinois Digital Archives

The Illinois Digital Archives is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois.  It contains historical photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, manuscripts, letters, federal government documents, postcards, posters, videos, newspapers, and maps.

 

Music:

Weekday Live Streams with Mr. Jon & Friends

Mr. Jon & Friends will be hosting weekday live streams of music and movement for kids at 9:30 am Central time each day.  Watch live, and then come back to re-watch after as often as you’d like.  The live stream events run from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 27th.   You can find all the info on their Facebook page.

The Kennedy Center Digital Stage

Archive of the nation’s busiest performing arts center.

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Met Opera Streams

Daily series of free streaming opera presentations, available to stream from 6:30 pm until 2:30 pm the next day.

 

Reading and Storytimes:

The Lucky Trikes Storytimes From a Short Distance 

Nightly live-streamed storytimes on Facebook Live at 8 pm Central Time

Story time with author Mac Barnett

Children’s author Mac Barnett will be reading one of his books out loud, on Instagram Live every weekday at 2 pm Central time until he runs out of books to read.

Stories with author Oliver Jeffers

Artist Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books and talking about being a writer every weekday at 1 pm Central time.

NASA

Archived readings of Storytime in Space from NASA.

TumbleBookLibrary

K-6 children's ebook database

May contain: text, symbol, number, and alphabet

TumbleBookMath

K-6 math ebook database

TeenBookCloud

Grade 7-12 ebook database

AudioBookCloud

All ages audio book database

RomanceBookCloud

Huge collection of steamy romance ebooks for the older crowd

 

Virtual Field Trips:

Access Mars

Check out a 360 degree tour of Mars from the Mars Rover.

Air Pano

Air Pano is a group of Russian photographers that takes 360 degree photos and videos of important places around the world.  Many beautiful places are available to explore.

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips

STEM field trips to the Johnson Space Center, arctic tundra, and more.

The Louvre–Paris

Virtual tours of some of the historic museum’s most famous collections.

National Museum of Anthropology–Mexico City

Collections related to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilizations.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art–South Korea

Modern Korean art and design.

The Vatican–Rome

Tour one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.

Yellowstone National Park

Watch live footage of the Mud Volcano, Fountain Paint Pot, and more