@ Your Library: Resources if We're Closed
Yes, the library is closed right now, but you don't have to stop using the library.
Whether we're closed for a holiday, a building problem, or a situation tied to an emergency declaration, we have a variety of resources for entertainment, information, ideas, and experiences. In the following sections, you'll find information about some of the resources -- free with your library card!!.
Why not check out a streaming video, eBook or eAudiobook. Our collection through Overdrive includes something for all ages.
Can't attend storytime? Check out some of the Online Storytime links until we begin scheduling Storytimes again. When the kids get bored, have them keep up with their reading so they don't fall behind. The Tumblebook Library is still available and includes titles that are eligible for AR points.
Why not learn another language. Pronunciator is available and includes 163 languages you can explore. They have a comprehensive collection of instructional phrases, audio recordings and videos so you’ll never run out of possibilities.
Maybe it's time to explore a new hobby or craft. Investigate your options at EBSCO's Hobbies and Craft Reference Center.
Explore this guide for information on these and other other resources and links we've been able to track down.
Can't make it to Storytime or the library is closed? Check out these Online Storytimes.
Includes talking picture books just for kids! You'll need your library card to access this site.
Story Time From Space
a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading beloved children’s books from the International Space Station.
A pre-school library full of great activities for you to explore. First launched in 2000, StoryPlace came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and participating in the same types of activities the Library offers at its physical locations.
Join Durham County Library’s children’s librarians as they share some of their favorite children’s books. New storytimes are posted on a regular basis.
This YouTube channel features a new weekly full-length picture book read out loud by storyteller Ms. Linda.
Watch more than 1,350 movies and series episodes for free with your library card. Get started and watch them on your web browser through the Library's Overdrive Screening Room portal.
Make sure you are signed in so you can see all available titles.
For more information about the streaming video service check out OverDrive's Getting Started with Streaming Videos page.
Click on the image to visit the Overdrive page and check out books and audiobooks there until we reopen.
The Overdrive collection also includes animated books for kids that can be borrowed for 3-7 days. Type Weston Woods video into the search box to see the titles available. View the animated books online in your web browser, or download the OverDrive app.
While the kids are out of school, they may still need help with homework or even just a bit of tutoring on subjects they are having problems understanding,
HelpNow with Brainfuse is a great resource for students. It includes one-on-one tutoring in English and Spanish, practice tests, and a writing lab. There's even a section called FLASHBULB. This fun, versatile study tool lets students create their own online flashcards for efficient self-study from any desktop or mobile device. Patrons and students can convert card sets to games and activities at the push of a button. In addition, users enjoy 24/7 access to an extensive library of online flashcard sets in a wide range of subjects.
You will need your library card to access. To access brainfuse click here.
Explore a new hobby or craft at EBSCO's Hobby and Craft Reference Center. It includes full text magazines, reference books, recipes, hobby profiles, and videos with “how-to” instructions and creative ideas covering a variety of hobbies including arts and crafts, collecting, gardening, indoor and outdoor recreation, kids' crafts, needlecrafts, papercrafts, model building, performing arts, and science and technology. There's something there for everyone.
You can find your new hobby or craft project here.
Scholastic has released a full curriculum of courses and fun activities for kids from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. The company created this free resource to provide all students with 20 days worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep kids academically active while schools in our community are closed.
The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by their editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.
The Scholastic Learn at Home website has the username or password posted on the first page, so it is open freely to all, on any device. They are designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families.
Please share this free resource with educators and families in our community. Links to the resource are:
www.scholastic.com/learnathome - Keeping Kids Reading, Thinking, and Growing
www.scholastic.com/coronavirus - Teaching our World: The Coronavirus
The eResources listed here were developed by the Bethany Dietrich, Young Adult Librarian at the Bastrop Public Library. We greatly appreciate receiving permission from the Library to share it with you.
- Art assignments every weekday morning with Carson Ellis on Instagram
- Art lessons with Ms. Meyer everyday the week of March 16, 2020.
- Calligraphy for beginners
- Comics fun with Jarrett Lerner: Includes blank comic book pages (create your own comics) or finish the the comic book stories
- Dance parties with DJ Mel
- Download free coloring books from 113 museums
- Drawing class with Wendy Mac on Instagram Live at 12pm
- Draw with Jarrett J. Krosoczka (artist and author of the award-winner graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo!)
- Free cartooning classes for all ages! Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, Joe Wos of MazeToons fame will be offering free live cartooning classes three days a week (Tuesdays-Thursdays) at 1pm on YouTube.
- Kris Loya Art and Illustration tutorials (for teens and adults)
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (author and illustrator of Piggy and Elephant!)
- Master list of children's music via livestreaming
- McHarper Manor free daily art and craft tutorial
- Mr. Jon & Friends weekday live streams (for kids)
- Seattle Symphony's live concerts
- Sing-alongs with Emily Arrow on YouTube (including live shows Monday-Friday at 9am)
- Splotch Monster Island illustration tutorials
- Virtual musical instruments
- 100+ free video read-alouds
- 450 manga volumes released online for free
- Beginner's Guide to Reading Webcomics
- Comic strips with Gene Luen Yang
- HarperKids storytime read-alouds everyday at 11am
- KidLit Tv read out loud
- Kids and Teens Comics
- Oliver Jeffers reading live on Instagram at 1pm (website for more info) (Insta)
- Read live with Peter H. Reynolds everyday at 11am on Facebook
- Storytime online from libraries across the nation
- Storyline online
- Nightly storytime from principals
- Storytime from Space
- TeenInk: Writing and art by teens for teens
- WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? picture book read-aloud and art demo plus song! from Debbie Ridpath Ohi on YouTube
- Ballet at home
- Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
- Daily dance lessons for kids
- Karate lessons for kids
- Kids' exercise with GoNoodle on YouTube
- Online Survival School for the Pandemic #dandemic-- for kids and parents! on Instagram
- Planet Fitness: Home work-ins live streamed daily at 6pm
- Runners World Magazine: 15-minute bodyweight workout on Instagram Live at 11am (or check their Stories)
- Bon Appetit YouTube: Cooking at home
- By the People: The Library of Congress launched By the People in 2018, inviting transcription, review, and tagging digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library's collections.
- DIY projects
- Games and puzzles from Highlights for Kids
- Hour of Code for all ages
- Indoor activities for kids
- NASA: Space is always cool.
- 450 Ivy League Courses You Can Take Online Right Now
- Easy science for remote learning from Mystery Science
- Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings
- Khan Academy for learning help
- Scholastic Learn at Home: day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
- Science Mom posts new videos on Wednesdays!
- Write! Write! Write! Keeping a notebook...together by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
- 15 Broadway plays and musicals you can watch on stage from home
- Met Opera offers nightly streams of different opera performances
- Stream Berlin Philharmonic concerts
- 12 Museums Offering Virtual Tours (from Travel + Leisure)
- 13 Museums You Can Visit Online During Your Quarantine (from Buzzfeed)
- Digital safaris at the Cincinnati Zoo
- Live views from the Georgia Aquarium
- Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links
- Webcams of naked mole-rats, lions, elephant, and more at the Smithsonian Zoo
- View famous works of art with Google Arts & Culture
- Virtual field trips from Discovery Education