Online Resources for Kids/Families/Everyone at Home

We’ll add to this list as we come across new links.

Foster+Partners, an international architecture firm headquartered in London, has posted templates to print and use to create a paper skyscraper. If you can make a skyscraper… then why not make a whole city? There are lots of templates you can use to create your very own paradise! The firm also has created an e-book for younger readers called “What Makes a Building?”. (added 5/5/20)

New York Public Library’s blog channel So much good information here. Book lists in the Biblio File and Children’s Literature channels. Lots of access to the digitized collections of NYPL. (added 4/28/20)

Health at Home webinar series University of Illinois Extension is hosting a nutrition and wellness webinar each Wednesday at 1:00 PM thru May 20 via Zoom. Also check out the Extension website’s Programs page for webinars, blogs, and other resources on gardening, agriculture, educational units for youth, and family and consumer sciences. (added 4/27/20)

SYNC summer audiobook program for teens 13+ This is a summer reading offer we’ve just become aware of! 26 FREE audiobook titles for teens, are offered one themed pair per week from April 30 through July 29. Sign up via the SORA student reading app from Overdrive (sign up is by individual, not by school or library). You must download each book during the week it is on offer (limited time – availability is Thursday through Wednesday), but once you’ve borrowed the audiobook, it stays on your SORA Shelf forever! (added 4/27/20)

Virtual Field Trips If a walk around the block just isn’t cutting it, here’s some virtual field trips to expand your horizons from your own living room. And another set of links for twelve world-class museums offering virtual tours and exhibitions. (added 4/6/20)

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Dolly Parton is reading and curating bedtime stories drawn from her Imagination Library initiative – at the moment, there are 2 archived stories and Live bedtime stories are schedule for Thursday nights at 6 pm (CST) through the beginning of June. (added 4/6/20)

Zentangle® for Kids Here’s a free downloadable book of beginner Zentangle® patterns and strings – not a coloring book, but an idea starter! (added 4/6/20)

Midland Center for the Arts Princeton-native Dexter Brigham is hosting regular Friday night readings of Shakespeare’s works (such as As You Like It and King Lear) on the MCA’s Facebook page – those performances are available on their feed, as well as Make Art Virtual programs on the abstract art of Mondrian, spoken word poetry performance, and conducting. (added 4/6/20)

Scholastic Classroom Magazines 20 days of learning experiences for Preschool through 6th grade +

Mystery Science  Starter set of science lessons for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Parents can sign up for a free account if they are interested in additional mini-lessons.

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter Free sign up link for PBS Kids’ new weekday newsletter, offering activities and tips for helping kids play and learn at home.

Storyline Online 57 picture books, read by celebrity actors and authors

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Kennedy Center artist-in-residence (at home) and Don’t Let the Pigeon… author Mo Willems is hosting a daily drawing time for kids at noon Central Time on YouTube (episode one includes how to draw the Pigeon!)

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