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Fun Links to Explore During Quarantine

Because it takes a village to get through hard times, we are compiling a list of websites that may be useful. We will add links to YouTube videos or author reads…pretty much anything we think you might enjoy. Just click any of the blue words to go exploring.

Tumble Book Library

TumbleBooks is a service the library uses for online books.

Tumblebooks also has a Junior and a YA list of online books.

OF COURSE…there’s Hoopla for ebooks and eaudiobooks. You will need to make an account using your Middlebury Community Public Library card (if you are reciprocal, you’ll have to check with your home library about services) and your password. If you aren’t sure of your password, try the last 4 digits of your phone number. MOST months, you get 6 checkouts with Hoopla, but for March 2020—WE ARE RAISING IT TO 10! .

The Cincinatti Zoo will be doing videos daily, focusing on different animals each time (we think!). They will be live daily at 3pm EST. /

Scholastic Magazine:


Storyline Online provides online storytimes for kids! How fun is that? Including celebrity narrators like Betty White and Chris Pine.

The artists behind Artist At Heart Paint Party are doing daily art lessons!

The website KidLitTV is chock full of great content! Don’t let the fact that “TV” is in their name fool you…they have great stuff over there.

People Magazine has compiled a list of 12 Museums who give free virtual tours.

Mo Willems’ Art Lesson for March 17th

The Palace of Versailles is offering free virtual tours during their Covid-19 Closure.

Here’s a fun Facebook page called Super Idee. It has grown-up stuff to do along with crafts and other fun stuff.

Do you wonder how germs spread? Wondering how to explain it to your kids without using the glitter example? Try this video!

You can explore some of the National Parks with Google. Ms. Beth did one of these tours and they are pretty cool!

Josh Gadson is reading to kids via Twitter each night.

Chris Van Dusen reads “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee” <-Mr. Van Dusen is removing each story when he records a new one. So this link may end up not working when he loads a new story to YouTube.

How about a fun calendar filled with Lego building prompts? See who can build the coolest thing. Make sure you send pictures to us via our Facebook page–just send them in private message and we might share your picture!

You can hear stories FROM ASTRONAUTS! How fun is that? They have picture book selections or chapter books where you can listen to a bit at a time and they are read by various people IN SPACE!

We haven’t shared many cooking tips. How about a Grilled Cheese Hot Dog?

Here’s your daily video from Mo Willems (author/illustrator of Piggie & Elephant)

Our friends at Junior Library Guild have agreed to open their online vault to each of you! These resources are for school age students (or the young at heart that still loves to read kid/YA books).

KHAN ACADEMY is not new, but provides a lot of online educational videos and lessons.

Do you want to start teaching your child a new language? Try DuoLingo (it’s free)

Need some fun, easy to watch videos that are educational AND feature a baby hippo? Watch THE FIONA SHOW (via Facebook). There are 27 episodes, so that’s almost an episode a day in April.

First things first! Make sure you join Ms. Beth for Story Time on Facebook Live tomorrow. Our Facebook page can be found by clicking here. She will be live at 10 a.m. with some new library books and a book from her own bookshelf.

The Library of Congress (the big dog in the library world) has created a page they call ENGAGE. It links to different things that might be entertaining for your family, including weekly drawing lessons with Dav Pilkey (creater of “CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!”). His videos will be posted starting Friday at 8am.

If you feel the need to move your body some, join the owners of Success Martial Arts for a 10 Minute Stretching session.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is doing a daily Jelly Fish webcam. They have added meditation music behind the video, so it is quite relaxing to watch.

Ms. Beth’s son also recommends the Georgia Aquarium’s webcams. They have multiple and his favorite is The Ocean Voyager webcam. If you watch long enough, you might see one of their 4 whale sharks or one of their manta rays.

The British Museum currently has a Museum of the World virtual exhibit. You can travel through time to see different artifacts found in the world. If you click, “Find Out More”, you can learn more including hearing a teacher tell you about that artifact.

Have you wanted to travel to Hawaii? Let’s go together!

Wondering how to get your kids some exercise during days at home? Joe Wicks has started a daily exercise class for kids.

100 Activities to do at Home from “Entertain Kids On A Dime”

Kidlit TV has started compiling read-alouds for kids. Which one is your favorite?

Draw Every Day with JJK is author Jarrett Krosoczka’s daily art video. We really enjoyed learning about his Scribble Game.

San Diego Zoo has a number of webcams. You cannot always see the animals, because their enclosures are large. It is VERY FUN to get to see a tiger or giraffe meander by>