Heat Things Up with a Virtual Tour of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours.

The calendar may claim that spring’s here, but maybe you’d like to tour one of the most unique locations in the world–in Hawai’i! This virtual tour will take you into the Nahuku Lava Tube–which seems like a different world.

Feel Like Your Place is a Zoo Right Now? Check Out the Live Cameras at the San Diego Zoo!

As part of our commitment to the continuance of public education and entertainment during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing online story times, virtual tours, and educational live camera experiences at zoos.

The San Diego Zoo has live cameras recording the lives and antics of everything from apes and elephants to polar bears and tigers. Pop on over to this site to choose who you’d like to observe!

Writers! The Highlights Foundation Offers a Free Online Class

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

Have you ever wanted to learn about writing and creativity from teachers from the Highlights Foundation? They are now offering a free online educational opportunity featuring Sarah Aronson and Tara Lazar. Pop over to their site to see the previous videos and find out when they’ll next do a virtual get-together for greater interactivity. Special thanks to one of our Writing Club members, Jamie, for letting Shannon know about this great opportunity!

The Highlights Foundation also offers podcasts about writing, including this one with Ashley Hope Perez on Holistic Writer Care.

Miss Playing With Our Library Legos? Play with Legos Online!

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, and fun, and educational experiences.

That’s right, now you can play with Legos virtually! You need a parent with an email address to sign up so an account can be made for anyone who is not an adult.

Stuck at Home? Take an Ivy League Class–For Free!

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, educational resources, live camera experiences at zoos, and online story times.

Want to learn something new while you’re stuck at home? Law, the arts, history, engineering…you name it, it’s available! Open the door to glimpse an Ivy League level education!

Check out one of a wide variety of MOOCs–these are massive open online courses. Maybe you joined Shannon months ago in a workshop she offered teaching you how to find and maneuver your way through such things. Or maybe your time to figure it out is now. This is a link to one of many clearing houses for free online classes, these specifically being offered by the Ivy Leagues. Classes are often self-paced and without penalty for non-completion, so feel free to explore!

Audible Makes Select Audiobooks Free during COVID-19 Crisis

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours, and educational experiences.

Audible, the online audiobook provider,Ā  has stepped up to provide free listening opportunities for young readers looking for more books. Hop on over to Audible Stories to learn more! Check out this article to learn more.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the

COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours.

 

The Smithsonian. One of the most amazing American museums–and one of the most extensive in the world–has a number of virtual tours to keep you wondering and learning. This tour includes current exhibits.

Safari from the Comfort of Your Home!

As part of our commitment to public education and entertainment continuing during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing virtual tours.

Want to go on a safari from the comfort of your own home? Thanks to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, you can do that every day at 3pm EST. Just one more great educational resource people are putting together to help out during the current crisis.

Home Safari Resources

Please also remember the great resources we have in the bins on our front porch–there are coloring pages, Spanish activity booklets, Story Time crafts, discarded books and discarded magazines. We’re hoping our sharing helps you at this time.

Tour the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

As part of our commitment to help you continue learning and being entertained during the COVID-19 crisis, we are sharing a variety of virtual tours.

If you’d like to explore some of the striking artworks created by Americans over many years, this might be the perfect virtual tour for you. Featuring thousands of stunning pieces of art, if you’re stuck at home and wondering about the creative vision of Americans before you, here’s the tour to take. Ask yourself what inspired these artists, and then ask yourself what inspires YOU.

 

Story Times by Celebrities

Looking for more read-alouds to listen to? The LA Times recently shared a list of celebrities reading children’s books for special Story Times. Some of the individual links are below in case you can’t access the Times right now. Celebrities may also pitch their other work either before or after the reading, so please be aware there is technically commercial content.

Watch Jennifer Garner read The Mitten .

Watch Josh Gad read The Giving Tree (this book’s a personal favorite of Shannon and Anne’s–oh, the feels!). As a note, Josh does pitch his current show at the end.

Watch Molly Idle read Pearl about a mermaid. Molly does mention her other books at the beginning.

Watch Amy Adams read The Dinosaur Princess. As a note, Amy does make a pitch for her nonprofit in the beginning.

Rowboat Watkins reads his book Most Marshmallows.

Sarah Jacoby reads Forever and a Day.

You can follow the hashtag #OperationStoryTime on Instagram to find more people reading their books or a friend’s. And don’t forget, tomorrow we will have Story Time at the Library LIVE with Miss Anne through our Facebook Live Video feed (find us at @harrislibrary). Please tune in at 10:30am EST to hear two great stories read by our own Miss Anne!