Your MCLS has put together the boredom busters below to help you learn, travel, and play during the COVID-19 quarantine. Choose one of the topics below, browse one of our databases (database access is free if you link through our website), and follow us on Facebook for online story times, discussion groups, and more!
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Music & Theater
Arts & Entertainment
Great music. No limits. Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, ACL is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence.
Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
As our community comes together in this time of crisis, the Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy. The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s social media channels
The National Gallery of Art – the nation's museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.
MMCA has established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art. MMCA’s foremost mission is to offer a culturally rewarding experience to its visitors.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
Online exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Parks and Exercise
Explore The Wild Center and its new Wild Walk—an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops. Find new ways to connect with nature through outdoor experiences and guided paddling trips, and explore a 54,000-square-foot museum with live animals and hands-on everything.
The National Wildlife Federation will offer free, complimentary access to Ranger Rick online and the digital editions of its magazines during the COVID-19 shutdown of schools and daycare centers. The access will extend through June 30, 2020, and will only require an email address for access online.
Use Google Earth to explore the pristine beauty of our nationally protected lands. Works best in a Chrome browser
Visit your favorite zoo animals from the comfort of your own home!
Free exercise and dance videos appropriate for all ages
Brightly Storyime brings you full-length picturebooks read out loud by our storyteller, Ms. Linda. Drop by for a new video every week!
Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
An ever-growing list of favorite children's book authors who are hosting live story times during the COVID-19 crisis.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!
Astronauts reading your favorite stories...while in space! Also space science lessons.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Listen to intimate interviews and personal stories from regular people across the country.
Crafts & Coloring
Coloring Pages for All Ages
Launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016, #ColorOurCollections is an annual coloring festival on social media during which libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions around the world share free coloring content featuring images from their collections. The coloring books from 2020 and previous years remain accessible year-round for free download.
From Mandala inspired designs to animal drawings and pirate pages to flower fun, there are enough designs to keep any coloring fan busy for hours!
As a celebration of the 2020 Children’s Book Week we’re presenting the book art of 23 artists! These beloved children’s book illustrators below have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork to help us celebrate our 2020 theme, Read. Dream. Share. Each individual illustration is available to print and distribute for to children, teens, and book lovers everywhere. Or download the full Coloring Book.
Arts & Craft Tutorials
Welcome to our family YouTube channel, Art For Kids Hub! We love doing art together and hope you follow along with us. Many of our lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies!
Our studio will be going live daily Monday through Friday at 1pm Eastern Time, with free art & craft tutorials to create at home with your kids! We'll have shopping lists (with links to the supplies you can order from Amazon) so you can have supplies on-hand to complete the projects with us!
Adults need a coloring break, too! This free pdf has classic library designs to inspire your creativity and calm your mind.
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Preschool & Elementary Learners
Play games, create comics, and take interactive quizzes, all based on your favorite books and characters!
Educational games, activities, and online books.
Games, music, and videos featuring your favorite PBS characters!
Interactive articles, games, maps, and more!
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
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!
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.
Easy database, featuring a pictorial search, with trustworthy information. Presented especially for emerging readers. Books available in English and Spanish.
Curated collection of fiction & nonfiction eBooks for grades K-6
SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask "why?" Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jessi and her robot rat Squeaks answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds
Summer Slugger is a fun, interactive, online course that uses the game of baseball to help kids ages 8 to 11 maintain their math and literacy skills during the summer months. Major League Baseball and EVERFI have teamed up to create a platform that keeps kids learning while they are out of school, and avoid the “summer slide” that contributes to a long-term achievement gap.
Middle and High School Learners
Step-by-step lessons, videos, and instruction for every subject and level.
A free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience and is part of Disney’s commitment to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine.
The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences
An interactive encyclopedia and database customized for the research needs of middle and high school students
Combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more.
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.
Curated collection of fiction and nonfiction eBooks for students grades 5-12
Get 1,500 free online courses from the world's leading universities -- Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now.
FREE online courses through MIT: knowledge is its own reward
Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations. And thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online. Check these out during your next internet deep dive!
Offers interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation
Over a million digitized books, many that do not have an eBook available. All free to borrow and without a waiting list through at least June 30, 2020. Read more about this initiative here.
For a limited time, download your own copy of this Arkansas History Classic.
Live and archived talks from your favorite authors
Podcasts about the U.S. Civil War, directly from authors and historians