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Monday            10-6
Tuesday            10-8
Wednesday      10-8
Thursday          10-8
Friday                10-6
Saturday           9-1

Library building is closed.
Doorside pickup is available.

Stuck at home? Go to a zoo! a concert! into space!

The library has compiled a list of free online offerings for you. Most of these activities are free and open access year-round, but a few have waived fees during the COVID-19 epidemic.

If you do not have access to the internet WiFi is accessible in parts of the upper and lower back parking lots.

For more resources/activities check out our website’s Explore tab and view the website’s slideshow and the library’s Facebook page for newly added resources that are free during library closures.

New websites/online offerings are being added every day. Some are only offered for a limited time. Feel free to click here for a list of additional resources.

 

YOUTH


Story Time from Space
 allows everyone to listen to a story read by an astronaut living on the International Space Station.

Union Square Play is providing: one offline at-home activity, one children’s class video (live or prerecorded) and one online community event for parents. Everything from singalongs to art projects.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems  allows everyone to join children’s book author Mo Willems live every weekday at 12 p.m. central time with the recordings as he teaches us how to create. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Storyline Online is a large variety of children’s picture books read aloud by numerous celebrities. Close Captioned.

Draw Every Day With Jarrett J. Krosoczka  Join New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka everyday for a drawing lesson. Author of everything from the Punk Farm picture books to the Lunch Lady graphic novels.

 

Eagle Cam This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR Non-game Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. (seasonal)

Explore.org – This site has multiple live streams covering everything from nature cameras to animal sanctuaries.

Atlanta Zoo has a live camera feed of pandas.

Houston Zoo has live camera feeds of chimps, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, leaf cutter ants and rhinos.

Kansas City Zoo has live camera feeds of giraffes, penguins and polar bears.

Maryland Zoo has live camera feeds of flamingos, giraffes, goats, lions and penguins.

National Zoo has live camera feeds of elephants, lions, naked mole rats and pandas.

San Diego Zoo has live camera feeds of apes, baboons, burrowing owls, condors, elephants, giraffes, koalas, penguins, polar bears and tigers. 

Aquarium of the Pacific has live camera feeds of Jellyfish, penguins, sharks and large aquarium views.

Georgia Aquarium has live camera feeds of beluga whales, Jellyfish, penguins, piranhas, sea lions, sea otters and the Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef.

Monterrey Bay Aquarium has live camera feeds of aviary, coral reef, jellyfish, kelp forests, penguins, sea otters and sharks. 

 

Top 100 Virtual Tours Around the World is a one stop shop for virtual trips around the world!.

DiscoveryEducation allows everyone to take a field trip with Polar Bear researchers, blast off into space at the Johnson Space Center, go behind the scenes with the NFL or any number of behind the scene tours with Discovery Education. Includes teaching guides and curriculum for interested parents and adults.

OK360  allows eveyone to go to Oklahoma and take a virtual hike. With 360 views and multiple videos of nature trails in OK, you can learn more about nature in the panhandle state.

360 Cities  is a large collection of panoramic interactive photographs that allow you to virtually travel around the world.

Star Atlas is an online planetarium that will show the stars from any location in the world and where the constellations are in the night sky. The site tells you how far the stars are away from earth. For information on the constellations head here.

Nature Works Everywhere allows everyone to take a field trip into nature. Nature Works Everywhere has 11 virtual field trips for multiple age ranges, alongside videos and lesson plans for parents and teachers.

Yellowstone National Park allows you to virtually tour some of the main attractions around the park. Included with each tour is additional information about visiting in person.

ASU Virtual Field Trips offers up virtual field trips for high school and college students, covering everything from the Mars rover to prehistoric times to the rain forests.

Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Come and visit George Washington’s home virtually.

Buckingham Palace allows everyone to take a virtual tour of some of the rooms in the Buckingham Palace and learn more about the history surrounding the British Monarchy.

 

PBS has curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for all grade levels!

Scholastic Learn at Home has day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.

Children’s Book Council has resources from fiction to non-fiction, STEM books to graphic novels. Book publishers have created a wealth of content to support educators, librarians, booksellers, parents, and caregivers. Compiled here are links to various publishers websites where you can find these free resources.

KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids. KLTV is available in over 600,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Tumblebooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books ,  Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books,  and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

Teen Book Cloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle & High Schoolers. The collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

HoodaMath is filled with addicting math games.

TumbleMath is a collection of math stories which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages.The books are all accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans, educational games, plus quizzes in order to test and track progress.

Tinkergarten is a fun resource for outdoor, play based learning. 

 Toymaker free paper toys that you can make yourself. Just print them out, cut, glue and enjoy. I’ve tried to keep them easy to figure out.

ChessKid is a fun way to play chess with other kids or with a robot!

FunBrain is for kids ages preschool through grade 8 and offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy KidAmelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.

Red Ted Art – Easy to follow crafts and ideas for all age groups from RedTedArt.com. The crafts are designed to be made from every day items, so you can usually get crafting straight away!

Chrome Music Lab makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

Be A Dinosaur gives kids a fun, creative, age-appropriate place to learn and play. With a focus on reading, numbers, and simple skill games, these free educational games are fun for kids and a great way to learn new things.

Book Club for Kids is a free, 20-minute podcast devoted to middle grade books and readers. Each show features a trio of students discussing a favorite book, an interview with the author, and a celebrity reading.

Encantos – Tiny Travelers uses the theme of travel to teach kids 8 and under about geography, language, history, culture, and more. Learn about the continents and countries, and what makes them special – from food and festivals, to animals and nature, to language, and culture. 

GoNoodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Maker Maven has lots of free S.T.E.A.M. projects you can do at home without any special equipment.

Tinkerlab YouTube Channel – Science experiments, engineering projects, crafts, and art projects for kids and little inventors, from TinkerLab®.

Comic book making with Jarret Lerner blank Comic book pages, Finish This Comic! Comics, drawing/writing prompts and activity sheets .
Top Ten Podcasts for Tweens & Teens is a list of age-appropriate podcasts picked for tweens and teens, approved by Common Sense Media.   

Typing Club is a fun way to learn keyboarding.

Write with Jess is a ten video series that tackles  some of the most common writing questions I get from young readers. Each is classroom-friendly, quick, snappy, and includes a writing call to action. 

Cosmic Kids Yoga is youtube channel for yoga, mindfulness and relaxation that is designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Active Kids Do Better has tools to get primary school children moving through play. 

Laurie Berkner is fun and educational. Watch this compilation of over 20 music videos that teach counting, the alphabet, telling time, emotions, and so much more!

Jlibrary has all the songs and finger plays your could ever want, arranged by theme on their youtube channel.

Autism Circuit gives tools and techniques for children on the autism spectrum.


Van Gogh Museum 
in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world.

MASP  (The Museu de Arte de São Paulo) is a private, nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil’s first modern museum.

Uffizi Gallery was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo de’Medici to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany.

Musée d’Orsay displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.

Louvre allows all to visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, showcased against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is modeled after a Venetian palazzo and houses one of the world’s most remarkable art collections.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, from prehistoric times to modern day.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest cultural institution in the region. 

National Museum of Natural History is one of the Smithsonian Museums and allows visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.

National Museum of Computing is a British museum that talks about how computing came to be and what we are still using today.

Zoology Museum of Barcelona includes a panoramic view of their collections and contains 360 digital renderings of over 500 animal bones to explore. Not all of the website is fully translated, so be careful.

Canadian History Museum offers a virtual tour to learn more about the history of our neighbors up north.

Arizona State Museum allows a virtual tour of four different exhibits from their pottery vault to woven arts.

Boston’s Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world.

Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces.


Coloring Nature
 focuses mainly on animals and natural scenes.

Just Color will provide multiple themed coloring pages for you to print off.

Top Coloring Pages has more than 2000 great quality, printable and completely free coloring pages for children and their parents. 

Super Coloring will provide multiple themed free coloring pages for you to print off. Does contain ads.

Crayola provides free coloring pages for adults and kids.

#ColorourCollections was 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.

 

Virtual Escape Rooms is a compilation of online escape rooms including Hogwarts, Marvel’s Avengers and Pete the Cat themes.

Girls Who Code a free virtual video series to support women and girls navigating changes to their college and career plans during pandemic. 

Curiosity Machine supports students, parents and educators, and mentors to build, learn and teach using the engineering design process.

Tinker Cad is the easiest, fiercest 3D design tool around!

App Inventor is a free, cloud-based service that teaches the basics of programming apps for Android devices.

Code.org has made learning to code extremely fun and extremely easy! All ages. Free.

Computer Science Online connects students with hundreds of MOOCs (college level classes made available, free of charge, for unlimited participation).

Scratch teaches programming language to create stories, games, and animation.  It is designed and maintained by the LifeLong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  Kids have an option to join or refrain from sharing creations online with others.

Horse Isle is set in a fictional world that centers on horses. Includes capture and care, mini games and arena competition.

Wolfquest is a 3D wildlife simulation game that challenges players to learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park.


NPR Music
 offers up not only a large collection of music to listen to, but a large collection of live streamed and recorded jam sessions, concerts and events.

NPR’s List of Free Livestreamed Concerts is constantly updating this list of free live streamed concerts that are happening during the pandemic.

Berliner Philharmonic offers access to live streamed concerts and recordings for the next 30 days.

Göteborgs Symfoniker will be available to all music lovers on GSOplay. The concerts can be enjoyed for free for anyone on the web or through [their] app – wherever you are.

Wigmore Hall provides recordings and live streams of their performances at no cost year round.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center provides recordings and live streams of their performances at no cost year round.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra provides recordings and live streams of their performances at no cost year round. 

Metropolitan Opera will provide daily, 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, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.


NASA
 has an e-book collection available to the public for free. Their website also contains multiple educational resources to explore.

International Children’s Digital Library houses an online library with over 4,000 children’s books from around the world in a multitude of languages. If you are looking for tales from around the world or if you are learning a new language this is a place to stop by.

GötebPoet.org has a large selections of poems available to read, including poem-a-day. Check out their selection, fall in love with a few new poems and maybe sign up for their poem-a-day newsletter. April is National Poetry Month, so maybe you should start thinking of how to celebrate.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.  Access old radio shows, early computer games, T.V. shows and over 23 million books.

Digital Public Library of America is a collection of digital copies of original materials from various university libraries around the US. 

Library of Congress Digital Collections has multiple collections available online, consisting of over 2 million scans of historic books, photos and other materials. This includes a large selection of historic children’s books, Abraham Lincoln’s Papers and a collection of Folk songs from Michigan and Wisconsin.

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Collections contains millions of images, books, maps, recordings, documents, and more from across the UW, Wisconsin and the world. Enjoy learning more about our state’s past by browsing this collection.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. While many books on HathiTrust requires an institutional membership, reading online is free.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting allows viewing of historic programs of publicly funded radio and television across America.


Britannica School Elementary
 can be accessed using a Wisconsin Public Library card.

J50 States.com provides information on the states, including capitals, geography, people, attractions, history and more.

Accelerated Reader BookFinder identifies a book’s AR level and points.

Ellsworth Community Schools’ Card Catalogs can be accessed from here to search your school’s media center’s catalog.

Khan Academy has tons of lessons in a variety of subjects and covers early learners all the way up to college and adult learners. Even includes some test-prep lessons.

Cool Math can answer questions about how to do math homework and offers some fun math games, too.

Calculators allows the user to pick any type of online calculator needed to do your work, from basic to science to trigonometry!

Merriam-Webster Online Search is four standard resources in one place! It includes an online dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English dictionary and a new medical dictionary.

WolframAlpha site computes answers to your questions or calculations.  This is a great way to compare statistics and do complex math problems.

B.J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper is a free education and homework resource for students, parents and teachers.

ADULTS


Goodreads
– Goodreads has thousands of bookclub groups available, where you can discuss amazing books with a community of readers. Goodreads is completely free and provides book reviews, interviews with authors, giveaways and much more in addition to having a place for an online book club.


Edx
 was founded by Harvard and MITand houses multiple college level courses available for free.

Coursera offers both free and paid courses online. Certificates are only available in paid courses, but you can still learn something new for free.

Khan Academy has trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covering math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. This site collects multiple free education resources for anyone to use for free.

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

OpenLearn courses are free to study. They offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas and are available to start right away.

 

I’m a Puzzle lets you upload a photo to make an online jigsaw puzzle. Make it harder for adults or easier for kids.

Top Coloring Pages has more than 2000 great quality, printable and completely free coloring pages for children and their parents. 

#ColorourCollections was 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.

Brain Games is a series of experiments, using illusions and man-on-the-street demonstrations. Host Jason Silva and guest experts unlock the science behind the mysteries of why we say, eat, feel and act as we do with episodes on topics ranging from memory and common sense, to morality and the paranormal. Through an intricate series of interactive experiments designed to mess with your mind, we reveal the inner-workings of your brain. Hailed by critics as “tremendous fun” that “makes science entertaining,” Brain Games turns your mind’s eye inwards for a fascinating journey into the three and a half pounds of tissue that makes you… you.

Just Color provides multiple themed coloring pages including Mandala & Art Therapy, Nature, Travels, Art History & Stories and Special Events for you to print off to color.

Free Crochet.com allows you to download free crochet patterns.

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips allows you to go behind the scenes of a super bowl, tour a dairy farm, experience polar bears on the tundra, etc. 

How Stuff Works is an award-winning educational site that provides historical information about many age-appropriate topics (these topics include, but aren’t limited to, animals, culture, automobiles, politics, money, science, and entertainment). Articles use simple terms to be accessible to a wide age range. 

 


Nanowrimo
 sponsors the National Novel Writing Month blog which provides inspirational posts year round for aspiring writers, while the website in general is a great place to get connected and start writing.

Helping Writers Become Authors is a blog style website created by a published author to help others on their writing journey. Contains helpful guides on how to tackle tough writers block and how to start writing on your own.

List of College Courses on Writing has put together a list of free online college courses on creative writing. They cover a variety of topics and will help walk you through the writing process.


Reading like a Historian 
curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.

Atlas of the Geography of the United States is a dynamic map of the United States showing not only how states have changed and grown, but also the growth of churches, population and much more have moved throughout the early days of our country.  Take a glance at the introductory video before diving in.

American Panorama – Similar to the above atlas, but with a more diverse selection of maps encompassing everything from canal growth and use to the changes in our House of Representatives.