Hi, everyone! So we are closed for the time being and like many of you, we are at home, keeping healthy and trying to stay sane. Miss Mary is going to host a Story Time on FB Live on Fridays at 10:15AM and Miss Jill is reading a Middle Grade book out loud on FB Live, every day at 2:00PM and a Young Adult book out loud on Instagram & FB Live every day at 4:00PM.
Here is a link to the FB Live read alouds and storytimes: https://www.facebook.com/MerrillMemorialLibrary/live/
Here are some other great resources for doing things during this time of at-home quarantine:
Twenty Virtual Fieldtrips you can take from the comfort of your own home. There are museum tours to the Louvre (we couldn’t see the Mona Lisa, but we could tour the original moat of the fortress on which the Louvre is built); the National Gallery of Art in DC, which as a lot of static images and two online collections – the Fashion exhibit is pretty interesting; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, which includes more contemporary art and a cool walk-through of two floors; the Van Gogh Museum, which has a few online collections and a great gallery walk if you scroll to the bottom of the page; and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, which includes four online exhibits along with a gallery walk.
For some science fun, most of the larger zoos and aquariums have web sites that include animal cams, activities, and games.
*San Diego Zoo
*Smithsonial National Zoo Webcams: includes the naked mole rats, lions, pandas, and elephant
*Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Webcam: if you want to do a passion project on polar bears or just watch really cute baby polar bears play all day, this site is for you. This site is also a portal to many, many other webcams (gorillas, birds, ocean, and a zen cam).
*The Cincinnati Zoo has an amazing Twitter feed (@CincinnatiZoo) with lots of hippo cam action with Fiona the Hippo. Follow them and then every day at 3PM, they will be doing a Home Safari on Facebook highlighting one of their amazing animals and include an activity to do at home.
Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo
Writing prompts and fun activities from Jarrett Lerner
A LEGO Challenge calendar: every day, a different challenge
At-Home Science Experiments as suggested by Mad Science of Maine
Crabtree Publishing is offering its eLibrary for free until June 30. Visit THEIR SITE for the link and password.
Youth & Young Adult Events
TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
Check out these links if you’re stumped by what to read next
- Good Reads, a great site for tracking what you are reading and for finding new books to read based on what you have read and liked.
- Cloud Library, find downloadable audio and e-books for almost every device.
- Young Adult Library Association, extensive lists of award winners in all Young Adult categories, past and present.
- No Flying No Tights, reviews of graphic novels and comics.
- mr.schureads.blogspot.com, book reviews, videos about books, and interviews with authors. Great for all ages and reading levels.