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Coronavirus & Public Libraries Resources: Stay Engaged, Have Fun, Relieve Stress
This guide contains resources which may be helpful to library staff related to the coronavirus. Information includes guidance specifically related to public libraries, and cleaning and disinfecting areas of the library.
Interested in history or sociology? Help with this transcription project at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, and "[u]ncover everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries.... Turn handwritten documents into searchable digital resources available to the public and scholars world-wide."
This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators. With all this talk of potential quarantines and school closures, we wanted to do something to offer relief for parents and kids who might find themselves stuck at home. On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.
See sample video above!
Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library is the “information place” for all South Carolinians. Discus, which stands for Digital Information for South Carolina Users, provides free access to an electronic library that’s available 24/7. The program objectives are fully outlined in the Discus Goals and Vision.
You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.
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. Site also includes free Spanish lessons.
Tip: Scroll to bottom to find similar sites for French, German, and Italian!
This organization offers children and families opportunities to interact with scientists from around the world. Click the "Events" tab to view pre-planned live group sessions, or if you're feeling more adventurous, click "For Families," and you will be matched with your very own scientist to chat about science!
South Carolina Center for Community Literacy has developed a resource guide for parents and teachers. Explore the San Diego Zoo, doodle with Mo Willems, participate in a virtual storytime and hang out with Dr. Seuss. Updated Daily
With widespread school and library closures due to the new coronavirus outbreak, children’s authors and publishers are going digital to provide kids with ways to read, draw, engage, and support other children who might need a helping hand. PW is tracking some of the most creative efforts on social media and across the web, and will be updating our list regularly.
"Denise Daniels, a leading child development expert, has teamed up with Scholastic and the Yale Child Study Center to help children, families, and educators cope during this pandemic. First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is a free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English and Spanish."
KidLit At Home is styled as a "Netflix for Kid Lit." It offers a new way for parents, educators, and young readers to access the myriad online storytime, drawing and writing tutorials, STEM and STEAM video content being offered across the web by the biggest names in children's literature, all curated in one easy to use, convenient online location!
This guide contains resources which may be helpful for Youth Services library staff working through the coronavirus pandemic. Information includes links to Continuing Education topics, Mental Health, and more.
"Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation. We send children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website -- look under the heading 'Story Time Videos.'"