Online Resources

Find a list of free educational and entertainment options available online. These resources are not affiliated with the library and their availability may change without notice.
Access Mars
A collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Google, this website lets you traverse the surface of Mars as recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover.
Animal Live Stream Videos
Want to see the giraffes in the zoo or jellyfish at the aquarium? Here we have a list of different animal live stream videos for you to watch!
Daily Crossword from the Washington Post
Find a new puzzle every day to play online or print and play with pen/paper. They have 2 weeks of puzzles available at one time.
Dav Pilkey at Home
Be creative and have fun with Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants books! New videos every Friday.
Draw Every Day with JJK
Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka is hosting a how-to-draw tutorial every weekday at 1:00 pm. He is the author of popular books like the Star Wars Jedi Academy series, the Lunch Lady series, and the graphic novel Hey, Kiddo.
Draw Together with Wendy MacNaughton
Join Wendy for a 30-minute live drawing class! Watch live on Instagram weekdays at 12 pm and see previous classes on YouTube. Wendy has illustrated eleven books, including three New York Times bestsellers and her work has been published widely.
Free Online Books
Want something new to read or listen to? Click here!
GRAMMY Museum at Home
Programs and digital content from the GRAMMY Museum. Find interviews with your favorite artists, music recommendations, and educational content about techniques for creating music and the history of music.
Globe Theater Free YouTube Premiers
Virtually attend plays in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre! A different video will be made available every two weeks through the end of June and can be watched through their YouTube channel.
Library of Congress: By the People
Join countless other Americans to transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library of Congress' collections. These transcriptions will improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for those who are not fully sighted or cannot read the handwriting of the original documents.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
15 episodes of learning to doodle and playing games with Mo Willems, author and illustrator of the Elephant and Piggie books and the Pigeon series.
NaNoWriMo
Join a community of writers to track your progress, set milestones, connect with others, and participate in events designed to help you finish that piece of writing that you just haven't gotten around to. The main event is in November, but smaller events start in April and continue throughout the summer!
National Theater at home
Free full-length plays produced by the National Theather in the UK are available for free for a week. New shows every Thursday!
Nomster
A website full of kid-friendly recipes with picture instructions so that children as young as 2 years old can participate. Help kids find different foods they enjoy, learn healthy eating habits and cooking skills, and even work on math and literacy, all while creating something delicious in the kitchen!
PBS Kids Facebook
Fun activities and videos for kids and their parents. Read-Along Mondays with Michelle Obama videos are available here!
Sadler's Wells Digital Stage
Sadler's Wells presents a program of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world while the live stages are dark.
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.
The Louvre
The Louvre is the largest art museum in the world, located in Paris, France, and home to many famous works, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci. They have several virtual tours available online.
The Metropolitan Opera
Stream a different encore presentation from the company's Live in HD series every night!
Transcribe Documents for the Newberry Library
The Newberry is an independent research library in Chicago free and open to the public since 1887. Help them turn handwritten documents like letters and diaries from the 19th and 20th centuries into searchable digital resources.
Levar Burton Reads Podcast
In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life.
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