Monday, March 16, 2020

Library Closed? Online Programming Content to Share with Your Families

The sharing of resources continues! Thanks to WI's Dawn Wacek and Caitlin Bittner plus colleagues from around the country for sharing resources. Librarians are THE best! [Note: in this time of increased confusion, remember to be wary of links that are listed as free if you don't know their source. Keep in mind all that we know about online safety]. Content updated 3/26/20

Virtual Field Trips doc

(also check Twitter #kidlitquarantine for updates)

Read Wonder and Learn: Favorite Authors  & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere 2020 

Jbrary has a boatload of resources to recommend in their Storytime Online post (3/14/20)

Liv Bits google doc of author videos and livestreams

Oliver Jeffers writes: "For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks. from Monday, at 1pm CST, I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together. Also, my pal, and one of the best storybook writers in a generation @macbarnett will be doing the same with his books, an hour later."

Check his Twitter Feed (@OliverJeffers) for more details on this (none available at time of publication on this blog)

Thanks to Storytime Undergrounder Jessica Kovacevich Moore (check out the FB Storytime Underground page):

Here are some activities available online for kids and adults! Keep checking back as I update the list!
Mr. Jon & Friends is planning to do Live music for toddlers/preschoolers in the mornings at 9:30am CST for 2 weeks! He is awesome. I use his music for storytime!
McHarper Manor is doing online art classes for elementary age kids, just purchase the supplies ahead of time. They will be at noon CST and have the week of projects listed.
•My friend, Michele Bickley is a Yoga instructor and is planning to do some kids yoga online. Leo takes her classes after school and loves them. 
•Here is a watercolor class on SkillShare that my BFF teaches. You can get SkillShare free for 2 months. 
•Cincinnati Zoo will be doing a Home Safari on their Facebook page, 2pm CST, featuring a different animal and a lesson. 
•Artist Kris Loya will also be doing some live watercolor classes starting Saturday 3/14 at 6:30pm CST and during the shut-down. Kris Loya Art & Illustration Keep checking for more.
•Her husband, Steve Loya, also a talented artist, will be doing some art classes on his page Splotch Monster Island
Metropolitan Opera will have a live performance every night from their catalog of recorded events. 
Calligraphy for Beginners! Tuesday at noon CST.
Daily activities for kids from their favorite characters through Once Upon a Party 
•Disney + is releasing Frozen 2 three months early to their streaming platform. 
•FREE children's literacy resource featuring the world's best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. 
Scholastic has a resource for kids at home
Free STEM lessons for K-12 students starting at 10am EST on Monday 3/16 
Skype a Scientist - Check out the awesome lineup! Mostly scheduled from 12-2 eastern time. BATS! POOP! FARTS!!! SNAKES! WHALES! SPACE!!! You really cannot go wrong. Sign up here- you won't be sorry!
Storytime from Space! The Global Space Education Project sent children’s books to the International Space Station to be read by astronauts!
You Can Play That - Come to the page at 10am CST for FREE 30 minute classes via live stream every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for at least the next three weeks. We'll mostly be focusing on having fun with music and some basics of music theory that every young musician should know!
Ms. Meyer’s Come Draw With Me will be having art lessons everyday next week, including a special St. Patrick’s Day one! Simple supply list on her page. “We’ve used this for years on rainy days when the kids need to get moving. There’s Minecraft yoga and Frozen yoga, etc.”
Comic book making and activity sheets 
•A great way to teach little ones the power of washing hands
Singalong with Emily Arrow! Everyday at noon. Check out her page for details.
Draw everyday with JJK - Jarrett Krosoczka is an author/illustrator offering drawing lessons starting 3/16. 
•Brad Meltzer, author of the “I Am” books for kids, about people in history, will be reading his books as well
Free cartooning classes for all ages Live! Internationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos of MazeToons fame is taking marker into his own hands to help! Beginning on Weds March 18th Joe will be offering free live cartooning classes online for all ages. The live classes will take place on YouTube channel HowToToon at 1pm (CST), 3 days a week (Tuesdays-Thursdays). Students can access the channel by visiting
Mystery Science has made their most popular science lessons free for anyone to use. Lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. Short mini-lessons are completely digital. Full lessons include an activity designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home. K-5 

Links to YSS COVID-19 series:
Online Storytimes
SLP & Programming Resources
Re-Opening and Safety Issues
We’re Re-opening – Coping with Reluctant Patrons and Programming 6/1/20
Permissions (Books, Authors and Music)
      Music Permissions? Look No Further  3/27/20; updated 3/31/20
Professional Development
Kids Resources
WI Online Program Data
Friday FAQs with Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
4/10/20 recording       4/17/20 recording          4/24/20 recording        5/1/20 recording               5/8/20 recording
Taking Care of You 

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