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The World at Your Fingertips: Fun and Learning at Home

As the CDC is recommending social distancing, we're compiling a list of options to help entertain and educate you!

In addition to the online resources the Library gives you access to with your library card (downloadable content and online resources), here are a list of links to online content for all ages.  Content is free, but may require you to set up an account at the hosting website. Let us know if you have others that are favorites!

The web pages listed below are not hosted by the Bettendorf Public Library, so we aren't able to address any technical issues.

For All Ages


Animals

Arconic Eagle Cam: https://www.arconic.com/eaglecam/
View the nest of Liberty and Justice, a bald eagle pair that have had a nest at Arconic since 2009.

Georgia Aquarium: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
Watch penguins, puffins, beluga whales and more from the Georgia Aquarium.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals
Webcams and detailed information about the animals and habitats.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams: https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Watch animals from the San Diego Zoo.


Museums

Figge Art Museum: https://figgeartmuseum.org/visit/virtual-museum
The Figge's Virtual Museum has art and tours, kids and family activities, ways to learn and relax, and Museum Store offerings.

Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com
Virtual tours and online exhibits from museums around the world.


Music, Theater, Art, Dance

Metropolitan Opera: https://www.metopera.org/discover/education/free-student-streams/home/
Every week, one opera is selected for young audience members around the globe, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the artists who helped make it happen.

Royal Opera House: https://www.youtube.com/user/royaloperahouse
Includes selections of some of the top performances from famous operas and ballets.


STEM

America's Test Kitchen Kids: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/kids/home
Cooking classes and recipes designed for kids but of interest to all ages.


Travel

52 Places, Virtually: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/travel/52-places-to-go-virtual-travel.html
The New York Times compiled this list of virtual tours of the every one of their Places to Go in 2020.

Remote Tourism of the Faroe Islands: https://www.remote-tourism.com/
Take a remote tour of the scenic Faroe Islands by 'controlling' a Faroe Islands native.


Writing

Keeping a Notebook---Together: http://www.sharingournotebooks.amylv.com/
A series of brief daily writing talks for all ages.

Preschool and Elementary Ages


Books and Authors

B.J. Novak: https://events.kcrw.com/events/bj-novak-reading-the-book-with-no-pictures/ufeff
B.J. Novak reads his book The Book With No Pictures, story starts at 8 minutes, 30 seconds 

Dav Pilkey at Home: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-026/?loclr=ealn
Dav Pilkey is partnering with the Library of Congress to provide how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30DCOgTGn_o
Popular author Mo Willems live streams sessions every day at noon (CST) and compiles them on his YouTube channel for any-time viewing.

Draw with Jarrett!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCObbZ-lkhRQ203mtX9ZmgtA
Daily, live art lessons from author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSTW7J41_7TVQgNxVrMcEGw
Lauren Tarshis is doing daily read-alouds from her series I Survived and from Scholastic's ELA Magazine, Storyworks.


Educational Support

Abdo Publishers: https://abdobooks.com/covid-19-resources
Through June, 2020, Abdo is offering free access to their digital books and databases. 

A Beautiful Day: https://cehs.unl.edu/abeautifulday/
A virtual early childhood space designed to connect with children and families from the University of Nebraska.

Encantos Learning Hub: http://www.encantosbrands.com/learning
Free learning resources for children.

Great Books Foundation: https://www.greatbooks.org/free-educational-resources/
Free Lesson Plans include activities that support critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing.

Lakeshore Learning: https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/resources
Worksheets, lesson plans, writing prompts and more educational resources.

North Star Editions: http://northstareditions.com/2020/03/23/distance-learning-bundles/
Web hosted ebooks for grades K-12.

Scholastic Learn At Home: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 

Wide Open School: https://wideopenschool.org/
Wide Open School is a free collection of online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.


Fitness

Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ
Online yoga for kids.


Music, Theater, Art, Dance

KidLit TV: https://kidlit.tv
Videos featuring stories, interviews with authors, and art skills instruction. 

Sing Along with Emily!: https://www.youtube.com/emilyarrow
Award winning children's songwriter and author Emily Arrow hosts u201cAt Home with Emily Arrowu201d.


STEM

Mystery Science: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
Popular science lessons.

Story Time from Space: https://storytimefromspace.com/
Stories and experiments from astronauts on the International Space Station.

Tech Learning: https://www.techlearning.com/resources/free-online-learning-resources-for-schools-affected-by-coronaviruscovid-19
Tech & Learning editors curated this list of hundreds of free elearning resources for schools worldwide.


Storytime

KidLit TV: https://kidlit.tv
Videos featuring stories, interviews with authors, and art skills instruction. 

Story Time from Space: https://storytimefromspace.com/
Stories and experiments from astronauts on the International Space Station.

StoryLine: https://www.storylineonline.net
Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading childrenu2019s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Middle School through Adults


Books and Authors

19 Webcomics To Keep Kids and Teens Engaged: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=webcomics-teens-tweens-free-middle-grade-YAufeff
School Library Journal compiled this list of free webcomics for middle grade students and older.


Educational Support

Abdo Publishers: https://abdobooks.com/covid-19-resources
Through June, 2020, Abdo is offering free access to their digital books and databases.

Black Hawk College ed2go: https://www.ed2go.com/blackhawk
Black Hawk College is offering over 100 of their continuing education courses free of charge.  Search for the keyword 'free'.

Class Central: https://www.classcentral.com/
Class Central indexes listings of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from universities and colleges.

Ebsco Resources: https://www.ebsco.com/blog/article/resources-to-support-schools-and-public-libraries-impacted-by-covid-19
Ebsco is offering free access to college admissions and high school equivalency test prep titles.

Great Books Foundation: https://www.greatbooks.org/free-educational-resources/
Free Lesson Plans include activities that support critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing.

Ivy League Online Courses: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs
A listing of hundreds of free online classes from Ivy League schools.

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

North Star Editions: http://northstareditions.com/2020/03/23/distance-learning-bundles/
Web hosted ebooks for grades K-12.

Novelist Free Documentaries: https://media.netflix.com/en/company-blog/free-educational-documentaries
A selection of documentary features and series available on the Netflix US YouTube channel.

Scholastic Learn At Home: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Wide Open School: https://wideopenschool.org/
Wide Open School is a free collection of online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.


History

Citizen Archivist at the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist
Contribute to the National Archives Catalog by tagging, transcribing and adding comments to our records, making them more accessible and searchable.


Music, Theater, Art and Dance

Austin City Limits: https://www.pbs.org/show/austin-city-limits/
The popular Austin City Limits show open most shows from its past three seasons to the public for free streaming.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: https://www.moma.org/
MOMA offers virtual tours, art education classes and activities.

Sofa King Fest: https://www.sofa-king-fest.com/
A directory of music live-streams happening around the world.

Tiny Desk Concerts: https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/
NPR's intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Things Considered host Bob Boilen.


STEM

The Globe Program: The Globe Program: https://www.globe.gov/
An international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process.

Imagineering in a Box: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box
The Khan Academy offers this free online class, explaining the many tasks of Imagineers, those people responsible for designing and building customer experiences at DisneyLand.

Zooniverse: https://www.zooniverse.org/
A platform for participating in volunteer powered research projects.

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