ALA Recommends Libraries Leave the Wi-Fi On
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Ideas for Librarians to use and share:
*Do NOT forget to use the good old telephone to reach out to your patrons. Other methods: mail, local newspapers, e-newsletters, Local cable and radio stations.
*Create a hashtag for families to follow the virtual program offerings throughout the next few weeks.
*Want to take your library online--instead of reading a book:
- Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth NH is doing sing alongs with our ukulele playing librarian, demonstrating how to make homemade playdough and doing fun posts so they can see how smiling faces! (Thanks Gretyl and all your staff)
*Start a virtual reading club with the eBooks K-8 and create a group page for discussions. CSLPs Imagine Your Story resources are now available for you to use for library programming year-round, as well as the past 2 thematic years.
Stuck In My Castle Bingo You may share this with your patrons just for fun or set-up a challenge where people return it at the beginning of your summer reading program in return for "what ever you decide."
*Hold your own Bummer Games like the Ann Arbor District Library
*Freshen up those story walks or fitness forest walks (easy exercises posted) for folks getting outside--safely distanced.
*Post online scavenger hunts--nature--photo.
*Online trivia games.
*For those home with children when school is closed, consider writing letters and drawing pictures to be mailed to your local senior center.
*Low or no cost literacy activities via CLiF
*Go Explore Outside-Ways to experience nature in your own backyard
*75 ideas to do indoors (with free educational website ideas).
*Virtual Field trips--museums, zoos, art galleries, stage shows and more!
One hundred museums transform their artwork into free coloring pages
If you want to try a virtual board game night, you can create groups and play a handful of free games (and purchase access to more) on https://boardgamearena.com/
Digital Escape Rooms
-Escape from the Librarians Office by the Danbury CT Library
-Escape from Wonderland by Erin Honeycutt, Children's Librarian at Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, GA
-Hogwarts Digital Escape Room by Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA
-Indiana Jones Escape Room by the Manchester City Library, NH
-The Library of Impossible Things by the Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett NH
-Links to escape rooms for children, teens and adults by the Sun Praire Public Library, Wi
Stay at home Dungeons & Dragons. Free Material Tips & Tricks
Free Audible Stories from Amazon for kids
Harry Potter at Home
Libraries--Free Tumblebooks--Offering public libraries free access until atleast August--sign up for your community:
Scribd is making their millions of eBooks, audiobooks and magazines FREE to anyone for 30 days, no credit card required. Just sign in at this link: scribd.com/readfree
Over 450 Manga Volumes Released Online for Free
Authors Everywhere - A YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and work, will also, hopefully, host panels and other discussions.
Children's Book Council's list of Publishers Online Resources.
Librarian Book Ends - Live streaming author and illustrator read alouds by day.
LivBits Let's Keep Reading: list of authors and illustrators, etc who will be doing regular live readings or interactive sessions
My list of Authors and Illustrators offering activities and more!
Picture Book Read Alouds - this is made up of authors reading their own work, including a list from the Indianapolis Public Library with over 100 titles, and titles in other languages.
Read, Wonder, and Learn - this is a lot of authors sharing lessons, excerpts, etc from their books.
Reading Connects Us - A newsletter about virtual learning that is full of links to lessons, things authors are sharing, etc.
Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. Events will be streamed live from a variety of platforms and archived on the Stimola Live YouTube Channel.
An online calendar of KidLit events including schedules for creators reading from their own work/sharing things online
More Book and STEAM Activities, online fun for all:
Free At-Home Education Resources From Ancestry® and Access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records
Ben's Guide is a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government
Candlewick's downloadable and printable activities.
Curious City DPW - KidLit Programming Guides, Classroom Activities & Giveaways!!
Lakeshore Learning Free resources including activity and lesson plans, templates, and printables from the educational retailer Lakeshore Learning.
Mad Libs (iOS, Android) – http://www.madlibs.com/apps/
Mad Libs are so much fun that your child won’t even realize that they’re learning at the same time! It’s the interactive version of the same Mad Libs you remember from school. Your kids can complete funny, quirky stories while practicing their parts of speech and spelling, and ultimately reading their creation. Get everyone in on the action and add the Mad Libs app to your family’s rotation for family game night.
Best fit for grades 2-6.
National Geographic Kids
Reading Rocket's "Start with a Book" Books & Activities
Smithsonian Learning Lab is your destination for millions of carefully curated, easily accessible, customizable, and shareable open educational resources.
TinkerLab Free hands-on art and science activities for Pre-K & up.
Toontastic 3D (iOS, Android) – https://toontastic.withgoogle.com/
Toontastic 3D is a storytelling app created by Google where kids draw, animate and narrate their own adventures. Toontastic guides kids through the entire story creation experience from designing characters to storyboarding, animating, narrating and building a soundtrack. Grab the popcorn and have a family movie night featuring your child’s brand new cartoon!
Best fit for all ages.
FREE eBooks About Coronavirus / COVID -19 from the NY School Library System
Vroom Tips and activities for parents and caregivers to share with children 0 - 5. Log into the app using your phone or computer. Registration is required.
StoryBlocks A collection of 30-60 second videos featuring songs, rhymes, and fingerplays parents and educators can share with young children. Includes 9 languages.
Jbrary A YouTube playlist of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays parents and caregivers can share with young children.
Bedtime Math Screen free hands-on math activities. The free Bedtime Math app is also available for iOS and Android for additional math activities for ages 3 - 9.
Math Playground Free math games, logic puzzles and brain builders for grades 1 - 6.
Virtual programming for teens
Aiden Tyler QuaranTEEN weekly webcast serial at Junior Library Guild
Try a Teen Tech Scavenger Hunt--see Tennessee State Library's example.
Host a Teen Lunch Zoom. Try a Stress Baking together.
The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.
Combating oppression and racism during the crisis:
-See Teaching Tolerance for articles and resources.
-A small collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist home school curriculum ideas and resources
Movement & Mindfulness:
ALA Libraries and COVID 19: Managing Strategies and Stress Suggested Resources from Richard Moniz.
4-30 S Bryce Kozla Being Trauma Informed during a Pandemic - An Introduction for Library Staff webinar & resources
PLA Webinar: Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety Webinar Handout
Resources for those facing grief and mortality by LJ
Personal Rejuvenation for Public Innovators from Harwood Institute & Turning Outward Together weekly Facebook Live Series *New 5/8
Stop Trying to Be Productive 4/1 article the New York Times
Don't forget to take care of yourself
Taking Care of Your Mental Health - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronoavirus
Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure
That Discomfort You Are Feeling is Grief
Katie Scherrer's - Stories Songs and Stretches is offering free content during this time on her facebook Katie Scherrer Yoga. See her recent e-mail HERE
Jenn Carson - Author, Librarian, Yogi Check out her site for inspiration. Maybe you would like inspiration for more wellness in your library and make plans for when things return to "normal", see Let's Move in Libraries.
Brain Breaks - Action Songs for Children - Move and Freeze Popular children’s brain breaks, action and dance song, Move and Freeze. Move and Freeze is from the award-winning CD, “Brain Boogie Boosters.”
GoNoodle is free for teachers, parents, and kids! In addition to energizing content, GoNoodle has 300+ dance videos, mindfulness activities, and more engaging videos for kids!
Reliable & Accurate Information About Covid19
For reliable information and social media to share with your communities:
Wash Your Hands:
2020 Pandemic Posters from the University of Mississippi Libraries
Copyright, Fair Use and Streaming Storytime
HarperCollins has updated their permissions through Sept 9th.
ALSC Virtual Storytime Services Guide *New Living Guide
**From SLJ--list of publishers adapting policies to help educators--PLEASE read their instructions and adhere to their rules.
-5/2/20 Pausing to Talk About Copyright and Virtual Storytimes ALSC Blog
-4/28/20 Virtual Programming and Patron Privacy from ALSC Children and Technology committee
-Education Continuity License: Copyright Permissions for Educational Use *New
-4/2/20 Webjunction article Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More with Tips for Making Video Content and Doing Storytimes Online *New
-4/9/20 Reading Aloud: Fair Use document by Deb Baker-Library Director-Manchester Community College, Manchester NH *New 4/9
-3/24/20 Programming Librarian article: Online Storytime & Coronavirus
-Music Help for Streaming Storytimes! from the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
Copyright and streaming storytime considerations (from our youth librarian friends in Michigan)
Developing and Promoting Online Services:
-8 tips for teachers, librarians, and and small business. How to make videos during coronavirus
-Microtraining: We’re Not Closed — We’re Live! by Novelist
-National Endowment for the Arts: Resources to help ensure accessibility of your virtual events for people with disabilities.
-Connecting Kids to Books While Your Building is Closed ALSC Blogger Abby Johnson
-Virtual Storytimes: Filming Before, During and After COVID-19 Webinar and handouts from the Colorado State Library.
Social Media Smarts
Advertising your "Take Out" Services - Goffstown Public Library
Creative advertising created by Tammy Gross - Goffstown Public Library, Goffstown NH
Looking for free or discounted books to give away in outreach:
2020 CSLP Reimagined Summer Reading Program Manual
5-1-20 CSLP has added a "Summer 2020 Reimagined" packet of resources that includes ideas from our current and past manuals. It contains six weeks of content highlighting early literacy, children, teens, adults, and families. The materials are divided by age group and are designed to be distributed directly to patrons as printed packets or online in a way that works best for your library. All activities provided are intended for patrons to do at home and are little to no cost. Be sure to download it at www.CSLPreads.org
Summer Planning Help:
Step-by-step guide to virtual summer camp
Vermont Afterschool’s Summer Activity Guide
Forest Preschool ideas available until June 21, 2020
Can we mobilize our community members as tutors for vulnerable learners?
Conversation starters to improve virtual visits
Why we should all keep a journal now
Jason Reynolds on boosting kids’ imaginations
Reading science fiction to boost resilience
OK You've Got This resources
Incorporating movement and meaning and storytelling with hip hop pedagogy
~Children's Literacy Foundation