We’ve compiled and curated this comprehensive list (say that ten times fast!) of free resources you can access during coronavirus. Be sure to check back, as we’ll be updating it often, and don’t forget to check out all the things that the library has to offer as well: there are lots of download and streaming options for reading, watching content, and taking classes, and there are tons of databases to explore for learning.
Crafts & Hobbies
Give adult coloring a try! It’s relaxing and therapeutic…who doesn’t need that right now?
Crafts from Good Housekeeping
Stylists, designers and expert-DIYers will be sharing a Pinterest-worthy craft project that you can do with things you already have laying around the house every Friday at 3 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Adult Coloring – Animals
This is a magazine contained in NOPL’s RBdigital platform. Log in with your library card, sign in (or create an account), and then check this title out. You’ll be able to print out any of the pages you like, but we do recommend doing it from a computer to make it easier.
Make 100 Fun Projects with Just 10 Products
There are tons of fun things you can make if you have just a few basic craft supplies laying around the house. This guide from Michaels crafts shows you what you can make and how to do it.
Milk Street Cooking School
The entire line of online cooking classes has been made available for free. Classes include how to master cooking without a recipe, learning how to make the most of your multi-cooker and more.
Kitchn S Cooking School
Access 20 different lessons to master different techniques and foods.
Dig into a wide variety of archived videos demonstrating everything from freezing tips and how to sharpen knives, to cooking salmon, spatchcocking chicken, and making custard.
Enter your list of ingredients and Supercook will spit back all the recipes you can make utilizing some and/or all of your ingredients!
Free streaming classes air live daily at 8 a.m., and remain available to watch later.
Free streaming fitness classes as part of its “United We Move” offer.
Core Power Yoga
If you’re a yogi, this site might have the streaming classes you need to keep up your practice.
Fitness on Hoopla
Stream programs from Gaiam, Jillian Michaels, and others. All you need is your library card and PIN.
Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s top attractions.
Google’s online Arts & Culture digital exhibit features five national parks, including Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, and Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.
More National Parks:
- Yellowstone National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Arcadia National Park
- Arches National Park
- Badlands National Park
Royal Botanic Gardens
Virtually stroll through the stunning landscapes of this UNESCO world heritage site.
The Louvre Museum
Enjoy a realistic, 360-degree tour of several parts of this famous Paris museum.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Cover every bit (including the gift shop) of this science museum in their virtual tour.
Google Arts & Culture
Travel to the world’s finest museums without the crowds with this collection of must-see works of art from 2500 museums all over the world.
The Great Wall of China
Explore this historic monument without leaving your home.
Music & Theater
The Metropolitan Opera
Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
Living Room Concerts
Broadway World is offering free these short concerts with Broadway actors sharing their favorite show tunes.
The Seattle Symphony is broadcasting performances on it’s YouTube and Facebook social media channels, but their schedule of upcoming performances can be found on their website.
An amazing collection of live animal webcams! Watch almost anything – from a bear catching dinner in a stream and bald eagles nesting, to wildlife in Africa. Be careful! This could be your new favorite addition!
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Enjoy sights from a tropical coral reef, watch birds in the aviary and sea otters at play, or be entranced by jellyfish.
The Cincinnati Zoo
Watch live-streaming of some of the zoo’s animals on their Facebook page daily at 3PM.
The National Aquarium
Peek in on black-tipped sharks, a jellyfish invasion, and a Pacific coral reef.
Could there be anything cuter than a frolicking flock of penguins? Watch the African Penguins at the San Diego Zoo and decide for yourself!
Discovery & Learning
A place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.
Join in-depth debates and discussions about a variety of deep, and interesting topics.
platform for short video lectures, TED is a great place for inspirational talks and educational lessons.
A source for great tutorials if you want to delve deeper into the maker scene.
Have some digital photos you’d like to retouch? Pixlr’s photo editor is similar in a lot of ways to Adobe PhotoShop, but it’s 100% free to use and functional on both desktop and mobile platforms.
New! Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities
With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media. This list includes over 50 virtual author activities.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Daily lessons that combine videos, stories and prompts for drawing and writing activities. Grade levels include pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and up.
Miss Humblebee’s Academy
An interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!
A YouTube channel offering engaging educational videos suitable for grades 5 and up, featuring a wide range of subjects, from anatomy to world history.
Read at Home Bingo
Brought to you by the blog The Crafting Chicks, this fun printable can be used in conjunction with ebooks you borrow or with favorite books your kids already have at home. There are lots of other fun printables and craft ideas on the site for you to explore while you’re there.
A curated collection of over 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, and graphic novels. Plus, they have an entire collection of math-related picture books in TumbleMath. They’ve made their collections available free for a limited time through the library.
PBS KIDS and PBS LearningMedia
Both of these sites are offering tools to help support learning at home, including educational videos and games from favorite series, and related skill-building offline activities.
Amazon Prime Video for Kids
Amazon has opened up free streaming access to more than 40 children’s shows — including its original series. To access the free kids’ titles, users must sign in with a valid Amazon account, which is free.
Feeling stiff? Check out all of GoNoodle Family’s videos to encourage movement and activity.
Tons of coloring pages you can download and print.
Explore the world of children’s literature through videos, podcasts, arts and crafts, and more.
Daily activities, stories, songs and more for young children and their families.
Draw With Rob
Illustrator Rob Biddulph is teaching families how to draw with bi-weekly lessons.
Story Time with Miss Sarah
NOPL North Syracuse’s own Children’s Librarian hosts virtual story time. Watch for the announcements on the library’s Facebook page, or watch them later on the Story Time page on our website.
Quarantine Art Club
Illustrator Carson Ellis is leading daily art classes for adults and kids alike with her Quarantine Art Club. Every day will have a different drawing prompt to get the creative juices flowing, so after watching a couple quick step-by-step video clips, you can take your eyes off a screen for a change and put pen to paper.
Artist and writer Mo Willems (author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”) is hosting daily video sessions every weekday at 1 p.m. A downloadable activity page accompanies each daily session,
Save with Stories
Stories read to provide fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. An initiative started by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams.
Learn at Home with YouTube
Google has partnered with Khan Academy and other learning creators to bring parents & families resources and activities to make the coming days as educational and fun as possible.
Science Experiments with Bill Nye
Explore the fun side of science using objects around your home.
Storytime From Space
This is unlike any other kind of story time! Listen to NASA astronauts read stories to kids while they float around in space.
Amazon has shared these audiobooks free of charge for children of all ages as long as schools are closed to help supplement their education and entertainment options.