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SOME ONLINE RESOURCES (Updated daily)
LISTS OF ONLINE RESOURCES
SELCO compiled a great list, complete with links, to a wide variety of electronic resources for education and entertainment. Be sure to scroll all the way down; there are many resources for all ages on their page: https://tinyurl.com/whfnfbd
Amazing Educational Resources has a public spreadsheet available detailing the ever growing list of available resources.
Google Arts and Culture Collection provides links to museums that offer free virtual resources and tours.
The Link Library is a new & growing initiative begun during the COVID-19 crisis by Minnesota’s BEST field trip destinations, independent providers & entertainers. Enjoy FREE access to linked videos & media they have produced for the benefit of schools, families, distance learners, daycare providers, group leaders and activity coordinators. Content includes standards-supporting educational classes, experiential learning (field trips, projects, classes, and activities), tours, and just-plain-fun entertainment in 6 simple categories for all ages: students, youth, active adults & seniors.
Audible For as long as schools are closed, they’re open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy.
Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free yoga resources for kids on their YouTube channel.
Dav Pilkey at Home The author of the youth book series, Dog Man and Captain Underpants has teamed up with Scholastic Books to bring you weekly activities, exciting videos and much more. Every Friday a variety of activities will be uploaded to the Scholastic website for young fans to enjoy.
Draw Everyday Author and illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, offers a ‘Draw Everyday’ tutorial on his YouTube channel.
Fun Family Crafts offers free educational crafting ideas from toddler to teen including crystal egg geodes and coffee ground fossils.
Go Noodle is offering free short videos to get kids moving and dancing.
Imagineering in a Box Enjoy a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience! It’s available to all and completely free. Created in partnership with the Khan Academy and Pixar.
Junior Library Guild Now offering FREE access to the JLG Digital online reading platform. With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High School students, JLG Digital gives you unlimited access to read books online from any device. No passwords necessary and no limit to the number of users who can access the books at the same time. Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available!
Operation Storytime is offering read-alouds from enough authors to fill a virtual library. This site has a spreadsheet with a schedule and links.
Rochester Writing Lab Attention Young Writers: If you’re spending some of your free time with your fingers on the keyboard writing the next best seller, a few RWL local authors are offering to read and edit your work to keep you headed in the right direction. There’s no need to be on this journey alone. Writers must unite! Contact email@example.com and they will send you instructions on how to upload your file to their File Share. They have lots of writing prompts on their blog if you need something to help you get started!
Scholastic Learn at Home is offering free “day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.”
Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. It is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Vidcode is a coding platform for 3rd grade and up. They provide free curriculum, highly visual coding platform and teacher support. The curricular approach enables students to create video filters, simulations, augmented reality, and other creative projects — all while learning the fundamentals of computer science & web programming.
Great Courses Enter code FREEMO at checkout to watch free for a month. Listen or watch on your TV, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Longform offers a wide variety of new and classic non-fiction articles from around the web. Longform is a free website sponsored by the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Longform adds new articles daily and also offers a weekly podcast with authors on how they tell stories.
Longreads is dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling in the world. It features in-depth investigative reporting, interviews and profiles, podcasts, essays and criticism. Longreads has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards, and Longreads.com has been cited for digital excellence by the Online News Association and Peabody Awards. Their stories have been featured in the Best American anthology series, and their series “Bundyville,” with Leah Sottile and Oregon Public Broadcasting, was named one of the best podcasts of 2018.
Open Culture has free textbooks, movies, audiobooks and links to free online courses from professors.
VIRTUAL TOURS FOR ALL
You can Google just about any location, along with the words “virtual tour”, and find free online tours, but here is a list of some you may want to start with:
- Disney World offers a free virtual tour of the park on Google.
- Elmwood Park Zoo is offering free educational Facebook livestreams.
- Explore offers free livestreams and videos from all over the world.
- Google Earth is offering free virtual tours of National Parks.
- Legoland offers a free virtual tour of their Lego Hotel.
- The Louvre offers free virtual museum tours.
- NASA offers free virtual tours.
- Seaworld Orlando offers a free interactive virtual tour of their park.
- The Cincinatti Zoo offers free livestreams and educational videos.
- The National Aquarium offers several free livestreams of the world’s coral reefs.
- The National Women’s History Museum offers a free virtual tour and educational resources.
- The Smithsonian’s National Museum offers a free virtual tour.
- The Smithsonian’s National Zoo offers the Panda Cam livestream and educational lesson plans.
- The Van Gogh Museum offers a free virtual tour on Google.
- Wild Earth offers free educational videos and livestreams in the African Safari.
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STATE: The State no longer provides the library with forms or instructions. As a courtesy, the library has printed 2019 M1, Individual Income Tax and M1PR, Homestead Credit Refund and Renter’s Property Tax Refund forms for the public to take. If you need more than one copy of each, you can make copies for 25 cents a piece.
The library has printed instructions for the Minnesota Individual Income Tax and Property Tax Refund that you may check out if you wish. Please ask at the circulation desk.
State forms and instructions are available at www.revenue.state.mn.us.
If you would like to file online, you are welcome to come do so using the library’s computers!
“For years we’ve been relying on incomplete data to make big decisions on broadband infrastructure in Minnesota,” said Nathan Zacharias, Project Manager for the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative. “Most broadband maps stop at the census block, township, or county level. The Minnesota Speed Test Initiative will give us house-by-house data that just isn’t available anywhere else. We’re very excited to get this project in the field.”
The speed test can be taken with any device that has an internet or cellular connection and takes less than one minute to complete. No personal information will be collected. Testing data will be statistically valid and provide a map of what service levels are for any given area in the state. This information will be an important tool for communities that are planning a broadband expansion project through the FCC, USDA, or MN Borderto-Border Broadband Grant Program.
COVID-19 has shown us how important access to broadband is for every Minnesotan now that we’re being asked to work, learn, or receive care from home. Broadband is no different than any other basic utility that people need. It is an essential part of our daily lives.
Click on any of the titles below to access virtual programming. There is something for every age!
Please fill out a short survey online if you watched any of the programs listed above. They were made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. Your input is crucial to our completion of required final reports. Thanks!!
Our Science Tellers program was made possible with funding from the Friends of the Chatfield Public Library.
If you have been to any of Doug Ohman’s programs (we have hosted him at least 3 times and have all of his books) you will remember what an incredible photographer, historian, and storyteller he is. His programs are always wildly popular and incredibly enjoyable. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this kayak adventure down the Mississippi River right from the comfort of your own armchair! You can access all 3 parts of his virtual journey below.
Part 1: Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls. Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey. Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.
Part 2: Continue Kayaking with Doug through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul. This 130 mile stretch of the river is sure to entertain and educate as he travels through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis. You will experience going through three river locks and Doug shares more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.
Part 3: Doug paddles from the river city of St. Paul all the way down to the Iowa border, completing his trip down the entire Mississippi River within Minnesota. This final stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes you into some of the most picturesque scenery on the trip so far. You will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha. When Doug finally reaches the Iowa border, he will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.
This virtual program is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. We would be very grateful for your opinions of this program. Please leave a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be extremely helpful as we fill out a required final report detailing the success of this program. Thank you!
All of the virtual programs we have posted so far will be available at least until August 31, 2020.
Please fill out the survey below before July 27th. Because this is a Legacy funded program, we need to submit a final report. And we need your comments in order to fill out this report! Thank you!