Science Tellers present … Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress!

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A long time ago, in a faraway land, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from an evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, the kids might need to look to themselves — and to science! — for the answer.

Don’t miss this fun fantasy adventure featuring awesome dry ice experiments as special effects!

A virtual program brought to you by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Library.

You can access this program as many times as you wish until the end of August.  Just click the photo above.

Interested in doing your own experiment involving ice?  Learn how to make “sticky ice” in this bonus experiment here …

Team of young prodigies conducting scientific experiments

All you need is a cup, water, an ice cube, string, and salt.   Share photos with us if you do the experiment!

 

The Jolly Pops Virtual Summer Concert

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Get ready to dance to your favorite Jolly Pops tunes at their virtual summer concert.  The Happy Dads bring family music fun in this 35 minute video along with animations, your favorite puppet characters (like Bacon and Chompy) and so much more!The Jolly Pops virtual concert

Watch as many times as you like all summer!

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!

Curbside Pick-up Now Available

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We are pleased that we can now offer Curbside Pick-up on the Patio!

1) Request the titles you’d like through one of the following options:

2) When you are notified that your items are available, please schedule a time to come pick them up.

Tuesday          10am – 6pm
Wednesday     10am – 6pm
Thursday         10am – 6pm
Friday                9am – 5pm

3) Come to the library at your scheduled time and pick up your items from the patio area out in front of the library.  Your items will already be checked out to you and waiting with your name on them.

If it happens to be raining, your items will be in a bag leaning against the building under the overhang by the front door.

Building Closed

The library building remains closed to the public.  You may see workmen coming and going as construction and renovation work continue inside.  We can’t wait until it is finished and it is once again safe enough for you to come in and enjoy.  We miss you!

Stay safe!

Free Online Resources

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Coloured Dice Showing Org, Biz, Info, Int, Net, Com, EduSOME 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

All resources provided HERE are free. Some sites do not require a login, but some may require you to create a free login.

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.

FOR YOUTH

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 info@rochesterwritinglab.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.

FOR ADULTS

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: