Don’t Feel Stuck at Home! Explore These Free Online Resources!

Staff Picks 

Notes  on streaming video content assembled by library staff member, Jeanne.  

The latest TV picks fom Jeanne (4/30/20).

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Museum Tours

New York City

Guggenheim Museum – You can utilize Google’s Street View feature to explore the museum’s exclusive Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary era art exhibits.

The Intrepid: Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex – The Intrepid website offers educational videos on the history and evolution of the Intrepid and other related topics. There is also an extensive offering of virtual and online educational programs.

The Museum of Modern Art — MoMA – Explore exhibits dating back to 1929 and check out the iconic works of Matisse, Picasso, and more. 

Whitney Museum of Modern Art – Check out the Meatpacking District’s beloved museum of modern American art without dragging yourself over there.

London

The British Museum – Featuring historic works like the ancient Rosetta Stone and actual Egyptian mummies, The British Museum is home to hundreds of remarkable artifacts.

Tate Modern – Navigate London’s modern art gallery via street view at Tate, which houses both national and international collections of art dating between the 1900s and present day.

Paris

The Louvre – Check out Egyptian Antiquities, Galerie d’Apollon, and more.

Musée d’Orsay – Experience the work of iconic French artists like Monet, Cézanne, and Gaugin. The museum’s diverse collection includes oil paintings, canvas work, modern art, and impressionism.

Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum – Get a taste of the Dutch Golden Age at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, with an array of art from notable names like Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Van Gogh Museum – As the name suggests, the city’s Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s work in the world, with over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750 personal letters — many of which can be viewed online.

Washington D.C.

National Gallery of Art – The country’s capital is home to one of the most popular art museums in the US: the National Gallery of Art. And Google happens to feature two exhibits online, American Fashion from 1740 through 1895 and a collection from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery – Immerse yourself in the Smithsonian’s expansive National Portrait Gallery, which includes Portraits of African Americans, First Ladies, Votes for Women, and more.

Performances

BroadwayHD

The platform is currently offering a free seven-day trial, along with an affordable $8.99 monthly plan.

The Kennedy Center

Watch extraordinary performances every day — from The Kennedy Center’s stages and beyond. Featuring original works, new performances and the best of their vast archive. 

Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled performances due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, and is streaming encore Live in HD presentations for its ‘Nightly Met Opera Stream’. Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day. Click here for the stream (it will say an error code at times when the stream is unavailaable). 

Playbill

Check out this great list of where to stream Broadway shows. The list includes family friendly favorites, such as Peter Pan and Newsies.

Zoos & Aquariums

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is conducting a shark storytime every day this week at 10 a.m. There will be a shark story and time for shark Q & A.

Cape May Park & Zoo

Cape May Park Zoo is offering Zoo School on their Facebook page. This includes daily educational videos featuring a different animal or location in the zoo. Zoo staff is also available to answer questions during select times each day.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

The zoo will be hosting daily streams on Facebook Live. Each day, the stream will focus on a different animal in the zoo. They’ll also be sharing fun activities that you can do at home.

The Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo began sharing behind-the-scenes footage and educational videos on social media, using the hashtag #BringTheZooToYou.

New England Aquarium

Join them for live presentations, new videos, and activities to try from home.

San Diego Zoo

Watch and Learn – Live cams and videos of your favorite animals

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL

The aquarium encourages people to check its social media accounts for behind-the-scenes posts, and to learn more about aquatic animals through its digital resources.

Adults, Parents, Teachers

Children’s Book Council

The new CBC resource page is now available and contains links directly to publisher websites to easily access and learn more about the amazing children’s and young adult books and activities they have to offer.

Discover Jersey Arts 

Stay connected to the arts you love with Jersey Arts at Home, our ever-changing selection of virtual experiences from across the state. 

Dreambox Learning

For a limited time, parents can get a 90 day FREE trial of DreamBox so children can learn at home. Simply sign up by April 30th.

Holiday House

This is a new Holiday House Resources page. It was created to meet the needs of those who have been looking for ways to engage with and continue teaching children in a virtual environment.

Kids Activities

A happy place filled with easy things to do with kids that don’t require special skills, lots of money or advanced planning.

LibraryIQ

Check out this online resource guide for parents to help children learn at home. With school closures extended, the need for high-quality educational resources continues. 

Niche Academy

Niche Academy, a library vendor, is making the resources on their Reopening Lives Academy free to all libraries in the U.S. There is no password or geo location necessary to access the materials. The library community curated the resources, which include COVID 19 resources, such as cleaning and disinfecting, paycheck protection program, virtual programming and much more.

https://my.nicheacademy.com/reopening

OCLC

Many content providers have offered free access to e-content collections to help you maintain online services during the COVID-19 crisis. OCLC is actively partnering with global content providers to ensure access to these valuable resources through OCLC cataloging, discovery, and resource sharing services.

Open Culture

Get 1,500 free online courses from the world’s leading universities — Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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