Quarantine Survival Guide

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The library is currently closed and everyone is spending more time indoors. The Colleyville Library employees have rounded up their favorite online tools for learning, exploration, and entertainment to help make your stay at home a more enriching experience.

Library Digital Resources

Cloud Library
Cloud Library makes finding and downloading e-books and e-audiobooks simple.  Download the Cloud Library App and select from 1,000s of titles and read or listen to them on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle fire.

RB Digital
Access a wide variety of children, teen, and adult e-audiobook titles and e-magazines from Recorded Books on all of your favorite devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire.

 

Library Databases

https://www.colleyvillelibrary.com/catalog/library-adult-databases

https://www.colleyvillelibrary.com/catalog/library-juvenile-databases

Texshare Databases
Available to Texas library patrons with a valid library card and password. Contact your home library for more information. Contains full-text information from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers on a wide range of subjects.

Scholastic Go!
Scholastic GO! offers endless resources for research in a multitude of media. Explore nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more with this easy-to-navigate digital resource designed to strengthen content knowledge, vocabulary, and core proficiency skills. Scholastic Go! combines Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Americana databases into one great site.

BookFlix
BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

TrueFlix
TrueFlix offers dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning. TrueFlix is a highly-engaging multimedia resource that can be used in the library, the classroom, on mobile devices, or at home.

FreedomFlix
FreedomFlix is an exciting digital resource that will engage even the most reluctant readers! With nearly 70 social studies units spanning ten core curricula areas, FreedomFlix provides a wealth of learning opportunities.

ScienceFlix
ScienceFlix Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

NoveList
NoveList provides information on books, authors, and book reviews. Contains material for all ages, from toddlers to adults. NoveList provides lists of series, author read-alikes and book discussion questions for many popular titles and classics.

Transparent Language
Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities. Access is available through the RB Digital app.

Reference USA
Reference USA contains information about public and private American companies. Data can be sorted by geography, business size, and type of business.

 

Free Online Resources and Entertainment for Adults and Teens

AllRecipes
Allrecipes provides thousands of recipes to reproduce at home. The dishes are explained on video or through text tutorials, with the detailing of the ingredients and step by step. It is possible to find sweet, salty recipes, for starters, main course and dessert, as well as healthy options, sauces, and side dishes.
www.allrecipes.com

Amazon TV
Amazon is making kids shows available for free, even to non-susbcribers of its Prime Video streaming service. Available titles to keep the little ones busy include the Amazon original series "Just Add Magic,"  "Pete the Cat" and "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie," along with shows licensed from PBS (and also available on the PBS app) such as "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood," "Odd Squad" and "Arthur." 
www.amazon.com

Audible
Amazon’s audiobook service Audible has made hundreds of titles available for free. The collection is curated to appeal most to younger listeners home from school and in need of entertaining, though adult listeners can find plenty of classics, including Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” narrated by Scarlett Johansson, and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables,” narrated by Rachel McAdams. Books are available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
www.stories.audible.com

CBS All Access (30 day free trial)
The CBS All Access deal provides one month free on either its commercial-free service ($9.99 per month thereafter) or the one with limited commercials ($5.99 per month thereafter). A previous trial offer was one week free and available only for the limited-commercial service. Subscribers who use the code GIFT have until April 23 to sign up.
www.cbs.com/all-access

Class Central
Learn from the best. Discover thousands of free online courses from top universities around the world like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.
https://www.classcentral.com/

Comixology (60 day free trial)
Bummed that the "Black Widow" movie was postponed? You can read the Avenger's comic-book adventures at Comixology, Amazon's digital comics service. The free trial for Comixology Unlimited, which gives readers access to 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga, has been extended to 60 days. That gives you plenty of time to read Black Widow, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Iron Man stories, plus Comixology's original series. You can also catch up on stuff that's been turned into movies and TV shows like "The Walking Dead," "Locke & Key" and "Umbrella Academy."
www.comixology.com

FitPass (90 day free trial)
FitPass offers a wide variety of live and on-demand classes. You'll find cardio and core workouts, pilates, Zumba and so on. The app is available for Android and iOS. If you choose to continue after the trial, FitPass costs $20 per month.
https://echelonfit.com/pages/echelon-90-day-promo?utm_source=pepperjam&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=53473&clickId=3060633751

GCF Learn Free
Access over 90 free tutorials in technology, Microsoft Office, reading, math, career, and more.
www.gcflearnfree.org

HBO
Starting April 3, you'll be able to stream around 500 hours of movies and shows from HBO for a limited time, the company said Thursday. Programming includes The Sopranos, Veep, The Wire and Pokemon Detective Pikachu and more. Content will be available to stream without an HBO subscription by downloading the HBO Now or HBO Go apps. Available for a limited time.
www.hbonow.com or www.hbogo.com

IMusic-School
This website provides a vast catalog of free videos with professional musicians teaching amateurs how to play musical instruments. You can learn guitars, pianos, drums, singing, harmonicas, double basses, violins, flutes, clarinet and even less popular devices such as the Chinese instrument and cello. The videos explain, in tutorials, several techniques and tips for beginners and advanced musicians.
www.imusic-school.com/en/

Internet Archive
This nonprofit library offers free academic and historical books such as “An Embroidery Pattern Book” by Mary E. Waring, published in 1917, and “Goody Two-Shoes,” published by the McLoughlin Brothers and copyrighted in 1888. There’s also an online collection from the Smithsonian Libraries.
www.archive.org

Librivox
Volunteers from around the world record books in the public domain and then release the audiobooks online for free. Available titles include “The Adventures of Puss in Boots Jr.” by David Cory and “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne in Spanish. You can browse the catalog by author, title, genre and language, which includes ancient Greek, Arabic and Portuguese. If you’d rather record a book than listen to one, anyone can volunteer to do so. No prior experience required.
www.librivox.org

Open Library
This is an open online project of Internet Archive. Browse more than a million free e-books such as Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” and Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.”
www.openlibrary.org

Peloton (90 day free trial)
Available for Android, iOS and Amazon Fire TV, Peloton provides unlimited access to a wealth of live and on-demand classes: treadmill and outdoor running, strength training, high-intensity interval training, yoga, meditation and so on. If you choose to continue after the trial, the subscription costs $13 a month.
https://www.onepeloton.com/app

PDF Book World
Download PDF versions of poetry, plays, nonfiction and literary classics such as “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.
www.pdfbooksworld.com

The Poetry Foundation
Launched by Poetry magazine, the foundation has a vast collection of some of the best poetry ever written. Check out the work of former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as a starting place. Visit poetryfoundation.org or download the free Poetry app on Amazon, iTunes or Google Play.
www.poetryfoundation.org

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
https://www.gutenberg.org/

Sonnet a Day
Patrick Stewart, star of “X-Men” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” has been been reciting Shakespeare on Twitter. Visit @SirPatStew on Twitter. 
www.twitter.com

Spotify
The streaming service boasts a wide selection of recordings and free audiobooks narrated by well-known authors. Listen to Kurt Vonnegut read “Breakfast of Champions” and “Slaughterhouse-Five,” Edna St. Vincent Millay reflect on love or Charles Bukowski recite his poetry. You also can find audio editions of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” and Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Sign up for an account at spotify.com. Click on “Browser” (in the upper left corner), scroll all the way down to “Word,” and enjoy.
www.spotify.com

Tubi
Tubi, an ad-supported service acquired this week by Fox, offers more than 20,000 movies and TV shows. Genres include action, comedy, drama, horror, documentary and family-oriented shows, along with plenty of TV programming from A&E ("Duck Dynasty"), "Highway to Heaven" and other uplifting programs from Dove Channel. 
www.tubitv.com

Vidcode Virtual Coding Club
Clubs are lead by Vidcode coding experts and are held each Thursday @ 3pm EST / 12pm PST for coders of all experience levels (age 11 years old and up). Our Vidcoders are loving it! Students join virtually and learn JavaScript programming with a new project each week. All students who sign up for this club will have full Vidcode access until the end of the school-year.
https://about.vidcode.com/virtual-coding-club

Virtual Museums
Several museums offer virtual tours of their works, which can be freely accessed during the quarantine period. Through Google Art and Culture, it is possible to visit more than 500 museums in the world, including several Brazilian units, viewing works of the most diverse artists and periods of history, with rich detailing of information.
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner

Virtual Tours of National Parks
Google Earth is offering virtual tours of some of the world's most incredible national parks to provide an escape for people during social distancing. You can visit the most high-profile bucket-list of America's national parks, including the sweeping vistas of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite, the alligators of the Everglades and the rock salt basins, polished rocks and marble walls of Death Valley. 
https://earth.google.com/web/@2.45133915,-98.61144059,-5192.98031784a,27413757.13498593d,35y,-0h,0t,0r/data=Ci0SKxIgMzVhNjc1YmQ0NjVjMTFlOTg0Yjg1NTMyNWRjMDk2MzQiB3ZveV90b2M

Xumo
Xumo viewers get free live and on-demand streaming entertainment – up to 190 channels – along with some commercials. The service offers "channels" from The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, USA TODAY, Funny or Die and History. "Roseanne," "Hell's Kitchen" and "Unsolved Mysteries" are among the available programs.
www.xumo.tv

 

Free Online Resources and Entertainment for Children

Literature/Story time/Read-Alouds

Audible
Amazon’s audiobook service Audible has made hundreds of titles available for free. The collection is curated to appeal most to younger listeners home from school and in need of entertaining, though adult listeners can find plenty of classics, including Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” narrated by Scarlett Johansson, and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables,” narrated by Rachel McAdams. Books are available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
www.stories.audible.com

Dav Pilkey at Home
Dav Pilkey at Home will feature new video content created by Pilkey himself on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET on social media channels and the websites of the Library and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. Beginning April 1, fun and free activities will be available online including how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections. Additional videos and content will be shared periodically throughout the week and will feature downloadable activities, conversations about books and creativity, and tips for kids and families to create their own characters and act out scenes from Pilkey’s Dog Man book series.
https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/dav-pilkey-at-home/

Good Night with Dolly
Goodnight with Dolly hopes to inspire a love of books and shared story time during this important period. The weekly read-aloud series features several of the Imagination Library’s wonderful books
https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/

Harper Kids at Home
Harper Collins Publishers has various read alouds and activities everyday for various ages.
https://www.harpercollins.com/childrens/harper-at-home/

International Children’s Library
You’ll find award-winning books for various reading levels, including a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Browse literature in Hindi, Mongolian and other languages. Registration is optional, but registered users can select a preferred language and save books to a personal shelf.
www.en.childrenslibrary.org

Librivox
Volunteers from around the world record books in the public domain and then release the audiobooks online for free. Available titles include “The Adventures of Puss in Boots Jr.” by David Cory and “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne in Spanish. You can browse the catalog by author, title, genre and language, which includes ancient Greek, Arabic and Portuguese. If you’d rather record a book than listen to one, anyone can volunteer to do so. No prior experience required.
www.librivox.org

Open Library
This is an open online project of Internet Archive. Browse more than a million free e-books such as Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” and Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.”
www.openlibrary.org

Save with Stories
Celebrities such as Amy Adams and Natalie Portman are helping ease children’s coronavirus anxieties by lending their voices to the #SaveWithStories initiative, which raises funds for kids who don’t have meals while schools are closed. Jennifer Garner recently read Jan Brett’s winter wonderland tale “The Mitten” and Josh Gad, who voices Olaf in the “Frozen” movies, read Shel Silverstein’s classic “The Giving Tree.” Search #savewithstories on Instagram or Twitter. Learn more about the initiative and how to help at:
www.savethechildren.org

Story Time in Space
Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation. Children’s books are sent to the International Space Station while in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. The videos are being edited and placed on the Story Time From Space website- look under the heading ” Story Time Videos”.
https://storytimefromspace.com/

Storyline Online
Famous actors and actresses read various picture books with the collaboration of SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. 
https://www.storylineonline.net/

We Are Teachers
We are teachers has a rather large list of children’s authors who are doing online read-alouds and activities for elementary thru high school.
https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities

 

Learning Resources

San Diego Kids
Website by the San Diego Zoo just for Kids. There are stories, informational facts, videos, activities and games.
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

Vidcode Virtual Coding Club
Clubs are lead by Vidcode coding experts and are held each Thursday @ 3pm EST / 12pm PST for coders of all experience levels (age 11 years old and up). Our Vidcoders are loving it! Students join virtually and learn JavaScript programming with a new project each week. All students who sign up for this club will have full Vidcode access until the end of the school-year.
https://about.vidcode.com/virtual-coding-club

Brain Pop Jr.
Explores educational subject areas such as Science, Health, Reading and Writing, Social Studies, Math, Arts and Technology. There are various activities under the subject areas. They are giving you free access in the event of school closures.
https://jr.brainpop.com

National Geographic Kids
Educational games, videos and more geared toward kids from National Geographic.
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

Get Your Teach On
Live stream lessons, at-home activities, lesson plans, and resources for free.
https://www.getyourteachon.com/

PBS Kids Learn & Grow
Math, Science, Literacy, Art, Social skills and more divided by age.
https://www.pbs.org/parents/learn-grow

Scholastic Learn at Home
Free daily activities separated by grade level to help kids keep growing, reading and thinking.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Maker Maven STEAM Challenges
STEAM challenges from Maker Maven.
https://www.makermaven.net/steam-challenges

Greg Tang Math Games
Provides games, books, resources related to math.
https://www.gregtangmath.com

Crash Course Kids
Grade school various science biweekly shows on Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering.
https://complexly.com/shows/crash-course-kids

Education.com
Contains worksheets, games, guided lessons, lesson plans, interactive stories, science projects, and hands on activities separated by grade level.  Free due to school closures.
https://www.education.com/games/?cid=11.2144

 

Entertainment & The Arts

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Weekly episodes at 1 p.m. with the author of the Elephant and Piggie series. Bring paper and pencil.
https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems

At Home with Emily Arrow
Story time geared around books and entertainment with musician and author Emily Arrow and her ukulele name Bow!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF3fmzbEwONd0Trjrhqeauw

PBS Kids
Enjoy games videos and other materials from some of your favorite PBS shows for free.
https://pbskids.org/

KIDZ BOP
Sing, dance, and move around to KIDZ BOP.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKE0Xnj818IDaHvIcRiq0Bg

Smithsonian Kids
Various activities and games provided by the Smithsonian.
https://www.si.edu/Kids

Fort Worth Zoo
Zookeepers have daily presentations about animals at the zoo on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/FortWorthZoo/

Crayola
At home activities, crafts, and art techniques
https://www.crayola.com/artists

Fun Brain
Games and videos that you can browse by grade level.
www.funbrain.com/

That Brick Life
Lego printables, challenges and learning activities with Legos.
https://thatbricklife.com/

 

Movement Activities

Cosmic Kids
Relaxation and Yoga Activities for Kids.
www.cosmickids.com

Class Fit
Kid-friendly workouts.
https://www.getclassfit.com/

BOKS
Live workouts at 12 p.m. EST through Facebook LIVE.
http://www.bokskids.org/boks-at-home/

The Body Coach
At home easy to follow workouts for kids.  Your fitness level does not matter.  Videos Monday through Friday on his YouTube channel.
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k

The Kids Coach 
Workouts to get the kids moving. You can choose by age category and stream to any device.
https://www.thekidscoach.tv/

Go Noodle Good Energy at Home
Activities to keep your kids active.
https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

Dance with Debbie Allen
Free dance class with dance and choreographer Debbie Allen offered on Instagram @therealdebbieallen.
https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

Just Dance
Move and groove to the music.  You can follow the moves on a YouTube based dance challenge or you can do it on your video gaming system if you have it.
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCOVlhde7N5uGDIFXXWWEbFQ

Moovle
Geared towards ages 3-5. Move along with Moovle in 4 to 10 minute workouts that focus on yoga, meditation and cardio.
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCsSS5kMpKCaJ_HhTM9-HKHg/featured

Coach Josh Kids Fitness
Geared for preschoolers. Practice ABC’s, colors and numbers while working on coordination and balance. Cost nothing to Amazon Prime members.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTU8A3yuFEw9fecpExufLcg?sub_confirmation=1