At-Home Learning Resources
A list of free resources for parents (and others!) who need ideas for engaging activities while practicing social distancing. Some require a Palos Park Library card, but many are available for anyone. This list will be updated periodically.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari Events
Each weekday, starting at 2 p.m. Central time, the Cincinnati Zoo will introduce one of their animals, and include an activity to do at home. Go to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live event.
The Aquarium of the Pacific has live images of sharks, sea jellies, fish, and penguins.
Check in on sea otters, moon jellies, open sea creatures, or a kelp forest.
Watch giraffes, gorillas, elephants, and more.
Live and recorded webcams of pandas, penguins, koalas, and other animals.
Take a tour of real farms and see what they’re like.
Arts and Crafts
Daily drawing session with author Mo Willems every weekday at 12pm Central time.
Daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Pre-k and up.
Free resources for ages 4-18, or a free app for ages 2-7. Requires signing up for a free account.
DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.
The Illinois Digital Archives is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. It contains historical photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, manuscripts, letters, federal government documents, postcards, posters, videos, newspapers, and maps.
Includes 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Patrons can also take advantage of available mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce their language learning wherever they may be. Requires PPPL card.
Weekday Live Streams with Mr. Jon & Friends
Mr. Jon & Friends will be hosting weekday live streams of music and movement for kids at 9:30 a.m. Central time each day. Watch live, and then come back to re-watch alter as often as you’d like. The live stream events run from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 27th. You can find all the info on their Facebook page.
Archive of the nation’s busiest performing arts center.
Daily series of free streaming opera presentations, available to stream from 6:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. the next day.
Reading and Storytimes
Nightly live-streamed storytimes on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Central Time.
Children’s author Mac Barnett will be reading one of his books out loud, on Instagram Live, every weekday at 2 p.m. Central time until he runs out of books to read.
Artist Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books and talking about being a writer every weekday, at 1 p.m. Central time.
Over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! As well as Math Stories! Requires PPPL card.
TBC is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: Ebooks (Shakespeare, poetry, non-fiction, science, history, geography, etc.), Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic!), and Audio Books. Our books feature adjustable text sizes, full narration, and a read-along function which highlights text as it is read. As a subscriber, you have access to lesson plans, quizzes and our Common Core Portal! These features make TBC a great tool for reluctant readers and ESL students. Plus, all these options can be switched to manual so readers can read at their own pace. Requires PPPL card.
Virtual Field Trips
Check out a 360 degree tour of Mars from the Mars Rover.
Air Pano is a group of Russian photographers that takes 360 degree photos and videos of important places around the world. Many beautiful places are available to explore.
STEM field trips to the Johnson Space Center, arctic tundra, and more.
Virtual tours of some of the historic museum’s most famous collections.
Collections related to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilizations.
Modern Korean art and design.
Tour one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.
Watch live footage of the Mud Volcano, Fountain Paint Pot, and more.
Over 1,700 full-text resources covering a wide range of subjects. 11,000+ Topics. Over 7 million photos, graphics, maps, websites. Requires a PPPL card.