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March 19, 2020 04:47 PM

Online Resources for Your Time at Home

Our staff compiled this list of some of the best free online resources available now. Up for opera or a Broadway show? Ready for a Peloton workout? Here’s your chance for a new experience! We will add to this page as we find more fantastic opportunities to help you through your time at home. (Updated 4/2/2020)



Free Things That Normally Aren't Free (from​irus

Xfinity WiFi Hotspots in out-of-home locations are available for free to anyone who needs them to support communities through this challenging time.


An Australian zoo is running a 24/7 koala live-streaming service


Zoos are live-streaming their feeding times – here’s when to tune in


Brookfield Zoo launches ‘Bringing the Zoo to You’ during coronavirus outbreak


Animal Planet Will Air 94 Hours Of Puppies And Kitties Because We Need It

Brookfield (IL) Zoo’s YouTube page

Virtual Farm Tool, “Immerse Yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours”

Cincinnati Zoo Offers an Online Educational ‘Home Safari’ Featuring Fiona the Hippo and Her Mom Bibi

Animal Cameras

Animal Cameras:

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Animal Cameras:

Live beluga whale feed:

Videos of cute animals:

Brookfield (IL) Zoo’s YouTube page

Virtual Farm Tool: “Immerse Yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours”

Books and Reading

Bookish  2020's Virtual Bookish Events - Bookish

Scribd - Read books, audiobooks, and more
The world's largest digital library. Read unlimited* books, audiobooks,... Access to millions of documents. FREE with a 30-day free trial. Cancel Anytime

USA Today:  Coronavirus: Free movies, shows, and audiobooks to stream while you're self-quarantining 
If you're hunkering down at home in the age of coronavirus, we offer suggestions for free TV, movies, and books you can stream to pass the time.​antine-home/5074254002/

Here’s how to try every major streaming service for free during the coronavirus quarantine. How to get the best free trials for Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and more.

Free stuff for adults from Neil Gaiman

How to Hold a Virtual Book Club

Room of Requirement: Librarian Creates Virtual Escape Room to Entertain Harry Potter Fans at Home

LibraryThing is now free. Enter what you’re reading or your whole library. It’s an easy, library-quality catalog.

Manga publishers are releasing over 450 volumes of comics available to read for free online.​eads-to-Over-450-Manga-Volumes-Released-Online-for-Free

Computers and Computer Skills
Learn to code with free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs.


Geoffrey Baer Tours.  Explore Chicago, its neighborhoods, and beyond with WTTW host and producer Geoffrey Baer 

PBS is streaming Ken Burn's documentary on baseball for free.

Free Online Classes for Adults

MoMA is offering free online art courses you can take from home

You Can Take Online Classes at an Ivy League School for Free Right Now

How to Help Librarians and Archivists from Your Living Room
If you’re cooped-up and curious, use your free time to decipher handwriting, tag images, and more.
Financial Assistance

NYT Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis: If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help.
This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services, and financial strategies.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—CFPB has a post on how to protect yourself financially from the impact of COVID-19


Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios

YMCA 360 - Online Exercise
YMCA 360 offers online exercise, fitness, wellbeing, and youth sports classes from the comfort of your own home. Popular classes like yoga, barre, boot camp, tai chi, boxing, weightlifting, and soccer are free for you and your family.

Chris Hemsworth is Offering Free Virtual Workouts for the Next Six Weeks​ing-free-virtual-workouts-for-the-next-six-weeks/

Peloton - the popular spin fitness program - is offering a free 90-day trial of its fitness app, which guides you through a variety of challenging workouts from yoga to circuit training.

At-Home Workouts - Les Mills On Demand
Thanks to your fitness club, this temporary site allows free access to 100 workouts during the COVID-19 disruptions.

Planet Fitness is offering fitness videos for free on their Facebook page as Facebook Live videos 6pm CT

Food and Cooking

Take a Free Online Cooking Class From the World-famous Borough Market in London​london-cooking-classes-online

84-Year-Old Italian Nonna Is Live-Streaming Pasta-Making Classes From Her Home Outside Rome

Supercook: Just add your ingredients and Supercook instantly finds matching recipes from the most popular cooking websites! Apps are available to make it easier.

Free Access: The 50 America's Test Kitchen Recipes You Need Now | America's Test Kitchen --America's Test Kitchen is providing this special collection of 50 all-time favorite recipes free for everyone during the COVID-19

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: Milk Street Cooking School is making all their online classes free until the end of April:


Free Genealogy Classes from Brigham Young University

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree using DNA​to-your-family-tree-using-dna?et_cid=1685852&et_rid=114346080&linkid=textlink1&cid=em-fsn-9735

Healing & Family History--The Emotional Side of DNA

RootsMOOC: An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History Research

Family History Activities from
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Discover archival photos, maps, illustrations, and more for free at these libraries’ websites.​nline

Mental Health

Safe Space is home to resources and tools to provide you with some extra support in an emotionally safe environment.

The CDC has tips for managing stress and anxiety

Yale's most popular class ever is available free online — and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life

5 Resources: Mental Health During Social Distancing

Kindness Resources
A collection of resources to help us stay busy, calm & kind during the pandemic.


Fender offers three months of free guitar lessons amid social distancing​/48507/1/fender-offer-three-months-of-free-guitar-lessons-amid-social-distancing

Austin City Limits opens up video archives for free during COVID-19 pandemic

The Shows Must Go Online: 12 Ways to Stream the Stage

You can now watch Cirque du Soleil online from your couch

SiriusXM radio will be free until May 15

For the family that enjoyed Ken Burns Country Music Documentary. A Kentucky Treasure: The JD Crowe Story Part 1

BroadwayHD Is Letting You Watch Your Favorite Musicals For Free — For a Limited Time

Free Beginner Bluegrass Lesson by Banjo Ben

Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure​re-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/


The Louvre:

U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, Al :

Outer Space

Access Mars: A webVR Experience

NASA’s Image and Video Library is free.

Virtual Tours

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

Virtual Disney World

Guggenheim Museum Virtual tour<​/a>

Palace of Versailles tour

Explore amazing library architecture from the comfort of your computer.

Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings​0

Chicago Is One of the Coolest Cities in the Country — and You Can Take a Virtual Trip There Right Now​icago

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This Virtual Tour of the Carlsbad Caverns Will Entertain You (and Your Kids) for Hours (Video)

Take a Virtual Hike on the Great Wall of China From the Comfort of Your Couch (Video)

A Botanical Garden in Seattle Is Livestreaming Plants to Help You Relax

A Tour of the Paris Catacombs

New Orleans Virtual Tours

You Can Now Enjoy a Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace (& Pretend You’re Queen Elizabeth Herself)

You can now take a virtual tour of NYC's best street art

Virtual Farm Tool, “Immerse Yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours”

Virtual Tour, The Great Wall of China:

Mammoth Hot Springs Boardwalk Trails at Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field trip:

Work at Home Ideas

Dept. of Labor’s COVID-19 and the American Workplace

LinkedIn recently put together 16 unlocked courses in a free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely

Live and recorded webinars from SCORE Chicago on different business topics:

Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public
The online academic resource has made over 6,000 ebooks and over 150 journals accessible without the need for an online login.

Want to Be a Great Storyteller? This Free Online Course From Pixar Is for You! Pixar and Khan Academy are teaming up to offer a free online storytelling course.

Coursera:  Build Skills with Online Courses from Top Institutions
Join Coursera for free and learn online. Build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM. Advance your career with degrees, certificates, Specializations, & MOOCs in data science, computer science, business, and dozens of other topics.

COVID-19 Info

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held a press conference to announce Cook County’s new text message alert system, hotline and email for sharing COVID-19 updates. Residents can now text the word ALERTCOOK to 888-777, to receive rapid updates related to the virus; call the hotline number at (708) 633-3319; or email at:

You can find more about what Illinois is doing for small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic at

Volunteer opportunities for healthy individuals

Questions about COVID-19 and food safety answered.

These Common Household Products Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus
Consumer Reports shows you how to use them and tells you which products to stay away from

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Authoritative and Relevant Resources

WebMD’s Coronavirus: The Latest Updates

Park Ridge Public Library resources

Book Match from Reader Services!

PRPL Pinterest Board for Coloring and Coloring Pages

If you want to read newspapers (and magazines) don’t forget about Pressreader:
Make sure you choose library or group when you sign in, and find Park Ridge Public Library. Enter your library card number and the word password in the PIN field. You will have access for 30 days. You don’t have to create an account if you don’t want to. There is also an app of course!

RBdigital and Flipster have magazines. From the list of magazines that we subscribe to in print, we note which titles are available on each service.
And we subscribe to more digitally on each service than what is listed here. Enjoy!

City of Park Ridge Resources

City of Park Ridge FAQ about coronavirus; Senior Citizens and other residents with special needs with questions should call the Police Department non-emergency line at 847-318-5252

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