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March 19, 2020 04:47 PM
 
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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 NPR.org)
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/20/818670715/getting-bored-heres-a-list-of-free-things-that-werent-free-before-coronav​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.
https://wifi.xfinity.com/?rid=16667121&mid=20200323_Adhoc_CM_Crisis_DWWeekly
 

Animals

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

https://www.timeout.com/news/an-australian-zoo-is-running-a-24-7-koala-livestreaming-service-032520

 

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

https://www.timeout.com/news/zoos-are-live-streaming-their-feeding-times-heres-when-to-tune-in-032520

 

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

https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/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
https://www.scarymommy.com/animal-planet-too-cute-marathon-puppies/

Brookfield (IL) Zoo’s YouTube page 
https://www.youtube.com/user/CZSBrookfieldZoo

Virtual Farm Tool, “Immerse Yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours”
https://www.farmfood360.ca/

Cincinnati Zoo Offers an Online Educational ‘Home Safari’ Featuring Fiona the Hippo and Her Mom Bibi
https://laughingsquid.com/cincinnati-zoo-home-safari/
 

Animal Cameras

Animal Cameras: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Animal Cameras: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

Animal Cameras: https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

Animal Cameras: https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

Live beluga whale feed:
https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/

Videos of cute animals:
thepetcollective.com/pages/watch

Brookfield (IL) Zoo’s YouTube page 
https://www.youtube.com/user/CZSBrookfieldZoo

Virtual Farm Tool: “Immerse Yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours”
https://www.farmfood360.ca/

Books and Reading

Bookish  2020's Virtual Bookish Events - Bookish
https://bookish.netgalley.com/2020s-virtual-bookish-events/

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
https://www.scribd.com/readfree

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.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/03/18/coronavirus-free-tv-movies-stream-you-quar​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.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90477701/heres-how-to-try-every-major-streaming-service-for-free-during-coronavirus-quarantine

Free stuff for adults from Neil Gaiman
https://www.neilgaiman.com/Cool_Stuff

How to Hold a Virtual Book Club
https://bookish.netgalley.com/book-club/03/2020/virtual-book-club-meeting/

Room of Requirement: Librarian Creates Virtual Escape Room to Entertain Harry Potter Fans at Home
http://ow.ly/Yje250yT2iz

LibraryThing is now free. Enter what you’re reading or your whole library. It’s an easy, library-quality catalog.
https://blog.librarything.com/main/2020/03/librarything-goes-free/e

Manga publishers are releasing over 450 volumes of comics available to read for free online. 
http://epicstream.com/news/NobelleBorines/Coronavirus-Outbreak-L​eads-to-Over-450-Manga-Volumes-Released-Online-for-Free

Computers and Computer Skills

Freecodecamp.org https://www.freecodecamp.org
Learn to code with free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs.

Documentaries

Geoffrey Baer Tours.  Explore Chicago, its neighborhoods, and beyond with WTTW host and producer Geoffrey Baer
https://interactive.wttw.com/geoffrey-baer-tours 

PBS is streaming Ken Burn's documentary on baseball for free. https://www.pbs.org/show/baseball/

Education
Free Online Classes for Adults
https://www.lifewire.com/free-online-classes-for-adults-2996977

MoMA is offering free online art courses you can take from home
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/moma-is-offering-free-online-art-courses-you-can-take-from-home-033020

You Can Take Online Classes at an Ivy League School for Free Right Now
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/educational-travel/syndications-free-ivy-league-classes-online

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.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/archives-to-browse-from-home
 
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.
https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-money-unemployment.html

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

Fitness

Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios
https://www.timeout.com/chicago/news/get-your-zen-on-from-home-with-these-digital-yoga-classes-offered-by-local-studios-031820

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.
https://ymca360.org/

Chris Hemsworth is Offering Free Virtual Workouts for the Next Six Weeks
https://nerdbot.com/2020/03/24/chris-hemsworth-is-offer​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.
https://www.onepeloton.com/app

At-Home Workouts - Les Mills On Demand
https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts
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
https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness

Food and Cooking

Take a Free Online Cooking Class From the World-famous Borough Market in London
https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/cooking-entertaining/borough-market-​london-cooking-classes-online

84-Year-Old Italian Nonna Is Live-Streaming Pasta-Making Classes From Her Home Outside Rome
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621573/nonna-live-streaming-pasta-making-classes

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

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
https://www.americastestkitchen.com/collections/50-americas-test-kitchen-recipes-you-need-now

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: Milk Street Cooking School is making all their online classes free until the end of April:
https://www.177milkstreet.com/school/classes/online-classes/

Genealogy

Free Genealogy Classes from Brigham Young University
https://is.byu.edu/catalog/free-courses

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree using DNA
https://www.rootstech.org/video/adding-branches-​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
https://www.rootstech.org/video/healing-family-history-the-emotional-side-of-dna

RootsMOOC: An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History Research
https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/genealogy/roots-mooc

Family History Activities from Familyhistory.org
In-home and online activities designed for the whole family
https://www.familysearch.org/discovery/?et_cid=1679470&​;et_rid=114346080&linkid=CTA1d&cid=em-fsn-9570

Libraries

Discover archival photos, maps, illustrations, and more for free at these libraries’ websites.
http://www.ilovelibraries.org/article/amazing-library-collections-explore-o​nline


Mental Health

Safe Space is home to resources and tools to provide you with some extra support in an emotionally safe environment.
https://www.vibrant.org/safespace/

The CDC has tips for managing stress and anxiety
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Yale's most popular class ever is available free online — and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life
https://www.businessinsider.com/coursera-yale-science-of-wellbeing-free-course-review-overview

5 Resources: Mental Health During Social Distancing
https://www.chipublib.org/blogs/post/5-resources-mental-health-during-social-distancing/

Kindness Resources
A collection of resources to help us stay busy, calm & kind during the pandemic.
https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Music

Fender offers three months of free guitar lessons amid social distancing
https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article​/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
https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/austin-city-limits-opens-up-video-archives-for-free-during-covid-19-pandemic

The Shows Must Go Online: 12 Ways to Stream the Stage
https://observer.com/2020/03/theater-broadway-musicals-plays-online-streaming-platforms/

You can now watch Cirque du Soleil online from your couch
https://604now.com/watch-cirque-du-soleil-online

SiriusXM radio will be free until May 15
https://www.wkrn.com/community/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-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 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfczIhoOwo8&feature=youtu.be

BroadwayHD Is Letting You Watch Your Favorite Musicals For Free — For a Limited Time
https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/live-stream-musicals-broadwayhd

Free Beginner Bluegrass Lesson by Banjo Ben 
https://youtu.be/4bk_iYKe_ig

Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure
https://www.metopera.org/about/press-releases/met-to-launch-nightly-met-opera-streams-a-free-series-of-enco​re-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/

Museums

The Louvre:
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, Al :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qe5RqyMNhc

Outer Space

Access Mars: A webVR Experience
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

NASA’s Image and Video Library is free.
https://images.nasa.gov/

Virtual Tours

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour
https://virtualtour.mountvernon.org/

Virtual Disney World
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyJUEtYv-ZW7BgjhP3UbTg

Guggenheim Museum Virtual tour
https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ<​/a>

Palace of Versailles tour
https://www.vogue.fr/fashion-culture/article/palace-of-versailles-free-online-virtual-tour

Explore amazing library architecture from the comfort of your computer.
http://www.ilovelibraries.org/article/take-virtual-tours-these-stunning-libraries

Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings
https://www.timeout.com/chicago/news/take-a-digital-tour-of-some-of-frank-lloyd-wrights-most-iconic-chicagoland-buildings-03262​0

Chicago Is One of the Coolest Cities in the Country — and You Can Take a Virtual Trip There Right Now
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/virtual-tour-ch​icago

Google Earth US National Parks
https://earth.google.com/web/@0,0,0a,22251752.77375655d,35y,0h,0t,0r/data=Ci0SKxIgMzVhNjc​1YmQ0NjVjMTFlOTg0Yjg1NTMyNWRjMDk2MzQiB3ZveV90b2M

This Virtual Tour of the Carlsbad Caverns Will Entertain You (and Your Kids) for Hours (Video)
https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/carlsbad-caverns-new-mexico-virtual-tour

Take a Virtual Hike on the Great Wall of China From the Comfort of Your Couch (Video)
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/virtual-hike-great-wall-of-china

A Botanical Garden in Seattle Is Livestreaming Plants to Help You Relax
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/volunteer-park-conservatory-seattle-plants-livestream

A Tour of the Paris Catacombs
https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/322066/housebound-horror-fans-can-take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-paris-catacombs/

New Orleans Virtual Tours
https://www.neworleans.com/plan/virtual-experience/

You Can Now Enjoy a Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace (& Pretend You’re Queen Elizabeth Herself)
https://www.purewow.com/entertainment/buckingham-palace-virtual-tour

You can now take a virtual tour of NYC's best street art
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/you-can-now-take-a-virtual-tour-of-nycs-best-street-art-032320

Virtual Farm Tool, “Immerse Yourself in Canadian Farm and Food Tours”
https://www.farmfood360.ca/

Virtual Tour, The Great Wall of China:
https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Mammoth Hot Springs Boardwalk Trails at Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field trip:
https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/yell-mammoth-hot-springs-trails.htm

Work at Home Ideas

Dept. of Labor’s COVID-19 and the American Workplace
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

LinkedIn recently put together 16 unlocked courses in a free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely
https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/remote-working-setting-yourself-and-your-teams-up-for-success

Live and recorded webinars from SCORE Chicago on different business topics:
https://chicago.score.org/live-and-recorded-webinars

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.
http://www.universitytimes.ie/2020/03/jstor-makes-database-accessible-to-the-public

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.
https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/now-you-can-learn-storytelling-from-the-best-in-the-business-absolutely-free.html

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.
https://www.coursera.org/

 
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: ccdph.covid19@cookcountyhhs.org

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

Volunteer opportunities for healthy individuals
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/VolunteerOpportunities.aspx

Questions about COVID-19 and food safety answered.
https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html

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
https://www.consumerreports.org/cleaning/common-household-products-that-can-destroy-novel-coronavirus/

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Authoritative and Relevant Resources
https://www.proquest.com/products-services/related/Coronavirus-Outbreak-Authoritative-Resources.html

WebMD’s Coronavirus: The Latest Updates
https://www.webmd.com/coronavirus

Park Ridge Public Library resources

Book Match from Reader Services! https://www.parkridgelibrary.org/book-match-adult/

PRPL Pinterest Board for Coloring and Coloring Pages https://www.pinterest.com/PRPLPinterest/coloring-and-coloring-books/

If you want to read newspapers (and magazines) don’t forget about Pressreader: www.parkridgelibrary.org/magazines.
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!
www.parkridgelibrary.org/magazines

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
https://www.parkridge.us/city_of_park_ridge_and_coronavirus_covid-19/

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