While you are stuck at home, you may be looking for some fun digital resources to help you get through the day. There are many, many resources out there, and so many are being shared right now that weeding through them might feel a little overwhelming. Below you will find a collection of online resources and links you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.
The following trusted sites are recommended by librarians. During this time of increased confusion, remember to be wary of links that are listed as free if you don't know their source. As always, practice online safety.
- Wisconsin’s Digital Library connects you to thousands of free library ebooks and e-audiobooks. Download the Libby app to make reading online even easier. Available with your library card.
- Do you like to grab a copy of Book Page when you’re in the Library? You can now access the current issue online.
Kids' Storytimes & Learning Activities
- Storyline Online features the world's best storytellers reading aloud. Video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students.
- Coronavirus: A Book for Children – This free digital book discusses our current situation in a way that is easy for children to understand.
- Adobe is supporting educators and students with free at-home access to its Creative Cloud.
- Scholastic offers hundreds of learn at home resources for various ages.
- KidLit TV Team is offering free virtual library of activities including reading, writing, drawing and more!
- Storytime from Space. Children’s books read by astronauts from the International Space Station!
- Mystery Science most popular science lessons free for anyone to use.
- A helpful handwashing song for young children is HERE!
- OperationStorytime on Twitter has your favorite childrens authors reading their books LIVE.
- Great activities at NASA's Earth Observatory site
- Once Upon a No from Amy Poehler – fairy tales with a twist!
- McHarper Manor offering free online art classes for elementary children.
- BreezySpecialEd offers home learning packets and strategies for Special Education.
- Check out this collection of links to picture book read-aloud videos for kids.
Learning Opportunities for Adults
- COVID 19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Gale Courses offer over 350 free, online classes in a variety of subjects, from ACT prep to Photoshop basics to medical coding.
- Virtual museum tours via Google Arts & Culture.
- More information on what the library offers you 24/7? Take a look at our digital resources.
Cultural Sites to Visit From Home
- Get outside with these 33 National Park virtual tours.
- Milwaukee Public Museum has online exhibits available.
- This blog has a list of 20 Virtual Field trips for families.
- Natural History Museum offers fun virtual tours.
- Learn Wisconsin history by exploring photos, maps, books, and artifactsfrom dozens of Wisconsin communities via Recollection Wisconsin.
- Live, virtual concerts, compiled by NPR.
Of Local Interest
- Volunteer Wisconsin. Give back to your community by volunteering in one of many different areas!
- Fond du Lac Reporter Newspaper is offering free pandemic coverage online, to keep you and your family informed. No subscription required.
- List of Fond du Lac businessess that continue to offer services including carry-outs and gift certificates.
- Up to date, accurate information on COVID-19 from the Wisconsin Department of Health.
- Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts offers many virtual concerts and activities.
- Bristol Morgan Bank is offering assistance and guidance to their clients.
- Consider donating, or just learn more about how the United Way supports all communities!
- You can make a difference. Visit the Red Cross to find out how.