Especially for Families – If you are looking for suggestions just for adults, visit our Social Distancing for Adults page.
We will continue to update this throughout social distancing with new webpage suggestions.
Looking for a social story to help explain novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Download a social story to help explain what’s happening.
St. Jude created a coronavirus coloring book to explain what’s happening.
Understood is an organization whose purpose is to provide resources for special needs people and their supporters to help them navigate the world. They have provided resources for special needs people and their families to explain the Coronavirus and what is happening as a result of the virus. This information is helpful for all families, not just special needs families. Understood also provide some tips about activities to keep kids busy at home.
Tips for Speech Therapy at Home for Children with Autism
Education – Lowell Public Schools
Education – Library Resources
Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!
Kids InfoBits introduces elementary schoolers to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.
Gale In Context: Middle School combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more.
Gale In Context: High School supports student papers, projects, and presentations while empowering the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.
Homework Center courtesy of Multinomah County Library (OR)
Info Trac Student Edition – Now with over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
- Elementary School Edition
- Middle School Edition
- High School Edition
- Learning Zone
- Spanish Edition: Escolar (K-8)
Digital Escape Room (created by fellow librarians)!
Hogwart’s Digital Escape Room – This escape experience was created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.
Escape from Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland theme) – This escape room was created by Erin Honeycutt, Children’s Librarian at Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, Georgia.
Marvel’s Avengers: Escape from the Hydra Base! by Richmond Hill Public Library Digital Escape Room
Storytimes & Entertainment
Some librarians are compiling events that we find available to families in a Google Calendar for Livestreamed Events for the upcoming weeks.
Are your kids missing storytime? Find something new with this page of online storytime resources.
Monday – Friday 10:00am EDT enjoy a live “Circle Time” with Cady Hickman, Theater.
Check out LivBits’ list of author online storytimes and other resources.
Enjoy books read by celebrities online at Storyline Online.
150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice.
Authors Everywhere is a YouTube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. Find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.
Story Preservation Initiative offers a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab. A one-time registration is required, then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.
Pete the Cat author James Dean is hosting a storytime daily noon ET
Mac Barnett, NY Times Bestselling author of stories for children will be hosting an Instagram Live read-aloud session every day at 3 P.M. Eastern Time during this time of crisis.
Author Grace Lin has videos up on your YouTube channel for your viewing enjoyment.
Learning at Home
A List of Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings from Kidsactivities.com
For schools that might be incorporating distance learning, there’s a Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom.
There are also Google Tools for Struggling Students and Special Needs
Science Mom (and sometimes Math Dad) have a great series of videos related to STEM related projects.
If your kids are learning from home and need some extra help, GoPeer is offering free 2-hour opportunities for instruction.
Learn about the history of Lowell by checking out photos and the timeline at the Lowell Historical Society.
Play games and learn all about animals at Switchzoo.
Enjoy math and reading games at Funbrain.
Read, play games at more with Dr. Seuss
ABCYA has some excellent math and reading games
Arcade + Academics = Learning Fun at Arcademics!
All Kids Network has coloring sheets, worksheets, craft ideas and more.
Highlights Kids has fun games, recipes, crafts, activities and more.
Parents, find crafts, activities, finger plays and more with Preschool Express.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, author of the Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant and Piggie Series – weekdays at 1 PM EDT.
#StoryMarch is an opportunity to make art and share it via social media (parents only) offered by the Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group.
Virtual Field Trips
The Cincinnati Zoo will be offering Facebook Live safaris daily at 3 PM while the zoo is closed.
The San Diego Zoo has an exciting website with lots of great activities.
Explore the surface of Mars with the Rover.
FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
Enjoy a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.
Take a virtual trip to the British Museum and learn about the Rosetta Stone.
See amazing art at the Louvre.
A teacher put together a listing of Virtual Field Trips that you can take from home!
A collection of great virtual field trips to try out
Go under the sea with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s web cams.
JoBo Holsteins Farm for High School Students
Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, or create your own custom kid workout.