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Free Resources & Activities to Keep You Learning, Connected, & Entertained
During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Visit the Library's Coronavirus Information page for information and local updates on COVID-19, as well as information on how to talk with your kids about the outbreak, managing stress and anxiety, and how to protect your finances during this public health emergency.

Remember, the Library's Digital Library & online resources are available 24/7 from the Library's webpages.   

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Many authors, publishers, organizations, and vendors have made their resources available for free during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Below is a list of resources to help parents continue their child's learning at home, to help telecommuting employees, and to help everyone remain enriched and entertained.

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For Kids & Families

Storytime, Read-Alouds, & eBooks
Storyline Online 
Collection of picture books read by famous actors and actresses in collaboration with the SAG - AFTRA Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. 
Dav Pilkey at Home Activities and videos from the creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.
Nightly Facebook Live Book Readings 
Live book reading each night at 6:30 p.m. CST on the Facebook page of the Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association
The Spanish Experiment 
Spanish children's stories and online Spanish lessons
Children's Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities 
List of children's authors offering online read-alouds and activities for elementary, middle, and high school students 
HarperKids Storytime Read-Alouds
Video storytime from HarperCollins Children's Books 
Barefoot Books Storytime, animated singalongs, and at-home activity kits from Barefoot Books.
MimsHouseBooks Free ebook and audiobook backlist titles for ages 5-14  from MimsHouseBooks.
Children's Audiobooks from Audible
Stream collections of children's stories from Audible. Stores from six different languages. Stream for free  on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. 
Big Timber Media Free ebook collections for grades PreK-12. Available for free through June 30.
Distance Learning Library Lerner Books is offering free access to select Learner eBook collections through June 30. Over 500 ebooks available for grades PreK-5 and over 250 ebooks for grades 6-12..
TumbleBooks Digitally animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, and more! Linked from the Library's eBooks & Media page.
Sesame Street eBooks Original stories that follow the Sesame Street curricula. Read-alongs, audiobooks, animated books, and interactive books. Linked from the Library's eBooks & Media page.
Learn from Home
Lewisville ISD At-Home Lesson Plans Resources for at-home learning for all grade levels, including Special Education and Digital Online Resources. Learning plans organized by school.
Get Your Teach On  Free resources, live stream lessons, lesson plans, and at-home activities
Scholastic Learn at Home  Free daily learning courses 
ABDO Distance Learning Free distance learning resources for grades PreK-12 from ABDO Educational Publishers (available for free through June 2020)
TumbleMath Math ebook collection for grades K-6 from TumbleBooks
JLG @ Home Activities and resources from Junior Library Guild to keep students engaged and learning.
Lightbox
Free subscription to Lightbox which includes over 1,000 K-12 interactive ebook titles, learning activities, quizzes, videos, interactive maps, and more. Free subscription valid until August 1.
12-Story Library Free access to 12-Story Library's full library of ebooks, each of which is paired with a unique  videos, image galleries, and lesson plans.
Knowbuddy Resources Amicus is offering free access to their fiction and nonfiction  ebook collections for grades K-6, including Spanish ebooks. 
PBS Kids Learn & Grow Age-by-age tips and activities for math, science, literacy, art, social skills, and more. 
Pete the Cat  Activities, songs, and educational videos featuring Pete the Cat! 
Go Buster An animated online education kids series featuring Buster the Bus, from Moonbug Kids
Blippi Fun educational videos with Blippi's nursery rhymes and songs. 
Crash Course Kids All about gradeschool science! Bi-weekly show looking at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and more.
Homeschool Printables  Free printable learning activities for grades PreK-12. 
Google Earth Education Resources Step-by-step guides on Google's Geo tools, inspirational stories, and lesson plans.
TED-Ed
Interactive  lessons to spark and celebrate ideas and support learning. Lessons include videos, quizzes, additional resources to explore, and guided discussions.
Code.org Learn to code at home! Your child may already have a Code.org login from their school.
Maker Maven STEAM Challenges  Challenge yourself to build the tallest cup tower or engineer a rainbow. Over 20 STEAM Challenges from Maker Maven.  
Virtual Field Trips   20 virtual field trips to museum, zoos, and aquariums
National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours  Virtual tours of select exhibits at The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History. 
Virtual Field Trip of the Johnson Space Center Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with a behind-the-scenes virtual field tour of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The Kennedy Space Center science lessons Science lessons from the Kennedy Space Center on Facebook Live. Lessons every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET for young kids.
Khan Academy Daily Lessons  Schedules and lesson templates you can adopt and modify to suit the needs of your child. Schedules for preschool through 12th grade.
National Geographic Kids  Learning games, videos, and more from National Geographic Kids. 
Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite authors and illustrators share resources for learning. Hosted by author Kate Messner. 
KidLit TV  Explore the world of children's literature with talk shows, storytime, drawing and art lessons, and more. 
Resources from Debbie Ridpath Ohi Resources, activities, and read-alouds from author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi
San Diego Kids Learn about animals with fun facts, videos, activities, and games from the San Diego Zoo.
Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island  Explore Ellis Island were more than 12 million immigrants made their first stop in America between 1892 and 1954. Teacher's activity guide included. 
FarmFood360 Curious how milk and cheese are made? What goes on at a pig farm anyway? Immerse yourself in farm and food tours. 
National Park Tours  List of 33 National Park virtual tours

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Art, Music, and Entertainment
Music Play with Jim Gill Music play for young children with musician and play expert, Mr. Jim Gill.
Moonbug Kids Fun adventures, cartoons, learning  and kids songs 
Little Baby Bum Nursery Rhymes and kids songs from Moonbug
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems 
Grab paper and a  pencil or crayons and doodle with Elephant & Piggie author Mo Willems! New episodes each weekday at 1 p.m. EST. Previous episodes available to stream. 
Draw Everyday with JJK
Drawing lessons with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka 
At Home with Emily Arrow 
Music, books, ukulele storytime with musician and author Emily Arrow and her ukulele named Bow! 
DC Kids Camp  DC Comics is offering an at-home activity program curated by DC middle grade authors and artists. Download kid-friendly, superhero-themed activities and previews of upcoming DC middle grade graphic novels. Follow the DC Kids social media channels for content:
DC Kids Twitter | DC Kids Instagram
Crackle 
Stream TV shows and movies for free with ads. No account required unless your want the ability to save progress on a movie or tag favorites. 
Vudu
Stream movies for free with ads. Free account required. 

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Health & Fitness
GoNoodle Free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
Indoor Activities for Kids 
50+ easy indoor activities for kids 
Game Library  Find a game to help stay active! Sort by group size, age, and equipment.  
The Kiboomers
Kids music YouTube channel featuring dance songs for kids 
KIDZ BOP
Dance along videos from KIDZ BOP 
Cosmic Kids 
Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation especially for kids
Yoga Ed. Yoga and mindfulness videos for children and teens.
ChooseMyPlate.gov Explore food groups and build healthy eating habits. Browse by audience to explore healthy eating for children and families. (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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For Teens

Learn from Home
Lewisville ISD At-Home Lesson Plans Resources for at-home learning for all grade levels, including Special Education and Digital Online Resources. Learning plans organized by school.
TeenBookCloud Ebook collection for grades 7-12
Khan Academy Daily Lessons 
Schedules and lesson templates you can adopt and modify to suit the needs of your child. Schedules for preschool through 12th grade.
JLG @ Home Activities and resources from Junior Library Guild to keep students engaged and learning.
ABDO Distance Learning
Free distance learning resources for grades PreK-12 from ABDO Educational Publishers (available for free through June 2020)
Big Timber Media Free ebook collections for grades grades 9-12. Available for free through June 30.
Distance Learning Library Lerner Books is offering free access to select Learner eBook collections through June 30. Over 250 ebooks available for grades 6-12.
Lightbox Free subscription to Lightbox which includes over 1,000 K-12 interactive ebook titles, learning activities, quizzes, videos, interactive maps, and more. Free subscription valid until August 1.
TED-Ed Interactive  lessons to spark and celebrate ideas and support learning. Lessons include videos, quizzes, additional resources to explore, and guided discussions.
Code.org Learn to code at home! You may already have a Code.org login from your school.
Free Writing Classes with Kelly Yang  Free writing classes for high school teens on Instagram Live with NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m. CST. Videos of writing classes also posted on her website at www.kellyyang.com
National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours  Virtual tours of select exhibits at The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History. 
Virtual Field Trip of the Johnson Space Center
Science lessons from the Kennedy Space Center on Facebook Live. Lessons every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 p.m. for  high school. 
National Air & Space Museum 
Online exhibits from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  
Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island 
Explore Ellis Island were more than 12 million immigrants made their first stop in America between 1892 and 1954. Teacher's activity guide included. 
National Park Tours 
List of 33 National Park virtual tours
Google Earth The world's most detailed globe. Explore the earth from your computer!
Anne Frank House Virtual Tour
Explore the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than two years during WWII and where she wrote her diary. 
Lynda Learning Library
Online courses from Lynda.com. Free access with your Lewisville library card and PIN.
Mango Languages
Online language learning tool with 70+ languages. Use your Lewisville library card to access for free.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center*
Database of detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas.  *This is part of the TexShare database collection. Lewisville library cardholders can call the Library for the TexShare password. 

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Art, Music, and Entertainment
Draw Everyday with JJK Drawing lessons with author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka 
How to Draw Manga  Learn to draw manga with MisakoRocks
100 Free Comics 
Comics you can read for free online
hoopla
Music, movies, TV shows, comics, books & audiobooks. Free with your Lewisville library card.
cloudLibrary
Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. Free with your Lewisville library card.
RBdigital
Downloadable eAudiobooks, digital magazines, and comics. Free with your Lewisville library card.
Crackle 
Stream TV shows and movies for free with ads. No account required unless your want the ability to save progress on a movie or tag favorites. 
Vudu
Yoga and mindfulness videos for children and teens.

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Health & Fitness
CLASSFIT Short kid-friendly workouts. 
Yoga for Teens  Yoga with Adriene designed for teens.
The Fitness Marshall 
Free 30-minute dance sweat sessions set to popular music  
Free Exercise Apps 
List of free workout apps and online exercise programs.
ChooseMyPlate.gov Explore food groups and build healthy eating habits. Browse by audience to explore healthy eating for students. (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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For Adults

Working from Home
Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work 
Options that can be implemented relatively quickly for those transitions to working from home. 
20 Tips for Working from Home If you're new to working remotely, these tips can help you stay productive and maintain balance.
8 Tips to Make Working from Home Work for You  Eight pro-tips for working remotely, possibly for an extended period of time. 
Zoom
Free video conferencing application
Free Conference Call
Free audio and video conferencing tool
Google Hangouts Meet Video conferencing with your Google account
8x8 Video Conference  Free video conferencing application
Quick Tips for Home Office Organization Quick tips to help organize your home workspace from HGTV. 

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Online Learning
50 Skills You Can Learn on YouTube 
Keep your mind occupied and learn a new skill! 
Free Online Ivy League Courses  Free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale universities. 
Lynda Learning Library Online courses from Lynda.com. Free access with your Lewisville library card and PIN.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center* Database of detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas.  *This is part of the TexShare database collection. Lewisville library cardholders can call the Library for the TexShare password. 
Home Organizing by Alejandra.tv Get tips for organizing and decluttering your home from professional organizer and life coach Alejandra.tv!
Get Organized! Blog with helpful tips from the team of professional organizers at DFW-based Sorted Out.
Ultimate Spring-Cleaning Checklist Martha Stewart offers her best advice for spring-cleaning at home and how to keep the process manageable.
Easy Spring-Cleaning Tips 33 easy spring-cleaning tips from GoodHousekeeping.com
Home Improvement Reference Center* Database of full-text, detailed how-to information for a variety of home improvement and repair projects. *This is part of the TexShare database collection. Lewisville library cardholders can call the Library for the TexShare password. 
Mango Languages Online language learning tool with 70+ languages. Use your Lewisville library card to access for free.

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Wellness & Fitness
Relaxation Techniques Feeling stressed? Baylor Scott & White offers three tension-taming techniques. 
De-Stress Right Now The Mayo Clinic provides seven proven stress-busters.
Learn to Manage Stress Keep stress from making you sick by learning healthy ways to manage it. (source: MedlinePlus.gov)
Apps for Reducing Stress & Anxiety List of mobile apps to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Free Exercise Apps 
List of free workout apps and online exercise programs
The Fitness Marshall 
Free 30-minute dance sweat sessions set to popular music  
POPSUGAR Fitness 
Over 500 workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts 
FitnessBlender 
Search over 500 free workouts by length, difficulty, training type, muscles used, calorie burn, and more 
Yoga with Adriene 
Yoga and meditation videos with the queen of YouTube yoga, Adriene Mishler 
ChooseMyPlate.gov Explore food groups and build healthy eating habits. Browse by audience to explore healthy eating for adults, professionals, and families. (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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Entertainment & Enrichment
TED Talks Over 3,300 talks to stir your curiosity
Broadway Plays & Musicals You Can Watch from Home 
Live musicals and plays that were filmed for PBS or streaming services
Live Streamed Classical Music Concerts 
From The Met in New York to the Berlin Philharmonic, explore this list of concerts streaming online for free 
National Park Tours  List of 33 National Park virtual tours 
National Air & Space Museum  Online exhibits from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  
Anne Frank House Virtual Tour  Explore the Secret Annex where Anne Frank hid for more than two years during WWII and where she wrote her diary. 
Buckingham Palace Virtual Tours  Visit the official residence of The Queen of England...a virtual visit of course. Explore the Grand Staircase, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room, and the Blue Drawing Room.   
Museum Exhibits to Visit from Your Couch
19 immersive museum exhibits accessible online
National Gallery of Art  Online exhibits from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 
The J. Paul Getty Museum Online art exhibits from The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Louvre Virtual Tours  Online tours of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France.
100 Free Comics 
Comics you can read for free online
Step By Step Painting  Easy beginner acrylic paint tutorials 
Time Magazine's 50 Best Podcasts  The 50 best podcasts to listen to right now. Recommended by Time Magazine.  
Crackle 
Stream TV shows and movies for free with ads. No account required unless your want the ability to save progress on a movie or tag favorites.  
Vudu
Stream movies for free with ads. Free account required. 
hoopla Music, movies, TV shows, comics, books & audiobooks. Free with your Lewisville library card.
cloudLibrary Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. Free with your Lewisville library card.
RBdigital Downloadable eAudiobooks, digital magazines, and comics. Free with your Lewisville library card.

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