FOPL will be adding to this resource and updating regularly.
Most of our public library systems in Ontario and beyond are closed as a COVID-19 precaution.
Of course, that doesn’t mean our services stop and our value to our communities is temporarily suspended. In some ways our value can increase as long as we take the opportunity to communicate digitally through our websites, e-mail, and social media. With all publicly funded schools in Ontario closed and most colleges, universities, galleries, sports and recreation facilities, and museums we have a lot of people working from home, quarantining themselves or on an extended 3-week school break. Indeed with our high digital ROI and strong infrastructure, our digital branches are usually our largest branch!
Public Libraries can be there for social and educational support and isolation/boredom reduction.
Here are some ideas (please add all of your great ideas (with URLs if possible) in the comments on this post!)
Canadian children’s writers & illustrators are sharing readings of their books online
25 SOURCES OF FREE PUBLIC DOMAIN BOOKS
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with your Kids
No travel required: 10 iconic museums you can tour online
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
“If you’re a museum tech enthusiast looking to be part of the conversation, join one of MCN’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). They are currently free for non-members so more can share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This list will be continually updated with examples of museum and museum-adjacent virtual awesomeness. It is by no means exhaustive. Share more with us at @museumcn on Twitter!”
📢 E-LEARNING RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES 📢
Curated art and gallery sites, lessons, and tours.
Digital tools can allow museums to reach out to audiences despite closures and social distancing practices. Some Ontario examples are below:
- St. Catharines Museum will post activities on their Facebook Page HERE.
- Bata Shoe Museum is releasing daily colouring sheets on their website HERE.
- Brockville Museum highlighted their digital collections on Twitter HERE.
- Osgoode Township Museum offered “to-go” kits of activities that had been prepared for March Break
- Bytown Museum showcased their virtual tour HERE.
Several Ontario museums are also available for 3D virtual tours, including:
Encourage colouring since that’s a little educational too:
Ontario’s Trails – walking outside is the safest exercise
Find a Trail in Ontario
Ontario Trail Maps:
Here you will find on-road and off-road cycling routes, cycling loops with descriptions, hiking and walking trails, and much more in a set of easy-to-read full colour regional maps.
The Paris Opera is screening its performances online for free
BroadwayHD Is Letting You Watch Your Favorite Musicals For Free — For a Limited Time (Video)
There’s a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online — and we have 6 picks to get you started
FOR CANADIAN FILM DAY, FILMMAKERS AND CURATORS MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE NFB’S NEW INDIGENOUS CATALOGUE
Steal some ideas from Greenville:
Coronavirus: Virtual Learning and Fun Things to Do
Global TV: Home for coronavirus: What to do with your kids during the outbreak
Other topics to research and share with your community:
- Homeschooling (Khan Academy and its ilk)
- Exercising at home
- Board Games
- Structured outdoor games (Remember Relievio? Hopscotch, Skipping, etc. Channel your own kid-hood!)
- Age- and grade-appropriate workbooks or other school-oriented items that you can print off from the internet.
- Recipes children can do with supervision
- Of course, e-books, audiobooks, videogames, e-magazines, etc.
- Your idea here and in the comments
Again, keep your library relevant in this evolving situation!