A Roundup of Pandemic Resources for Librarians, Teachers and the Parents That We Serve
As I write this my library is closed to the public, my kids are home from school, and the world feels very, very strange. This is all happening, of course, because of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, and I am very thankful that my place of employment is doing their part to help flatten the curve and to protect everyone’s health. I myself have asthma and The Mr. has recently been diagnosed with some health issues that put him in the high risk category. I hope that everyone will do their part to keep everyone as safe as possible.
What I’m going to be doing here is sharing a collection of resources that I find to help entertain and educate our kids remotely, best practices, etc. It will be an ongoing collection that I will keep updating. Thank you to everyone who has worked to help provide these resources.
If your library is closing, and I sincerely hope that you are because that is the moral and ethical thing to do to help flatten the curve and save lives, you can reach out to your patrons with digital access and promote your online resources. I know that this time will really be a stark reminder of how vast the digital divide is and how much our patrons need our services, but closing for a period of time as recommended by the CDC will literally save lives. I have also seen that some libraries are offering additional services like pulling holds and drive up services. You’ll want to evaluate these services and keep your staff members health in mind as you do so. Public health and safety should be our number one concern here.
General Education Resources
There are a lot of resources to help keep kids entertained and educated being offered right now online. Below are just a few of those resources that you may want to share digitally with your patrons.
Here is a list of other virtual tours and resources that may be of interest. This list includes zoo cameras, the Louvre, and a mission to Mars.
There are a ton of free art lessons available all over. Art for Kids is a good place to start.
This is a huge list of Art at Home resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EVMQiHHKugF4RQ071DzimkSKn1AuiBNOJ-i6xs1mBts/preview?fbclid=IwAR2ddbcSncG9_D6I2nvu3-aw9qHdihXlV-PW5rzNLidqQx5Z584pGEpNGgo
Music resources for school closures: https://nafme.org/music-teacher-resources-school-closures/?fbclid=IwAR3YYlKkyv6VK3SPzJuK9sYzfUqiRaJcOkF3pNooi8nI-N8wQuLWgbJL51w
Here is a link to 12 YouTube channels to get kids moving while indoors. It skews very young.
Special Kids Advocacy Agency shared this list of resources:
The Seattle Symphony is offering free streaming of concerts. You can learn more about that here. Here’s another free concert resource. from the Berlin Philharmoniker. The Metropolitan Opera is also offering some free concerts.
Author and Illustrator Resources
I have seen several authors state on Twitter that you can read their books for digital storytimes. You’ll want to look for this information and act accordingly. As librarians, I feel that we have an ethical responsibility to be mindful of copyright law, even in a time of crisis. SLJ has an article up about copyright, fair use and the Covid-19 crisis that you may want to consult. One thing we will all want to keep in mind is that this is a short term problem (I pray that it is really short term) and that we want to be mindful that we aren’t creating content that will impact creators long term for a short term situation.
It looks like you can search the hasthag #KidLitQuarantine on Twitter to get a lot of valuable resources and ideas.
You can also search the hashtag #OperationStorytime on Twitter for authors doing storytimes online.
Jbrary has a link of Storytime Online resources. If you aren’t familiar with Jbrary they are an excellent resource. I don’t talk about them a lot here because they do a lot of a younger audience, but I love this resource.
Kate Messner has put together a great list of resources from authors and illustrators. Kate has done an amazing job of creating this extensive list of author and illustrator resources. Thank you Kate for this work that you are doing! Lots of authors doing cool things online collected here by Kate Messner.
Kat Cho has created a centralized calendar for live online kidlit events.
The Wisconsin Library Association has a great list of resources they are compiling as well.
Temporarily Free Ed Tech Tools: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=free-resources-tools-for-online-teaching-and-learning-during-school-closures-COVID19-coronavirus&utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=SLJTW&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=articles
Online Book Festival called Everywhere Book Fest information: https://twitter.com/EverywhereFest/status/1239320844184190979 More info on this here: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=kid-lit-authors-organize-virtual-book-festival-for-may-coronavirus&utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=SLJTW&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=articles
Saturday Morning Storytimes with Josh Funk: https://twitter.com/joshfunkbooks/status/1239920434264539137
Operation Storytime has a variety of authors, illustrators and celebrities doing readalouds and there is a schedule here: https://twitter.com/LBookends/status/1240002457629003778
Online Storytime Permissions From Various Publishers
Kate Messner has a list of publishers offering limited permissions with very strict rules here: https://twitter.com/KateMessner/status/1240008865455931394
Scholastic has announced this temporary policy for doing online storytimes: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=scholastic-temporarily-revises-policy-for-online-read-alouds-coronavirus-copyright
Simon & Schuster temporary online storytime guidelines: https://www.simonandschuster.com/p/online-read-aloud-guidelines
Penguin is having online storytimes and that info is here: https://twitter.com/penguinkids/status/1240117290403868672
Sourcebooks has online storytime info here: https://www.sourcebooks.com/online-storytime-requests.html
Candlewick Press online storytime info:
Lee and Low online storytime guidelines https://blog.leeandlow.com/2020/03/20/lee-low-guidelines-for-virtual-book-read-alouds-during-covid-19/
Professional Development Resources
Free Training and Webinars for Library Staff are being collected here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jJt1qoNqe_XteGFvzK2vq_fzutTAP8XCjESH8pHmFxE/edit
Also, here’s a really good example of how one library is promoting their digital content on their website during this time: https://www.wcpl.net/homebound_library_hacks/
Please feel free to link to additional resources in the comments.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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