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. The Libby app is great for your device. 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.
- Digital booksheves offering streaming audiobooks, animated picture books, educational materials, and books for your reading pleasure.
COVID-19 Related Resources
- Up to date, accurate information on COVID-19 from the Wisconsin Department of Health.
- Re-opening guidelines for business owners Here
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments from the IRS.
- Info on the COVID economic impact, small business help, federal benefits from Annuity.org
- Coronavirus: A free digital book for children about our current situation & a helpful handwashing song.
- How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus. From PBS Kids featuring Daniel Tiger and Sesame Street.
Kids' Storytime's & Learning Activities
- Penguin Random House Read Brightly Storytime
- #NosyCrowBookatBedtime offers chapter book read aloud daily.
- Dolly Partons Imagination Library read aloud. View available episodes.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA. A virtual tour of the park.
- Animal Webcams Observe animals on live webcams around the world.
- Storyline Online features the world's best storytellers reading aloud. Video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students.
- 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.
- Take a look at operation storytime on Twitter. It has your favorite children's authors reading their books LIVE.
- Great activities at NASA's Earth Observatory site
- 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
- Consumer Affairs reviews of online homeschools, tutoring services, and learning platforms.
- Gale Courses offer over 350 free, online classes in a variety of subjects, from ACT prep to Photoshop basics to medical coding.
- 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.
- Virtual museum tours via Google Arts & Culture.
- 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 artifacts from dozens of Wisconsin communities via Recollection Wisconsin.
- Live, virtual concerts, compiled by NPR.
- Newspaper Archives is offering their collection free for a limited time. Free with your library card.
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 businesses continuing to offer services including carry-outs and gift certificates.
- Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts offers many virtual concerts and activities.
- You can make a difference. Visit the Red Cross to find out how.
- List your business, or encourage business owners you know to list at Support Local from Gannett Media.
- Oakfield Food Pantry - open from 4 to 6 p.m. the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month at St. James Church in Oakfield. Call (920) 948-0393 for assistance.