Now is the time to explore the online links for free.
Draw Everyday with JJK
Art and drawing lessons from New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka! Jarrett is the mind behind the Punk Farm picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels, several volumes in the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series, and the young adult graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist.
DAV Pilkey at Home Learn to Draw
NEW 6/30/2020: For Access to New Jersey comics, graphic novels, and children’s collection through August 31, 2020 (digital)
The New Jersey State Library announced the availability of more than 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials as part of an innovative program to make this content free to all residents of New Jersey throughout the summer. This project is a collaboration with 9 other states and is intended to provide easy access to digital resources while supporting statewide summer reading programs for all ages during the Covid-19 pandemic. More eBooks will be released throughout the summer from additional children’s, comic book, and science fiction publishers.
On July 30, 2020, the New Jersey State Library will also participate in the Virtual Library Comic Convention, featuring interactive sessions with leading talent. We encourage anyone to attend, particularly the youth in our communities, to attend this free event. During the convention, librarians will talk about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic Learn at Home is a 20-day program to keep kids entertained and learning through videos, stories, and problem-solving challenges. The website is divided by age and has enough activities for each group to provide parents with three hours of content each day. That means three hours each day of online reading and activity time, all themed around a special topic area for the day. Day one for first and second graders? Spiders. Get ready for some cute spider drawings for the fridge, folks!
Want to enjoy a musical performance online while you are in the house. The Live Music Archive contains thousands of concert recordings for hundreds of artists. A popular collection isThe Grateful Dead, but you can explore Smashing Pumpkins, Robert Randolph (and the Family Band), Disco Biscuits, Death Cab for Cutie, John Mayer, or Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. (If wizard rock is more your style, we also have several concerts from Harry and the Potters.) Take a look and see if any of your favorite artists are in here
- National Parks
- Journey Through Botanical Gardens: New York City, Washington, D.C., Portland Japanese Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Longwood Gardens, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
- Statue of Liberty
VIRTUAL Theme Parks
- Walt Disney World: Visit Virtual tours at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you’re on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.
- SeaWorld Orlando: The virtual tour of Sea World includes a tour of Discovery Cove and the option to”ride” the steel roller coaster Mako.
Virtual Trips to Zoos and Aquariums
- Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a “Panda Cam” live stream on its website
- Bronx Zoo
- Cape May County Zoo: Zoo School
- The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
- Georgia Aquarium Webcams
- Houston Zoo Webcams
- New England Aquarium
- Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
- Live Streams of San Diego Zoo
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Streams
- National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
- New England Aquarium Virtual Tour
- San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
- The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo Web Cam Visits at the zoo.