Library From Home Resources

Digital Reading Material

Flipster magazines can be read on a computer or you can download the free app. There are over 90 magazines to choose from. Available with your library card.

With Hoopla, you can borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!

Wisconsin’s Digital Library connects you to thousands of free library ebooks and e-audiobooks. Download the Libby app to make reading online even easier. Available with your library card.

Storytimes and Library Programs From Home

Fun virtual library programs and storytimes are available from Bridges Library System’s libraries.

Storyline Online features actors and actresses reading picture books aloud.

Kate Messner has curated a new list of favorite authors and illustrators reading their books aloud!

Watch Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Once Upon a No from Amy Poehler – fairy tales with a twist!

Check out this collection of links to picture book read-aloud videos for kids.

Kids’ Learning Activities

BreezySpecialEd.com offers home learning packets and strategies for Special Education

EBSCO has collected exceptional resources for long-distance learning.

Explora offers online access to magazines, journals, newspapers, and more covering education, health, business, science, history and general areas of interest. This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink and available with your library card.

The Frugal Fun blog is all about cheap, fun activities for kids!

Kids Activities Blog has a list of education companies offering free subscriptions right now.

Learning Express offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and more.  This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink and available with your library card.

Scholastic Learn at Home lessons includes daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

TeachingBooks is an amazing resource.  Includes in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of  book readings, guides to thousands of titles and multimedia resources  on children’s and young adult literature. This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink.  Login in here with your library card.

The Youth Services blog of the Wisconsin Library Association has collected links to Author Readings and other helpful learning tools, as well as online library programming options.

Learning Opportunities for Adults

Do genealogy research at home with AncestryLibrary (available remotely until August 31)

Gale Courses offer over 350 free, online classes in a variety of subjects, from ACT prep to Photoshop basics to medical coding. 

Cultural Site Visits From Home

CNTraveler.com has collected a list of museum exhibits, symphonies, and operas you can enjoy from home!

Visit 12 museums without leaving home!

The Milwaukee County Zoo has videos of their animals on Facebook.

Milwaukee Public Museum has online exhibits available.

Explore George Washington’s Mount Vernon on your computer!

Natural History Museum offers fun virtual tours.

Visit the National Museum United States Air Force online.

Get outside with these 33 National Park virtual tours!

This blog has a list of 20 Virtual Field trips for families.

Learn Wisconsin history by exploring photos, maps, books, artifacts, and oral histories from dozens of Wisconsin communities via Recollection Wisconsin!

Reading Ideas

Build a TBR list and get reviews and recommendations on great books with our Find My Next Book resource page.

Professional Development

Work on your resume with Cypress Resume

Newspapers

America’s News: Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Journal-Sentinel. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

Waukesha Freeman: full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Freeman. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

Newspapers.com:  Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s – 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Available through BadgerLink.

Newspaper Source Plus: Includes 1,570 full-text newspapers, providing more than 27 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 583,100 television and radio news transcripts, videos & podcasts.  Available through BadgerLink.

U.S. Newsstream: Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s, featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. Coverage: 1980 – current.