Library From Home Resources

hoopla

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! And there are no waiting lists! Learn more here.

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.

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. This video can help you get started. Also, step-by-step tutorials are here

Learning Opportunities for Adults

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

Storytimes and Library Programs From Home

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

Teaching Books has been fully updated to meet the needs of families learning from home during this crisis. With seamless connections for students and families, everyone can bring to life the books they are reading. Awaiting you are 172,000+ videos, audio recordings, activities, and lessons to enrich your virtual learning.

Storyline Online features actors and actresses reading picture books aloud.

At home with Emily Arrow on YouTube, M-F week of March 16 at 12:00 Central Time, is a daily live performance from musician Emily Arrow

Sesame Street podcasts include songs and stories in video or audio format.

Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers,  and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater (description from their website).

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems visit Mo’s studio at noon each day

Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka Visit JJK’s studio every day at 1:00 p.m.

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

Kids Learning Activities

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.

Kids activities blog has a list of education companies offering free subscriptions right now.

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

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.

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.

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.

Reading Ideas

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

Museum and Cultural Visits From Home

Visit 12 museums without leaving home!

Milwaukee Public Museum has online exhibits.

Natural History Museum virtual tours.

Visit the National Museum United States Air Force online.

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

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.