So glad that you checked in! I wanted to let you know that even though we are all indoors, there are still so many places we can go! That’s right! We can all jump on the digital train for a super variety of fun virtual experiences. Below you will find a list of places to visit for information, stories, and other activities. We will continue to update the list, so be sure to check back in. Hope you find this helpful.
Stay well and stay in touch,
Digital Resources Curated by Jane Manners, Pequot Library's Children's Librarian
Explore at Home
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries all around the world to bring families virtual tours and online exhibits. Kids will be able to gain more knowledge about art, science, history, and more.
Explore our heritage by visiting the beauty and splendor of 31 National Parks courtesy of Google Earth. Exceptional views right from your living room.
LeVar Burton, long-time host of Reading Rainbow will read to you on Twitter. Burton will read to children on Mondays, young adults on Wednesdays, and adults on Fridays.
As long as schools are closed, Audible is open. All stories are free for kids to stream on their desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Goodnight with Dolly is a special 10-week series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books. Launches on April 2.
This storytime is sprinkled with celebrity dust: It’s brought to you by the folks from SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Nicely done!
KidLit TV Read Out Loud
A wonderful collection of authors and illustrators reading out loud, sharing book ideas, and more.
Story Time from Space
It’s out of this world!
Some of your favorite stories read aloud.
Read, Wonder, and Learn! From Kate Messner.
Stimola Literary Studio will host live-streamed readalouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations starting March 23 between 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST with Matt Tavares, Shannon Stocker, and many others.
Tune in Tuesdays, starting March 24, at 2:00 p.m. EST to follow a weekly webcast serial: Aiden Tyler, Quaran-TEEN, brought to you by Rex Ogle, author of Free Lunch.
Casting a magical charm on boredom is the Harry Potter at Home Hub, bringing Hogwarts to you.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!
Weekdays at 1 p.m. EST
Are you wondering what’s for lunch? How about hanging out and doodling with Mo in his studio? Doesn’t get much better than that. Doodle on!
Draw Every Day with Jarett J. Krosoczka @StudioJJK
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the graphic novel Hey, Kiddo and other titles, will host free webcasts for you and your kids each weekday at 2 p.m. EST for at least the next few weeks.
Author and illustrator Grace Lin is using her personal YouTube channel to record herself reading her books — including Mulan: Before the Sword and When the Sea Turned to Silver — and doing some drawing demos.
There’s never been a better time to get crafty. Here are a couple of sites to give you some ideas for home projects and some live sessions with illustrators for inspiration:
Have any extra paper plates in the back of the pantry? Pull them out for a zoo full of paper plate animals that kids will love to make!
It’s good to remember to get up and move! Here are 25 exercise games and indoor activities to get you going! Thanks to Mommy Poppins.
For interested in keeping the past alive, here is a list of virtual learning resources from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. You definitely want to check this out!
If you are looking for information on how to talk to kids about the coronavirus, take a look here:
From The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
For kids and adults with learning differences or disabilities: understood.org
From NPR: a kid-friendly comic that explains what it’s all about.
Don’t forget to go outside and play! Do some jumping jacks, blow some bubbles or collect some rocks. Play hide and seek, take part in a scavenger hunt or hang a bird feeder and see who shows up. Playing is the highest form of research.
Welcome to the Children’s Library, where things are really hopping!
Our space features a cozy reading room surrounded by books, a classroom, tutoring rooms, and our resident rabbit and reading ambassador, Blossom. There are so many wonderful ways for young readers to be involved here — through storytimes, family events, book clubs, after-school activities, volunteering, and more. Stop by to say hello, browse our collection, or make an appointment to read to Blossom or take her for a spin around the library in her bunny-mobile.
The Children’s Library offers four 30-minute preschool storytime programs during the school year (September through May) for children of various ages:
- Babes on a Blanket (0-12 months)
- Music and Movement for Wigglers (0-5 years)
- Wee People (2-3 years)
- Three-to-Five Beehive (3-5 years)
“I love the quality selections in the kids department, the small neighborhood feel, and of course, Blossom!”
Workshops and Classes
Parenting discussions, college preparation seminars, writing workshops, and etiquette classes provide parents and their children the opportunity to discover new information and develop new skills.View the Schedule
Music and the Performing Arts
Irish Step Dancers, Shakespeare for Kids, and free concerts in the Auditorium and on the Great Lawn are but a few of our many cultural offerings for children and families throughout the year.View the Schedule
Join one of our once-a-month book clubs designed for children and families.
- Mother/Daughter Book Club: Girls ages 8-12 and their mothers discuss some of the best that children’s literature has to offer.
- Banned Books Book Club: Students ages 9-12 discuss, among other things, why certain books are banned.
- The Magic Tree House Book Club: Students in grades 1-3 explore history and fantasy with Jack and Annie Smith on their numerous adventures and missions from their magical tree house.
Join your neighbors at one of Pequot’s many community events. The most popular are the Kids Candy-Making Workshop, Easter Egg Roll, Miss Susan’s Potluck and Campout, Fourth of July Bike Parade, Costumed People/Pet Parade, Holiday Caroling Party and Open House.View the Schedule