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Caruth Park Stormwater Detention Project - May 2020.  

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Recreational Swimming begins July 1 at HAC.

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The Arbor - July 2020.

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As lives continue to be altered by COVID-19 health and safety precautions, our library staff hopes you and your family members will enjoy this list of resources, built so residents of all ages can easily access fun and engaging content.  Be well! 

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All Ages
 
Tumblebooks: From the UP Library catalog, you can access our free collection of Tumblebooks for children including streaming audiobooks, streaming picture books with optional audio, and ebooks for homework help.
 
Spotify Books: Besides music, Spotify has free audiobooks for all ages. Find them easily by reading this article: https://bookriot.com/2018/03/16/audiobooks-on-spotify/
 
Bushel and a Peck Books: Access free textbooks for grades K to 3 and printable coloring pages.
https://bushelandpeckbooks.com/pages/a-care-package-from-bushel-peck-books


Perot Museum Learning Resources: Explore nature and science at home and in your backyard. 
https://www.perotmuseum.org/programs-and-events/all-ages/amaze-your-brain-at-home/index.html

 

Frontiers of Flight Museum: STEM activity guides for learning at home.

https://www.flightmuseum.com/online-resources/

 

Dallas World Aquarium: Live streams from the aquarium's manatee and shark tanks. https://dwazoo.com/animal-cams/

 

Oxford Owl for Home: Free resources to support at-home learning for all ages.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

Finding Nature: A collection of ideas for connecting with the outdoors.

https://www.findingnature.org/resources

 

Story Time from Space: Read along with astronauts.

https://www.spacestationexplorers.org/educational-programs/storytimefromspace/

 

Mo's Daily Doodle: Draw, doodle, and create with Mo Willems in his art studio.

http://pigeonpresents.com/

 

GoNoodle: Short videos filled with music, movement, dance, stretching, yoga and mindfulness. https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

Wide Open School: A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media. https://wideopenschool.org/

Inter-Community School: This libguide includes links to many free resources including ebook and audiobook sites, copyright-free images, and databases. Also listed are non-English ebook sites. https://icsz.libguides.com/OpenAccessZakir/books

 
Ages 0 to 5
 
Storyline Online: This award-winning web site features recordings of well-known picture books accompanied by illustrations and learning materials for parents. https://www.storylineonline.net/
 
Authors Reading Their Books Aloud: On their web site, We are Teachers provides a comprehensive list of popular children's authors who have recorded or streamed readings of their works. https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/
 
Vooks: This streaming animated picture book site has many titles you can find at the library and parents can get a free one-month trial. https://www.vooks.com/
 
Novel Effect: Use this storytelling app as you read with your child to add sound effects, music, and character voices to the story at just the right time! Additional titles are added frequently, and the app is available for phone iOS and Android. Their web site also has educator resources for teaching your children at home. https://noveleffect.com

PBS Kids: Games, videos, and contests based on your favorite PBS Kids shows. https://pbskids.org/

Unite for Literacy: free children's ebooks, narrated in many languages. https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

DLTK's Educational Activities: free printable children's books, worksheets, puzzles, fine motor skill activities, and crafts. https://www.dltk-teach.com/
 
Ages 5 and up
 
Writing Help: Children’s author Ralph Fletcher created a “Writing with Ralph” video series focused on helping grades 3-8 develop their writing skills-from poetry to stories and even nonfiction. https://youtu.be/uEgyC6oeXl4
 
Wow in the World podcast: Learn about new scientific discoveries and interesting news stories each week. Funny and informative, this is NPR's first podcast for children. Look for it on your favorite podcast app. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510321/wow-in-the-world
 
Downloadable Comic Books and Graphic Novels: From now until the end of April, several volumes of comics can be downloaded for free. There are comics for kids of all ages, including teens, so parents should select titles alongside their child. https://www.tokyopop.com/together
 
Resources Based on Children's Books: 
Dav Pilkey reads his books aloud, offers drawing lessons, and encourages creativity on Dav Pilkey at Homehttps://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/dav-pilkey-at-home/
 
Simon and Schuster Publishing's web site features printable activity sheets and coloring pages based on books such as Angelina Ballerina, Daniel Tiger, Click Clack Moo, and PJ Masks. Find games, activities, and curriculum guides for grades 2 to 8 in the “In the Middle” section based on books like Cupcake Diaries, Dork Diaries, books by Andrew Clements and books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. https://www.simonandschusterpublishing.com/readandlearn/ 
 
Find activities based on The Nocturnals by Tracy Hecht at https://nocturnalsworld.com/activity-kits.
 
Find activities based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series at https://www.cyoa.com/


National Geographic: Educational resources for all grades focused on science, geography, and culture.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/classroom-resources/

 

Switch Zoo Animal Games: Educational games, puzzles, songs, and other activities like building a biome, creating a habitat, and creating new animals.

https://switchzoo.com/

Dallas Arboretum Virtual Visit: Garden tours, science activities and read-alouds for grades K through 6. https://www.dallasarboretum.org/education/virtual-visit/

National Wildlife Federation: Lesson plans and webinars introducing students to ecology, biology, and conservation. Most resources are geared toward elementary grades but middle-school and high-school lessons are included as well.
https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Educator-Tools/Lesson-Plans-and-Webinars

 
Crafts for All Ages
 
Teaching Art at Home: On this blog you'll find easy ways to teach art concepts and plenty of ideas for crafts using household materials! https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/online-art-classes-for-kids/
 
Easy Peasy and Fun blog: Craft ideas using household materials. https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-plate-crafts/
 
Bright Star Kids: Downloadable coloring pages and Easter craft ideas. https://www.brightstarkids.com.au/blog/
 
Printable activity sheets: Available from Flowerpot Press. https://www.flowerpotpress.com/TopMenu/Activities
 
Origami: Learn how to fold origami using this online guide. If you don’t have origami paper, regular paper or wrapping paper cut into squares will work also. https://origami.me/diagrams/

Crayola Crafts at Home: DIY crafts for kids and adults, along with educational resources. https://www.crayola.com/athome