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What to do when you’re stuck at home

Hello friends,

I hope you’re all staying safe during these tough times.  I expect a lot of you are stuck at home, with or without kids.  What can you do to keep entertained and enlightened?  Here are some resources that may help.

Read ebooks:

As I hope you already know, you can use your library card to check out ebooks and e-audiobooks from our collection.  Use the free Libby app to download.  Want to get started with electronic content?  Check out this user guide that will talk you through the process on your type of device.

You can find more free content on Ebooks Minnesota, a collection of books from Minnesota’s independent publishers.  Get started by browsing by category.

Classics are available to download or read online from Project Gutenberg.

Desperate for wifi?  Our network is still up and available.  You should be able to pull up your vehicle and use it from the parking lot.

Physical books and more:

We have carts in the entryway of the library loaded with books, puzzles and activity sheets.  They are all free for the taking.  There is also a little free library downtown by the Veterans’ Memorial.

Online learning and entertainment for kids and adults:

Scholastic Learn At Home has lots of free projects by grade level.

Junior Library Guild has opened access to their ebooks for kids and young adults.

Educational publisher Abdo has provided free access to all of their ebooks and databases through June to keep kids reading.  Find books for PreK-8 and 5-12.  Also, check out the Zoom research database for beginning readers.

Nickelodeon has a site with activities including Spongebob’s handwashing lesson.

Why not take a virtual tour of the world’s great museums?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can start a free online course from an Ivy League University.

Lots of streaming services are offering special content.    Amazon Prime is offering free kids content even to non-subscribers.  Other services are extending their free trials to 30 days.  Explore this list from Slate.

This NPR article lists more, including theater, learning and workout sites.

Eagle Bluff Starlab Planetarium

Starlab Portable Planetarium

45-60 minutes

Where: TCU Lonsdale Elementary School
1000 Idaho St SW, Lonsdale, MN 55046

When: 1:00, 2:15 or 3:30

How to register: Go to https://www.tcu2905.us/page/4231 and register online.  Be sure to choose Lonsdale as your location and take note of the session time you choose.

The event is free.  All ages are welcome!

The STARLAB program features an inflatable planetarium to showcase 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations. Whether it’s telling the stories behind the stars or focusing on the stars of the seasons, this program is great for all ages and addresses Minnesota K-8 academic standards.

 

Remarkable Reptiles

Remarkable Reptiles

 

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm

 

A perennial favorite, local reptile expert Jim Gerholdt, will be back to visit with some of his friends.  And his friends are snakes, lizards and turtles!  Kids will learn about these fascinating creatures, and maybe even get to pet a boa constrictor!  All ages are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you may want to stick around afterwards, because we’re making crafts at 2:00.

Local Author Taha Muhammad

Tuesday, February 7th
7:00 pm

Taha Muhammad will talk about his book, We Survived Iraq and Turkey: Long Road to Freedom: A True Story of an Iraqi Kurdish Family’s Escape to America, and describe his Kurdish family’s escape from Saddam Hussein’s regime, and journey to the United States.  After his family  arrived, Taha was able to resume his teaching career, including as a substitute at Tri-City United, and served as a translator for four years, assisting U.S. troops in Iraq.

Books will be available for purchase.

The event will be free.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Domácí Czech Folk Dancers

Wednesday, June 15th at 1:00 pm

Next up on our summer reading adventure is a return visit by the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers!  This local group of young dancers will demonstrate some traditional dances and maybe even teach one to the kids.  All ages are welcome!

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Our first craft session will follow at 2:00 pm.