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Online Adult Learning
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
- All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
- From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
- Free courses, practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners, including adult learners, to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
National Emergency Library https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary
A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
Access tutorials on Overdrive and more through our library YouTube page. More videos are being added, so check back.
This great video will get your started with the Libby app through Overdrive, which you can use to access free eBooks, eAudiobooks and movies on your mobile device.
- Access more than 30 databases from home with your library card! See the full list here.
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- Beginning Monday, March 16th, Comcast is offering 2 free months of Internet Essentials to low-income families who are new customers. Speed has been increased, and there is no term contract, credit check, or equipment shipping fee.
- Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another's screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.
- Microsoft is providing a free trial of Teams premium plan, allowing users to record meetings and use 1 TB of storage. This trial is available for 6 months.
- Google is allowing free access to Hangouts Meet for all G Suite and G Suite for Education users until July 1, 2020. It allows up to 250 users per call, meeting recording, and livestreams for up to 100,000 viewers.
- LogMeIn is providing free Emergency Remote Work Kits for nonprofits, educational institutions, and health care providers. These kits provide “solutions for meetings and video conferencing, webinars and virtual events, IT support and management of remote employee devices and apps, as well as remote access to devices in multiple locations.
- Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos with your library card! To use with a smartphone, Kindle, or other device, download either the Overdrive or Libby app to get started!
- Many authors and illustrators, including Oliver Jeffers and Mo Willems, are working towards creating regular content to keep you entertained. Visit your favorite authors’ social media to find out if they’re doing anything. (They’re probably bored while social distancing, too!)
- Go for virtual tours of many of the world’s famous museums!
- The Metropolitan Opera has announced that starting March 16th, it will stream encores of past performances for free.
- This website gives ideas for keeping young kids occupied at home, all based on the simple supplies you might have available.
- A whole bunch of family-friendly TV shows and movies have been made available on Amazon -- for free. In the US, some of those titles include Arthur, Just Add Magic, Pete the Cat and more. All you need to access them is an Amazon Prime Video account, which you can sign up for without charge
- Wireless carrier Cricket is offering a free 3-month subscription to the WWE Network when you provide your name, email address and phone number. The subscription info will be delivered to you via email. The offer is good for new and past subscribers only; you can't apply it to an existing subscription
- If you need your baseball fix (and watching some sports -- any sports -- sounds pretty great right now), here's good news: MLB.tv is offering free streaming of 2018 and 2019 games when you log into or create an account.
- There are thousands of Yoga classes (as well as Pilates, Tai Chi, meditation, and more) on YouTube. For Yoga, try out Yoga with Adrienne! She has hundreds of videos for all skill levels.
- Need some new pictures for the kids to color? Crayola is offering a wealth of free-to-download (and print) coloring pages, all of them organized by season
#ColorOurCollections has coloring sheets adapted from the collections of different libraries.
Author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky is offering free downloads of coloring sheets based on her books