The library has access to thousands of online journals and magazines.

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Local History

Discover the beautiful towns of Westerly, RI and Stonington, CT.

In an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community Westerly Library will be closed until further notice. We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. Please check back regularly for updates.

Virtual Resources for When You're Stuck at Home

News

The New York Times   htps://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirus

Sign up for a free accoutnt, you can access news and guidance regarding the coronavirus from The New York Times for free.

The Washington Post   https://www.washingtonpost.com/coronavirus/?itid=hp__%3A
Subscribe to the Coronavirus Updates newsletter for free access to relevant stories from The Washington Post.

 

Online Adult Learning

Open Courses Yale   https://oyc.yale.edu/

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

GCF Learn Free   https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/

  • 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.

Khan Academy   https://www.khanacademy.org/

  • 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.

 

Video Tutorials

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.

 

Databases

  • Access more than 30 databases from home with your library card! See the full list here.

 

Special Collections


 Internet Access

Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone

  • 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.

Comcast Internet Essentials

  • 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.

 

Online Meetings

ZOOM

  • 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 Teams

  • 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 Hangouts

  • 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

  • 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.

 

Entertainment

Overdrive

  • 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!

Online Storytimes

  • 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!)

Museum Tours

  • Go for virtual tours of many of the world’s famous museums!

Metropolitan Opera

  • The Metropolitan Opera has announced that starting March 16th, it will stream encores of past performances for free.

Home With Kids?

  • This website gives ideas for keeping young kids occupied at home, all based on the simple supplies you might have available.

Amazon shows

  • 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

WWE Network

  • 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

Major League Baseball games from 2018 and 2019

Online Yoga Classes

  • 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.

Free Crayola coloring pages

  • 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