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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.

While Libraries are Closed

While the library is closed, we will be sharing additional resources we hope will be helpful in these difficult times. 


Just because you can't come into the library doesn't mean you can't check out books! Learn how to access our ebooks and eaudio here:

Want even more ebooks? Try the TeenBookCloud from Tumblebooks, an ebook database for grades 7-12.
Or what about eaudiobooks? AudioBookCloud is an all ages audio book database.

We are happy to now offer hoopla, a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.
 
And make sure you take a look at all of our favorite things on our staff picks page!

Find information on Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green's April Reading Challenge here.


April is National Poetry Month! Head over to poets.org to find 30 ways to celebrate!

Or head over to one of my favorite book sites, bookriot, to find short and soothing poems to recite while your washing your hands.

In a writing rut? Here are 101 poetry prompts to get your creativity flowing.


Looking for great sites to help you with your distance learning? In addition to all of our databases, make sure you check out:

General Learning
  • Khan Academy. A nonprofit whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Create your own personalized schedule and curriculum.  
  • How Stuff Works. General knowledge website bursting with interesting articles about every topic you can think of. And check out their amazing podcasts
  • Crash Course. Fun YouTube series on a ton of different topics, and John Green hosts some! I love the philosophy ones.
  • Smithsonian Teen Tribute. Great articles from the Smithsonian Institute, selected specifically for teens. 
  • TED Talks. These TED Talks, which actually started during a 1984 conference where Technology, Education, and Design converged, are all from speakers under the age of 20.
  • Kurzgesagt. Wonderfully animated videos on a wide variety of topics. Learn why finding alien life would be our doom!
Science
  • Discovery #MINDBLOWN. A downloadable app from the Discovery Channel. 
  • NASA STEM. Resources from NASA for students gr 9-12.
  • Amazing Space. Another site by NASA, this one filled with info on what they know best, space! 
  • Animal Cams. From Adventure Journal, a list of live animal cams.
Language 
  • Duolingo. Learning a new language is easy when it's this fun!

Virtual Tours
  • Virtual VisitVisit a virtual tour or live presentation from the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA. Make sure you check out Sy Montgomery reading from her book How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals. She is a naturalist and author with the ability to bring the animals from her books to life. 

Health
Nothing is more important during a time like this than your mental and physical health. Find some trustworthy resources here:
  • MedlinePlus. The Teen Health page of Medline Plus, an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine.
  • Lifespan. The adolescent's page of Lifespan, Rhode Island’s first health system. A comprehensive, integrated, academic health system affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
  • MHARI. Mental Health Association of Rhode Island.