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Online Resources While at Home

Here are some great learning resources you can access while at home, as well as some answers to frequently asked questions of how the library can help you during these times.  

Life Skills

Think of the most successful people in the world. The successful ones always recommend investing time in learning new skills. Below are some useful online resources that can help the entire family and especially kids learn new skills, sharpen old ones and make the best use of time.

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

● Learn 22 Languages   https://www.memrise.com/ 

● Learn 30+ Languages in Bite-Sized Lessons   https://www.duolingo.com/ 

LET’S GET PHYSICAL

●Yoga Practice for Kids   https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/ 

● Kid-friendly Workouts   https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts 

● OT, PT & ST Resources for Kids   https://www.theottoolbox.com/ 

LEARN MONEY MANAGEMENT

● Banzai Money Management   https://www.teachbanzai.com/ 

● Personal Finance Resources for Kids   https://www.ngpf.org/ 

WHAT’S COOKING?

● Recipes That Encourage Skill Development   https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library 

MAKE OR BREAK

● Explore Engineering Challenges   https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engineering-challenge/

INVEST IN CAREER DEVELOPMENT

● Typing Skills   https://www.nitrotype.com/ 

● Writing Development   https://www.noredink.com/ 

● Life Skills Learnings   https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/ 

Exploration

It is a great time to explore and learn about fascinating places around the globe from the comfort of home. From space to culture to travel and outdoors, check out the amazing and engaging resources below.

SPACE

● Explore the Surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover   https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/ 

● NASA Initiative For Kids   https://climatekids.nasa.gov/ 

CULTURE & TRAVEL

● Tour Yellowstone National Park   https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm 

● Take a Virtual Field Trip to Paris, France   https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne 

● Virtually Tour the Great Wall of China   https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china 

● Virtual Tours   https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ 

● Cultures & Countries Around the World   https://www.countryreports.org/ 

● Archives of Historical Photographs & Documents   http://www.whatwasthere.com/

OUTDOORS & ANIMALS

● FarmFood 360 Virtual Farm Tours   https://www.farmfood360.ca/ 

● National Zoo and Smithsonian Learning Lab   https://www.si.edu/kids 

● Alaskan Wildlife Cams   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams 

● San Diego Zoo Tour   https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

● National Geographic Geography & Animals   https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ 

● National Geographic Young Explorers   https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html 

● Explore Ocean Life   https://ocean.si.edu/

Entertainment

Who knew missing school and being at home could be this challenging? Below is a wonderful list of links that will keep adults and kids entertained for days.

SOUND AND MUSIC

● Virtual Instruments   https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

● Learn Music Through Hands-on Experiments   https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments 

● Online Music Cases for Grades Pre-K to 8   https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/ 

● Mindful Poetry & Music   https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments 

FUN & GAMES

● Online Jigsaw Puzzles   https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/ 

● Online Coloring Pages   https://www.thecolor.com/ 

● 3 Weeks of MakerStation   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T4CZCt8hJqYLVT5ZVYpR7SgHLWDWaaUO/view

● Songs, Shows, Crafts, Recipes & Activities   https://supersimple.com/ 

● Make Learning Fun: Worksheets, activities, games, etc.   https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/ 

STORIES AND INTERACTIVITY

● Voice Based Leaning Through Alexa   https://bamboolearning.com/resources 

● Randomly Generate Story Starters   https://thestorystarter.com/ 

● Read & Play Games with Dr. Seuss   https://www.seussville.com/ 

● Kids Books Read by Famous People   https://www.storylineonline.net/ 

● Read with Music, Sound Effects & Character Voices   https://noveleffect.com/ 

Library @ Home FAQ

What about materials I currently have checked out?

All checked out library materials have had their due dates extended during the closure. These items do not need to be returned until the Shasta Public Libraries reopen. No overdue fines will accrue during the Libraries’ closure.

What about items I have on hold?

Hold periods are also extended until the Library reopens. You will not lose your place in the holds queue.

What if my library account is blocked or expired?

Please feel free to contact a staff member at 530-245-7250 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, or email us at askus@shastalibraries.org. Your card should still give you access to online resources regardless of renewal status during the Libraries’ closure. If you are still having problems, please contact us.

How can I get access to books if the Library is closed?

Shasta Public Libraries offers access to ebooks and electronic audiobooks via OverDrive online as well as ebooks via Enki. Both can be accessed through the eLibrary.

You can also access newspapers and magazines through the Libraries’ eLibrary as well as research your family genealogy.

How can I apply for a library card?

Please complete the online library card application. Write down the PACREG code you are given along with the 4 digit PIN you choose. This information will grant you access to OverDrive and Enki as well as our online databases and HelpNow (online tutoring and homework help).

Still have a question?

Feel free to call us Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm at 530-245-7250, or email us at askus@shastalibraries.org.