By now, your homes must be spotless and your origami and macrame projects have really taken off. If you need another distraction from climbing the walls, we'd like to offer you a curated list of engaging sites that have caught our attention during this break from reality. We'll be adding more to the list, so please check back periodically. If you have any suggestions that you think would benefit your fellow sheltered citizens, please email Augie at email@example.com.
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Explore the World from Home Series:
Pandemic Bonus: Catch These TV Shows While They're Still Free
Networks and streaming services are putting some high-profile series in front of their paywalls to tempt homebound viewers to subscribe.
Train Trips From Around the World
From luxury trains gliding through Europe to some of the best views you could imagine, you can experience these bucket list trips from the comfort of home.
Virtual Tours of South America
Though travel may not be an option in these times of coronavirus, the situation doesn’t prevent us from knowing the world from isolation in our homes. Even if you’re bored of lockdown strolls in the local park, you can still explore several South American destinations with just a click.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston have teamed up to offer an invaluable archive of public broadcasting over the past 60 years. There’s a treasure trove of programming here, both educational and entertaining, and programming from localized stations is continuously being added. Find your favorite program from the past or fall in love with something new!
Tune in each Thursday at noon PDT to watch a broadcast of an incredible show once performed live at the National Theatre in London. Keep an eye out for stars you may already know from the big or small screen!
Bring the ocean to you with live feeds from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.
YouTube Channels we love:
San Francisco Public Library - all their previously recorded speakers and programs
NPR Music - Musicians from all genres perform at NPR’s offices in their famous Tiny Desk Concert series. With performances around the world cancelled to keep fans and musicians safe, Tiny Desk’s latest releases feature artists performing remotely.
Metropolitan Opera Nightly Live Streams
During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while their stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts
Intimate video performances, (usually) recorded live at the desk of NPR’s All Songs Considered. This series is a great way to hear your favorite musicians and learn about new ones.
Listen to Free Audiobooks on Audible
Looking for something you can’t find on Libby? Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free during the coronavirus pandemic.The audiobook platform has said that, for as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
LeVar Burton Reads
Like short fiction? How about being read to by a smooth, charming reader? Then this podcast is for you! Hear stories by authors you may never have sampled otherwise. If you get hooked, email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can supply you with more work by that author or something in a similar vein!
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The museum may be closed, but rock & roll is alive and well. Check out past induction performances, cultural artifacts, and educational content on the history of the genre.
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
Experience the beauty and awe of Hawai’ian volcanoes, Alaskan fjords, New Mexican caverns, Utahn canyons, and Floridian islands with virtual tours led by National Park Rangers.
Ancestry-now available from home through April 2020!
Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of online genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records from this popular site. You will need to log in with your MARINet library card and password. Please contact Augie at 415-289-4121, Monday-Friday, 10-5 if you're having trouble logging on.
NASA Image and Video Library
Explore the cosmos from your favorite chair. NASA’s pictures, videos, and podcasts provide an amazing, unique look into the world beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
Looking for something productive to do without leaving your home? Enjoy learning about history from firsthand accounts? Archival projects around the country need volunteers to help transcribe historical letters, speeches, journals, and other papers into digital formats to better preserve and study their contents.
10 Tips For Hosting A Digital Book Club
Miss socializing while discussing your latest read? That doesn’t have to end just because we’re shelter in place! Check out this list of tips for hosting a digital book club of your own. Need help determining what video platform to use? Email Tula at email@example.com with your questions and tech support needs.
Meditate for Free
Millions of people around the world turn to meditation and mindfulness practices to find calm and strength. Deepak Chopra and Oprah together created a consecutive 21 days of meditation and guidance, with the purpose to cultivate hope during these uncertain times.