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Livestream Storytime

MFPL Zoom Storytime and Social Hour! Let's check in on each other and see what we've all be reading, doing, and creating each week at home! Lots of talking and show-and-tell with some reading and singing. Every Thursday at 10:30am. Register on the calendar or email Ms. Montana for the Zoom meeting ID.

Read and Draw with Authors and Illustrators!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Find two weeks of short drawing videos led by Mo Willems (creator of Elephant and Piggie and The Pigeon books) on YouTube.

Draw Every Day with Jarrett Krosoczka!

Tune in at 1pm central for a drawing/writing/cartooning workshop with the creator of the Lunch Lady and Star Wars: Jedi Academy comics, or access the YouTube videos later!

Dav Pilkey at Home!

With Dav Pilkey at Home (from Scholastic), Supa Buddies can get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check back every Friday to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more!

Storyline Online!

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton!

Listen to Dolly read a book from her Imagination Library on YouTube every Thursday at 6pm central. Readings are slated through June 4 and will be recorded for later access on YouTube.

LeVar Burton Reads Live!

Tune in every Monday at 11am central to hear LeVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) read a selection for children! Streaming will be on Twitter Live.

For more online reading, drawing, and projects, search the following hashtags on your preferred Social Media site

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Now is the perfect time to keep reading towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Download a new sheet when you need one! We will take all of them and issue prizes when the library reopens. And remember, ALL of the following are important practices when it comes to getting Ready to Read in Kindergarten!

May's Theme: Butterflies!

Read: What letter does butterfly start with? How many places can you find the letter "B"? Read A Butterfly is Patient on Tumblebooks or Ten For Me on Overdrive. You can also check out our booklist "Young Naturalists - Butterflies" in the library catalog to reserve a nonfiction book on butterflies. 

Write: Practice writing or tracing the letter "B." Draw or color your own butterfly!

Sing: Learn some sign language while singing "Flutter Flutter Butterfly" with Lindsay and Dana! *You can change "Autumn sky" to "Springtime sky" or sing it multiple times through, once for each season!

Talk: Talk about the butterflies you see outside (come to the library's butterfly garden if your outdoor space isn't very butterfly-friendly!). What colors are they? I wonder where they live? I wonder where they're going? I wonder if they have a favorite flower?

Play: Play out the life cycle of a butterfly: crawl like a caterpillar, snuggle inside a chrysalis, then emerge and fly!

1KB4K SHEETS

Learning Resources

Practice Math and Reading skills for Elementary - High School Students. Vocabulary, Writing, Social Studies also available for Middle School. Trigonometry, Statistics, and Science also available for High School.

Free online courses, lessons, and practice in every subject for children ages 2 - 18. Check out the app Khan Academy Kids specifically for children 2 - 7.

Day-by-day lesson plans, projects, and acitivities for kids PreK - Gr. 9.

Resources

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

A digital picture book that answers key questions about the virus in simple language, intended for children 5-10 years old. Free to download for anyone who wants it!

A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus

Real kids ask real questions (and get them answered!) in this 30-minute episode of he Daily fromThe New York Times.

A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

Listen to the 3-minute segment from NPR, read the comic, and even print and fold your own version to keep at home!

Coronavirus Coloring Book and Coronavirus Activity Book

Check out these do-at-home resources to educate children and encourage conversation about COVID-19 created and shared by St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Ask a Librarian!

Have a question? Want to know what to read next? Looking for something you can't find here? Experiencing trouble accessing resources? Email a librarian! Ms. Montana and Ms. Samantha are here to help!

Live Cams

San Diego Zoo

Check out tigers, pandas, polar bears, koalas, apes, giraffes, and more!

Houston Zoo

Watch gorillas, flamingos, rhinos, and elephants!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

See everything from the open Bay (above and below water) to penguins, sharks, jellyfish, and otters.

More Fun Stuff!

Harry Potter At Home

This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom. Consistently updated with new content.

Watch the Opera At Home!

Stream a classic opera each night at 6:30pm central thanks to the Metropolitan Opera. Videos will also be available for the following 23 hours if you can't watch live.

Virtual Museum Tours

Tour 12 different museums from the comfort of your own home, including the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) and the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam).

Sesame Street Caring for Each Other

Videos, resources, activities, and games for families featuring everyone from Sesame Street.