We have created a list of activities you can do to stay healthy and happy while our buildings are closed. Be sure to bookmark this page, as we are constantly adding to the list!
Things for adults to do while practicing social distancing:
Contribute to the National Archive as a Citizen Archivist.
- Discover Zooniverse – a citizen science web portal.
Exercise your brain with a few free crosswords every week.
- Join Elizabethtown College experts for an online speaker series regarding topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Beginning April 1, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
- Look for ways to stay connected
- Share your current & future reads using the hashtag #BooksConnectUs
- Meditate and find a way to work with anxious thoughts.
- Take a virtual tour of some of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
Visit a museum or zoo without leaving your house:
- Visit Harper at Home.
Things for kids to do while practicing social distancing:
- At-Home Resources from our friends at the Lancaster Science Factory
- Children have fun while they learn at Starfall.
- Daily activities and tips from PBS Kids.
- Draw Ever Day with Jarett J. Krosoczka.
- Enjoy Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.
- Find amazing facts at National Geographic Kids.
- Have a Virtual Hangout with Digital Girl, Inc.
- Highlights provides families with Fun with a Purpose.
- In the Middle Books from Simon & Schuster Publishing
- Junior Library Guild @ Home – includes free access to the JLG online digital reading platform.
- Math instruction from Happy Numbers.
- Read out Loud with KidLit TV.
- Learn at home with Scholastic.
- Read, Dream, and Share with these coloring pages.
- Read, Wonder, and Learn – a library of resources compiled by author Kate Messner.
- STEM Activity Pages
- Take a virtual field trip.
- Time for Kids provides authentic journalism to motivate curious minds.
- Tools for distance learning from World Book.
- Writing Tips from Kate DiCamilllo.
Although our buildings are closed, Lancaster Public Library is open online, and you can access our digital resources from home. Here’s how:
- Check out an eBook or eAudiobook from Overdrive.
- The Libby app from OverDrive is a convenient, fast, and easy to use way to access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks.
- Conduct research using one of our many databases.
- Have questions as you go? Contact us for help.
- Get to know TumbleBooks – a collection of animated, talking picture books; audiobooks; and games and puzzles.
- Search for grants from home when you access Candid’s Foundation Directory Online.
- Explore ALL that the Duke Street Business Center has to offer!
- Stream movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks with hoopla.
- Don’t miss hoopla’s Bonus Borrows Collection!