Virtual Library

Even though many of us might be at home social distancing, Siouxland Libraries still wants to bring you fun and interesting content so you can continue to library from home!

Below you will find a variety of fun things you can do from home, by yourself or with your family. Some of these resources are provided by the library, while some are from outside organizations. Check back frequently as we will try to keep this page fresh and current.

Visit our Virtual Library for Families.


Cool Stuff from Siouxland Libraries


Virtual Programs

Keep an eye on our social media pages - FacebookTwitter, and Instagram - for storytimes, science programs, and more, brought to you virtually. The library programs you know and love, just now online!


Looking to brush up on a skill? We've got you covered!

Create a free LyndaLibrary account using your library card to start learning today. Thousands of high-quality videos on software, photography, audio & music, business, and much more!

Some of you might be working from home more than usual. Lynda has great courses on how to work effectively from home, and even how to manage your teams as they work remotely.

Recommended Learning Path: 
"Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success"

Recommended Courses:
"Working Remotely" with Mike Gutman
"Working Remotely" with Todd Dewett
"Managing Virtual Teams" with Phil Gold
"Leading at a Distance" with Kevin Eikenberry

Other resources for those working from home are available through our Hoopla app.

Working from Home by John Hawkins
Working from Home and Making It Work by Sheri Andrunyk
Beginners Guide to Working from Home by Michael Hudson
The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel


Catch up on that research you've been meaning to do! 

Use the powerful JSTOR database to explore open access book chapters and journal articles.


Getting ready for a test or exam and need study materials?

LearningExpress Library

Check out LearningExpress Library, an online learning platform of 300+ practice tests covering ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, and more! Includes answer explanations and free downloadable study resources like eBooks and flash cards.


Miss Humblebee's Academy

Interactive learning program for children ages two to six. (Create your own account or use a guest account.)


BookFlix

Hundreds of talking books for children. BookFlix pairs approximately 120 animated stories with a nonfiction talking book on a similar subject.


Hoopla streaming content (free with your library account)

Read-along titles for kids!


Find other electronic resources on our databases page. 
Signing in from home will require your library card number and PIN.
Start exploring our extensive collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies, and TV shows!
Connect with our library on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Cool Stuff from around the Web 


Daily literacy-building activities to share with your child.

The Public Library Association has created a calendar with daily literacy activities for you to share with your kiddos!

Download the March 2020 calendar PDF

Download the April 2020 calendar PDF


#OperationStorytime

Some of your favorite children's book authors are reading their works free of charge online! Search for #OperationStorytime on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to find plenty of great videos. (Even celebrities like Jennifer Garner are joining in!)

Here are a few good pages grouping together these online storytimes to get you started:

(Cool) Progeny

Romper

TimeOut


StorylineOnline (Youtube)

Betty White, Lily Tomlin, Justin Theroux, and many, many more read their favorite children's books on this YouTube channel.


Story Time from Space

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation where astronauts on the International Space Station film themselves reading children's books.

These storytimes are out of this world!


The Directory (Give Back + Stay Sane)

A vast repository of links leading to home workouts, curated playlists, meditation tips, free books and movies, and so much more!

The Google Doc sheet can be found here.


Free Virtual Museum Tours

Experience museums from around the world right from the comfort of your own home. Visit the Guggenheim in NYC, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, and more!

"Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch" [from Travel & Leisure magazine]

Smithsonian Virtual Tours

"You Can Virtually Tour These 500+ Museums and Galleries from Your Couch" [from LifeHacker.com]


Free Virtual Concerts

John Legend, the Metropolitan Opera, and metal band Code Orange are just a few of the musical acts performing concerts online for free while many of us are stuck inside.

NPR is keeping this list updated, so check back daily!


TumbleBooks eBook collections for kids

Tumble Books

K-6 children's eBook collection

K-6 math eBook collection


TeenBookCloud eBook collection for teens


AudioBookCloud eBook collection for all ages


RomanceBookCloud eBook collection for romance fans


Scholastic Learn at Home

Daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. PreK through Grades 6+.

Learn at home now!


Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A resource page from CommonSenseMedia.org


Take the Census from Home

The 2020 Census is here and you can fill it out from home!

Here are some instructions:

  • The Census can be taken online at www.my2020census.gov
  • Click on "Take the Census" to display other languages at the bottom of the page.
  • Call 1-844-330-2020 to take the survey in English. Click here and scroll down for a list of non-English specific phone numbers.
  • You do not need a Census post card sent to your residence to get started. The survey will walk you through entering an address manually.
  • Help/FAQs page for the Census: https://2020census.gov/en/help.html

Other fun links

Open Culture: "Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online"

freeCodeCamp: "Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free"