Tecumseh District Library is now open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.! (Please check the Home Page for complete details.)
I hope you found this resource list helpful and enjoyable during the time we were closed due to the pandemic!
I am going to continue to feature the links! A few have been deleted since their free subscriptions expired at the end of August.
Please know that I have not personally vetted them, but I did find them on two of my professional Story Time and Library Programming listservs which I trust, as well as from Facebook pages of local teachers.
The links are valid as of September 5, 2020.
Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you and all my "Library Kids" during your next visit!
Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian
Collaborative Summer Library Program
CSLP was happy to announce that their 2020 "Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading Champion was author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy.
Beginning in June, Carmen read and shared stories every Friday at 12pm EDT from her facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/carmenagradeedy/ Her stories are still available for viewing!
Carmen has spent the past twenty years writing and telling stories. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today. She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center. She is the author of several award winning children's books including; The Library Dragon.
A Special Video Message from Carmen Agree Deedy!
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR - DAV PILKEY
Dav Pilkey at Home features new video content created by Pilkey himself on social media channels and the website of the Library and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. Fun and free activities are available online including how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds, and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections. Additional videos and content are shared periodically and feature downloadable activities, conversations about books and creativity, and tips for kids and families to create their own characters and act out scenes from Pilkey’s Dog Man book series.
Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. (Includes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.)
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR - MO WILLEMS
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ to watch all of Mo's videos, find activity sheets to print out & follow along, and more!
Full YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF
Episode 1: youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8
Episode 2: youtube.com/watch?v=30DCOgTGn_o
Episode 3: youtube.com/watch?v=XHpG9RZwPFs
Episode 4: youtube.com/watch?v=N90fLxaBCGE
Episode 5: youtube.com/watch?v=K5guOVOuVMs
Episode 6: youtube.com/watch?v=vheR1cd58oc
Episode 7: youtube.com/watch?v=JeQu-4k89gI
Episode 8: youtube.com/watch?v=4YNxKtjJr9k
Episode 9: youtube.com/watch?v=BoTLFJJvCpg
CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORES ONLINE
STORY TIMES & MORE
THE CANDY APPLE
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS
READY TO READ MICHIGAN presents A PARADE OF ELEPHANTS
read by author Kevin Henkes
STORY TIME FROM SPACE
This is an evolving list of online storytime resources for families, preschools, and day cares. It includes videos, websites, and podcasts to support those who cannot make it to the library for any reason. The focus is on early literacy support online – songs, rhymes, movement, and stories. You can also follow the hashtag #kidlitquatantine on Twitter for updates on emerging resources specifically around children’s literature.
CHILDREN'S AUTHORS ON FACEBOOK
READING FROM THEIR BOOKS
CHILDREN'S AUTHORS - WEBSITES
Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Tween Books
Barnett, Mac www.macbarnett.com
Coville, Bruce www.brucecoville.com
Cronin, Doreen http://clickclackbooks.com/index.html
Dean, James www.petethecatbooks.com
Grabenstein, Chris www.chrisgrabenstein.com
Jeffers, Oliver www.oliverjeffersworld.com
Parr, Todd www.toddparr.com
Pilkey, Dav https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/planet-pilkey/
Polacco, Patricia www.patriciapolacco.com
Patterson, James https://kids.jamespatterson.com
Rand, Jonathan www.americanchillers.com
Reynolds, Peter H. www.peterhreynolds.com
Amy Krouse Rosenthal http://www.whoisamy.com/
Willems, Mo www.mowillems.com
CHILDREN'S MUSICIANS - ON FACEBOOK
Mr. Jon & Friends
Mr Jon & Friends make music for kids and their families with hopes to inspire fun, laughter, and dancing. Sometimes with a band, sometimes as a duo, and sometimes solo, the music of Mr. Jon & Friends comes in all shapes and sizes.
CHILDREN'S MUSICIANS - WEBSITES
THE BEST IDEAS FOR KIDS
THE DAD LAB
FRUGAL FUN FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
I HEART CRAFTY THINGS
KIDS ART & CRAFT
LITTLE BINS FOR LITTLE HANDS
MOON CHILD ADVENTURES
ONE LITTLE PROJECT AT A TIME
U.S. FOREST SERVICE - KIDS
ACTIVITIES - DRAMA
Disney's THE LION KING on Broadway
is offering a free online theatre course for kids:
ACTIVITIES - DRAWING
LEARNING WEBSITES FOR PARENTS
LEARN IN COLOR
Equips parents and teachers with creative teaching ideas. Find book lists for your next great read, hands-on math and science ideas, educational movie night ideas, cheat sheets, and more.
- Georgia Acquarium https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
- Monterey Bay Aquarium https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/live-web-cams
- National Aquarium Virtual Tour http://samuraivirtualtours.com/example/nadc/index.html
- Ripley's Aquarium of The Smokies - Penguin Cam https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/penguin-cam/
- Tennessee Aquarium https://tnaqua.org/ (Chattanooga, TN)
- Virtual Tour of the Seattle Aquarium
Visit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, kids can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists.
- Detroit Museum of Art https://www.dia.org/
- Louvre Museum, Paris https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy
Amazing Libraries to Explore Online
Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations. And thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online.
National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is home to more than 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections. On behalf of the nation, we preserve and share this extraordinary national collection encompassing everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner to Abraham Lincoln’s top hat; from the first computer bug to the first artificial heart; from Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Our archival collections include a remarkable array of American history in documents, photographs, and other works, including major holdings on the histories of American business and music.
National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of several exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
The Best Free Cultural & Educational Media On The Web
Hubble Space Telescope
Parents and educators, did you know we have lithographs with great details about some of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most famous images available for download? Teach your children or students about galaxies, nebulas and planets, such as the Lagoon Nebula—an example of a turbulent stellar nursery full of birth and destruction. Children will also learn some space-related vocabulary. (Spanish-language lithographs are also available)
Michigan Science Center
With live stage shows, a 4D theater, a Planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities, special exhibits and more, there’s more than you can see and do in a week. In fact, there’s something new to discover at MiSci every month!
TRAVEL THE WORLD
Google Maps street view will allow you to visit almost any destination around the world. Check out this view from Pompei.
- Visit the Great Wall of China
- Virtually discover Yellowstone National Park
- Tour England through this 360 video.
- Take a live look at Colonial Williamsburg.
- Go on a virtual field trip to Ellis Island.
- Go on 11 FarmFood 360 virtual trips of Canadian farms from minks, pig, and cows, to apples and eggs.
- Go on a father and son tour of the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, AL
- Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland
- Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam in Tuscon, AZ - Currently offline due to storm damage.
- San Diego Zoo \
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo
- Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
- Alaska Zoo
- Baton Rouge Zoo
- Blank Park Zoo (Des Moines, Iowa)
- Chattanooga Zoo
- Chester Zoo (Cheshire, England)
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
- Columbus Zoo
- Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (Burford, United Kingdom)
- Dublin Zoo
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Greenville Zoo (South Carolina)
- Healesville Sanctuary (Temporarily closed, but virtual tours are still available.) (Australia)
- Highland Wildlife Park (United Kingdom)
- Houston Zoo
- Indianapolis Zoo
- Kansas City Zoo
- Marwell Zoo (Winchester, United Kingdom)
- Maryland Zoo
- Melbourne Zoo (Temporarily closed, but virtual tours are still available.) (Australia)
- Metro Richmond Zoo
- Milwaukee County Zoo and Zoological Society
- Minnesota Zoo
- North American Bear Center (Ely, Minnesota)
- San Diego Zoo
- St. Louis Zoo
- Tallinn Zoo (Estonia)
- Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington, D.C.)
- Tulsa Zoo
- Virginia Zoo (Norfolk, Virigina)
- Werribee Open Range Zoo (Temporarily closed, but virtual tours are still available.) (Victoria, Australia)
- Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, Washington)
- Zoo Atlanta
- Zoo Sauvage (Saint-Félicien, Quebec)
- ZooMontana (Billings, Montana)
ZOOS - DETROIT ZOO
ZOOS - TOLEDO ZOO
Hippo Underwater Web Cams
The nation's first Hippoquarium. Get up close with the hippos from the Toledo Zoo.
Seal Underwater Web Cams
See the seals as they perform their underwater acrobatics. Flips, twists, and turns and yo're in the front row!
THINGS TO DO IN THE CHILDREN'S SECTION:
Say "Hi!" to Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian, and explore the variety of collections in the Children's Section!
TRADITIONAL MATERIALS CIRCULATE FOR THREE WEEKS
Children's Chapter Books
Graphic Novels for Children
Children's Non-fiction Books
Read-Alongs (Paperback Book with a CD)
Children's DVDs - both fiction and non-fiction
Puppets (Currently in storage due to the pandemic.)
FOR LIBRARY USE ONLY:
AWE: An early literacy computer with programs for children 5-years-old and younger
Please Note: During the pandemic, all of the puzzles and art supplies have been placed in storage.
Magnetic Dress-up Puzzles
Chess Boards and Pieces
Checker Boards and Pieces
Chinese Checkers Board and Pieces
Markers, crayons, and color pencils
Coloring Pages to color here and/or take home.
Please Note: During the pandemic, all in-person programs for children and tweens are on hiatus.
Brochures describing programs for children and for families will be available as new programs are scheduled!
Morning Story Time series
Monthly Themed Story Times
Music Moves Me
Amazing Crafts for 3rd and 4th Graders
Special programs with children's authors and entertainers
Gift of Reading
Summer Reading Program - Information is available on the Summer Reading Program page.
Books and Audio Books for 5th graders through 7th graders are shelved nearby.