COVID-19: Coping for Youth

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While we are closed to the public (as of 3/14/20) we have plenty of resources to help you enrich your social distancing experience.

Live Programs

Enjoy a virtual storytime featuring Dakota County Librarians on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings at 9:30 am via Facebook Live.

Log on Facebook for Online Learning with RAD Zoo! Watch live, up-close demonstrations of unique creatures from Minnesota’s Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo. In this 4-week online series, learn about the lives of frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes and more—right at home. Geared for ages 3 and older.

Thu, March 26: Amphibians and Turtles, 10–10:45 a.m.
Thu, April 2: Snakes and Lizards, 10–10:45 a.m.
Thu, April 9: Dinosaurs and Crocodiles, 10–10:45 a.m.
Thu, April 16: Australian Animals, 10–10:45 a.m.

Events are archived, so if you’ve missed one, don’t worry. Click on the Videos tab to watch anytime.

With Your Library Card

Using your library card, you have access to a variety of digital resources, including BookFlix, which pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books! (SSP residents (those with library cards starting 22098) use the link below for access to TumbleBooks.

In addition to those digital resources, find e-books to download or read online in Cloud Library, Hoopla, and E-books Minnesota. RBdigital has issues of J-14 and National Geographic Kids to view, and thousands of e-audiobooks to listen to. Hoopla also has music and video content, but when the Library reaches its daily spending limit, you will have to wait until the following day to get your item

Don’t have a library card? Questions about your account or PIN? Call us: 651-554-3240 from 9 am-5 pm Monday through Friday to speak with library staff, or apply online anytime.

Free Library Resources (no card needed)

We are so happy to announce access to TumbleBooks! TumbleBooks has generously provided free access to their incredible library of databases through 8/31/2020.

Also available for free, unlimited use through 5/31/2020 are hundreds of eBooks from KnowBuddy Resources. You’ll find fiction and nonfiction for grades K-8, as well as books in Spanish.

To help enable librarians, teachers, and educators helping students with remote access and online learning, Lerner has made a selection of their digital products available for free through 6/30/20. Access their Distance Learning Library for Grades PreK-5, or their Distance Learning Library for Grades 6-12.

Selected Online Resources

Beyond the library, check out this Kid Lit Events Calendar compiling links to live-streams (subtract an hour from the listed time for Central Time!) of authors, illustrators, musicians, and other creators. Be sure to also check out their list of ongoing resources, videos, and content for more from the blue bar at the top of each day.

Author, Illustrator, and former classroom teacher Kate Messner has put together a post on her website called, “Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere -- Spring 2020.”

Pernille Ripp, teacher and author has compiled a list of places you can go to see authors reading from their books.

Find a lot of resources for storytime-like activities for younger children at Jbrary.

Miss Amy will be adding more favorite storytime songs to this Spotify playlist.

Follow #kidlitquarantine and #operationstorytime on Twitter and Instagram for more ideas!

Wondering how to talk to your kids about COVID-19? PBS Kids has a post addressing strategies for having a conversation with young children.

Help your kids (and yourself) by creating safety, connection, and new routines with tips from Becky Bailey.