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Education Resources for Out-of-School Learning: Created for Kids

Welcome to the newly curated LibGuide developed for librarians, teachers, students, and parents as you navigate the coming days during COVID 19.

For Kids

Engineering Activities for Kids

Hello! I have no idea who might see this, so I wanted to introduce myself first. My name is Lindsey Nelson. I’m a mechanical engineer and engineering educator based in Washington, DC. Since October 2017, I’ve been offering online science and engineering classes for small groups of kids ages 5 to 18. My big goal as an engineering educator is to design activities that use low-cost supplies you already have around the house and are easy to deploy in a hurry. So with that, I thought that it would be fun to give you a BINGO-style board of awesome engineering that jives well with social distancing. Share your activities on social media with #EngineeringBINGO and let other families know how they can play along.


A note for teachers: Please feel free to riff and modify this idea for your subject areas and age groups. If you pull more than 5 ideas off of my list when you do so, please include the attribution “Inspired by Lindsey Nelson, an engineering educator at Currently Outschool is offering free live classes to support public school families affected by school closures.” This document is set to “Anyone with the link CAN VIEW.” Go to “File → Make a copy” to create an editable version. If you create your own versions for different subject areas, you can email me at and I’ll continue to expand the resource list. Thanks for everything you’re doing! 


UPDATE: Thanks to the initiative of Angie Remigio, an English as a New Language Teacher from Lisle, Illinois, a Spanish translation will soon be available. If you have the ability to render this document in other languages, please get in touch. I’d also love to have an American Sign Language version that links to high quality ASL videos for deaf and hard of hearing students who use ASL.


UPDATE 2: I have some preliminary contacts considering rendering this document in French, Japanese, and Italian. Will add those to the languages list if and when they can be developed.

Scholastic Learn at Home


Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

-The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.

Scholastic Letter & Link

Spark by Epic

30 Days Lego Calendar

Livestreamed Events during the Great Staycation

Educational Exploratory Game--High School

Walden, a game is a first-person exploration of the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. The game begins in the summer of 1845 when Thoreau moved to the Pond and built his cabin there. Players follow in his footsteps, surviving in the woods by finding food and fuel and maintaining their shelter and clothing. The game follows the loose narrative of Thoreau’s first year in the woods, with each season having its own challenges for survival and possibilities for inspiration.

A curriculum guide includes history, social studies, visual arts, science (particularly environmental science), and other lessons that bridge the sciences and the humanities. The lessons give students background to better understand the game and to maximize what they learn from playing it. Through the lessons, students learn more about the life of Henry David Thoreau, the times in which he lived, and the legacy of environmentalism that he inspired. The support team at University of Southern California (USC) Game Innovation Lab is offering educators complimentary evaluation licenses of the PC and Mac versions of the game. The curriculum guide, which is available online to freely download, was created by Journeys in Film, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with USC’s Rossier School of Education.

Library of Congress

Indoor Activities

San Diego Zoo

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The Muppets-Grover Reads

Additional Free Educational Sites

In order to cut down on redundancy, I have chosen to pull the free educational site links that I have not seen in other resources. Keep in mind that I could very easily be repeating sites, just not realizing it. I apologize. This libguide was created quickly.

Books to Enjoy . . . We Are One World

Non-Screen Activities to Do at Home

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Future Ready Librarians to the Rescue

✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.

Indoor Activities for busy toddlers…

Phonics skills

300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens…/

Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry

Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc,

High school chemistry topics…/hi…/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html

Math and reading games

Math and language games

Hands on Elem science videos

Voice based learning... learn through Alexa

Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities

ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn.



14 Science Experiments

Astronauts Reading from Space

Making Hand Animals-Drawing

Kinderparten Dance-Sight Words

Crafting Ideas

Space Science Institute



Reminder: STEAM Ahead @ Home Survey

In order to provide the most effective online resources for this newsletter, we have created a short survey to collect input on how your library is currently functioning and what your needs might be. Additionally, we are using this opportunity to connect libraries and their patrons to NASA Solar Ambassadors and Night Sky Network members for virtual programs. 

If you haven't completed our survey, please taking a few moments so we can determine how to best serve your library and its community during this unprecedented time.

Survey link:

Thank you!

Upcoming Webinar: Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library

Note: Although we have reached capacity for our normal Zoom registration, this webinar will be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel and recorded for viewing at a later time.

Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. (ET), 2:00 p.m. (CT),1:00 p.m. (MT), 12:00 p.m. (PT)

Join STAR Net, Christine Shupla (Lunar and Planetary Institute), and Elizabeth Nicolai (Anchorage Public Library) for this 1-hour webinar that will help you connect constellation legends and myths into your programs by learning about the stories – both fact and fiction! – of specific astronomical objects, constellations, and planetary bodies. View more details >>

Virtual Programs

Use this featured resource to add easy, hands-on STEAM activities (using common household materials) to your online Story Time programs. Note: Book recommendations are included.


Virtual Program: SciGirls Star Power

In this maker activity, participants use a shoe box, constellation template, and flashlight to shine a star pattern on a wall. An additional maker project demonstrates the importance of reducing light pollution.


View This Virtual Program Activity


Families at Home

Below is a set of resources that can be provided directly to families without the need of facilitation by library staff.


Hands-on Activity: Drawing Nature

Practice your artistic skills to help communicate your observations of a plant, insect, or animal.

Before cameras were invented or easy to use, drawing was a huge part of documenting nature. Some scientists were amazing artists too, or they would hire local artists to draw the animals and plants they discovered


View The Online Guide


Build at Home: Make Life Easier with Your Own Zipline!

Forgot something from upstairs? Need to pass the salt? Bridges are one way of moving across a gap. Zip lines are another! Create a zipline to transport small items from here to there.


View This Week's Guide


How-to Video: Loony Lunar Phases

In this hands-on STEAM activity, patrons hear a story, song, or (silly or serious) poem that celebrates the Moon's different phases. Then, they shape frosting (or spread) on cookies (or crackers) in the shape of the Moon's phases, then place them in position on a calendar. 


View This Week's Video


Digital App: Planet Families

Build your own solar system. But watch out: even the gravity between planets can pull them out of position. For more about how this computer model works, and some things to try, try this one page handout.ight can take tens of thousands of years to get from the fusion core of a star to its surface. Can you do better? Steer the photon through the maze, collect letters, and build a phrase to help you escape. The game includes twenty seven different mazes corresponding to stars ranging from red dwarfs to blue supergiants!

Available on smartphones and tablets!


Download This Week's Digital App


Refresh Your Skills

Keep your skills sharp by revisiting these professional development resources.


Webinar: Grappling with Unconscious Bias

No matter how good our intentions may be, we are all susceptible to forming social stereotypes about certain groups of people outside of our own conscious awareness. The library setting is a place of equitable and inclusive lifelong learning, and by better understanding unconscious bias and the role it plays in our libraries, we can better serve our communities. In this 90 minute webinar, guest presenters from The Avarna Group introduced the framework of unconscious bias to describe some of the challenges that well-intentioned people who are doing good JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion) work face.


View This Week's Archived Webinar





The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through STAR Net's NASA@ My Library program!

STAR Net is built upon a strong network of collaborators and partners, led by the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). Partners include the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, Collaborative Summer Library Program, Chief officers of State Library Agencies, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Cornerstones of Science. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.