Library Curated

A variety of stay-at-home resources from the Adult Services Department at Princeton Public Library


Requires a Library Card

E-books and audiobooks

Digital magazines

Film streaming services

Online courses, homework help and test prep

Free Resources

Ancestry Genealogy — The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and its long-term digitization partner Ancestry will make it even easier for people to explore their own family history stories from home by providing free access to search nearly 500 million records and images on Ancestry. 

Stay at Home Fest — Calendar of virtual events with links to planned events around the web, many on Facebook Live

The Social Distancing Festival —  Digital events from around the world. Viewer discretion advised.

Caveat Livestreams — Entertaining, informal lectures, discussions, presentations, and storytelling events hosted by comedians, musicians, drag queens, scientists, lawyers, professors, etc. in a NYC basement bar on the Bowery.

Digital Public Library of America

  • For Everyone — Check out the free SimplyE app, available for iOS and Android. Access more than 5,000 ebook titles, rom the classics to contemporary fantasy and sci-fi, all for free by choosing DPLA as your library and tapping on the DPLA collection. No sign in or library card required.
  • For Teachers — Our collection of free primary source sets cover a wide range of topics from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” to Negro League Baseball to Angel Island. All include a curated set of primary sources, lesson plans, discussion questions and tips for primary source analysis.  Use search to access more than 36 million images, texts, videos and sounds from 4,000+ partner institutions. Our collection is useful for primary source research and analysis and research projects on almost any topic under the sun as well creating things like scavenger hunts and games for putting a little fun in e-learning.  The Open Ebooks program provides thousands of free ebooks to Title 1 schools. Readers can immediately download some of the most popular works of the past and present, with no costs, no holds, and no late fees. Titles were selected by DPLA’s Curation Corps of school and youth librarians. Register your school today and start getting free ebooks.
  • For Students — Online exhibitions  introduce students to more than two dozen topics ranging from the 1918 flu pandemic to Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections and the building of the Transcontinental RailroadNational History Day: Find out more about  resources around the theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.”
  • For GenealogistsFamily Research Guide is an introduction of how to use DPLA’s records in your search.

EBSCO is providing free access to distance learning resources for teachers and students.

Kidsbridge @ Home — Social-emotional resources for distance learning.

Museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Art — Virtual Tours, Met Media Videos (searchable; categories include concerts, lectures, MetKids programs, etc.); Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (database of Met-held artworks and scholarship relating to them)

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History — Virtual Tours

The Frick Collection & Frick Art Reference Library — Virtual Tour, Digital Collections

Museum of the City of New York — Video Collections, Online Exhibitions, Explore Collections

The Louvre —  3 Online Tours → Egyptian Antiquities (Ancient World), Remains of the Louvre’s Moat (Medieval), and the Galerie d’Apollon (17th-18th Century)

Google Arts & Culture — Versailles, Guggenheim (NYC), The J. Paul Getty Museum (L.A.), The Uffizi (Florence, Italy), Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (D.C.), The British Museum’s Museum of the World Interactive Timeline, Museo Frida Kahlo (Mexico), Anne Frank’s Family Home (Amsterdam);

3D Models of Historic PlacesChauvet Cave Horse Paintings, Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, Easter Island, Chichen Itza

Art Zoom Videos — Explore images, artifacts and more in high resolution.  Narrated videos which explore famous artworks up close.

Battleship New Jersey — The War at Home YouTube series, daily at 1 p.m. Our curatorial staff will look into another aspect of the ship and her history.

The Museum Plantin-Moretus — Three hundred years of book-printing art and family history, including the oldest printing presses in the world and a rich collection of art, with portraits by Rubens. In the library, you will find manuscripts, incunabula and original prints. And the archives tell you about daily life in both the printing works and the mansion.

Vleeshuis  — “Sounds of the City,” a journey through the musical history of Antwerp.

Animals

San Diego Zoo Live Cams — Animal Habitat Livestreams

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Baby Goat Livestream (Beekman 1802)

Explore.org Live Cams

Audubon Birdwatching Guide — Identify birds in your back yard.

Smithsonian

Open Access Images

Women’s History Initiative “Because of Her Story

Science How Webcasts — Vvideos of scientists discussing their work and field.

Smithsonian Magazine

Library of Congress — Digital Collections

Massive list of all kinds of fun

Literature

English Literature Portal — List of works available online (Wikisource)

American Literature Portal

The Letters of Note Archive — An archive of letters to and from prominent historical figures (and sometimes the everyman and woman) on topics ranging from important historical events and society-wide issues to personal problems, silly rejoinders, and even love letters.

BrainPickings — Writer and editor Maria Popova’s bookish, beautiful, and often life-affirming collection of interesting and inspiring articles across art, science, philosophy, creativity, children’s books, and other strands of our search for truth, beauty, and meaning.

Literary Jukebox — Quotes from beloved books, each thematically matched with a song.

The Moth Story Library — Founded by novelist George Dawes Green, The Moth is a community, a podcast, an award-winning Radio Hour, a set of live events, and, now, a series of bestselling books, celebrating the art and craft of storytelling. All Moth programs focus on a theme which storytellers explore live.!

Camp NaNoWriMo —  From the creators of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Camp NaNoWriMo is the monthlong writing adventure that takes place each April and July. Writers are encouraged to write every day, but there is no specific word count, genre, or type of project expected.

Online Courses

Open Yale Courses — Free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale.

Open Harvard Courses — Some listed have a fee, but many are free, with topics including the humanities, coding and health.

Skillshare creative classes (free trial)

List of free online coding courses

Milk Street Cooking School has made its classes free.

Music

The Metropolitan Opera — Nightly Opera Stream ,available online until 3:30pm the following day,

The Guardian Classical Music — Recorded and live streaming resources.

Library of Congress’s Youtube Playlist — Concerts from a variety of genre, including hundreds of kinds of folk music from various cultures. Most are introduced by music librarians, ethnomusicologists, or other professionals and have good quality video/audio.

Sofar Sounds — Videos of small, intimate concerts hosted all over the world in interesting public places.

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

Bowery Poetry’s “No Desk Poetry Concert” Livestream — March 22, 4-7pm

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Digital Transcription Projects

Smithsonian

Library of Congress

NARA

Yale

Stanford

Newberry Library

Health & Wellness Resources

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

National Institute of Mental Health — Includes an “Emotional Wellness Toolkit” with information and easy directions for home exercises

Dancing Alone Together — Livestream dance classes

Local Mental Health & Wellness Resources

How to Meditate from mindful.org

Meditation 101 from Gaiam

Faith-based Services

Christ Congregation of Princeton — Recorded Sunday worship

The Jewish Center of Princeton — Saturday evening livestreamed service

Nassau Presbyterian Church — Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Prerecorded prayer service .

Princeton United Methodist Church — Sunday, 10 a.m., livestreamed 

St. Paul Catholic Church — Monday-Saturday,  8:15 a.m. Mass; Sundays, 9 a.m. (Spanish) and 10 a.m.,  live streamed . The church remains open for individual prayer Other Catholic mass options

Trinity Episcopal Church — Sunday, 10 a.m. livestreamed Sunday Morning Prayer  (Facebook Live). The church remains open for individual prayer.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton — Sunday, 10:30 a.m., livestreamed service