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Suffolk Libraries at Home

Suffolk County Libraries have put together a list of online resources for young and old patrons … while school is out and people are sheltering at home. Called “Suffolk Libraries at Home, ”  it lists links to the websites of great authors, illustrators, museums, and educators … that are offering virtual experiences for learners of all ages. The descriptive list of links is a “living document” and it will be continually added to … as more resources become available.  Please check it out at:  http://bit.ly/suffolklibrariesathome.

While the focus for this service is for kids, there are also many links for adults … such as online readings, craft tutorials, educational sites, book clubs, exercise, cooking and dance classes, YouTube videos, and podcasts on  many diverse and interesting subjects. My favorites of this comprehensive list are the virtual museum tours!  For an art museum “junkie” like myself, what better way to “visit” a museum than from your armchair. Many museums in Europe, such as the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museum and the Musee d’Orsay (my favorite!) are included in this group of cultural sites.  And many United States’ sites such as Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Gallery of Art,  Cradle of Aviation and the Guggenheim Museum are included too. According to “Fast Company,” Google Arts and Culture has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone some beautiful virtual tours and online exhibits.

So tonight, when looking for a bedtime story to share with your children, why not check out some online stories read by Dolly Parton, on “Goodnight with Dolly” or listen to Michelle Obama, on “Mondays with Michelle!”  These are just some of the online resources included on this site.  And best of all, no admission or entrance fees needed!

Note: ” External websites included in this post are independent of the Library and will take you to an outside source.”

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