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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Main Library, Bertram Woods Branch, and all Book Drops are closed until further notice. For more information on the library’s response to COVID-19 click here.

Things to Do During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Online resources to expand your mind. Suggestions to broaden your horizons while staying home.

1.  Shape Your Future 

Complete the 2020 Census.

2020 Census Self-Response by State. Updated daily, the map shows how cities and towns across the country are now responding.

2.  Learn Something New

The Art Assignment A weekly PBS Digital Studios production that explores art and art history through the lens of things happening today.

Brainfuse JobNow  Live job assistance and professional resume critique, with your library card.

Brainfuse VetNow Connect with an expert to learn about eligible VA benefits and community resources, with your library card.

Coursera Free courses from more than 190 universities and companies.

Free Code Camp Free tech tutorials, especially coding with the ability to earn certifications.

Free Ivy League Courses Online  Enroll in free online courses in a variety of disciplines from Ivy League universities.

Healthcare Triage Healthcare policy and news explained.

Instructables From the stovetop to the workshop, awesome projects are shared every day.

Khan Academy Lessons for all ages on topics such as math, sciences, computers, business and art history.

Lynda.com Learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals, with your library card.

Medievalists.net Authoritative and fascinating news, articles, videotaped lectures, podcasts, and other resources about the Middle Ages.

Milk Street Cooking School Christopher Kimball’s popular online cooking courses are free through April.

OpenLibrary Free digital library of thousands of books available to borrow from the Internet Archive, with no library card necessary.

Play and Learn Chess Play, learn, and connect online.

Shaker Library’s Research Tools A to Z Explore Shaker Library’s vast array of subscription databases for your research, education and problem-solving needs.

StoryCorps at Home Documenting our national experience during the pandemic.

3.  Get Some Exercise

DAREBEE Select from hundreds of free workouts; filter for difficulty, exercise type, equipment or not, and other options.

Yoga With Adriene on YouTube High-quality, free yoga videos.

4. Learn a Language

Transparent Languages  Learn a new language or brush up on the one you learned in high school, with your library card.

Duolingo Learn any of 35 languages for free, including Klingon, Navajo, and Chinese, in a fun game-based format.

5. Listen to Music or Poetry, or Watch TV

Apollo’s Fire Music for the Soul  Apollo’s Fire provides a set of music videos.

Ours Poetica Poetry read aloud.

Cleveland Institute of Music Performances from their archives on their Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Macbeth Watch Shakespeare’s chilling Scottish tragedy through July 1 and more from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Marquee TV  Dance, opera, and theatre on demand for 30 days for free.

Metropolitan Opera  Every day a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming with each performance available from 7:30 pm until 3:30 pm the following day.

On the Boards TV Your front row seat to works by current artists in dance, theater, music and other forms that defy categorization. Free through the month of April.

PBS Digital Studios Fresh and insightful content through the familiar lens of PBS.

Read a Book, Listen to Music, or Watch TV Connect to Shaker’s eLibrary including Hoopla, Overdrive/Libby, Acorn, Kanopy, and more.

6. Maintain Your Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Comedy Cures is a non-profit organization that brings joy, hope, laughter, and therapeutic entertainment programs to the ill and underserved.

Mental Health Considerations from the World Health Organization A helpful fact sheet in PDF format.

7. Listen to a Podcast

The Adaptables Read It Forward’s podcast that dives into your favorite book-to-screen adaptations (March 17 featured a discussion of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.)

Rakuten OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerds A podcast for booklovers by book lovers.

Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcast More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. Host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s side door to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else.

This Is the Author The Penguin Random House Audio goes into the studio with authors who read their audiobooks.

8. Search Your Family Tree

Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry.com has made their outstanding genealogy database available to library patrons at home for a limited time.

Ancestry Library Edition Learning Center  Find PDFs of various helpful search tips and time-tested processes.

American Ancestors Suggestions from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Dear Myrtle YouTube Channel  Recorded live genealogy webinars, discussions, and search tips.

Family Search Library Classes and Webinars.

Newspaper Archive provides access to a 300-million-page newspaper collection. The site is making their holdings available during the current Coronavirus Quarantine.

9. Take a Virtual Tour       

Explore’s LiveCams This is the home of the world’s largest collection of live nature cams.                          

Google Arts & Culture Explore arts and culture collections from institutions around the world including National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museums, Anne Frank House, Acropolis Museum and more.

Guide to Virtual Museum Visits  Links to museum institutions whose collections can be explored digitally.

National Museum of African-American History and Culture Selected exhibits and artifacts are available online in the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab.

UNESCO World Heritage List UNESCO World Heritage Sites all around the world, including Pompeii, Taj Mahal, and more.

10. Track the Coronavirus

General Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)-Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
US Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources
US Department of Labor: Guideline to Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
Harvard Health Publishing: Coronavirus Resource Center
Johns Hopkins University and Medicine: Coronavirus Resource Center

Statistics in Real Time

Ohio Department of Health: COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Map
nCoV2019.live: Real Time World Statistics
Worldometer: Coronavirus

11.Volunteer

Help in the City of Shaker Heights Volunteer to help your community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Help expand access to the Smithsonian’s massive collections.

Volunteer Match is the largest network in the nonprofit world, with the most volunteers, nonprofits and opportunities to make a difference.