Keep Yourself Entertained

It can be a struggle to find things to do during this time of quarantine. I’ve compiled a list of resources that I’ve found, a lot of them I got from Peters Township Public Library’s website.

Library Resources

Most libraries have an abundance of digital resources from online classes to audiobooks, e-books, and movies. Be sure to check out your local library’s website. If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry. A lot of library cards are giving patrons the option of obtaining an e-card so they can still access online resources.

Resources for Kids: 

Audible: Audible is offering free stories for kids (and some classics that might interest adults). They also have stories in different languages as well. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Story Time Online

Ranger Rick: Free digital subscription

International Children’s Digital Library

Story Time in Space: Books read to children by astronauts in the space station.

WQED Education: Videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Daily activities relating to PBS series. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus: 

Kahn Academy: They have videos on a number of different subjects for all ages. They have even come up with a suggested “school schedule” for parents working with their kids at home. They have made it easy to access age-appropriate videos on their site by viewing this page and selecting the appropriate age category. 

Scholastic Learn at Home: Resources for Pre-K through High School

San Diego Zoo Live Video Cams: San Diego Zoo has live video cams on their animals.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari: The Cincinnati zoo is live streaming animal videos daily at 3 p.m. EDT. on their Facebook page. You can also view past videos on their website.

Air Force Museum:

Virtual tours of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. There is also a link for an app that allows you to see inside the cockpits. That app is pretty cool.

Adults/Older Teens:

Crash Courses: Geared more for high school and older.

Duolingo: Learn a Language

iSeek Naturalist: Nature app

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey #1)

Michael VeyThe Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is the first book in the Michael Vey series. It was entertaining and is a series I am currently enjoying. It started off a really slow, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I was looking for a book for the family to listen to when we went on vacation, I probably wouldn’t have continued listening to it, but I’m glad I did. Right now, I’m on the second book, and it starts off a lot faster because you don’t have to get to know the characters. Unfortunately, this is not a book series that you can’t just start with any book, you need to read the first book. But, I highly recommend putting up with the slow speed of the book. It’s worth it.
I will say that it was a little more violent than I had anticipated from a kid’s book, and I think the reason was I’m not used to there actually being kids who are villains. There are a couple kids in there who seem to lack a conscience (and the reason being is thoroughly explained and understandable), and whose maliciousness when it came to hurting people surprised me. Again, I think it is because I’m not used to kids being the “evil” ones. Although !SPOILER-ISH! one kid does change his ways.
I also really appreciate that the main character has turrets syndrome. I think it brings a nice aspect to having a hero/main character who isn’t perfect (like Thor or Captain America). This is just a normal kid (who actually !SPOLIER-ISH! has an electric power). However, he is living with turrets which gives him an aspect of humanity, more than your average super hero; he is more relatable because we all have struggles in our life wither physical, emotional or neurological, etc.