Storytime You Can Watch From Home

Where can you find online storytime?

Oakland library locations are closed until further notice, but with today's technology, that doesn't stop storytime! OPL children's librarians are presenting germ-free virtual storytimes weekly:

  • Mondays 10:30 AM: Play & Learn
  • Wednesdays 11 AM: Bilingual Storytime (Spanish)
  • Saturdays 10:30 AM: Family Storytime

We have gathered a list of free online stories, music, art, and more for kids and families to enjoy while practicing social distancing.

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Día! 2020 - a virtual celebration

Celebrate children, books, and music with Your Library.

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Día! - Diversity in Action is how we celebrate  Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros - book joy with families. OPL was scheduled to present Día with these four fabulous performers. Please enjoy their online videos (click the highlighted links).

Alphabet Rockers is an Oakland based, Grammy-nominated hip-hop group that focuses on youth activism. 

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Tutor.com Offers FREE, Live, and One-on-One Homework Help for Students and Parents

Tutor.com offers free online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Live Spanish-speaking support is also available for math, science, and social studies subjects.

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Oakland Public Library is happy to now provide access to tutor.com, a trusted resource for students and adult learners that offers live and FREE one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects. Live one-on-one assistance is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight). 

You will need an Oakland Public Library card and a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access to get connected to a tutor 

Help is available

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Screen-Free Activities for Family Fun

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. When you're ready to cut down on the screens for a bit, visit the links below for recommended activities. 

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Rest

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

You've been working hard! Don't forget the importance of downtime. While cooped up unexpectedly, tempers can run short and anxieties high. Both kids and adults need time without screens to recharge.

  • Try meditation. If you (or your kids) haven't done this before, no sweat. Find a comfortable position, close your eyes, and think of a place where you feel completely comfortable or safe. Imagine what it looks like, what you can hear, touch, smell, and taste. Sit with that experience as long as you like. (For kids,

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Experiment

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

Children, especially under age 5 or so, learn SO much from the world around them. As they get older, you can add some formal structure to everyday exploration, such as first making a hypothesis and then observing closely to see what happens. Try something slightly different, and record the results. You can get as detailed as your child wants to, and use digital technology only when you choose. It's so rewarding seeing them learn! 

Experiment.

  • Start 

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Around the House

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

We've all learned that we can't sit on the couch and watch TV all of the time -- there is plenty that needs to get done to keep everyone going. Involve your kids in the daily activity of your household. Depending on their ages, they can help:

  • make meals
  • set and clear the table
  • wash dishes
  • empty the trash
  • clean and tidy
  • do laundry (or a part of it, like sorting colors or folding)
  • entertain siblings
  • care for pets
  • with a big project like inventorying the freezer or organizing a closet

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Making Connections

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

It's hard on humans to be away from groups of other humans, and to handle the genuine fear that might accompany interpersonal interactions right now. One way to feel more human is to make connections with people who live outside your household.

  • Write a letter or postcard to a relative. Talk about the postal system, how to address mail, and the format of snail mail versus email. Why is it important to include a date? A return address? Do you have any old mail to examine the postmark and stamps?
  • Make a card for someone who might not be getting lots of

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Play

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

Do you have any toys or games on hand? Check the garage or back of the closet for...

  • board games
  • puzzles
  • old newspapers with crosswords or comics
  • beach balls or sand toys
  • jacks, Hula Hoop, string for cat's cradle
  • jump rope
  • exercise bands
  • play-dough or clay
  • dice, dominoes, playing cards
  • blocks or LEGO

No interest in toys? Nothing turned up under the bed?

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Get the Wiggles Out

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

Getting those wiggles out is important! It can help with stress, stretch muscles that aren't getting their usual daily activity right now, improve the ability to listen and follow directions, and just be fun.

  • What songs and fingerplays do you remember from library storytime? Here's somewhere to get started:

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