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Posted March 24, 2020

Self quarantine is a difficult time for people and sometimes you just don’t know what to do to keep yourself busy. Here is a list that we created of resources not only from our website but also other things that we selected from the internet.

Coronavirus scams are starting up and we want to keep the target audience informed. There have been a few reports in our area consisting of robocalls selling “testing kits” or the caller claiming to be from the government requesting banking information to payout the “stimulus” check. Stay informed and read the other scams that are circulating by clicking here

Arts and Crafts

How and Why To Make A Relaxing Eye Pillow

Easiest Way to Paint Ten Flowers with Watercolor Video

Creativebug: Attention all crafters, Creativebug is the perfect website for you to try new things doing the hobbies you love or start a new hobby! Creativebug also has classes for kids broken down by age groups. Keep yourself and the little ones busy while staying safe at home!

Yoga and Fitness

How to Sweat, Stretch, and Breathe During Social Isolation Article by Cindy Kuzma: Our regularly updated guide to Chicago-based (but available anywhere) workouts, meditation sessions, and more. Click here to find it.

Here is a selection of 59 popular free 30-minute or less, online yoga classes from YogaDownload. These free full yoga classes include styles suitable for everyone. Classes featured include beginner yoga classes, vinyasa yoga, hatha yoga, free meditation classes, and yin yoga, and yoga for stress relief and relaxation.
Click here to find it.

GC Soul Line Dance ChannelClick here to find it. 

Cooking

Here are some YouTube channels:
The Food Network
America’s Test Kitchen
Food and Wine Magazine
Cooking Light

Sign Language

Learn American Sign Language with Pronunciator
Click here to find it.

Other Genealogy Websites

Gallaudet University ASL Class
Handspeak
Sign Language 101

Genealogy

Ancestry has temporary access to their website with your library card. Click here to find it.

Here are 15 episodes of the Great Courses Genealogy on Kanopy. Click here to find it.

Other Genealogy Websites:

Cyndi’s List – nearly 300,000 links to genealogy sites since 1996
Family Search
The USGen Web Project
Midwest Genealogy Center

Educational Resources

  • O’Reilly – click the link, then check the box so they know you’re not a robot, and then click on ‘O’Reilly for  Public Libraries.

O’Reilly: For a limited time (Until June 30) we are offering this resource, which has ebooks and videos that have a variety of topics and intended for university and college students.  Because this is a limited time item, we have a few instructions to help you use it.

Simple access instructions:
1: Click the link to your enter your trial access home page
2: Enter the ReCaptcha code (prove you’re not a bot)
3: Select the name of the product to get in and start playing!

EBSCOhost: Still in school and in need of resources for your assignments? We have you covered! Get out your library card and head over to this resource by clicking here! Here you can search any topic, browse by years, and read full text articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Learn It Live: This resource is available through the RB Digital app and online platform that has online classes covering topics in health and wellness. Choose from a wide variety of topics that include meditation, fitness, cooking, and nutrition. You can watch quick tip videos or do courses for a variety of these subjects. Click here to find it.

The Great Courses through RB Digital app and online platform has a large collection of not only educational materials that include history, literature, math, science and more, but they also have a large variety of videos to teach you how to cook or bake, or take up a new hobby like Tai Chi or chess. Click here to find it.

Resources For Seniors

Illinois Department of Aging

Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older adults themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans.You can find information about different services in your area with IDoA’s NEW Search Tool. Find information on programs and services that can help you in your home including the Community Care Program, Adult Protective Services Program, Area Agencies on Aging and Care Coordination Units. Click here to find the Department of Aging Website.

Protect Seniors Online: Protect Seniors Online is a public education program of Home Instead Senior Care. Click here to find it.

Brain Games for Seniors

Trivia Plaza
Daily Crossword

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