Activities & Tips for Social Distancing

A list created by Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System staff

Books and Storytelling

  • OverDrive: Check out our online collection of ebooks and e-audiobooks, available free with your library card
  • Penguin Random House Author Events: Virtual author events for adults, teens, and kids.
  • Random House Virtual Events: Random House is hosting author events, featuring your favorite authors, chefs and inspiring leaders.
  • Mac Barnett’s Instagram Live: Author Mac Barnett (@macbarnett) will be reading a book a day on Instagram. Available via mobile devices.
  • Oliver Jeffers Instagram Live: Author Oliver Jeffers will read his books at noon.
  • Josh Gad Book Club: Actor Josh Gad (Olaf, from Frozen) will be reading books 6:30 pm on Twitter.
  • Save with Stories: Actors Amy Adams (Giselle from Enchanted) and Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30, Juno) will be reading picture books on Instagram.
  • PenguinKids Story Time: Penguin Kids (book publisher) will be holding story time every week day at 10 am on Instagram.
  • Read, Wonder and Learn: Favorite authors and illustrators share resources for learning anywhere.
  • Storyline Online: Listen to celebrities read children’s books.
  • 450 Manga Volumes Online: a large number of Japan’s manga publishers are making their comics available online for free
  • Storytime From Space: astronauts reading amazing children’s books out loud … from SPACE!
  • Storynory: audio stories for children, including fairy tales, myths from around the world, classic authors, and original tales.
  • Pinna: Offering an extended 60 days free trial during this crisis. Has audiobooks, podcasts, and music for kids 3-12, including many picture books, some read by their authors.
  • Center for Puppetry Arts Shows: The Center for Puppetry Arts is performing live, interactive puppet shows using Zoom. Check out their schedule.
  • Dramatic Readings: Practice your own reading! Read into a paper towel tube or act out picture books.
  • Virtual story times on Facebook: Many libraries are hosting Facebook Live versions of their usual story time. This calendar shows the timing of various ones throughout the week. Each event has a link to the facebook event and the hosting site. Follow one of those at the correct time!
  • YouTube Creators for Change: An ongoing global initiative that spotlights inspirational Creators who use YouTube to foster productive conversations around tough issues and make a positive impact on the world.
  • Patrick Stewart’s Shakespearean Sonnets: One of the best voices in Hollywood is reading one sonnet a day on Instagram and Twitter.


  • CreativeBug: An online collection of crafting how-to videos, available free with your library card
  • Carson Ellis Instagram Quarantine Art Club: Artist Carson Ellis (@carsonellis) will lead daily art assignments for kids and adults
  • Organize a neighborhood art show: In Spain kids are posting their artwork in their windows so when families take a walk around the neighborhood (in isolation), they can see what other kid artists are working on.
  • Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems: Mo invites you into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing once a day for a few weeks. Viewers can see each new video at noon to watch all of Mo’s videos, find activity sheets to print out, and more. 
  • Stimola Lab: Live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio
  • TinkerLab’s Daily Art Challenge: Start a daily sketching practice.
  • Kutovakika Lessons: Learn how to take creative self portraits on YouTube.
  • Smallfull Free Printables: Sign up for their monthly newsletter for adorable free printables.
  • Coloring Book Pages: 2020 Children’s Book Week book art of 23 artists, now in coloring page format


  • Live Streamed Music for Kids: This is a listing of independent children’s musicians around the globe who are transitioning our live shows to live streams to accommodate social distancing recommendations due to the coronavirus crisis.
  • Live Streaming Shows & Music Classes for Kids by Independent Artists:
  • Met Opera Streams: The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is posting nightly performances from its archives while the Met is closed.
  • The Jolly Pops: Every day at 10:30 they will be getting on Facebook Live and play Jolly Pop Favorites.
  • Okee Dokee Brothers!: This wonderful kid music duo has an Ad-Free YouTube channel with full 40min adventure movies, music videos, shenanigans, and interviews. Link to their Youtube channel. Link to their study guide.
  • Fender Lessons: Fender is offering 3 months of free guitar, ukelele, and bass lessons for the first 100,000 people to register.




    • 30 Days of Lego: 30 days worth of Lego building prompts
    • Nature Journaling: Make a living journal. Go on walks (while keeping a safe distance from others) and find one thing for your child to draw, describe, weigh or measure.



Online Learning

  • Playful Learning: Offering a 30-day trial membership, great homeschooling resources
  • Great Courses Plus: Offering a free month of classes for adults like Everyday Engineering, Masters of Mindfulness, Learning Spanish, Fundamental Photography, Algebra I and more.
  • Pinna: Offering an extended 60 days free trial during this crisis. Has audiobooks, podcasts, and music for kids 3-12, including a section for learning new things.
  • Khan Academy: K-12 free online lessons
  • Flocabulary: Offering a 30 day free trial of educational hip hop songs and video about K-12 subjects,

Virtual Field Trips

  • San Diego Zoo: Live cams of apes, koalas, pandas, penguins, and more
  • Musée d’Orsay: Famous works by artists who lived or worked in France between 1848-1914, including Monet, Cezanne, and Van Gogh
  • Smithsonian National Zoo: Webcams allow kids to watch lions, pandas, elephants and naked mole rats.
  • Seattle Aquarium: spend a half hour under the water with the experts
  • Explore Live Cams: live cams of many cool things: Polar bears, ocean animals, elephant park, Decorah eagles, and more.
  • Cincinnati Zoo: Starting on March 16, the zoo will have a FB Live event every afternoon @ 3pm on their home page featuring an animal and an activity that kids can do at home.



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