Now What?!

Director of Ford Library and Information Specialist, Barb Lazar
“Books join us together as a global reading community.” Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray, Fountains of Silence, Salt to the Sea)
Now, more than ever, many of us want to feel connected.

We are only a few days into a time of social distancing and, for many of us, we may have already felt the reality of the need to be connected and engaged. This opportunity, however, also allows us the privilege of a shift in focus and activity. Our school and public libraries are closed, and even though many of you checked out books before leaving school last week, we may find ourselves wanting more to read and more to do.
One of my favorite places to find ebooks and audiobooks is through our fabulous Albuquerque Public Library. Here are links to the collection and the ways to access their vast collection of e-resources:
Overdrive app – audiobooks, e-books, connect with Public Library collections
Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. Get the app from App Store or Google Play
Storyline Online – Do you have a younger sibling? Are you practicing to read to a little friend at one of our service learning partner preschools? These are books meant to be read aloud! Storyline Online “streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.” One of my favorites isThe Hula-Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Godin read by Oprah Winfrey!
Maybe you can record yourself reading a book aloud?! Share with me if you do.
Spanish Children's Stories- From The Spanish Experiment: well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.
Here are some other cool sites to visit:
Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems! Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Share your doodles with me! 
Jigsaw Puzzles Online! For those of you missing the library jigsaw puzzles, Jigsaw Planet has online puzzles to keep you busy!
Metropolitan Opera, After shutting its doors, the Met will offer free streams from the  Live in HD Catalog (The featured performances—and several others—are available via the Met Opera on Demand subscription service, though the videos in the nightly series will be made available for free for 20 hours following the initial stream).
For Parents and Families:
Common Sense Media Resources – Common Sense is a guide to technology and media. Reviews and recommendations for all ages of children and teens.
Kids Health has information on COVID-19 for children in English and Spanish and is available in audio.  Other sections of their website have information for parents.