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Ebooks access

MackinVIA is Sacred Heart's ebook platform. Here you can find all of the ebooks highlighted on the distance learning book lists, as well as many others. The MackinVIA app is available for both Android and Apple devices. Please see this page for more information.

SORA (whether the app or via the browser) is your portal into the Sacred Heart Library e and audio collection of Duke Classics—Unlimited Access!

To use NYPL's e and audiobooks:

  • Download the SimplyE app (it's free!)

If you don't have a library card, you can apply for an e-card once you are in the app. Some NYPL databases will also work with an e-card, although if you have a standard library card that will provide more access.

For more information, inlcuding download links for iOS and Android versions of the SimplyE app, visit NYPL's e-service landing page.

To access e and audiobooks from Queens Public Library:

  • Download the Libby App (free for iOS or Android)

If you don't have a card from QPL you can apply for an e-card here (you just need to provide an in-state mailing address); you can also apply through the e-book portal (linked below), which may be faster. These e-cards will give you access to a range of amazing digital resources.

To access e and audiobooks from Brooklyn Public Library:

If you don't have a card from BPL you can apply for an e-card here. Note that if you are currently outside of NY State, you will need someone in-state to fill out the information or you will not be able to get your e-card. Brooklyn's e-cards are good for one year and will give you access to all of the amazing digital resources they offer.

Distance Learning

Most of the educational resources here require a NYPL library card, which families can easily acquire though the Simply E app (see "Get Reading" for card details). Resources are organized by grade level, from Pre-K through High School.

A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media.

A consortium of museum professionals who digitize and share museum content, have amassed a huge list of virtual exhibits and art related lessons and activities from around the globe. Travel the art world from your desk at home!

From School Library Journal: "Reading Rainbow fans can return to their youth as Burton begins "LeVar Burton Reads," a Twitter livestream of read-alouds that he will do three times a week, divided by age group. Mondays at noon EDT, he will read for children; Wednesdays at 6 EDT will be YA; and Fridays at 9 p.m. EDT will be for adults."

From the website: "Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books...Dolly hopes this series of stories will provide comfort and reassurance to kids and families during the shelter-in-place mandates."

A plethora of read-alouds and related activities.

"Stay engaged with history! Sign up for History @ Home, our free online social studies program series for parents, teachers, and students of all grade levels."

Interactive tours, artmaking workshops, activity guides, and more!

This award-winning series of six short videos invites viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. Created using spherical 360° technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum's iconic spaces as never before.

From the website: "Does your child love to learn about and create art? Explore images of the museum’s architecture, artwork from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, and our special exhibitions from the comfort of your own home! Each 45-minute digital session will include guided dialogue around a selection of artworks and art making prompts centered around a specific theme."

"Free art, cartooning, and writing lessons every weekday at 2pm—and archived for later viewing from NY Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka."

From the website: "Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check back every Friday to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more!"

From Rotten Tomatoes: "[We] did some digging and sorted through the free movie catalogs of Vudu, Tubi, IMDB, YouTube, and Crackle to find the 200 best movies available to watch for free right now. These films, all Fresh on the Tomatometer, include Oscar winners, blockbusters, comedy classics, informative documentaries, and family favorites — all available to watch for free."

Genres include Comedy & Drama, Hitchcock, Noir, Thriller, Martial Arts, Westerns, Silent, Documentary and Animated.

The Met Opera is streaming shows from their archives daily.

A constantly updated listing of free theater and concert performances, including musicals, plays, and shows like Cirque du Soleil.

Listen to a poem every day from the Poetry Foundation (remember, April is National Poetry Month!)

Listen to spoken word poets of the Poetry Out Loud competition!

This comprehensive list of science videos from the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum are created by Smithsonian professionals for kids Grade 3-8. Topics include Earth Science, Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies.

The YMCA is providing free access to many types of fitness videos, including barre classes, yoga, and tai chi!

Jump rope tips and activities for beginner, intermediate, and advanced jump ropers!

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Library News

8th grader Addie Rankin won the Book Fair logo contest! Her design will appear on all posters, bookmarks, and bookplates for the 2020 Book Fair.

Congratulations, Addie!