We are collecting a list of resources that are available for free during this time. We will continue to add to this page as we are aware of additional resources.
Local Livestreams / Tours:
Turpentine Creek: a nonprofit organization located in Eureka Springs that provides lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats.” They have been providing livestreams of Keeper Chats with some of their residents. Feel free to watch the videos they’ve posted on their Facebook!
Little Rock Zoo: the only zoo in Arkansas accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo provides engaging experiences that inspire people to value and conserve our natural world. More than 500 animals make their home here including several rare and endangered species. They have been creating Virtual “Around the World Safaris” for everyone to submit questions and learn about some of the animals living there. Visit their facebook every day at 2 pm to watch. Many of your favorite zoos have livecams so you can participate in observing animals and their habits.
Crystal Bridges Museum: is closed for the time being, but you can still keep in touch with them by doing things like visiting their full collection through their eMuseum or explore Crystal Bridges Virtual Reality.
Fayetteville Public Library: has an amazing livestream archive of programs and previous events. Be sure to check them out!
Arkansas AMI: Arkansas PBS, in partnership with Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), is working to keep students learning from home in response to COVID-19 with “Arkansas AMI”. Arkansas PBS will broadcast streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through 8th grade students in response to mandatory school closures due to the new coronavirus. Utilizing the power of television, broadcast content will be specifically targeted to children enrolled in pre-K through the 8th grade.
Khan Academy: a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. They offer free lessons in math, science and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. Students can use our exercises, quizzes, and instructional videos to learn and master skills. See their blog for parent and teacher resources.
Scholastic Learn at Home: This free resource provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family. Their active learning journeys are available on any device and will provide your child with up to three hours’ worth of exciting learning experiences per day. They can go on virtual field trips, meet best-selling authors, or dig deep into a topic they love.
TumbleMath: K-6 math eBook database. Access will continue until August 31, 2020.
World Book Products: World Book is offering access to more of their products during COVID-19. You already had access to some of them through the Arkansas State Library.
Teaching Books: An engaging collection of resources that brings books to life. Find resources about children’s and young adult books for students, educators, and parents.
National Emergency Library: a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
Random House Teachers & Librarians: If you are putting together plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling your children and are looking for resources, this site has discussion guides, activities, and more available for free to download.
Read Brightly: a wonderful website dedicated to help parents raise kids who love to read. We’ve often shared their book lists and resources for children of all ages. This is another site that provides Education Resources and Activities to use while kids are a home. It is organized by age groups. Feel free to explore the rest of Read Brightly for more tips and tricks for keeping your kiddo reading during this time.
PBS: OPT and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers (and parents) to help bring the world to your classroom.
Some Fun for Adults:
Romance Book Cloud: You now have unlimited and unrestricted access to a huge selection of romance ebooks until August 31, 2020.
The New York Times: The coronavirus outbreak coverage is available for free at this time.