With schools and businesses across the United States closing to slow the spread of COVID-19, internet access is more important than ever. People need to go online in order to work, attend school, and stay connected, but millions of Americans don’t have a broadband signal at home. With that in mind, libraries and advocates are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help them expand internet access in their communities.
The FCC’s E-rate program makes more than $4.5 billion available annually to support internet connectivity in libraries and schools. But with libraries having to close their doors to the public, it’ll take additional support and innovative solutions to continue to provide internet access while maintaining...READ MORE
With schools closing across the country to slow the spread of COVID-19, parents and caregivers are in a challenging position: keeping kids engaged and entertained at home, often while working remotely at the same time. The internet offers countless children’s apps and games that purport to be educational, but choosing which ones to download can be overwhelming for busy families. The Association of Library Service to Children’s Notable Children's Digital Media (NCDM) List is a great source for finding librarian-approved digital content for kids 14 and younger.
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With meetings, classes, and happy hours now taking place via video calls, webcam users have started digitally replacing their backdrops to cover up messy homes or just get a change of scenery. We’ve seen people call in from tropical islands, outer space, and even Pee-wee Herman’s Playhouse—why not take your next Zoom meeting from one of the world’s coolest libraries?
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Libraries across the country are closing their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped serving their communities. One library in McMurray, Pennsylvania created an online Harry Potter escape room to keep local teens entertained at home.
Peters Township Public Library’s digital escape room includes a variety of magic-themed puzzles, set during your first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can complete it alone or in a group—or even compete with friends to see who gets the fastest time.