Columbus Metropolitan Library
While all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations remain closed, students and families can continue to access materials and online resources 24 hours a day at columbuslibrary.org – absolutely free.
- eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Digital Downloads Collaboration powered by OverDrive
- Digital magazines from Flipster
- Movies, music and eAudiobooks from Hoopla
- Classic cinema, indie films and documentaries from Kanopy, plus check out Kanopy Kids for characters your kids will know and love
- Instant access eAudiobooks from RBdigital
- TumbleBook Library: Animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
- Kanopy Kids: Browse educational and engaging programs for children of all ages.
- Kids InfoBits: Provides age-appropriate content on topics including animals, arts, geography, social studies, technology and more.
- TrueFlix: Improve reading and build knowledge with this multimedia resource.
- Like arts and crafts? Check out CreativeBug for award-winning online art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
- Want to learn something new? Check out Lynda.com for a wide variety of courses and you can even get certified toward becoming a web developer. You can also download the app on your mobile device with these step-by-step instructions.
- Enjoy learning about local history and genealogy? Check out resources here and visit MyHistory for thousands of digital images, primary documents, maps and artifacts of Columbus.
- Want to learn a new language? Check out Mango Languages, which offers instruction in more than 70 languages.
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is also offering K-12 students free help with their homework by way of a new live chat feature on its website, columbuslibrary.org. CML staff members are available to directly respond to students’ questions and refer them to the many free resources available to them. This new digital service is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on CML’s new Help For Students Learning From Home web page, which also includes dozens of other resources to help students be successful while learning from home.
While thousands of central Ohio students continue to work from home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, CML is working to provide digital resources not only for students, but for all who are impacted by the outbreak. Visit CML’s new and frequently updated COVID-19 Coronavirus Response web page for information on everything from foodbanks, internet service providers, volunteer opportunities, home learning options for the whole family and much more.
During normal operation, CML offers free, in-person homework help at all 23 of its locations in Franklin County. All locations remain closed through at least May 2 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
WOSU Educational Programming
WOSU TV is responding to the statewide school closures by changing its weekday schedule to help students, teachers and families with at-home learning. Beginning Monday, March 30th, WOSU TV 34.1 will feature a full schedule of curated daily educational programming geared to serve students in grades Pre-K–12 from 7:00am to 5:30pm each weekday.
Virtual School Day
Virtual School Day provides students with free live, online instruction each week. Each class is led by an expert tutor with experience in the course topic, as well as familiarity with virtual instruction. Classes refresh weekly, with age-appropriate options for grades K-12. All 100+ current classes can be found here: https://www.varsitytutors.com/virtual-school-calendar
Physical Activity and Social Distancing
Fresh air and exercise are important for your physical and mental health. Consider biking, walking or jogging, but avoid doing group activities; contact activities such as basketball or football should be played only with immediate family members. Taking your children or dogs for a walk around the block is safe in less dense areas. Only do outdoor activities with the people in your household and stay 6 feet away from neighbors or others in public areas. It is safe to go to parks that offer enough space for social distancing (staying 6 ft. from other individuals at all times). Visiting crowded parks is not recommended and no one should use playground equipment, it is prohibited because the virus can live on surfaces and be transmitted.
In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, trails, and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:
- Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during the use of parks or trails.
- Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
- While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
- Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
- Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.
You can also practice indoor recreation, for example, free online yoga classes from the Youth Yoga Project are available here.
Additionally, the City has compiled a list of links to recreation (and other) resources now available at www.columbus.gov/covid19resources/recreation/.
Scouting At Home
The Boys Scouts of America (local Simon Kenton Council) have online resources to help families provide fun, education-based, stay-at-home activities for students of any age. Students can use digital platforms, such as video conferencing, to work together to complete these activities. Click here to try Scouting at Home.
Free Online Band Camp
Jackson State University will host a FREE online band camp for 8th-12th grade students. The registration deadline is June 15, with the camp running from June 22-24. Check out their website for more information.