We know you’re probably getting a little twitchy from staying home to stay safe for so many weeks now. We want to bring some entertainment and fun and maybe some learning or a new hobby into your lives – just like if you could wander into the library and poke around on the shelves looking for something new. Here’s a list of resources that you might not have seen before. We hope there’s something here that sparks discovery for you and your family, or at least helps make a few hours pass a little less slowly. We miss you and look forward to the day when we can reopen the Library!

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COVID-19 Resources & Support | Family | Adult | Teen | Youth

COVID-19 Resources & Support

A comic exploring Coronavirus

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Library of Michigan “Save Your Story” project

Michigan.Gov Coronavirus resource page

Oakland County COVID-19 Information Center

Social Narrative about COVID-19

Staying Safe During COVID-19 (National Domestic Abuse Hotline article)

Family: Downloadables, Activities, Wellness

BTPL Downloadables (Books, Audiobooks, Movies, Music, Magazines)

Art Bar

#ColorOurCollections: Museums, libraries, & other cultural institutions free coloring pages

Detroit Institute of Arts Virtual Field Trip

Detroit Symphony Orchestra replay concert archive

4th Wall Theatre Company virtual theatre classes

Free Live-Stream Workouts During Coronavirus Outbreak

Harry Potter at Home

The Henry Ford Museum: Explore Online

How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Journaling for Mental Health

Levar Burton Livestream story times for children, teens, & adults

List of Live Virtual Concerts

Midland Center for the Arts #MakeArtVirtual videos

Museum from Home

National Parks virtual tours and exhibits

Online coloring sites

Special Olympics School of Strength

TED Talks

UCLA Health Guided Meditations

Virtual Field Trip Calendar

Adult: Activities, Brain Games, Learning

BTPL Adult Reading Recommendations

BTPL Databases (login from home with BTPL card)

AARP Brain Games

All Free Knitting

Alzheimer’s Association Virtual & In-Home Activities

Apartment Therapy (productive indoor activities)

Braingle: brain teasers, trivia, riddles, games, and more

Class Central

Crafts by Amanda: Adult Craft Ideas

Creative Bug

50 Fun DIY’s for Adults

5 Free Calligraphy Courses 

Gale Courses

Mango Languages (Learn a new language!)

The New York Times Crossword (free daily mini crossword, puzzles, & more)

Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Seniors Guide to Computers

Sharp Brains: brain teasers for teens & adults

Spark! Online (Dementia program activities)


Super Cook

Ten Best Online Photography Courses

Teen: Activities, Wellness, Learning

Duolingo: Learn a New Language

Google Hangouts

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Learning Express Test Prep (AP tests, SAT, ACT, & more)

Netflix Party

Quiet Quest: Deep Focus Music for Studying

Take Care of Your Mental Health


Youth: Activities, Virtual Stories, Learning

BTPL Youth Reading Recommendations

BTPL Youth Databases (login from home with BTPL card)

Adaptive Literacy Resources

ASDC’s Directory of Children’s Stories in ASL

Busy Toddler activities for home

CreateEd by Crayola

50+ Instagram Accounts that Inspire Creative Play

Goodnight with Dolly: Imagination Library Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton

Imagination Neighborhood social-emotional skills podcast

Khan Academy Daily Plans

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Michigan eLibrary (MEL): Learning in Place

Michigan History for Kids (user: MHK, password: 1234)

Nomster Chef Recipe Library

Notable Children’s Digital Media 2020

Occupational Therapy Toolbox

PBS Learning Media

Pete the Cat weekly virtual storytime

Ready to Read Michigan: Parade of Elephants read by author Kevin Henkes

Read Together Be Together virtual stories with authors, illustrators, & celebrities

Science Buddies “Big List” of online STEM activities

Sesame Street Caring for Each Other toolkit & online activities

Skype a Scientist

TeachingBooks: Book Connections

Turtle Dance Party live stream, sensory-friendly concerts 

20 Screen-free things to do with kids indoors