Below is a compilation of resources to help students, families and the community learn, explore and pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have anything to add please email us at

For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Learn more here.

From the Oakland Public Library:
Here is the best place to go to find information about what Oakland Public Library can provide to students and their families while we are closed.  A person of any age can Ask Us a Question through email.

In addition, for students & families at Claremont who have questions that have to do with library services, materials, or content for ages 0 to 12, the Rockridge Branch children’s librarian, Erica Siskind invites you to contact her directly at this email: – she checks it daily.

The Science of Wellbeing:
Yale is offering free enrollment in this online course. The course is one of the most popular courses that students have ever enrolled in at Yale. Available to students or parents, or you can take it together! (There is no assigned reading for the course, FYI.) Sign up here.

Zooniverse is an online science hub that gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects. You can volunteer to sort data, beta test for projects, or become a project manager. See their “Get Involved” tab for details. Any other ideas that you would either like to suggest for someone else to offer, or something that you would want to offer?

Museum Tours:
We cannot get out much right now, but check out this incredible online tour of the great museums of the world.

Headwaters Science Institute:
View their online education weekly schedule:

Cook Something:
Recipes based off of ingredients that you have

Virtual Tours of National Parks:
62 Virtual Tours of Iconic National Parks Around the U.S.
32 national parks you can explore from your couch, from the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone

Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums:
Since 2016, the Academy has made an annual practice of inviting other libraries, archives, and cultural institutions around the world to upload PDF coloring pages based on their collections for the public’s free download.  View them here.

Education companies offering free subscriptions during school closings:
We have the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings.

Released for Free Because of the Coronavirus:
All the Stuff People Are Releasing for Free Because of the Coronavirus

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch from Home:
From Newsies to Sweeney Todd, we’re running down some of the best filmed Broadway shows—and where to find them.

Free Online Courses, Audiobooks, E-books, etc…
Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More

Free Catalog of indigenous Films Online:
There’s a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online — here are 6 picks to get you started

Wildlife and Nature Webcams:
Beat the COVID-19 Blues With These Wildlife and Nature Livecams

Visit Museums from Home:
You Can Now Tour 2,500 World-Famous Museums From the Comfort of Your Own Sofa

Live Streams from Monterey Bay Aquarium:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has announced that although the aquarium itself is closed to visitors, the live video streams of their resident animals are still operating.

Bay Area Streamed Events:
Bay Area events you can stream while sheltering in place

Other Virtual Tours:
Find a quiet spot, put on one of these relaxing playlists, turn off your phone, and just get away from it all. Think of these virtual tours as guided meditations, where you focus on nature and zone out for an hour as your cursor escort you through museum halls and fields and canyons and rivers.

450 Ivy League Courses for Free:
These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.

Metropolitan Opera Streaming:
In an effort to continue providing opera to its audience members, the Met Opera will host “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website to audiences worldwide.

NASA Media Library:
No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

“Dancing Alone Together”:
In this unprecedented time of isolation, Dancing Alone Together aims to be a central resource for the digital dance world that is beginning to bloom. MOVE — Live-Streamed Dance Classes, CREATE — Dance-Making Prompts & Communities, WATCH — Dance Performance Footage & Films

7 Ways to Watch Netflix with Far Away Friends:
Movies and TV shows are more fun when you watch them together with friends. And with the growth of online streaming, it’s now possible to share the viewing experience with other people, even if they’re on the other side of the world.

Board Games Online:
Compete against the whole world FOR FREE! 2 850 000 games played each month. Available in 41 languages and more than 300 countries.

Virtual Performances:
A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown

Calm – Meditations and Mindfulness Practice:
Enjoy this curation of meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.

Grounding/Meditation Resources:
Emotional hygiene: online resources for uncertain times

The World Culinary Arts Video Series:
The CIA’s World Culinary Arts Program is a documentary series that explores the best in food and cooking around the world. The World Culinary Arts Program seeks out the gold standards of culinary traditions, examining iconic recipes of a given country, that when understood, provide a window into the whole of that nation’s culture. Launched in 2005, the program is winner of two James Beard Awards.

25 Video Games That Allow You to Travel and Cure Wanderlust
Travel may have changed forever and for some trips abroad to far-flung destinations could be a long way off. Wanderlust is calling and it’s hard to scratch the itch. Luckily for us, there are several video games that will allow you to explore multiple places and worlds, all from the comfort of our homes. In just a few clicks you can be flying over mountains, traversing jungles, driving through the British countryside, or diving under the sea.

Architecture and Design: The Tallest Buildings in the World
For half a century, the 1,454-foot-tall Empire State Building in New York City was the tallest building in the world, but the architectural world has come a long way since then.

In 1972, the Empire State Building lost that title and today, it doesn’t even crack the top 40 list of the tallest man-made structures in the world. Even now, this list of the tallest 17 buildings isn’t permanent. With new skyscrapers being constructed all the time, it’ll be interesting to see how many of these towers retain their standing as the one of the tallest buildings in the world.