Links to Get You Through Quarantine – updated weekly!

Hello Monson.  We miss you and want you all to be well.  We offer many free, on-line resources for research, lifelong learning and entertainment! Visit our Stream/ Download and Online Research “Quick Links” on our homepage for e-books, audio, tv, movies, music, and more.  Our research links can help with homework, test preparation, wellness or learning a new skill or hobby.

Here is a list of  free, online resources and databases (that you will need a library card to access) to help you through this time. Monson residents, please call us at 413-267-3866 or email hbodwell@cwmars.org if you need a help or a library card. We will respond as quickly as possible.

Important Information 

COVID-19

Surgeon General: How to make a face mask

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief

MA COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

MA Department of Unemployment Virtual Town Halls

Mass.gov All COVID-19 Resources and Updated information

Mass.gov COVID-19 Food Assistance

Mass.gov Domestic Violence Resources

Mass.gov Mental Health  Resources

Mass.gov Substance Use Prevention Resources

Town of Monson

Comcast Internet Access

CWMARS answers questions about library services


Children and Families

Audible Stories for Youth

Authors Everywhere YouTube channel created by children’s book authors and illustrators

Scholastic: Learn at Home

Growing Book by Book  online story times, singalongs and more!

Ballard Institute of Puppetry: Puppet-Building Workshops on Facebook Live

Drawing Classes from Famous Illustrators a list of links

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Worcester Art Museum “Art Together” stories and art

Spanish Children’s Stories  Read along in Spanish or English

Storyline Online has celebrities reading picture books with curriculum tie-ins.

Story Time from Space

Emily Arrow with daily  Ukulele Story Time.

Infobits: targeting the research needs of children k-5. Provided by the MA Board of Library Commisioners (MBLC) and MA Regional Library System

Cosmic Kids Yoga keeps your family active and mindful while relieving stress.

Alvin Ailey Online Dance Classes

Kids Bop daily dance party

Beachbody Kids Workouts 

Workout with a MA State Trooper (Massachusetts State Police facebook page)

Method Test Prep: ACT/SAT Prep provided by the MFL

The Great Courses provided by the MFL

Mango: Learn a new language, provided by the MFL


Outdoor Activites

Audobon: Birding by Ear a beginner’s guide to common bird sounds

Audobon: 10 of the best podcast about birds

Cornell Lab of Ornithology all about birds and birding, lessons, games, & virtual birding


Art, Music, Dance & Travel

Google Museum Collections

Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” every episode is now free.

MoMA’s Free online Art Classes – great for teachers/homeschoolers too!

Metropolitan Opera

NPR’s list of virtual concerts

Alvin Ailey Onliine Dance Classes

Google Open Heritage: explore iconic locations

Google Earth National Parks

National Park Service virtual tour of Yellowstone

National Park Service virtual tour of the Carlsbad Caverns


Newspapers

The Boston Globe provided by the MA Board of Library Commisioners (MBLC) and MA Regional Library System

The New York Times provided by the MA Board of Library Commisioners (MBLC) and MA Regional Library System

Newsbank: Western MA local newspapers. Provided by western MA libraries


Lifelong Learning

LearnItLive: Wellness and Personal Development, provided by the MFL

The Great Courses provided by the MFL

Heritage Quest: discovering your family history. Provided by the MA Board of Library Commisioners (MBLC) and MA Regional Library System

Mango: Learn a new language. Provided by the MFL

Niche Academy: Quick tutorials on social media, databases and more. Provided by the MFL

Universal Class: over 500 courses ranging from business and technology to crafts and cooking, many classes targeted for  homeschoolers and teachers too!  Provided by the MFL


What to Read

56 Books and Novels Everyone Should Read in their Lifetime