Events and News

Our list of free, fun, and informative online resources for adults!

Are you struggling to keep track of all of the wonderful free cooking classes, virtual museum tours, and other awesome options that are flooding your social media stream? We get it! So many incredible organizations and businesses have made it possible for the public to enjoy their services and resources from the comfort of our homes (for FREE) during this period of social distancing. Below is a collection of some of the best resources we’ve come upon. Thanks to Topsham Library for assembling many of these links. Check back regularly, as we will be updating this page frequently with new discoveries! If you have some suggestions for great content to add, please forward a link to jpierce@librarycamden.org.

Free Online Courses
Art and Art History classes

https://www.donttakepictures.com/dtp-blog/2020/3/16/free-classes-in-art-and-art-history-during-isolation

Debbie Allen of “Fame” fame online dance classes https://www.instagram.com/therealdebbieallen/

Gucci Osteria’s Massimo Bottura’s free virtual cooking classes https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/news/gucci-osterias-massimo-bottura-is-offering-free-virtual-cooking-classes-on-instagram-031620

Ivy League Courses 
https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/

Milk Street Online Cooking School https://www.177milkstreet.com/school/classes/online-classes

Talks and Lectures
Camden Conference talks from past conferences.
https://www.camdenconference.org/2020-camden-conference-videos/

Free Online Books and Reading
National Emergency Library (a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed)
https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary?tab=about

Find Your Next Author to Read 
https://www.literature-map.com/

For Horror Fans! 
https://bookandfilmglobe.com/fiction/horror-writers-unite-to-keep-fans-happy-during-pandemic/

For Neil Gaiman fans! 
https://www.neilgaiman.com/Cool_Stuff

Free Public Domain Audiobooks 
https://librivox.org/

Internet Sacred Text Archive 
https://www.sacred-texts.com/

Lithub Personalized Book Recommendations 
https://lithub.com/cant-decide-what-to-read-next-tell-us-your-favorite-books-and-well-recommend-one-just-for-you

Manga Volumes Released Online for Free http://epicstream.com/news/NobelleBorines/Coronavirus-Outbreak-Leads-to-Over-450-Manga-Volumes-Released-Online-for-Free

Manybooks 
https://manybooks.net/

New York Public Library 
https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral

NPR Book Concierge 
https://apps.npr.org/best-books/index.html#view=covers&year=2019

One Hundred Books Across America 
https://lithub.com/100-books-across-america-fiction-and-nonfiction-for-every-state-in-the-union/

Open Culture 
http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Project Gutenberg 
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Read Print 
http://www.readprint.com/

Tor’s eBook of the Month Club (Science Fiction and Fantasy) https://ebookclub.tor.com/

Twenty Five Alice Munro stories you can read online 
https://lithub.com/25-alice-munro-stories-you-can-read-online-right-now/

Virtual Tours and Livestreams
Twenty Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html

Animals and Aquariums
Farm tours
http://origin.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/dairy-farming/virtual-farm-tours-while-youre-stuck-at-home.stml

Maine Alpaca Farm https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqixVNSygWPzNCeve8LO2w/featured

New England Aquarium 
https://www.neaq.org/visit/at-home-events-and-activities/

Live Animal Cams
Big list of animal cams including pandas, wolves, tigers, koalas, naked mole rats and much more! https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1239545102831366144.html 

Here’s another one–there may be some repeats 
https://www.adventure-journal.com/2020/03/if-youre-stuck-inside-might-as-well-enjoy-this-list-of-animal-cams/

Home Safari at Cincinnati Zoo including Fiona the Hippo http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/

Jelly Fish! 
https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/jelly-webcam/

Thirty-three National Park Virtual Tours https://totallythebomb.com/heres-33-national-park-tours-you-can-take-virtually-from-the-comfort-of-your-home

Arts and Culture, Museums, and Galleries
BroadwayHD is offering a free 7-day trial of their service to stream Broadway hits
https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Metropolitan Opera Live Streams 
https://operawire.com/metropolitan-opera-to-offer-up-nightly-met-opera-streams

Twelve Famous Museum Virtual Tours https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Where to Stream Live Concerts
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

Coloring Pages from Libraries and Museums http://www.openculture.com/2017/02/free-coloring-books-from-world-class-libraries-museums.html http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html

Ricardo Levins Morales ‘s https://www.rlmartstudio.com/product/coloring-pages-5-popular-posters-free-pdf-downloads

Canada’s National Film Board’s Indigenous Cinema
https://www.nfb.ca/indigenous-cinema/?&film_lang=en&sort=year:desc,title&year=1917..2020

Information Sources
Digital Maine Library
https://library.digitalmaine.org/

Art Institute of Chicago Image Archive 
https://www.artic.edu/collection

Cambridge Core Textbooks 
https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks

NASA Image and Video Library 
https://images.nasa.gov/

Online AA Meetings 
https://www.aa-intergroup.org/directory.php