Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Oakland County and surrounding areas, FCL is proactively prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and patrons by temporarily closing in-person library service to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. The Farmington Community Library has moved back to Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan. Curbside pickup, phone and electronic reference, and outdoor drop boxes will be available while we temporarily close in-person library services. Our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Library will be closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. Read more…

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Virtual Opportunities for Education and Fun

Art and Museums

British Museum of the World

British Museum – Museum of the World

Welcome to The Museum of the World – an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.


DIA

Detroit Institute of Arts

Experience the DIA’s collection of world-class art digitally, wherever you are. Over the next few weeks, the DIA will share pieces from our collection across social media platforms so that you can enjoy the #MuseumFromHome


Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Explore a vast collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity and education resources supporting online teaching and learning.


Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture

Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute. Visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Versailles, the National Gallery of Art, and hundreds more – all online!


Guggenheim

Guggenheim Collection Online

A searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks.


Louvre

Louvre Online Tours

Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre…
Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view!


National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology – Mexico City

Visit the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, devoted to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilizations.


Port Discovery

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Explore videos from the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD.


Smithsonian

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.


Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

A virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Vatican

Vatican Museums Virtual Tour

Welcome to the Vatican Museums, which conserve the immense collection of art amassed by the popes from the seventeenth century onwards.


Westminster

Westminster Abbey Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour inside Westminster Abbey. View treasures including the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, the High Altar and the Coronation Chair in unprecedented detail.


Books and Authors

Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.


Read Together Be Together

Read Together, Be Together

“Read Together, Be Together” is a nationwide movement that celebrates the importance, and power, of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child. Stay connected with live story times and digital events.


StoryLine Online

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.


Story Time From Space

Story Time From Space

Story Time From Space sends children’s books & demonstrations to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth.


Education

Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU

A collection of digital games that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing!


Coursera

Coursera

Free courses in a wide variety of subjects from colleges around the world.


Early Literacy

Early Literacy Calendar

Early literacy begins with you and your child. You can help your child get ready to read by doing simple activities every day. The Library makes this easy by creating an Early Literacy Calendar each and every month!


Early Literacy

Free Code Camp

5,000+ tutorials on how to code like a pro!


Breakout EDU

Gale in Context: High School

Homework help resources from Gale help you confidently begin and complete assignments outside of the classroom.


Breakout EDU

Gale in Context: Middle School

Homework help resources from Gale help you confidently begin and complete assignments outside of the classroom.


Imagineering

Imagineering in a Box

‘Imagineering in a Box’ is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience! The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy – Schedules for School Closures

Self-paced, interactive content for students in every grade and in most major subject areas. Teachers and parents can also use our teacher tools to monitor progress and assign specific work.


Kids Infobits

Kids InfoBits

Homework help resources from Gale help you confidently begin and complete assignments outside of the classroom.


Michigan History Kids

Michigan History for Kids

Read stories about the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples OR click on the audio files and listen to the stories, enjoy the interactive educational activities and games, and check out the “Teacher Section” for lesson plans and ideas that can be easily used at home! Please use Username: MHK and Password: 1234


Miss Hucklebees

Miss Hucklebee’s Online Academy

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an easy to use educational tool to prepare your preschoolers for kindergarten and beyond.


NASA Stem

NASA STEM Activities

Launch rockets, build a hovercraft, create a winning science fair project and more! These science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family.


NASA

NASA TV

Live views from space, groundbreaking science, interviews with scientists: NASA TV has it all. Tune in to enjoy #NASAatHome weekdays at 10 a.m. EDT and 4 p.m. EDT.


National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids

Make learning fun with National Geographic! Explore animal and country profiles, encyclopedia entries, maps, and more!


Scholastic

Scholastic Learn at Home

Explore learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!


Field Trips and Tours

Airpano

Airpano Virtual Tours

Around 3,000 panoramas of more than 300 places of the Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, volcano eruptions and even panoramas from the stratosphere.


American Battlefields

American Battlefields Virtual Tours

Experience the Civil War like never before and tour the battlefields in panoramic view. Jump from battlefield to battlefield using our virtual tours that offer historic detail on battle highlights and points of interest, compelling photography, lively video, in-depth articles and more.


Manufacture

Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tennessee and learn about the exciting ways robotics and digital technology impact the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing.


FarmFood

FarmFood 360

Take yourself on a real life expedition of Canadian farms and food processing facilities from the comfort of your home. It’s a fun, simple and affordable way to educate and engage audiences and explore where food comes from.


Ford Piquette

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Virtual Tour

As the birthplace of the Ford Model T car, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world. Take a 3D Virtual Tour of this Historic Site.


China

Great Wall of China Virtual Tour

Explore one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet, the Great Wall of China!


Monticello

Monticello Virtual Tours

Tour Thomas Jefferson’s plantation and explore its furnishings in this 360-degree panoramic presentation of Jefferson’s autobiographical architectural masterpiece.


Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Virtual Tours and Online Learning

Explore Mount Vernon’s vast digital offerings including primary and secondary sources, virtual tours, as well as videos, games, quizzes, and activities that can be completed independently or as a group.


Glenn Research Center

NASA Glenn Research Center Virtual Tours

Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Select a tour and tap the icons to view videos, images and see testing in action.


Langley Research Center

NASA Langley Research Center Virtual Tour

Look inside the gates of NASA’s Langley Research Center with a virtual tour.


NASA Space Center Houston

NASA Space Center Houston App

The free Space Center Houston interactive mobile tour features audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality lite and more!


National Parks

U.S. National Park Webcams

Links to all known U.S. National Park, National Monument, National Recreational Area, and National Seashore WebCams.


Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Tours

Explore Disney Parks like never before – right from your phone or computer – on Google Street View.


Mindfulness and Self-Help

Calm Blog

Calm Blog

Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.


Edge Fitness

Edge Fitness Live Workouts

Free live workouts streamed via Instagram and Facebook. Class offerings include Cardio Dance, HIIT, plus many more!


Mindfulness and Movement

Mindfulness and Movement for Kids – Katie Scherr

Enhancing school readiness with mindful movement and stillness. Yoga-inspired and science-informed.


Yoga with Adriene

Yoga With Adriene – Yoga for Uncertain Times

A free, 30+ video playlist from the Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel. This collection of practices is there to support you in times of uncertainty. May this collection serve to remind you that you are not alone, to support you through unknown times, and to help you find peace through your home practice.


Music and Performances

Bolshoi

Bolshoi Theatre – Russian Ballet

Watch popular opera and ballet performances from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.


Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts

Workshops, museum tours, and puppet shows… all FREE from your own home!



DSO Classroom

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Classroom Edition

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced students to classical music for more than 80 years. With special hosts and thoughtfully chosen music, these concerts bring kids inside the orchestra. Each performance includes a downloadable Teacher Resource Guide.


DSO Replay

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Replay Archive

Register for access to all Detroit Symphony Orchestra live webcasts and on-demand archive, DSO Replay.


Jim Gill

Jim Gill

Read along and sing along with Jim Gill, who will be coming to Family Fun in Riley Park on June 17th!


Met Opera

Metropolitan Opera – Nightly Met Opera Streams

Experience encore presentations from the Met’s Live in HD series. Each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.


Playbill

Playbill.com Stars in the House

This daily series, created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, offers mini concerts and conversations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Live Broadcasts

Enjoy performances from the Seattle Symphony that provide strength, comfort and joy.


Time Out

Time Out: The Best Live Theater to Watch from Home

Theaters are closed for now, but you can find great stage stars and events live online.


Zoos and Animals

Georgia Aquarium

Detroit Zoo Virtual Vitamin Z

Get some #VirtualVitaminZ by checking out live streams, educational content and more.


Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Beluga Webcam

Watch the Beluga whale livestream from the Georgia Aquarium. You can also explore puffins, jellyfish, piranha, and more!


Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo Webcams

Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home!


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Kansas City Penguin Cam

Watch the live stream from the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo! Penguin cam is always on, and it is “penguins 24/7/365.”


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Exploration

Experience the wonder of the ocean from anywhere. Choose a live cam and be mesmerized by moon jellies or see how many sevengill sharks you can spot.


Panda Cam

Panda Cam – Zoo Atlanta

Watch the Pandas at Zoo Atlanta LIVE!


San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo – Live Cams

Watch animals at the San Diego Zoo. Elephants, Koalas, Tigers, Apes, and more!


Smithsonian Zoo

Smithsonian National Zoo Webcams

Watch animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Also includes a downloadable packet of educational activities to do with students K-5.


National Parks

Tundra Connections

Experience the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International and Discovery Education! Learn about the Arctic ecosystem, adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and more.


National Parks Wildlife

U.S. National Park Service – Watching Wildlife

Did you know that you can see what’s happening live at parks without leaving your home? Webcams allow you to get up close to wildlife without disturbing them. Watch the famous brown bears of Brooks River, go on a live dive in Channel Islands, or take a peek in a Bald Eagle’s Nest.


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