Many authors, organizations, and businesses are providing free online education and entertainment resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We’re curating a list for you here.  Check back for additions. (Updated May 7, 2020)

EDUCATION

Children’s Museum of Manhattan Virtual Learning Center

Class Central: 450 Ivy League Courses You Can Take Online for Free
Class Central has organized a list of free Ivy League courses.

Classics for Kids, music education

ECHO at Home Learning
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, selection of online activities and resources.

Eight Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian
This Smithsonian Magazine article explains and links to the newly launched #SmithsonianEdu campaign, with 1.7 million online tools geared specifically toward students and teachers.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Virtual Classroom

Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema free streaming of three documentaries, through June 15.
1 – Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
2 – Dinosaurs Alive!
3 – Wild Ocean

Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge 
The challenge is open to all Vermont young people in grades K-12. We’ll announce a new one every Wednesday afternoon until the traditional school year ends in June. Submit your entries by noon on Wednesday to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Phoenix Books

Kennedy Center Arts Education at Home

Montshire Museum of Science – Science at Home for Young Learners

Museum Computer Network (MCN) Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources

New York Hall of Science Home Resources

Open Culture
Free online courses, textbooks, and educational media.

Read & Learn with Simon Kids
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing’s “one-stop shop for parents and educators navigating distance learning at home.”

Scholastic Learn at Home Day-by-Day Projects
Virtual learning projects organized by grade level, from preschool through grade 9.

Steam Ahead @ Home
Science and technology activities and resources by STAR Net, a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) At Home Education Resources

FOR KIDS

Audible Stories, free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

BookTrust HomeTime
Participate in story times with authors and illustrators, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, and even learn how to draw some of your favorite characters.

Cressida Cowell reads aloud her book “How to Train Your Dragon”

Dav Pilkey at Home

Goodnight with Dolly Parton

Harry Potter at Home

LeVar Burton Reads

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mondays with Mrs. Obama

Pete the Cat author James Dean drawing and reading on Instagram

#UnitedByBooks hashtag on Twitter for reading tips, activities, and content for children preschool to age 8.

GENEALOGY

FamilySearch.org is provided by the Mormon church. On the website, you register for a free account.

The National Archives webpage includes a genealogy section arranged by research topics and types of records available to search.

HEALTH

Finding Hope in Uncertain Times
Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey are providing free access to a 21-day series of guided meditations.

Fitness Apps: Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout
Free access to these apps.

Food Access for Vermonters, information from Hunger Free Vermont

Mayo Clinic: COVID-19: Tips for Mindfulness & Coping with Anxiety
Kristin Lothman, a mind-body counselor with Mayo Clinic’s Department of Integrative Medicine and Health, discusses managing anxiety by practicing mindfulness and meditation.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Guide
NAMI’s extensive resource list covers everything from dealing with stress and anxiety to finding care if you don’t have health insurance or a doctor.

One Day at a Time
An ongoing series of brief articles by Jud Brewer, M.D., PhD., on dealing with fear, worry, anxiety, guilt, grief, and the myriad other emotional responses to COVID-19 living.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROVIDED RESOURCES

Milton Public Library pays the subscitpion for the following resources.  You can access them using your library card number as your username, and your last name, all lower case, as your password.

Vermont Online Library provides access to Gale databases, enabling library patrons to search magazines, newspapers, books, and more.

EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library  is a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related online tools to help you choose a pathway in life or get a better job.

OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks includes titles for children, teens, and  adults.

RBdigital Magazine Value Collection offers about 50 magazines for browsing and reading on on your desktop and mobile devices.

Universal Class offers more than 500 online courses, free to Milton Public Library cardholders.

MUSIC, THEATRE AND DANCE

The Guardian: Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online

The Guardian: Classical music and opera to stream at home

The Guardian: The best livestreamed gigs to watch at home during coronavirus

Jazz Music Livestreams

The MET: Live in HD Series Daily Opera Stream

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information, guidance, and the latest updates.

How the Pandemic Will End (March 25, 2020)
“I think people haven’t understood that this isn’t about the next couple of weeks,” one expert told The Atlantic science reporter Ed Yong. “This is about the next two years.”

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The New York Times is providing free access to their COVID-19 coverage.

Seven Days Vermont

Vermont Public Radio

VTDigger

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus
The Atlantic is providing free access to their COVID-19 coverage.

World Health Organization: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Public advice, your questions answered, latest updates.

READING

The Social Distance

Reading Series by The Green Mountains Review and The Vermont School

SPIRITUALITY

(This is not an exhaustive list.)

Calvary Baptist Church, Essex Junction, Vermont
Sunday, 10 – 10:45 a.m. adult Sunday School, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. service, 6 – 7 p.m. evening service.
Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m. midweek service.

Cornerstone Community Church, Milton, Vermont
Sunday, 10 a.m. service on Facebook

First Congregational Church, Burlington, Vermont
Many online opportunities. Check the calendar on their webpage.

New Life Christian Church, Milton, Vermont
Sunday, 10 a.m. online service.

St. Ann’s Catholic Parish, Milton, Vermont
Daily mass on Facebook.

St. James Episcopal, Essex Junction, Vermont
Sunday, 9 a.m. adult Bible study, 10 a.m. online worship service
Thursday, 7 p.m. online worship service

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Streaming Services
Morning Prayer Monday through Friday
Wednesday evening Bread for the World Service

Temple Sinai, South Burlington, Vermont
Many online opportunities.  Check the calendar on their webpage.

United Church of Milton, Vermont
Sunday, 10 a.m. online service.

Washington National Cathedral and the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Lectio Devina, 6 – 6:30 p.m. Centering Prayer (Facebook Live)
Sunday, 11:15 a.m. online service

SPORTS

NFL Game Pass, free until May 31.

WORKING FROM HOME

How to Be an Effective Employee While Working from Home (March 27, 2020)
A 30-minute free webinar with strategies for managing your physical space, your digital assets, your mindset, and your work relationships when working from home.

How to Prevent “Zoombombing” in a Few Easy Steps (April 7, 2020)
This New York Times article explains eight steps to secure your Zoom conferences.

How to Stop Twitter from Sharing Your Data with Advertisers (April 10, 2020)
A Lifehacker weblog article, in response to Twitter’s April privacy changes.

Updated May 23 2020.