Fri, 05/22/2020 - 10:30am

Many islanders have spent much of the last couple of months in self-isolation. Days seemed to blend into the next among figuring out Zoom meetings, hanging out all day in pajamas among personalizing work computers to work from home or juggling co-teaching their young scholars from home with virtual learning. Many of us, feeling a little stir-crazy have tried to utilize our time by getting projects or crafts done, going running, baking and/or binge-watching endless Netflix videos… of course, these are somewhat contrary responses. Do I feel better after baking bread made from a yeast I have been tending for days or the malaise perhaps felt after coming to the end of the seemingly endless episodes of “Tiger King” or other binge-worthy flicks? Sometimes, it feels definitely best to mix things up, especially now, when time is on our side and the Ocean State Library System is now offering Rhode Islanders the great opportunity for further education, learning and enrichment.

Visit the Island Free Library website at http://islandfreelibrary.org daily for updates and information that is pertinent to patrons and islanders alike about the COVID-19 pandemic as well as our virtual program reminders and general information.

Acquaint yourself with the Askri.org information page. Askri.org is the online database filled with useful links, info and resources for Rhode Islanders. Once you sign-in with your Rhode Island library card, literally thousands of programs will be at your fingertips for self-improvement and online learning!

Once you click the Askri.org you will find many exciting platforms that Ocean State Libraries now features!

UDEMY is an online learning hub and app that offers enrichment and learning, whether that be to learn a new language, speed-read, play the guitar or become a life-coach! There are as many different possibilities as there is time. With access to over 4000 continuously up-dated, on-demand video courses, everyone is bound to find something worth exploring. You will need a google or Microsoft account to register for Udemy but the platform guides new users through the registration with clear instructions.

Have you heard of Flipster? Flipster is also on the Askri.org webpage. Flipster is a ‘next-generation’ digital magazine portal service. Flipster offers a free app for your devices. Once you download the app for your reading device, you can access from a very wide selection of magazines for your iphone. Ipad, or, simply read your magazines on your online browser! From the Atlantic Monthly, Eating Well, to Better Homes & Gardens to The New Yorker and more—there is something for every eager magazine page flipper.

Tumble Book Library is a virtual kids’ library with thumbnail images for you and your kids to click to explore and read together! There are storybooks, read alongs, ebooks, graphic novels, non-fiction, language learning, playlists, puzzles and games and videos to explore and enjoy. These interactive storybooks allow the characters to move and sparkle while the narrator, parent or child reads the text. If your child is reading chapter books, they can personalize their text-color, font and size bookmark and even begin a book report. Estimated reading time, level, and word count are listed the book detail page. The Language Learning tab offers books for kids in Spanish and French!

To experience local programming be sure to stay tuned via our islandfreelibrary. org webpage as well as tune in to our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ IslandFreeLibrary/. Also, please do not forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel! Just search for Island Free Library to find us and discover some of our online programs like: Frankenstein Tea, an afternoon check-in with stories for adult listeners every day at 3pm with director Kristin Baumann; or, join us for Yoga (geared for kids that anyone can do), Family Read Aloud on Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. with our youth services librarian Ms. Morgan for listeners of all ages, or check out her story time every Wednesday and Thursdays at 4 pm, and Music Time featuring Carrie Johnson every Tuesday at 11 a.m. is filled with songs that everyone will enjoy.