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Dragon Week

Let’s explore Dragon Magic this week!

First, listen to a story about a baby dragon! (see video below)

Then stop by the library and pick up a craft bag full of supplies to make a dragon egg. Click here for the instructions. (We are doing curbside pick up only, from 11AM- 6PM M-F, so call when you get here!)

Maybe you would like to learn some computer coding as you travel through the mystical jungle and train your dragon to eat bugs or gain power-ups? Give it a try!

How would you like to learn a dance from the musical Dragons Love Tacos?

Do you want to learn how to draw a dragon? The author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin, has a wonderful video that will have you drawing dragons in just minutes.

Join us in some Dragon Magic this week!

Online Role Playing for Teens

Do you want to be the main character of your story?

Do you want to go on an adventure and explore ancient dungeons?

Teens in grades 6-9 are invited to participate in an online role playing game similar to Dungeons and Dragons.

No prior experience is necessary. We will be meeting every Thursday from 1PM to 2PM.

Our first virtual meeting will be on July 2nd to discuss how it all works. Check here for the link!

Hope to see you there!

Place a Hold for Curbside Pickup

Now that we’re open for curbside pickup, you can put in a hold request for items that are here and we will let you know when we have them ready for you.

You can search and place holds through the online catalog. To log in, your user name is the number from your library card (no space), and your password is the last 4 digits of your phone number.

To search Clark House’s items go to https://pac.sals.edu/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=88.1033.0.0.3

To search the Malta Branch’s items go to https://pac.sals.edu/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=111.1033.0.0.3

You can also email us at roundlake@sals.edu or call to have items placed on hold (Clark House 518-899-2285 or Malta 518-682-2495).

At this time we are only able to fill holds with items in Clark House and Malta, as inter-library loaning has been suspended.

Once you recieve the notification that items are ready for pickup, please follow our Curbside Pickup Procedures.

Both Branches Closed to the Public

Both branches of the Round Lake Library will be closed to the public until further notice. We are currently filling holds for curbside pickup.

During this time, no overdue fees will be charged, and library materials can be returned in the outdoor bookdrops.

The Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook platform can be used by anyone with a card in the system, regardless of fines, overdue items or account expiration. Se e all of our online resources for more options

DIY Mask-Making

Want to make a fabric face mask?

Check out a these video or photo tutorials, or see our basic sewing instructions below.

Help protect yourself and others when you have to go out in public.

How to Make a Mask

What you will need:

  • Cotton Fabric, any color or print
  • Rope elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic)
  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can Make Two Sizes: Adult or Child

  1. Put right side of cotton fabric together. Cut 2 9×6 inch (adult) or 7.5×5 inch (child) pieces.
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stiches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew few stiches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

Online Educational Resources

Many companies and online educational resources have opened their services free of charge during this health crisis.

Check out our homeschooling page for more great links

Scholastic Learn at Home: Fun educational lessons on the Scholastic website where new learning experiences are built around a story or video daily. For students in pre-k to 6th grade and up.

Tumblebooks is providing free access, through August 31st,  to their collections of talking picture books, read-alongs, lesson plans and more. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!!

Junior Library Guild    Junior Library Guild is providing access to its JLG Digital online reading platform.  With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access* to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books, so tell your home-bound students to click to their hearts’ content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

Authors Everywhere!: A YouTube channel created and run by children’s books writers and illustrators. Workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, and writing advice that will offer fun and creative distractions during potential school closures and quarantines.

ABC Ya an interactive website with over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK to 6. Play games covering a wide range of topics, such as multiplication, typing, speech and pattern recognition. https://www.abcya.com/

Star Fall Practice phonics skills with read-along stories

Fun Brain Play games while practicing math and reading skills

PBS Kids Hang out with your favorite characters while learning

National Geographic for Kids Learn all about geography and fascinating animals

Highlights Kids Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments

TIME For Kids: offering free online subscriptions to their grade-targeted digital library, along with educational resources and activities

Virtual Story Times

Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories- premiering at 6pm on Thursday, April 2

Jeff Goldblum reads Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!

Grover reads The Monster At The End Of This Book

Local teens reading picture books on Facebook

Story Time From Space with Astronauts on the International Space Station

#OPERATIONSTORYTIME | Your Favorite Authors Host Story Time Online!

Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad) is reading bedtime stories on Twitter

Neil Gaiman’s Mouse Circus website for Young Readers– includes full readings of Coraline and The Graveyard Book

Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Author Mo Willem hosts a live virtual online Lunch Doodle every weekday at 1pm ET

Storynory: A vast collection of audio stories where children can read along to the text. The website’s library includes original stories, fairy tales, and classics.

Virtual Field Trips

We will be adding to this list, so check back!

Check out Google Street View tours of famous sites and museums

Zoos

Oklahoma City Zoo Red Panda Cam

San Diego Zoo

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden livestreams via Facebook

Houston Zoo

Aquariums

Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams

Georgia Aquarium

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Georgia Aquarium

Agriculture

FarmFood 360 11 Virtual Tours

American Dairy Virtual Farm Tours (by age group)

National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

Out of this World!

Explore the surface of Mars

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Star Atlas Virtual Planetarium

US Space and Rocket Center

Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

Museums

New York State Museum’s exhibit Represent: Contemporary Native American Art

The Louvre

Boston Children’s Museum

The Museum of the World

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Museo Galileo

Cultural Sites

Petra (aka that stone temple from Indiana Jones)

The Great Wall of China

Visit the White House

Easter Island

Ancient Greece

Ellis Island

Plimoth Plantation

Trip to Jerusalem (also available for older grades)

Egyptian pyramids

Tour of Buckingham Palace

The Alamo

Science Expeditions

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico

Galapagos Islands National Geographic Expeditions

Explore a coral reef in the Bahamas

Amazon Rainforest

Sailing through Antarctica

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam

African safari to the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa

360 Virtual East African Safaris


*These links are not affiliated with the library.*

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