Category Archives: Explore

Quarantining Returns

At this time we are required to quarantine all returned materials for a minimum of 48 hours. This time is based off of ALA guidance resulting from OCLC studies of how long SARS-CoV-2 survives on the various surfaces of borrowable materials.

Please be aware that it may take up to a week before returned items no longer show as check out on your account.

If you receive a overdue notice about items you have returned in the past week, you can disregard it.

No late fees are being charged at this time.

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.

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 and Google Art & Culture for tours of famous sites and museums

*These links are not affiliated with the library.*

9/8/20- Thanks to Sarah for some great new links!

Zoos

San Diego Zoo

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden livestreams via Facebook

Houston Zoo

Aquariums

Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams

Georgia Aquarium

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Agriculture

FarmFood 360 11 Virtual Tours

American Dairy Virtual Farm Tours (by age group)

National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

Lots more US National Parks

Out of this World!

Slime in Space

Explore the surface of Mars

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Star Atlas Virtual Planetarium

Stellarium Virtual Planetarium

US Space and Rocket Center

Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

Museums

VOMA Virtual Online Museum of Art

The National Gallery of Art

National Constitution Center

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

The Sistine Chapel

Egyptian Pyramid

Petra (aka that stone temple from Indiana Jones)

The Great Wall of China

Easter Island

Machu Picchu

The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

Trip to Jerusalem (also available for older grades)

Tour of Buckingham Palace

Plymoth Plantation

Visit the White House

The Lincoln Memorial

Ellis Island

The Alamo

Science Expeditions

Mount Everest

The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico

Galapagos Islands National Geographic Expeditions

Explore a coral reef in the Bahamas

Amazon Rainforest

The Virtual Rainforest

Sailing through Antarctica

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam

African safari to the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa

360 Virtual East African Safaris


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Freading is Free eReading

We are certain you’ve noticed the lack of eBook options in our system. You may have also heard about the publishing industry’s reluctance to sell libraries eBooks.

Freading LogoWhat is Freading™?

Freading™ allows the Round Lake Library to increase our eBook Collection by offering access to tens of thousands of books- without waiting.

Use your Library Card to download a book each week for free.

Freading™has apps for most mobile devices including the Kindle Fire, Nook & Kobo. WOW!

Check it out now. What are you waiting for? Harness the power of your Library Card.

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Freegal Means Free Music

Freegal is music service which provides free, legal downloads of over 9 million songs by artists on over 28,000 labels from 100 Countries.

That means free access to music like Adele, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, Alicia Keyes, Pink!, Daft Punk and so much more.

Round Lake Library cardholders can download three songs a week with their library card barcode. Freegal songs work with any MP3 device, including iPods. This service works best if used with Firefox or Chrome.

What are you waiting for? Harness the Power of Your Library Card!