Last updated Saturday, April 4, 9:00am
Our team is working on bringing as much of the Library experience to you, at home, as we can. Others around the world and here in Halifax are doing the same—sharing their time and talents to create a sense of togetherness.
This blog will be frequently updated with creative, calming, and caring ways we can all stay connected throughout these uncertain times.
Have a great idea for us to try, or know of another free and fun experience? Add it in the comments! We'll be adding some of your ideas to our next update.
Table of Contents:
- Join the Conversation
- Recommended Reading
- Activities for All
- Cool Content from Others
Join the conversation
What we're talking about on social media.
Our team shares what they're reading at home, and what they think of it. Watch on our Instagram Stories, and reply with your own!
Battle of the Books
Chime in on which coming-of-age novel is best: Little Women or Anne of Green Gables? Share your vote on which "Light" Historical Fiction novel you like most: The Light Between Oceans or All the Light We Cannot See? You can weigh in on Battle of the Books polls on our Instagram Story highlights.
Vote and follow along with #BattleoftheBooksHfx as 16 popular books face off, with only one reigning supreme.
This Library trend has taken off in recent years, and makes Fridays feel even more fun. Check out our #BookFaceFriday staff-created photos in our gallery, and at @hfxpublib on Instagram, and be sure to tag us in yours!
Furtunately, our pets share our love of books. Check out what we caught them reading in our Instagram Storiesopens a new window, and take the oppawtunity to share your friends’ literhairy moments with us, too.
Stack Poetry from our staff/ May make you ponder/ Or make you laugh. Create your own with a collection of books and tag us on social media! Line up the titles to generate a meaningful or ridiculous poem.
Library staff and local authors invite readers and listeners of all ages to settle in for a soothing storytime.
Briana Corr Scott reads She Dreams of Sable Island
Read-a-Jig-Jig with Janice
Leah reads Chapter 1 of Anne of Green Gables
“Anne of Green Gables” is a trademark of the Anne of Green Gable Licensing Authority Inc. “L.M. Montgomery” is a trademark of Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.
Leanne Whiting reads Be Like a Tree
Starr Cunningham reads My Goat Gertrude
Here are some recent reading lists and content recommendations we've pulled together in our blog.
Taylor shares a list of favourite podcasts for longtime listeners and new-to-podcast people.
Jeanna shares fantasy e-book suggestions for a dose of escapism.
Our team shares some of our favourite voiced stories.
Activities for all
Hands-on, how-to ideas to stay busy and get your mind moving.
Cooking with Emily
Emily Glover, the Library's Food Literacy Specialist, has her own how-to cooking show on our IGTV channel.
Episode 1: "Sweet with Heat" Sandwich
Episode 2: Simple and Delicious Energy Balls
Easter Egg Holder with Shelby
Shelby walks you through the steps to create a colourful and cute Easter egg holder from a paper towel or towel paper roll.
Full STEAM Ahead
The Lou Duggan Creative Studio team is tackling STEAM, one letter at a time, and sharing fun at-home experiments and activities you can do with your kids.
Knowledge Challenge for Kids
Every week, our Children's Services team will be adding a new challenge, and kids will have a chance to win cool prizes! Ages 8-13
Making Stop Motion Movies with Kids
Diane and her daughters take on the minuscule movements of Stop Motion movies, with magical results.
The Science of Kinetic Sand
An easy recipe for brightening up your play sand, and learning some science while you're at it.
Write On: Writing Prompts for Creative Minds
Vicky gives you just enough words to get your writing started. You tell the rest of the story. Share in the comments, or keep to yourself.
Writing prompts blog
Don't forget about the wealth of free tools and resources available right here on our website! Check out our E-Library.
Here are some highlights:
Browse the world's largest newsstand
Turn a new page with RBdigitalopens a new window. Read full-colour digital magazines online, for free, with no checkouts or limits. Pick from more than 200 popular magazines using RBdigital, part of our E-Library. Watch our how-to tutorialopens a new window.
Learn with Lynda
Lyndaopens a new window lives in our E-Library, and she’s here for you, year-round. Let her teach you about everything from leadership to graphic design. Get started with our how-to tutorialopens a new window.
Read in the (Online) Park
Squiggle Park is made up of bite-sized games designed by teachers, researchers, and gamers, to support young learners in mastering foundational reading skills. Learn how to play, free, with your library cardopens a new window.
Cool, free content from others
- Academic journals: Open access content from JSTORopens a new window.
- Author readings: CBC is keeping a running list of authors sharing their stories onlinopens a new windowe.
- Author storytimes: We Are Teachers is keeping a running list of children's authors doing readings online.opens a new window
- Canadian concerts: Canadian musicians are working extra hard to keep our spirits up with a large range of streaming concerts.opens a new window
- Celebrity storytimes: This Screen Actors' Guild YouTube channel is full of actors reading children's books.opens a new window
- Design: CodeLife.ca is hosting a Ventilator Challenge to encourage creation of simple COVID-19 ventilatorsopens a new window.
- Doodling: Lunchtime doodling sessions with author and illustrator, Mo Willemsopens a new window.
- Education: Curio is offering temporary free access to thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canadaopens a new window.
- Enjoy an Encore: Encore+ YouTube has “access to hundreds of iconic and award-winning Canadian titles. Restored, digitized and yours to enjoy at home or on the go.”opens a new window
- EPL at Home: Our friends at Edmonton Public Library are sharing storytimes and more on their Facebook.opens a new window
- Gardening: Get growing with our friend Nikki Jabbour, on her YouTube channeopens a new windowl.opens a new window
- Harry Potter at Home: The British Library's exhibit "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" is available online for wizards of all ages.
- Jam with Arkells: The Arkells are hosting Flatten the Curve jam sessions on their Instagram live.opens a new window
- Listen to Julie Andrews' Library Show Podcast: The actress and her daughter are starting a new library-focused podcast.opens a new window
- Live Cams: Explore.org which has live cams for everything from senior dogs to orcas singing under the water.opens a new window
- Mabel Murple's Popping Wordspinning World: Nonsense poetry and "utter stuff" from children's author, Sheree Fitch.opens a new window
- National Emergency Library: The Internet Archive just made over 1.4 books available digitally, with no holds or waitlists.opens a new window
- Patrick Stewart's A Sonnet a Day: Patrick Stewart reads a Shakespeare sonnet a day on Instagram.opens a new window
- Quarantine Ceilidh: Fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and friends will host this event on Instagram, April 1.opens a new window
- Science Camp: Experience SuperNova at DAL online.opens a new window
- Scientific Sounds: Our friend Dr. G shares experiments on his YouTube channel.opens a new window
- Sterling Books Storytime: Every Tuesday and Thursday, the publisher is posting a video of one of their picture book authors reading from their book.opens a new window
- Storytime with Ali Eisner: opens a new windowAli, friend of the Library, shares a storytime on their Facebook page.
- Virtual Pow Wow: Indigenous DJs joined forces to hold a virtual Pow Wow using the Twitch streaming platform.opens a new window
- Watch Opera: The Royal Opera House shares a schedule of shows they'll be streaming on Instagram and Facebook.opens a new window
- Zoon Universe: The world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. opens a new window