Library Resources

Ancestry.com

Now available at home.
Instruction on how to access from home here.

Digital Downloads - ebooks, audiobooks, videos, and magazines

The library has digital downloads for you!

Wisconsin Digital Library
https://wplc.overdrive.com/
The Wisconsin Digital Library provides you with thousands of ebooks and digital audio books, along with streaming video.

Wisconsin Digital Download Instructions
https://www.riverfallspubliclibrary.org/wi-digital-library-instructions.html
PDF instructions to help you use the WI Digital Library

Freading
https://ifls.freading.com
Freading has always available ebooks with a limit of three books per week.

Flipster
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=cpid&custid=s9232744&profile=eon&groupid=main
Flipster has current popular magazines.

Research

Research resources from the RFPL
https://www.riverfallspubliclibrary.org/research.html
Research resources arranged by topic.  Topics include:

Tumblebooks
Language Learning

Transparent Languages
Free all the time with your MORE library card.

Another popular, well-reviewed, and free site is Duolingo

Mind and Body                               

At-Home Fitness:

YMCA workouts on-demand (YouTube)

Meditation:

  • Headspace Free (for now)    
  • Calm.com - “Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. And check back soon as we'll be updating these resources regularly.”
Online Book Clubs

Oprah’s Book Club
OBC is the interactive, multi-platform reading club bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories.

Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine
A community propelled by meaningful connections with stories, authors and fellow members, Reese’s Book Club sparks thought, joy, and conversation–online and in real life.

Andrew Luck Book Club
Book club created by former Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck.  “The mission of the Andrew Luck Book Club is to build a team of readers of all levels.” Each month there is a “rookie” and a “veteran” book. 

History Book Club
The History Book Club is the largest history and nonfiction group on Goodreads.

New Adult Book Club
This group is for everyone to share their love of New Adult fiction - the rapidly growing category for books that have the same coming of age feel as YA books but with more mature themes and content.

Romance Readers Reading Challenge
“If you love to read romance novels, or just read, and you like reading challenges, come and join this group. If you look at your TBR list and don't know which book to start with, worry no more. We will give you a reason to.”

Goodreads Choice Awards Book Club
We will read the Goodreads Choice Awards winning books throughout the year but not only... Be prepared for winners, nominees, new bestsellers, awesome series.

Girls Night In Book Club
“Every month, we choose one book to read together as a community. Tag #GNIreads as you read along, and join us at one of our meetups!”

Noname’s Book Club
“Noname's Book Club is an online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. We do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color.”

The Next Best Book Club
Are you searching for the NEXT best book?

Everyone Has Read This But Me
The Catch Up Book Club - Your friends reference it, your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/"sort of thing?" raves about it, even your favorite movies quote it, or it IS your favorite movie but you've never read the book.

Book Resources

JSTOR
Search all open access content on JSTOR without a login - there are more than 6000 ebooks and 150 journals.

NPR Book Concierge
The Book Concierge is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. Mix and match tags such as Book Club Ideas, Biography & Memoir, or Ladies First to filter results and find the book that’s perfect for you or someone you love.

Online Book Club
“OnlineBookClub.org is a free site for readers that has been around for over 10 years, before smartphones even! We have a ton of awesome features for book lovers and a massive community of active members from all over the world. There are over one million members!” Includes reviews, forums, and a book tracking app.

Arts & Culture

Ballet Nova Streaming Ballet Lessons
“During these challenging times we are pleased to announce that BalletNova will be offering free live streamed classes taught by our esteemed faculty and hosted by our Artistic Director Matthew Powell! In addition, you'll get a sneak peak behind the scenes of the studio, our upcoming productions, and more exclusive content.” Click through for schedule.

Met Opera Live Streams
Nightly streaming of opera from the Met. Each stream is available until 3:30 the following day.

Stay At Home Fest
“Until COVID-19 ends, artists are moving their events online, and we need a place to find them. Stay At Home Fest brings these events together into a massive ongoing music festival-style calendar, along with a curated “Main Stage Event.” We can slow the spread of COVID 19, support the artists we love, and fight the effects of isolation. Stay at home. But stay together.” Note that some events may charge a fee or request a donation. 

The Current Radio
Virtual music performance schedule from Minnesota's Current Radio.

Third Man Public Access
Music streaming live every day at noon (CST) from Third Man Records in Nashville​, TN

Creativebug - Excellent arts and crafts tutorials. Perfect for teens and adults. Log in with your River Falls library card.

Virtual Tourism

Be an armchair explorer with these excellent virtual tours.

Google Arts and Culture
Google partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces.

The Sistine Chapel

Smithsonian- Natural History Museum

British Museum, London

The Louvre, France

Yellowstone National Park

The Great Wall of China

Live Cam - San Diego Zoo

History Lovers

History Lessons from Stanford University  

Open Heritage (from Google Arts & Culture) 

HeritageQuest from Ancestry.com is an always-free resource that you can access with your library card. Discover your family history today!

TV & Movies

Netflix Party (Chrome browser extension)|
“Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.”

Cooking & Baking

Milk Street Cooking School
At the Milk Street Online Cooking School you won’t learn just recipes, you'll learn new ways to approach food and cooking, giving you a reinvigorated enthusiasm for putting dinner on the table. Free through April.

Free Cooking Lessons with chef Michael Symon
“The live videos, which will be free, will take place over 10 days on the Food Network Kitchen Facebook page beginning Monday at 5 p.m. During the cook-a-long, Symon will highlight recipes using common pantry ingredients, taking viewers’ questions and comments along the way.”

Other Websites

Two Free Months of Skillshare
“Today, we're announcing ... free two-month access for those with .edu and .k12 email addresses and a limited number of two-month free memberships based on need.” (no credit card required)

Westminster Town Hall Forum
The Westminster Town Hall Forum provides unique opportunities to explore the key issues of our day from an ethical perspective. In just an hour, our guest speakers will expand your mind, inform your views, maybe even change your perspective.

Ted Talks
Ideas Worth Spreading

The Great Courses Daily
Free daily videos to spark your curiosity and ignite your passion for learning. 

​Digital Learn
If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

GCFGlobal - Free Online Learning
Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more. This site offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games. 

Massive Open Online Courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

1400 Free MOOCs from 
Coursera

More MOOCs from edX

Mental Health

NAMI COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
A guide to taking care of yourself in a time of crisis. 

National Council for Behavioral Health - Resources for COVID-19




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