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Exploring the World from Home

Looking for things to do while self-isolating? Your Library has some suggestions! 

From book, movie, TV show, or podcast recommendations to virtual museum tours to exercise videos, we hope to have something for you. 


Conversations About Race

Many within our community are looking for resources to assist with antiracist education and action. To support community members in accessing these materials, the Library has crafted a few recommendation lists made up of both books and online articles.

The items on these lists encourage critical thinking and aim to inspire conversations about the issues of anti-Blackness, state violence, and racial justice in the United States of America:

Movies presently free to stream: 

Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, in conversation with Marcus Campbell, Ed. D., Assistant Superintendent/Principal of Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL. Presented by Family Action Network on YouTube: Robin DiAngelo Interview

The School Library Journal has compiled additional resources as well: Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages.

Library Journal’s main publication has also compiled a list of lists for fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations: LibraryJournal Antiracist Reading & Viewing

Other online articles addressing the conversation: 

If you are seeking specific recommendations, please feel free to complete a Perfect Picks Online Readers’ Advisory form for a personalized response.

Shelf-Isolation

Check out the Library in Your Living Room Readers' Roundtable mini-series, Shelf-Isolation! Located on the Library's YouTube Channel, Shelf-Isolation updates weekly on Friday mornings. 

Virtual Storytimes

In addition to the Highland Park Public Library's virtual storytimes on Facebook, here are other storytime options.

Virtual Author Interviews & Discussions
Virtual Park & Garden Tours
  • Google's The Hidden World of Natural Parks: A new Google Arts & Culture Exhibit, in The Hidden World of Natural Parks a local ranger will guide viewers through each park. The virtual tours are available online, in the Google Arts & Culture App on iOS / Android, and in the Google Expeditions app for use in the classroom. Watch the YouTube promo video here.
  • Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, England: The Waddesdon Manor is a Neo-Renaissance style château that has been a Rothschild family home since the late 1800s. After his death in 1959, James de Rothschild left the house, the grounds, and the majority of the collections seen throughout the home to the National Trust.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library, 1998-Now: With your library card, you can browse through the complete library of National Geographic Magazines. 
Movies, Music & Theater
Get Moving with Virtually Led Workouts
Educational Content