Here are some helpful resources for our patrons while the library is closed. You can still call us at 203-488-1441 and leave a message or email us.
Check out some of the library’s Virtual Programs.
Here are local and national COVID-19 links.
If you live in Branford but don’t have a library card, you can fill out our online registration form and we will mail you a Blackstone Library card, which will give you access to our digital resources.
Visit our Digital Resources Page for links to OverDrive, Hoopla, Kanopy, Digital Magazines, language learning and more. Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have temporarily increased the number of Hoopla and Kanopy checkouts from 5 to 10 per month.
Thanks to ProQuest, we are now able to provide Blackstone patrons with access to Ancestry Library Edition from home, on a temporary basis, during the pandemic. Simply enter your barcode on this page to proceed. For additional suggestions on your family history search, visit our genealogy links web page.
Here is a comprehensive booklet from Canoe Brook Senior Center on resources for seniors.
CT Visit has a great list of Virtual Activities for at-home experiences.
This article from CNN lists seven digital libraries you can visit from home.
Qualified households can get 60 days of free Internet from Comcast. Visit https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. Comcast is also making all of their WiFi hotspots available to everyone. For an article on other companies providing free Internet, visit this article from the Stamford Advocate.
Classes and Online Learning
Visit our Blackstone Library Learning Commons page for links to a variety of tech tutorials. Now is a great time to get better at navigating your iPhone, iPad, or other device!
Here are some resources for homeschooling and having fun with your children.
Take a free online course.
Access to Booklist Online is now free until further notice.
Here is a list of resources from EBSCO, including study packets, lesson plans, and test prep resources.
MOMA is offering free courses through Coursera.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society has a range of lectures, webinars and how-to videos on Family History Research available for free.
eBooks and Audiobooks
Check out these free audiobooks for children from Audible.
45 websites to download free books.
The following paid streaming services are offering free trials. (Remember to cancel after the free period to avoid any charges.)
- Acorn.tv (30 days with code FREE30)
- Amazon Prime Video (1 month)
- Broadway Shows (1 month)
- Criterion (14 days)
- DisneyPlus (7 days)
- The Great Courses (1 month)
- HBO (7 days, HBO is offering some free content as well)
- Netflix (30 days)
- Showtime (7 days)
- SiriusXM (3 months)
- SlingTV (14 days)
Check out this Good Housekeeping list of free online fitness classes.
Music and Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering free streaming performances.
Listen to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s BeethovenFest.
Listen to concerts from the Berlin Philharmonic (requires registration by March 31).
Check out Citizen DJ from the Library of Congress. (Full release is this summer, but you can use the beta site here.) Here’s an article describing what you can do with this online open-source music-mixing app. Read about some other Library of Congress digital collections as well.
Visit NYC Feinstein’s/54 Below YouTube channel for some great shows.
Watch live streams from New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Enjoy ballets and operas from London’s Royal Opera House.s
Every week, Andrew Lloyd Webber will release a hit musical on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel.
London’s National Theatre will release a new play every Thursday on their YouTube channel.
Check the Royal Shakespeare Company’s website for six upcoming performances.
Social Distance Theatre from Legacy Theatre
Travel and Virtual Tours
Check out the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour.
Tour the Great Wall of China.
Visit the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel.