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This issue of the TeenLibrarian Newsletter is coming out a few days early as with the global uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus I wanted to share the information below with colleagues sooner rather than later.

For this newsletter I have put together a list of resources that may be useful for colleagues that are staying home but may need a list of freely available resources to get started with planning remote library services. These lists are not exhaustive but can form a base to begin from and develop a collection of your own resources that you can share with colleagues!

I will not say too much except that we are in waters that have been uncharted for many years, we may feel more isolated than ever but we can share ideas and resources, buoy each other up when needed and work together on creating content that can be shared across libraries and the world.

If you have anything that you would like to share with colleagues please do send me a message!

Public Domain Children's Books

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg gives you free and legal access to a whole range of public domain works. If you are looking start up a virtual story-time and do not want to fall foul of copyright laws, this is a good place to start:

Free Children's Classics eBooks & Audiobooks

Find Great Literature Online for Free

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Virtual Story-times happening now!

  • Josh Gad's Gad Book Club - the man who contains the voice of Olaf in Frozen has been live-streaming himself reading picturebooks on his twitter account ( You can find the videos of past performances under the hashtag #GadBookClub
  • Neil Gaiman and friends have read The Graveyard Book  & Coraline  
  • Oliver Jeffers has been reading one of his books every weekday, you can watch previous recordings here or you can watch LIVE on his instagram (@oliverjeffers) at 6 PM GMT/ 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams, the creator of the Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie has been live-streaming doodle workshops at 1pm ET every weekday, you can catch up with his videos here 
  • Audible Stories free to use during the Coronavirus crisis
  • Elevenses with David Walliams  

Publisher Guidelines for Virtual Story-times

Educational Resources

Professional Development

WebJunction Course Catalog

Library-specific courses and webinar recordings available for free to all library workers and volunteers. Through the generous support of OCLC and many state library agencies across the US, WebJunction provides timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere.

All new learners need to create an account. Select “Log in” at the top right of this page, and then “Create new account.” Once you’ve created your new account, explore the catalog of library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar.

Young Adult & Teen specific training:

School Library Journal Offers Temporary Free Access to Digital Content


Raising the Bar
Integrating Early Childhood Education into Librarian Professional Development

a four-part training series developed by the New York Public Library, in collaboration with CUNY’s Professional Development Institute and funded by the Institution of Museum and Library Services.

Free Library Webconference:

Submit a piece to a Library 'Zine

Historical Fiction Webinar

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Conference

Teaching Social Justice: Navigating the Deep Waters of Equity in Early Childhood Programs


With publicly available performing arts having come to a standstill, many organisations, bands and individuals have stepped up to offer virtual(ly) live performances. Many of them for free. Below is  list of some of what is available:

Ballet & Opera

The Royal Opera House will be bringing the drama to your home, the theatre will offer a free schedule of both opera and ballet broadcasts so audiences can access world-class performances right at their fingertips.
Full details:



TogetherAtHome Concerts 

Musicians from John Legend to Chris Martin have been recording themselves playing concerts in their homes. You can catch up on these concerts here:

Dropkick Murphys Streaming Up from Boston

The Dropkick Murphys broadcast their annual Saint Patrick's Day concert live online from an empty studio. The full concert can be watched online here:

Full-length Performances to Stream Online for Free

Self Care Reading List

Other Useful Resources

The TeenLibrarian Toolbox: Roundup of Pandemic Resources for Librarians, Teachers and the Parents That We Serve :

A list of Coronavirus COVID-19 Information & Online Resources I compiled for my library:

Things to do if your school library is closed, by Sarah Pavey:

Literary Resources courtesy of Lucas Maxwell:

Also check out Lucas's library newsletter, The Portable Magic Dispenser

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus from Teaching Tolerance


This information is also available on and will be updated periodically to add more resources as I find them or people share them with me.

We have no idea how long this will last so treat it as a marathon not a sprint, we do good work but remember that we have to take care of ourselves - this is easy to forget when we are struggling to adapt.

We have this! You have this! I have faith in you! Take care of yourself and those around you and I will see you again next month!
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