Library staff at OPL know that with kids and teens at home now, and the virtual school year drawing to a close soon, families will be more in need than ever of ways to keep the learning going through the spring and summer.
Staff put their research skills to work to identify resources to support eLearning at home for youth who are in middle school or high school. When it’s time for a break from more traditional online learning, try offering some educational fun with one of these virtual field trips. These zoos, museums and parks offer virtual tours; some even offer lesson plans and additional activities.
If you are interested in using these resources, but don’t have all the tools you need at home, there are organizations offering help. Enable Omaha partners with several other local organizations to provide school-aged children with free devices, and also accepts donations of tablets, computers and phones.
If you don’t already have an account through Cox, they are offering Connect2Compete service for free through July 15, 2020 to new customers with qualifying students who sign up by May 15.
If you want more suggestions, need to renew your library card, or just want a chance to talk to a librarian directly, OPL is still here. While the libraries are closed, staff are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both online through AskOPL and by phone at 402.444.4800.