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BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: While the library buildings are closed, you can still check out e-books or do research. Free with your library card you can research family history, learn more about Brooklyn history, find health and wellness information, or learn a new skill. Check out their online resources page.

In addition, while in-person events are on hold, the library is offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts, Zoom meetings, and streaming from our branch staff! They are adding many talks, programs, and broadcasts from the branches during this time

Check out their Virtual Programming page.

MUSEUMS: The online publication, Hyperallergic, offers contemporary perspectives on art, culture, and more. If you’re feeling hungry for art while you’re stranded at home, they've got a page with 12 selections out of 2,500 world-class museums and galleries that are now offering virtual tours and online collections.


CONCERTS: You can still enjoy music and the live concerts of your favorite musicians while social distancing at home. Every concert you can livestream during the coronavirus outbreak is listed here -


MET OPERA STREAMS: Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN: The garden is in bloom even as it has been closed. Magnolias in Brooklyn are beautiful. The Cherry blossoms are reaching their peak. If you can't get out, you can enjoy the blossoms and Spring-in-the-garden online.


BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Brooklyn stories from BHS's archives, brought to life on the web. "In Pursuit of Freedom" explores Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement. "An American Family Grows in Brooklyn" tells the story of the Lefferts Family and Brooklyn’s transformation from an agricultural frontier to a diverse urban center. The Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Historical Society have partnered to reveal the history of the borough’s waterfront. And more!

SONNET A DAY FROM PATRICK STEWART: "A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away?" Shakespearean actor of Star Trek fame is reading a sonnet a day on his Twitter feed. You can listen without a Twitter account, so just click on the link (make sure your sound is on and enabled on the video). Or you can get started by reading the article and listen to a couple sonnets on The Patch news feed.