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The State of Colorado has issued a Public Health Order asking residents to stay at home through April 11th. Effective March 16th at 5 pm, all City facilities are closed until further notice. For more information, visit the COVID-19 webpage.

Library Service and FREE Online Resources during the Facility Closure

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Information about Library Service

Using Your Library Online

Other FREE Resources

 Information about Library Service during the Facility Closure:

  • Items currently checked out have had due dates extended for the duration of the closure
  • No fines will accrue on any items for the duration of the closure
  • Book Drops are closed, please keep all materials until further notice
  • Patrons will not be able to place holds to be picked up at Louisville during the closure
  • Patrons will not be able to pick up holds at Louisville during the closure
  • Holds currently on the hold shelf will be available for patrons when we re-open
  • The Library’s Meeting and Study Spaces will be unavailable for the duration of the closure

Using your Library during the Facility Closure:

Other FREE resources:

  • Storyline Online - 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.
  • Digital Public Library of America - Discover 36,868,852 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States using the Digital Public Library of America. 
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. 
  • StoryBlocks - Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.
  • Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
  • Zoo To You - The Denver Zoo might be closed, but they are still there and the animal care professionals will continue to provide vital care to the nearly 3,000 animal residents. #bringingthezootoyou!
  • Virtual Museum Tours - Take a trip around the world and visit 10 fascinating museums, all from the comfort of your couch! "Scroll through an extensive trove of 3-D photographs from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, explore online exhibits from the National Women’s History Museum in Virginia, or admire artistic masterpieces from the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain."
  • Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities - With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online read alouds and activities on social media. Check out this list of over 50 of the best virtual author activities! 
  • Tour Yellowstone National Park - Explore Yellowstone through photographs, videos, webcams and virtual tours!
  • Access Mars - Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
  • Louvre - Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
  • Music Lab - Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
  • KiwiCo - At-Home Resources for Kids (and their grownups). Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up.
  • Earthquakes - Learn all about earthquakes 
  • NASA Kids Club - Space science for kiddos 
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen
  • US Mint Kids - Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. 
  • Oceans - This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. 

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