Whether you’re looking for educational opportunities or just want an entertainment escape, we’ve got you covered. Explore this list of free resources available from anywhere. Stay tuned – we’ll continue to update this list in the coming days and weeks.

Several sites listed below come from the Digital Maine Library where you’ll find thousands of magazines, newspapers, books, and videos, freely available to residents of Maine.

Arts

Learn a new creative skill or experience the artistry from across the globe.

  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center – A resource that offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Includes full text from leading hobby and craft magazines. Nice browsable subject categories featuring altered art, cake decorating, cooking & baking, fiber arts, paper crafts, performing arts, and much more!
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Daily drawing tutorials from a renowned illustrator. Not just for littles!
  • The Met – Live opera streamings from the comfort of home.
  • Museum and Library Coloring Sheets– Color the collections of many museums and libraries with a coloring page for every age.
  • Seattle Symphony Performances– Invite an entire orchestra into your home.
  • Virtual Museum Tours– Explore the collections of some of the world’s most prestigious museums, including The Louvre.
  • Maine Memory Network: A project of the Maine Historical Society, Maine Memory Network provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to over 260 organizations from across Maine.
  • ThinkWritten Writing Prompts – No writer’s block here. Get a writing prompt for every day of the year.

Education

Want to learn to code your own game or practice a new language? These online educational resources can help you learn new skills while social distancing.

  • Pronunciator Language Learning – Self-paced language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. Audio lessons, interactive textbooks, intelligent flashcards, pronunciation analysis, phrasebooks, and quizzes. Also try Mango Languages, available using a Portland Public Library Card. Residents of Cumberland County are eligible for a free Portland Public Library card. Don’t have a PPL library card or having trouble logging in? Email lending@portlib.org for assistance.
  • Duolingo – With thier free mobile app or web and a few minutes a day, everyone can Duolingo. Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science.
  • Niche Academy – Niche Academy is an award winning online learning platform that includes quick video tutorials for many of the resources you’ll find in the Digital Maine Library. Plus tutorials on facebook, gmail, pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter.
  • LearningExpress Library (EBSCO) – An eLearning solution that provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep and more. Includes video courses to learn popular software and computer basics, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Office suite.
  • National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) – Maine-based NDEC offers free digital literacy classes to residents and businesses as part of the Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative. Classes include: Understanding Cloud Library, Introduction to Computer Internet Safety Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, Publishing and Power Point QuickBooks PhotoShop Google Docs iPad Social Media for Business including FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more!

Entertainment

Check in on local wildlife or explore the world’s curiosities.

  • Flipster – Popular magazines you know and love (CML card required)
  • CloudLibrary – Download ebooks and audiobooks in all genres. (CML card required)
  • Atlas Obscura– The definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders. Armchair travel at it’s easiest.
  • org– The world’s leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch live critter cams. Our favorite is the Jellyfish Cam… or maybe it’s the Sea Otter Cam… Watch them all!
  • Zooniverse is a citizen science web portal, home to some of the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Volunteers can participate in research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts. Whatever your interest, there’s a Zooniverse project for you!