Is your state still on shut down? Kids still out of school? Many libraries, museums and organizations are offering some of their content for free online. Here are just 7 digital libraries you can visit from the comfort of your own home.
Digital Public Library of America Digital Library
The DPLA is an online collection of over 36 million free digital materials from libraries, archives and museums. Its digital exhibitions and primary sources cover everything from the 1918 influenza pandemic to the golden age of comic books.
Nautical Archaeology Digital Library
If you’re fascinated by shipwrecks, the Nautical Archaeology Digital Library has you covered. The library, a collaboration of Texas A&M University and ShipLAB, contains searchable shipwreck databases and ancient ship models.
Think you can write over 1,400 works of #drama in your lifetime? This guy Lope De Vega managed to during the 1,500’s. Born #OTD in 1562 he was an outstanding dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age, author of as many as 1,800 plays and several hundred shorter dramatic pieces, of which 431 plays and 50 shorter pieces are extant.
Vega became identified as a playwright with the comedia, a comprehensive term for the new drama of Spain’s Golden Age. Vega’s productivity for the stage, however exaggerated by report, remains phenomenal. He claimed to have written an average of 20 sheets a day throughout his life and left untouched scarcely a vein of writing then current. Cervantes called him “the prodigy of nature.”
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of University of Oxford‘s vast main library, the Bodleian, and how its staff are working to make this ancient institution ready for future generations of readers.
WriterWednesday: Join us as we take a virtual tour of the NYPL The New York Public Library, and pursue it’s ‘hidden’ architectural details 📚📖✏️▶️
Noted historians serve as your personal audio guide through a virtual walking tour of the New York Public Library. Find out about hidden details of the famed NYC building as these expert reveal the history behind the Winnie the Pooh toys, the Rose Main Reading Room, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the Milstein Division, the map collection, the book train and more.
Love is in the air and you want to impress this person witha surprise book store date. Maybe you want to show off your knowledge of Wordsworth’s English poetry, or perhaps you would like to debate over the geopolitical theories presented by Foucault and Chomsky.
Or perhaps you want to keep it lighthearted and have some fun. Here are 12 great ideas to carry out on your next book store date.
1. Arrange a book store tour.
2. Find a poem, read it out loud and then copy it into your journal.
3. Hunt for authors with your same last name.
4. Leave a thoughtful review on a post-it note in a book you really loved.
5. Scan the books of quotes. Find a good one and write it outside on the sidewalk with chalk.
6. Find out what specialty books that store offers; local, spirituality, horror, etc.
7. Look for the biggest book in the store and take your picture with it.
9. Browse books on the flora and fauna of your area. Learn to identify something new.
10. Go to the cookbook area, choose a recipe, and make plans for the next date.
11. Browse the travel section, find a place you want to visit, make some plans.
12 . Buy each other your favorite book from the day.
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