Okay, there are plenty of things that you can do for free in these tough times. I’m going to post some of these that are really special deals, or brand new.
JSTOR: One of the databases that many college’s rely on (and is really pricey) is JSTOR. They have added more materials to their open content section of their database: https://about.jstor.org/oa-and-free/ Since you now, probably, have time check these resources out.
Booklist is currently offering their reviews for free. https://www.booklistonline.com/ this is a periodical that reviews book, it is created by the American Library Association. I hope to spend some time using this to do plenty of collection development for my libraries.
Audible has a quite a few free books for children and young adults. I have been trying to listen to a couple of free fairy tales, you do have to have the browser tab active to listen to these. Very neat! https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
If you enjoyed Animorphs when you were a kid, they are offering the entire series for free as e-books. My internet is running slow in weird places so I did not get to check on these but the link is here: https://animorphsforum.com/ebooks/
Bluprint is offering free coloring pages. https://www.mybluprint.com/article/coloring-book-pages?cr_linkid=FBO_03192020_ColoringBook_Photo&cr_maid=112211&cr_source=facebook&cr_medium=social%20engagement&fbclid=IwAR0uLkJNJyImO-BBGMY4SzX1D5n6HMX69NlIGQ5_Z2zWrtK1UO9Ysf38FIc
If you are into gaming, Lifehacker put out this article regarding free STEAM Games: https://lifehacker.com/the-best-free-games-to-try-out-from-the-steam-game-fest-1842402486?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&fbclid=IwAR2uV9L3NExeKXUU2TG9B5M1TcWxF_PGDTst0_JSxUvUHga6oyBBtu_rz6s
Many craft shops are also offering free shipping online, I will be posting about that later this week (along with the fact that I went a tiny bit nuts on this…but I still kept mostly within my budget.)
Until next time, Live Life a Little More Abstract. Check on your Extroverts!
This is packaged ramen with 1/2 can each green beans and carrots and the meat from 2 drumsticks. If I would have felt fancy I might have added spices (pepper, curry, etc.).
I meant to get this post up earlier, however my workplaces (I’m a librarian) went insane. My community college went completely online early this week (late last week), and the library has been figuring out how to support the students. My private University still has some students on campus, if it is not too safe for them to go home & international students, as of the writing of this e-mail so the library has been figuring out how to support them. My public library has been having limited staff on site and is currently working on online programs we can do to support our patrons. It looks like I might be doing online video classes, however I am not going to think about that until Monday.
Only time is going to tell if we are over-reacting, under-reacting, or taking the right steps. We can ‘fight government oppression’ once we know that we are safe again. While we are in the middle of this, remember if you are an introvert the Extroverts in your life are not doing well with this situation. They need you to reach out, video chat, text, and get reminders that you love them. I’m already texting with a couple and I have a video chat planned with another sometime this weekend.
For now, I’m going to take the rest of today to curl up and sleep (it’s been a busy week and my stomach is making me pay for it). Later I hope to get some home-stuff done, but if I do not I still have most of tomorrow. I’m supposed to be working at the Private University tomorrow from 12-5, which gives me plenty of time to do things between now and then. I did finish my crewel embroidery piece, and due to free shipping I ordered some more linen and crewel embroidery thread to experiment with for an in-person project at the public library when we get back.
I’m going to plan several posts in the near future, probably a bit more frequently than my usual 1/week. Until then, Keep Safe & Healthy, Check on Your Extroverts, Live Life a Little More Abstract!