Stuck in quarantine and bored? Don’t know what to do while you wait out the COVID-19 pandemic? This page is dedicated to our adult patrons who are looking for something fun to do during the downtime from work and life due to the outbreak. More will be updated in the coming days, so be sure to check back and see what we have to offer!

We feel you Panda. We feel you.

Disclaimer: Some items listed may have a fee associated with them. The Vicksburg District Library has accepted no compensation in return for their listing on this page. We simply think this may help you get through all this with good humor and cheer. Once again, stay safe and healthy during this time.

So Whatcha Reading?

So…whatcha reading? Join Librarian Adrianne via Zoom as she holds a laid back and easy-going conversation about what everyone has been reading as of late. There is no required reading for this meeting. Just an enthusiasm to discuss any books you have read or are looking forward to reading. Upcoming dates are Thursday, June 4th at 6:00pm and Thursday, June 11th at 6:00pm.

Book & Brew

Join Adrianne the Librarian on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:00pm as she discusses some great non-fiction reads that have caught her attention over the years. She’ll also talk about simple syrup, an ingredient that is essential to many great cocktails, but it easy enough to make at home.

Free & Reduced Rate Internet

The following links have been provided by Vicksburg Community Schools for those families and students who are in search of free or reduced rates on high-speed internet during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note these links were provided by VCS and are not associated with the Vicksburg District Library for any form of profit. The links are as follows:

Ghibili Museum Virtual Tour

You can now experience Japan’s famous Ghibli Museum online and take exclusive virtual tours inside the museum! Known for being one of the must-visit destinations for anyone visiting Japan, the museum recently opened up a brand new YouTube channel for fans to view the museum while it is temporarily closed.

MSU Science Festival

The MSU Science Festival is a free festival to celebrate the many ways science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (the STEAM disciplines) touch our everyday lives and shape our future, broaden public access to informal learning environments, create meaningful direct interactions with scientists, and inspire the workforce of the future. After canceling the in-person festival, MSU has moved to digital presentations, and offering a plethora of online STEAM on their website. Visit their website everyday to find out what is new!

Hogwarts Virtual Escape Room

Created by Sydney Krawiec, a Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA, see if you have what it takes to be a first year student at Hogwarts and escape your house’s common room!

Houseparty

Missing your best friends and wishing you could just talk with them face to face and have a game night through all this? Well, now you can! Houseparty is a smart phone application that lets you video chat with all your friends at once and play games such as Draw Something and Heads Up! Download it for free in your phone’s app store.

Codecadmy

Since you have the time and you’re bored anyways, why not learn a new skill? Learn to write computer code! “If you know how to read you can learn how to code. Our online coding tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions, immediate feedback, and a tested curriculum take anyone from non-technical to ‘I can code.’” (Fee may apply for premium content)

Explore Live Cams

Lions and tigers and bears and so much more! Explore.org shares live cams of all different types of animals from all around the globe. Animals are out in the wild, in shelters/rescues, or possibly in a medical setting. And there is never a shortage of playful puppies and kitties to watch. Choose your stream, smile, and relax.

Free Guitar Lessons From Fender Play

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the guitar, now is the time! When you sign up for an account with Fender Play, you get three months of virtual lessons for free! Time to grab your ax and start jamming! (Fees may apply after initial free period expires)

Kehoe’s Martial Arts

A Vicksburg District Library favorite, Tai Chi instructor Ed Kehoe, has his own channel on YouTube. On Kehoe’s Martial Arts, he demonstrates different forms of Tai Chi along with Qigong, Karate, and more!

Yoga with Adriene

No, not Reference Librarian Adrianne. It’s Adriene Mishler! Adriene’s YouTube channel is filled with lots of different types of yoga, from beginner to advanced. There are also different types of yoga to target different types of challenges and issues, such as building core strength, helping to calm anxiety, stretching to promote energy and stamina, as well as winding down with calm meditation.

Virtual Museum Tours

“Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.” In this article from Travel and Leisure magazine, get the hook up to check out twelve of the most famous and amazing museums and galleries in the world via online.

NASA Image and Video Library

Just because you are stuck in here doesn’t mean you can’t get really OUT THERE!! From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, images, videos, and audio recordings from space exploration and studies. See just how far we have come.

Jackbox Games

Trying to get the family off their phones to spend some time with you? How about a fair compromise! From the makers of the computer game You Don’t Know Jack comes Jackbox Games. Once you download a game pack for your computer or internet compatible television, chose a game, then everyone simply logs in on their cell phone to play. Games range from proving who is the best artist, who can tell the best jokes, to who is a trivia murder monster. There are six different packs that can be purchased and provide a variety of choices for any audience. (Fee associated)

Duolingo

Looking to learn a new language with all of this downtime? Try Duolingo! Using online games and practice, Duolingo will help you learn how to write, read, hear, and conjugate a new language with ease. There are many languages to choose from (including Klingon!), so stop fretting and hop on Duolingo and communicate today, ça va?

Ravelry

A knitter and crocheter’s paradise! Sign up for free and you can access a database of patterns, yarns, books, and more for all of your yarn art needs.

OverDrive

If you haven’t checked out OverDrive yet for you computer or tablet device, you are missing out. Go to overdrive.com or download the OverDrive application in your device’s store. From there, just log in with your Vicksburg District Library card and you’ll have access to a number of electronic books, audiobook, and films. The best part? When your due date arrives, it just deletes itself from your device. No late fees! Check out the library’s not-so-best-kept secret today!

Good Reads

Like Facebook, but strictly for reading! Are you looking for a great way to keep track of all the books you have read? Wondering what the next book in a series is? Just interested in browsing so you can find that next great book to read? Then check out Good Reads!

Globe Player

Do you love the work of William Shakespeare? Or you want to love him, but you need context to understand him? Free content on Globe Player features recordings of some of Shakespeare’s greatest works on the stage that made him famous. (Fee associated for premium content)