Help at Home, 5/27/20

This week, we have drawing, music, and the art of building forts with your furniture!

Art and Music

Drawing Totoro

Ghibli super producer Toshio Suzuki shows everyone how to draw Totoro!

K-12 Music Education Resources at the Library of Congress

A Bibliographic Guide to Materials and Collections


Bedtime Stories: The Spacesuit by Alison Donald

With children and extended families across the borough not being able to meet up during lock down, Richmond Council is launching a series of virtual bedtime stories – with the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Nancy Baldwin and volunteers from Richmond Talking Newspaper (RTN) playing the starring role.

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake Read Along with Wanda Sykes

Dads at Wordplay

The Loft’s resident hero-dad Bao Phi talked with author John Coy (Dads) about his new collaboration with photographer Wing Young Huie—a touching collection of photographs that celebrates fathers. During the current pandemic, many parents have more time at home with their kids. We asked you to send us photos of what your dad is doing to keep you entertained at home as you practice social distancing. John and Bao shared these pictures and talked about how folks are keeping their own kids engaged. The replay is available to watch now!

Heather Kinser reads Small Matters: The Hidden Power of the Unseen

Can something small matter at all? Of course it can! In this book for young readers, powerful images from scanning electron microscopes show nano-scale animal features, proving that tiny details can make a BIG difference.

Hands-On Activities

You’re Snug with Me

Downloadable coloring sheets and masks.

Ikea’s Quarantine Campaign Offers 6 Ways to Make Furniture Forts

Created by agency Instinct, the campaign includes a series of Ikea instructions for parents on how to make tents and forts indoors to create a sense of adventure for children cooped up at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Over 3,500 Civil War Photographs

We at Tufts Digital Collections and Archives are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Medford Historical Society and Museum to protect, preserve, and improve access to a treasured collection of thousands of Civil War photographs. A detailed story about the partnership and history of the collections is available from Tufts Now.

Language Arts and World Languages

A Good Time to Write

826’s staff and friends are sharing writing prompts, lessons, readings, encouragement, and more at the #agoodtimetowrite YouTube channel. There are prompts aimed ad students, educators and parents, and everyone!

Catch up on all of our Help at Home resources here.

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