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Free Digital Resources To Use During Social Distancing: Adult Resources

Free resources RCLS library staff and patrons can access during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Finding a lot of time on your hands lately?

This guide will assist you in filling your free time. Learn a new tool such as how to use Instagram, join an online Book Discussion group, or track your (self-isolating) fitness routine using some of these online resources.


FREE Fitness Resources

Book Groups

Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club with over 100,000 members. Each month the group chooses a new book that deals with themes of race, gender, and justice, and opens up a friendly, literary dialogue on Goodreads.

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 is still around to bring us all challenging and inspiring stories straight from Oprah's shelf.

Image result for hello sunshineReese Witherspoon holds a  monthly book club through Instagram, with opportunities for author questions and social media discussions on each book she picks.

History Book Club is one of Goodreads' bigger communities. Participants can share information and discuss their favorite time periods.

WIRED has an excellent book club focusing on science fiction.

Hannah Witton, Lucy Moon and Leena Norms read a book about sex and gender every month and discuss the book through their  podcast of the same name.

Image result for booklist"Booklist is a book-review magazine that has been published by the American Library Association for more than 100 years, and is widely viewed as offering the most reliable reviews to help libraries decide what to buy and to help library patrons and students decide what to read, view, or listen to" (Booklist Online, 2020). Normally a subscription service, Booklist has announced free online access for all. Find more information about Booklist here!

Innovative and Fun

Class Central is a search engine and reviews site for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Free online Ivy League courses are available.


The Academy of American Poets Invites You to Participate in "Shelter in Poems"

Learn How To...

Niche AcademyNiche Academy provides tutorials and online learning tools for our patrons. Learn how to use Hoopla, Kanopy, Instagram and Microsoft Office, just to name a few! Click here for access. Thanks, Nyack Library!

Podcasts: Library of Congress

Discover the treasures of the Library through its experts and special guests. Click here to visit the Library of Congress Podcast webpage.

Radio Stations & Podcasts

Holiday LogoListen to music you love. Stream unlimited music, thousands of radio stations and podcasts all in one app.iHeartRadio is easy to use and best of all, it’s still FREE.

Mental Health

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Adult Resources Content added by Jen Park

Community Engagement & Talent Development Specialist
Ramapo Catskill Library System