National Emergency Library
The National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Access is free and open to all until at least June 30th 2020.
Wisconsin Film Festival
Stay at home with Wisconsin’s Own! Wisconsin Film Festival will premiere one Wisconsin’s Own short film per day. Each short will be available for one 24-hour period starting at noon. Enjoy an extraordinary collection of shorts that were slated to premiere at this year’s Festival for free.
Access the world’s largest digital library for 30 days for free. Scribd provides millions of audiobooks, ebooks, magazine articles, sheet music selections, and research documents.
All resources in BiblioBoard library are immediately available for Wisconsin residents! Biblioboard allows for unlimited simultaneous use (no holds!) and because authentication is done via geolocation so there is no need for patrons to log in to access the resources.
Generate happiness, comfort, and connections through videos designed for seniors and people with memory loss. Access to streaming Reminiscence Therapy videos for a 30-day free trial.
Watch performances from the Met Opera for free! Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Every year, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world share free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections. Please download, print, and share your favorites!
Independent Distributors' Streaming Catalogues
Many of the independent distributors the Wisconsin Film Festival works with year after year have their catalogues available for free streaming trials. Check out: Fandor, Film Movement Plus, IFC Films, Kino Now, Magnolia Selects, MUBI, Music Box Films, and OVID.
When you can’t go anywhere or do anything, connect through online events! Eventbrite features entertainment and educational resources through streaming concerts, webinars, conferences, and more.
Learn and Do
Access a variety of resources to learn how to write creatively. Authorfy offers masterclasses in writing, the opportunity for community, and free downloadable activities.
DancePlug with Friends
DancePlug is offering free and low-cost dance and exercise videos from a variety of content creators. Learn ballet, hip-hop, pilates, and more from the comfort of your home.
Aaron Blaise, an artist and animator at Disney for 21 years, is offering free and discounted tutorials, lessons, and courses on animation.
Looking for something creative to do or learn about while you are staying home? Access 100 eBooks on a variety of topics from jewelry-making to hand-weaving!
Baking and Other Social Distancing Activities
A variety of eBooks to help keep you occupied and productive while you are social distancing.
Badger Talks Live
Join Badger Talks Live on Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April for a series of engaging and thoughtful presentations.
Need to channel some energy into something positive? Open Objects has posted a list of online volunteering opportunities to help transcribe historical text that computers can’t read, sort scientific images, and more.
BadgerLink, in association with EBSCO and Access NewspaperARCHIVE, is offering temporary free access to resources for historical and academic research.
Smithsonian Transcription Center
Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help the Smithsonian make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. With many different projects to choose from, this crowdsourced project aims to assist with the preservation and digitization of handwritten material in the Smithsonian Institution.
Join Lauren Gunderson, a prolific playwright, for a free course to learn the art and craft of playwriting. Videos are streamed live on Facebook and recorded for later viewing.
Work and School
Take advantage of the free course, “Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success,” offered by LinkedIn Learning to optimize working remotely.
Access thousands of courses and resources for your career, for thirty days for free.
For a 30-day free trial, access Udemy’s massive repository of online courses, with topics ranging widely from business, finance, IT, office productivity, personal development, design, marketing, photography, health, music, and teaching.
Coursera is offering global free access to its Coursera for Campus resource for colleges and universities impacted by COVID-19.