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Stuck at home? Let TPL help you be entertained and informed with our Tempe at Home mega list of free online sources, including craft projects, cooking, virtual museum tours, book recommendations, and much more.  Find resources for children here. Keep checking this page as we are adding new items all the time.

Arts and Crafts

Calligraphy - Brush up on your hand lettering.

14 Days of Drawing - A fun photo document on Google drive that has art/drawing suggestions for every day. 

Coloring Pages - Download and print coloring pages for the whole family. New pages will be added weekly, so check back.

Coloring Pages - Free downloadable adult coloring pages from Crayola.

Coloring Pages - Whimsical adult coloring pages from Art is Fun.

Crochet - Learn to crochet in 23 lessons with the Craftyminx.

Drawn to Fantasy - Artist and Author, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been sharing daily sketching sessions.

Google Arts and Culture - Provides tours, features on pieces of art and historic locations, art activities. There is also an educational app that presents art in fun and unique ways that utilizes the technology in smart devices.

HGTV Handmade - YouTube channel that provides instructions for easy crafts and DIYs for your home.

MoMA classes - The Museum of Modern Art is currently offering free courses.

Origami - YouTube channel that shows you how to make origami. 

Origami - YouTube channel by ProudPaperOfficial that shows you how to make origami.

Quick, Draw! - Is a fun way to help teach an AI, and contribute to machine learning research. The game will tell you to draw something in less than 20 seconds, during which time the computer will guess what you’re drawing. No artist ability needed, your drawings will then be added to the ‘worlds largest doodling data set’.

Painting - Bob Ross' YouTube channel, paint along with Bob Ross.

Peaches the Mouse Sewing Pattern - A quick and easy plush tutorial for making your own little mouse.

NEW Popsicle Play Zone - A handful of fun and easy crafts the whole family can do together, with or without popsicle sticks.

Digital Library

With your  library card, you have access to free online resources, databases, and entertainment wherever you go, 24/7. From eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, eMagazines and eNewspapers, to homework help and research and information, there's a world of information waiting for you in our Digital Library.

Book Recommendations

Google Arts and Culture: Experiments - Explore books by using a photo. You click a photo, and the AI will match you with books that have to do with that photo.

Library of Congress - Library of Congress offers free books and other reading resources including videos by authors.

NEW  New York Times Summer Reading List 2020 provides great recommendations in 10 book genres to keep you reading all summer long.

Reading recommendations for all ages, including book reviews, plot summaries, "read-alikes" and award winners.


Biodiversity Heritage Library - Provides open access to biodiversity literature. The archives are home to curated collections with books from Charles Darwin's personal collection to field diaries from explorations of Antarctica.

Chapter-a-Day Book - Enjoy a book delivered in daily installments from Barnes & Noble.

Digital Public Library of America - An online collection of over 36 million free digital materials from libraries, archives and museums. Its digital exhibitions and primary sources cover everything from the 1918 influenza pandemic to the golden age of comic books.

CIA's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room - Looking for digital data to make you feel like a secret agent? Look no further than the CIA's FOIA Electronic Reading Room. The online collection houses items from FOIA and CIA release programs, including more than 50 years of CIA information on UFOs and a collection dedicated to the oldest classified documents in the US.

The Getty Publications Virtual Library - Hosts an impressive collection of art books, with more than 300 publications that can be read and downloaded for free, including some that are out of print.

The New York Public Library's online collection - Contains nearly 890,000 digitized items. Its archives and manuscripts cover books, prints, photographs and more unique collections, like a massive database of over 17,000 historical restaurant menus.

Fitness and Exercise

Workout Videos - Keep healthy and fit while staying home with free online workout videos from Fitness Blender.

Food and Cooking

Baking from the Pantry - Baking using ingredients you have in the pantry, from 

Cooking from the Pantry - Recipes using what you have in the pantry, from the Food Network.

Depression Era Cooking - YouTube channel where a woman who lived during the Great Depression teaches you to cook with limited ingredients.

Fridge To Table - Input ingredients you have and get a list of recipes.


4-Ingredient Banana Bread - This Flourless Chocolate Banana Bread is so fudgy and perfectly tender that you’d never believe it is made without any flour, oil, butter or granulated sugar in it.

5-Ingredient Chili - This easy chili recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, and can also be frozen to enjoy later whenever the chili craving strikes. 

Turkey Taco Skillet - This Turkey Taco Skillet version  takes about 15-20 minutes, you can serve it several different ways, and is a great make-ahead, stock-your-freezer type recipe!

Games and Puzzles

Boardgame Arena -  175 board games you can play for free, directly in your browser window.

Jigsaw Puzzles - free online jigsaw puzzles.

Little Alchemy 2 - A game that lets you combine 5 different elements to create new items.

Online Puzzles – Free online puzzles from

Tabletopia - Play 800+ Board Games online for free. Please note that a few of the games are only available under the paid subscription.


NEW  6 Tricks to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - If you're wondering how to make your clothes last longer, follow these six tips for a longer-lasting wardrobe.

NEW  The Best VPNDeals 2020 - Discounts, coupons, ratings and reviews, plus a great overview of how VPNs work and why you might want to consider using one for your online activity. 

Camping at Home - 8 Tips for camping at home from REI. 

NEW  Crash Courses - Crash course is a fun and quick way to learn about all sorts of different topics. The lessons are given in animated YouTube videos that make a great platform for catching and keeping your attention while helping you learn everything from history to science to literature

Ephemeral VHS - General interest video tapes never transferred to DVD.

Harvard Extension School - Free courses from Harvard

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room - Created by Peters Township Public Library.

How It’s Made - Clips from the TV show that document how different products are made.

NEW How to get your kids to do chores (whiteout resenting it) - Fascinating look at why and how children as young as 1-3 years old readily help with chores in some cultures. 

NASA’s What Did Hubble See on Your Birthday? - Fascinating comic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday.


Ancient Languages - Learn ancient languages, from Lexicity.

Duolingo - learn a language! For free! 

Early Indo-European Languages - From the University of Texas at Austin.

Rocket Languages - Interactive Audio Courses in Spanish, English, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, American Sign Language (ASL), Korean, Portuguese, Inglés para hispanohablantes, and 英文課程

Medicine and Health

Headspace: Meditation & Sleep – This guided meditation app is highly rated for being a great app to help people add calm and wellness to their day. The app was recently featured as an App of the Day by Apple. 

National Library of Medicine -The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine contains a vast collection of digital materials related to health and disease. Through its online resources, patrons can view the earliest anatomical drawings, read about the history of forensic medicine and explore an exhibition dedicated to the accomplishments of women physicians.

NEW  Relax Melodies - Soothing app that makes sleep easy, with soundscapes, meditations, bedtime stories, and more.

Organizational Skills

NEW  CentriQ – Snap a picture of items in your home to find instruction manuals, warranties, documents, and more so you’ll have easy and paperless access to them at all times. 

NEW  Day One - #1 app for journaling provides a focus on writing, plus add photos, videos, drawings, and more to bring your journal to life.

NEW  MindNode - makes mind mapping easy, fast and stunning.

Todoist - Offers a wide variety of tools to help plan, organize, and collaborate projects.


Wild Ideas Worth Living - Podcast which explores ideas and topics like healthy living and outdoor adventure by interviewing experts in their fields to share information and knowledge to the listeners.

Backpacker: Out Alive - This podcasts shares real-life survival stories to educate and entertain listeners. Told directly from those who lived through the experiences this podcast is great way to learn about outdoor safety and survival techniques.

NEW  Legal Wars - This podcast is based on extensive interviews and court transcripts that puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history, and the real-world impact these cases had on our society.

NEW  Tech News Weekly - This podcast brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week, gives you more context and perspective, with an in-depth look at the world of technology.


NASA - The official NASA site has a model of the system, as well as other ways to explore the information they provide. They also have links to ‘NASA at home’ which has fun crafts and activates people can check out here.

Solar System- Explore the solar system. This is a huge online model of the solar system and night sky. It is interactive and lets you explore space from your home.

Theater and Museums

NEW  Claude Monet's Garden - A quick tour and history lesson from the Royal Academy of Arts 

Google Arts & Culture: Museums - A collection of links to virtually exploring the most famous art museums in the world.

Heritage Museum - Cinematic tour of the Heritage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia with live performance (Video: 5 hrs)

Metropolitan Opera - Streaming from the Metropolitan Opera.

National Theatre at Home - British theatre live-streaming a play and then keeping it up on their YouTube channel for viewing for a week.

NEW  New York City Ballet - The company is broadcasting full ballets and excerpts twice a week, through May 29, for free, on its YouTube channelFacebook page, and website.

NEW NPR Streaming Performances - Live streaming performances of all types, from opera to folk to you name it. Check the listings often to see what has been added.

NEW  The Shows Must Go On - Free opera performances by Andrew Lloyd Webber

NEW Van Gogh Museum 4K Tour

Virtual museum tours:

NEW  Bran Castle - Virtual tour via Google street view

British Museum - Virtual tour.

The Guggenheim - Virtual tour.

The Louvre - Virtual tour.

The Met - Virtual tour.

National Gallery of Art - Virtual tour.

National Museum of Natural History

National Women’s History Museum - Virtual tour.

NEW Sourdough Library - Virtual tour with videos

Rijksmuseum - Virtual tour.

Vatican Museums - Virtual tour.

NEW  Victorian Pitt Rivers Museum - Virtual tour.

Travel / Outdoors / National Parks

Australia - Virtual road trip of Australia (Video 4 hours)

Explore - Offers links to live webcams all over the world and free lesson plans for students.

NEW  Beginner's Guide to Using Bureau of Land Management in the Era of COVID-19 - This article offers  a beginner’s guide for anyone thinking about a first-trip into BLM land.

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks - Follow rangers on a journey to places most people never go.

NEW  How to Take a Road Trip in the COIVD-19 Era - This article offers up information to consider and supplies to have on hand for a road trip this summer.

Nautical Archaeology Digital Library - If you're fascinated by shipwrecks, the Nautical Archaeology Digital Library has you covered. The library, a collaboration of Texas A&M University and ShipLAB, contains searchable shipwreck databases and ancient ship models.

National Parks - Virtual visit of 15 National Parks.

Zoos and Aquariums

Georgia Aquarium - Nine live webcams to give you a peak of the experience when you visit

Monterey Bay Aquarium - With 10 live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

Odysea Aquarium - Visit Arizona's aquarium online for your oceanic adventure from home.

Phoenix Zoo's Digital Safari - A round up of virtual safaris to enjoy and learn about animals and the natural world.

San Diego Zoo - Enjoy 11 live webcams from all over the zoo.

Smithsonian's National Zoo - Enjoy the live webcams as well as learn how scientists around the world are working on saving endangered species.

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