Things to Do During Corona

We are all looking for ways to pass the time, stay connected and be entertained during this time of disruption.  Here are some ideas:
 
If you need help setting it online services or links,  email [email protected] - there is a small army of students and people working from home who are eager to help.
 
How to set up Netflix, Hulu and Audible:
Netflix:   https://www.finder.com/set-up-netflix
 
Hulu: https://help.hulu.com/s/article/getting-started?language=en_US
 
Audible: https://audible.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4525/~/how-do-i-start-an-audible-membership%3F
 
Use the Libraries' Online Services:
Maplewood: https://www.maplewoodlibrary.org/elibrary-ebooks-and-audiobooks

 

From the South Orange Public Library
Call and talk to a SO librarian  11am-1pm Thurs, Fri   973-762-023. Email us anytime [email protected]The library is hosting several on line or phone in programs.  Go to the library webpage www.sopl.org and click on Library Updates in the menu to get the latest news – and a video from sopl librarian Michael Pucci. 

On Fridays at 1pm. join in Special Conversations with Special Guests. The info (and it will be the same every week) for calling in:

Call  929-205-6099

Enter access code 395 843 189 (no spaces when you enter the code, that’s just to make it easier to read)

Offering at-home access to Ancestry genealogy services.  For access, email [email protected] for log-in information.

Take a Museum Tour:

Pretend you are on vacation  and go to a far away museum!  Click here for a list of museums around the world offering on line tours: https://www.somatwotownsforallages.org/virtual-museum-tours
 
Check out our National Parks
Whether you visited years ago or have never been, the beauty of our National Parks is absolutely breath taking.  Several parks have virtual guided hikes, live cams and videos.  Visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
 
Google Arts & Culture has a series of virtual park visits all on one site at:

Visit a Zoo:
Bronx Zoo:
The Bronx zoo has gone virtual, including showing off many of the new zoo babies. 
https://bronxzoo.com/

The National Zoo:
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams/panda-cam

San Diego Zoo:
https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Check out the NY Historical Society & Museum
https://www.nyhistory.org/
The New-York Historical Society was established in 1804 as New York’s first museum. Its eleven founders believed that “Without the aid of original records and authentic documents, history will be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables.” It is in this tradition that New-York Historical has moved forward into the 21st century, offering to visitors on-site and online a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts and documents and an ongoing education programs Here is an example: https://wams.nyhistory.org/settler-colonialism-and-revolution/

Womens’ Suffrage Celebration: From the Newark History Society, dedicated to making sure the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote does not get lost in all the disruptions.  Read on:

The Newark History Society's spring programs are on hold, but we wanted you to see these articles that provide background for the postponed "Battle over Woman's Suffrage" program. Also attached is a wonderfully informative "Women's Suffrage Map of Newark" that George Robb created and intended to distribute at the program.

Beth Zak-Cohen of the Newark Public Library (and NHS member) tells the neglected story of immigrants and African American women who fought for suffrage in "Suffrage for All":  http://gardenstatelegacy.com/files/Suffrage_For_All_Zak-Cohen_GSL47.pdf

George Robb, NHS board member and professor of history at William Paterson University, explores the social, economic, and political motivations of New Jersey's anti-suffrage movement in:  http://gardenstatelegacy.com/files/Booze_Bosses_and_Separate_Spheres_Robb_GSL47.pdf

Both articles appear in the latest issue of Garden State Legacy, the online magazine published by Gordon Bond (also an NHS member). The full issue, including other suffrage-related articles, is available at: http://gardenstatelegacy.com/Latest_Issue.html

Check out the NY Historical Society & Museum
https://www.nyhistory.org
The New-York Historical Society was established in 1804 as New York’s first museum. Its eleven founders believed that “Without the aid of original records and authentic documents, history will be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables.” It is in this tradition that New-York Historical has moved forward into the 21st century, offering to visitors on-site and online a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts and documents and an ongoing education programs Here is an example: https://wams.nyhistory.org/settler-colonialism-and-revolution/

Theater & Arts
Stars in the House 
Interviews with Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley from their living room with Broadway actors in their homes. (Kristin Chenoweth performed in her bathroom because the accousics were good) https://www.starsinthehouse.com/

SOPAC
When Juilliard@ SOPAC had to cancel the April 5th performance by Mackenzie Melemed, the pianist recorded himself at home.  Enjoy his performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWFWkxoqIiY&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Juilliard+%40+SOPAC&utm_campaign=email+enews

Playbill.com
Is featuring videos of songs, special zoom performances and recordings of some Broadway classics on its website: https://www.playbill.com/coronavirusupdate

The New Victory Theater
https://newvictory.org/
The New Victory  has online “Arts Breaks” with ideas and activities to do at home.  These are especially helpful if you want to find something to do with grandchildren, near or far. 

Broadway Shows - FREE
You can watch Broadway shows at no charge for 1 week. More than 300 musicals and plays, straight from the Great White Way! Sign up and read details at BroadwayHD.com 

Want to try Something new?
The South Orange Maplewood Adult School has online courses: https://www.ed2go.com/somas/

Take a MOOCFrom www.classcentral.com
You may have heard of these or tried a few yourself, and now s a great time to check them out. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course:
Massive because enrollments are unlimited and can run into hundreds of thousands.
Open because anyone can enroll — that is, there is no admission process.
Online because they are delivered via the internet.
Course because their goal is to teach a specific subject.

Courses range from humanities to business, from a one time class to covering a semester. Some schools offer them through their own websites, especially for partners of students and alumni.  Class Central consolidates MOOCs from all over the world into a user friendly site.  Check them out at:  https://www.classcentral.com/

Want a Good Book?
Words Bookstore is closed but taking online orders and doing local delivery and shipping.  Go to www.wordsbookstore.com.

Television:
THIRTEEN PASSPORT - PBS Channel 13

THIRTEEN Passport is the member benefit that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming, including current and past seasons of PBS shows.  If you are a member or supporter of Channel 13, you  can take advantage of theri wide range of programming: https://www.thirteen.org/passport/  or https://www.njtvonline.org/passport-programs/