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TSLA Youth Services : COVID -19: Virtual and remote resources for libraries to share

Programs, information, and links to everything related to library Youth Services in Tennessee!

Resources to share with parents and caregivers of school-aged children

**NOTE: This page is updated regularly for new ideas! Keep checking back - new links are listed at the top of each box - KGS**

Families who find themselves at home with school-aged children are looking for ways to keep the kids occupied while providing some kind of educational value to their activities. We at the Tennessee State Library and Archives offer these resources for libraries to share with their patrons through social media. If you have more ideas to share, please contact Kate Greene Smith at or at (615) 253-6445.

As always, the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) provides access to databases, lesson plans, journal articles, and now Tumblebooks!

The Tennessee Department of Health is your best resource for up to date information about COVID-19:

Storytimes provided by TN libraries!

Bedtime Storytimes with Dolly Parton!

Lewis County Public Library is posting storytimes on their YouTube channel

White Pine Public Library has a daily storytime on YouTube

Middleton Community Library shared their first virtual storytime

Marie Ellison Memorial Library has posted storytimes and crafts on their Facebook page

Memphis Public LIbrary:  Sue Schnitzer at Memphis Public Library presents daily Facebook Live videos of a Sing Along at 10:30 am and lullabies and quiet songs at 7:15 pm.  

Carroll County Library provides Tot Time online.

Blount County Public Library Saturday Morning Storytime with Ms. Kathy; and two live storytimes here and here

Franklin County Library has storytimes and resources available here, here and here

Kingsport Public Library is providing storytimes, chapter book readings, Lego challenges, art lessons and more! 

E.G. Fisher Public Library is providing online storytimes each day at 10:30 am.

Coffee County Lannom Library has recorded storytime ahead of time and included how to directions on crafts they are doing. 

Jackson-Madison County Public Library has storytime with an active audience!

Spring Hill Public Library has storytimes on the website with more to come

Ages 2-5

All Ages

Mindfulness and Movement Classes for Kids

Learning guides to accompany the kids movement classes (attached to email as PDFs)

Mindfulness and Movement Classes for Adults

Webinars on Stress Reduction, Self-Care and other topics for staff

Should you wish, please join Katie for a free, live guided meditation on working with fear

this Friday, March 20, 2020, at 1 PM EST via Zoom:  Flyer is attached.

Katie Scherrer, MLIS, RYT

Owner, Connected Communities

Founder, Stories, Songs, and Stretches!®

Kindergarten - Fifth Grade

  1. CSLP is providing access to First Book for Tennessee libraries, which provides free or low-cost books to low-income families
  2. Jessica Young has created read-along videos and mini-lessons/activities to go with them on her video channel
  3. Bedtime Math- Fun, free math activities to do at home:
  4. Coloring Book Pages from Every Child a Reader:
  5. Make Rock Candy - Feel like dabbling in science? With this activity, kids can learn about crystallization and get a sweet treat too!
  6. Brain Workout - There is a spreadsheet of education companies offering free services due to school closings. Keep your kids’ brains active over break by checking them out:
  7. Kate Messner is compiling videos of authors and illustrators sharing their work and resources -
  8. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems:
  9. Authors Everywhere! Youtube channel for writing prompts and read alouds:
  10. KidLit TV:
  11. Unite for Literacy has a variety of books for early readers which are read aloud in multiple languages:
  12. Free remote home learning resources for 4th and 5th grades:
  13. Tennessee Blue Book: A Student History of Tennessee:
  14. Primary Sources from the Tennessee State Library & Archives:
  15. Daily Art lessons with Cassie Stephens - Cassie Stephens is an art teacher here in Tennessee who is offering free online classes that will be recorded each day

Middle School

High School