The world has thrown families across the country a major curveball, but even as the majority of us are stuck at home, PJ Library is there to lend a helping hand.
The Jewish non-profit that sends free books to more than 200,000 across North America (and 700,000 across the globe) each month has been proactive in creating numerous creative and unique ways families can fill the hours at home — from awesome activities to pandemic parenting and work-from-home wisdom.
Below, find some of the daily activities and hubs families can use to break up the boredom of sheltering at home:
PJ Library is offering a plethora of sounds and activity ideas on their “Resources for Quarantined Families”, including Storytelling games to play with kids, printable games and much more.
Three times each weekday, PJ Library is hosting a live community storytime session featuring a “read aloud” by PJ Library staff, parent — and even the authors themselves! Storytimes are at 11am, 1pm and 4pm ET, and storytime can be accessed via the PJ Library Facebook Page and their official Instagram account.
The PJ Library Facebook Page is also hosting a daily schedule of craft demonstrations and sing-a-longs, virtual field trips, and more for kids. Virtual field trips include a “trip” to London’s Royal Opera House to check out some incredible live performances, a trip to Tel Aviv with the Sesame Street crew and even the PJ Library warehouse! There are even Zoom Video craft sessions for adults, too.
PJ Library’s “Have I Got a Story for You!” podcast is publishing all-new episodes. The podcast, which brings classic Jewish folk tales from the page and gives them a modern, fun-filled audio twist, delivers some great new offerings, with a new episode published each Tuesday throughout the month at https://pjlibrary.org/podcast. Currently, families can tune in to “The Passover Story for Kids” and “Sweet Town Rivals” about the rivalry between fairies and trolls! Stories coming up include “Al Learns the Four Questions” (Available 3/31).