How Independent Bookstores Are Navigating Uncertain Times — and How Readers Can Help

By Francis Bogan for bookbub.com As businesses across the US close their doors during the COVID-19 crisis, independent bookstores are among the countless small businesses impacted. Forced to close and cancel events, many are now bracing for the potentially severe financial setbacks that the crisis will bring them. While many bookstores have closed completely, others are finding creative ways to try to keep…

How to get free e-books from your public library

By Rick Broida for cnet Is your public library closed due to coronavirus concerns? Good news: You may be able to check out reading material electronically. For example, last year I fell in love with Hamilton, the musical, and so decided to read Hamilton, the biography. Price for the Kindle edition of Ron Chernow’s superb book: $15. Price to borrow it from my…

Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use

By Jason Kottke for kottke.org Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others. From Hyperallergic: Paris Musées is a public entity that oversees the 14 municipal museums of…

Fear May Be Halting Your Child’s Learning

Years ago, when I first started observing classrooms, I was drawn to a simple, but pervasive interaction. A teacher would ask a question, call on a child to answer it and the child would be unable to come up with a satisfactory response. The pain and humiliation that the children experienced were palpable. I am not referring here to occasional…

The Best National Parks to Visit—Virtually

By Kate Welsh for travelzoo.com The great Wallace Stegner once called America’s national parks “the best idea we ever had,” and we couldn’t agree more. Equal parts meditative and mind-blowing, these magnificent wildlands somehow make us feel our most humbly—and gratefully—human. They’re our gift to ourselves and our truest escape, whether for a solitary hike or an eight-person family vacation. And though,…

Itching to exercise during your quarantine? These 7 at-home workouts are free – for now

By Carly Mallenbaum for USA Today Fitness centers across the country have shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean all exercise is canceled. In fact, online wellness communities have existed long before quarantines were encouraged. There are hundreds of fitness influencers, workout apps and virtual classes that can be accessed from a computer, phone or tablet at home, and with minimal to…