Collins Library Links: Reading and Relaxing in the Time of COVID19


Reading and Relaxing in the Time of COVID19

During this stressful time for our community, please be reminded that Collins Library offers you a number of resources that might provide some escape from the worry that we are all facing.  Before you leave for spring break, and/or while you’re away from campus, consider the following:

Check out a Popular Reading Book:  We have extended our loan policies for our Popular Reading Collection.  Explore a biography, a mystery or recent work of non-fiction.  The books are located in the Learning Commons.

Are your children home from School?  In addition to your local public library, Collins Library has a nice collection of books for Children and Young Adults.  For fiction, browse the PZ’s up on the fourth floor.  For non-fiction, search Primo for a topic of interest and add the word “juvenile” to your search.

Read the Classics!  Consider catching up on Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Hemingway, Charles Dickens and more.  Browse the PR and PS section of the Library on the 3rd floor for classic favorites.

On the Go?  Check out an Ebook:  Our electronic book collections offer a number of great books to occupy your mind for a few hours of relaxation.  A few titles come to mind, like:  An Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant, Festive Ukrainian Cooking by Marta Pisetska Farley, Seed Libraries And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner or Out of the Woods: A Bird Watcher’s Year by Ora E. Anderson, Deborah Griffith, Jean Andrews, and Jean Andrews.  You can search Primo for electronic books or browse individual collections like the Ebook Central collection offered by ProQuest.  But remember, you do have to login with your Puget Sound account information.

Music:  We all know the power of music to inspire and relax. Check out the  Naxos Music Library.  It is a comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes thousands of tracks. Select works by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists can also be created. Includes information about the works, artists and composers.

Craving travel but your plans have been cancelled?  Check out the travel programs on Films on Demand like:  Patagonia, Chile: Don’t Forget Your PassportOn Holiday in Germany or Rick Steves’ Europe.

Take Some Time to Explore Your Local Public Library:  There are many excellent collections available online from your local public library.  Tacoma Public Library recently sent this out as an excellent reminder of some of the online resources they offer:

We encourage you to maximize the eResources available with your Tacoma Public library card to continue your library experience from home: 

  • Stream movies, TV, and the Great Courses with Kanopy and Hoopla
  • Download eBooks and Audiobooks with the Overdrive/Libby apps and Hoopla
  • Stream music on Hoopla

Both Hoopla and Kanopy (and OverDrive/Libby) also offer content for children

  • Brush up on your skills with Lynda, from LinkedIn Learning

All Tacoma Public Schools students’ ID cards act as library cards in the Tacoma Public Library system. We recommend these eResources to continue learning outside of the classroom:

  • Worksheets and educational activities for elementary-age students through Scholastic Teachables
  • Literacy and learning for younger learners from BookFlix and TrueFlix
  • Educational lessons for all ages via HelpNow – check out the “Skill Surfer” section

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
Remember – Your best search engine is a librarian!

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