Make Your Own Face Masks

Did you know that in addition to keeping 6 feet social distancing, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) also recommends people wear face masks? Per their website, “In light of (…) new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” This is because  “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.” A full PDF is available for download below outlining exactly how to make face masks with materials found around your home. Minimum sewing is involved. You can access the PDF, here: DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions You can also follow along with this video made by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4&w=560&h=315] Stay safe! -Katie, Head of Adult Services and Acquisitions

Virtual Museums

Missing our Museum Passes? So are we! Luckily, many museums have curated virtual tours of their collections. Explore galleries, listen to artists, and watch video walkthroughs all from the comfort of your own home. Once the library has reopened, we hope you will take the opportunity to borrow one of our Museum Passes and see these wonderful institutions in person. Brooklyn Botanic Garden The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a Daily Dose of Spring. Visit here for beautiful photos of plants in bloom. Children’s Museum of Manhattan The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has created various videos and activities for you to explore with your child, including sing-alongs, storytimes, art projects, and more. Eastern State Penitentiary Explore the inside of the Eastern State Penitentiary and learn about this historic Philadelphia landmark. Grounds for Sculpture Grounds for Sculpture had photos and descriptions of the many sculptures in the park, as well as virtual tours of their indoor exhibitions. Guggenheim The Guggenheim has a variety of online videos, archived live-stream events, and artist talks available in addition to a visual tour of the famous building, permanent collection, and current exhibitions. The Frick Collection The Frick Collection has their entire collection available to view online, including current exhibitions and information on the historical building. Intrepid Museum The Intrepid has a variety of videos available including a behind the scenes look at the museum and a variety of virtual video tours. The Jewish Museum The Jewish Museum has a variety of audio playlists, artist’s voices, and featured objects. MoMA The MoMA has posted videos on current exhibitions, art making activities, art from home instruction, and links to their permanent collection. Montclair Art Museum The Montclair Art Museum offers various creative challenges, online exhibitions, and artist spotlights. -Emily, Head of Patron Services