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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla you have access to thousands of titles in e-book, video, music, audiobook and comic book formats for streaming or temporary download. Check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Listen Columbus provides public streaming access to the music of talented artists in Central Ohio.
We also have a growing number of CDs by local musicians in our collection for your borrowing pleasure.

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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla patrons now have access to thousands of titles in e-book, video, music, audiobook and comic book formats for streaming or temporary download. Content can be enjoyed on smartphones, tablets or computers. Check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Schedule a 1-on-1 training with staff in our Media Services department. We can help you get started with UAPL's free eBooks and Magazines. Each session is up to one hour.

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Focused on a specific topic, our subject guides and pathfinders can help you discover the resources you need.

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Our downloadable guides range from new release lists to “how to” instructions designed to help you with our collection.

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Observing Penguins in Ohio: Citizen Scientist

Written by published on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 2:15pm

 

Observing Penguins in Ohio: Citizen Scientist

How would you like to observe penguins without leaving your house?

Recently a friend broke her leg and had to stay in bed for four weeks. She confided she might go stir crazy as there were only so many books she could read and so many movies she could watch, especially during the day when everyone else was in school or working. 

She found an outlet for her boredom and felt like she was making a difference when she discovered online citizen scientist activities. Citizen scientists are ordinary people volunteering to help with scientific projects.

For example, during the four weeks she was bedridden, my friend watched video in Africa and helped identify and classify animals in the wild. She tagged and marked records from WWI field diaries and helped monitor penguins! 

My friend is better now but she still participates in her favorite projects. There are opportunities for individuals and families.  If you’re interested in helping scientists all over the world without leaving home, start by checking out these websites.

Citizensciencealliance.org/projects.html

Nationalgeographic.org/idea/citizen.science-projects/

Zooniverse.org

The following books include stories or information about citizen scientist projects or people who made scientific discoveries. 

 Citizen Scientist: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard

 The Fossil Girl: Mary Anning's dinosaur discovery

 Summer Birds: the butterflies of Maria Merian

 The Boy Who Drew Birds: a story of John James Audubon

 How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: scientists and kids explore global warming

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Join our Youth Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.

Recommended Books

  • A sweet rhyming poem picture book that celebrates the outdoors in all seasons. I love the fact that this book also explores little hands cleaning up after the seasonal fun.  Recommended for ages 3 and above. 

  • Fortunately, The Milk follows a dad's journey picking up milk for his children's breakfast.  There is adventure, there is time travel, and, of course, there is milk. The audiobook version is particularly entertaining.  Ages 9-12.

  • This book weaves gentle exercises with a heartwarming narrative and wonderful illustrations to empower children to manage the energies from the fiery volcano to the mountain quiet and still. By teaching to self-monitor, self-sooth, focus and relax, children are given the skills to jumpstart the day with energy and excitement and meet the adventures that come with mindfulness and perspective. Ages 0-8.
      

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Parents Online Resources

We all know being a parent is a hard job. There are many challenges for each age of your child. Here are some resources that will hopefully answer some of your questions. For additional homework help see the homework help link.

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CDC Family Health

Great tips to help families be healthier, safer, and stronger.

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Facts for Families

Read about emotional and behavioral issues affecting children, teenagers, and their families.

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Family Education

Practical guidance and specific age information on parenting.

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Hand in Hand Parenting

Provides help and support to parents to nurture their connection with their children.

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Hoagies Gifted Resources

The Hoagies website is “all things gifted” for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages.

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Internet Resources for Special Children

Links to a wide variety of information on the needs of children with disabilities.

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Kids Health

Browse articles on all aspects of children’s health for parents, kids, and health professionals.

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NetSmartz

Find games, activities, and information on Internet safety for kids, teens, and parents.

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Parenting

Community, articles, and stories offering parenting help in today’s world.

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Resources for Gifted Children

View information and resources for teachers and parents of gifted children.

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