Random Corona Resources

Coronavirus Resources:

Activities:

Virtual Festivals/Concerts/Tours

Thursday, April 2

The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Small Things Con that will last until April 4. Join here.

Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and Jodi Picoult (A Spark of Light) will be going live on Instagram at 8pm est.

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Join the first meeting of the Mostess Book Club with Pomp & Whimsy, a virtual book club and cocktail series at 8pm EST. RSVP here.

Attend Big Ideas Night on Crowdcast at 8pm EST featuring Kevin Nguyen (New Waves) and Cathy Park Hong (Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning), in conversation with Mira Jacob (Good Talk).

At 8pm EST authors Sue William Silverman (How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences), Patrick Madden (Disparates), and Robin Hemley (Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood) will host a reading and Q&A on Zoom.

Friday, April 3
The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Small Things Con that will last until April 4. Join here.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Simon Teen is hosting a virtual book club meeting for Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch at 6pm EST on Instagram.

Every Friday on Instagram at 4pm EST, Epic Reads is hosting live chats that include games, book recommendations, author chats, and more.

Liz Lawson (The Lucky Ones) is taking over the Underlined Instagram at 3pm EST.

Saturday, April 4
The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Small Things Con that will last until April 4. Join here.

Michael Symon will be going live on Instagram at 4pm EST for Random Pantry.

Monday, April 6
Join Books of Wonder on Instagram at 6pm EST to celebrate the launch of What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter, in conversation with Laura Silverman (You Asked For Perfect) and Rachel Lynn Solomon (Our Year of Maybe).

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Mary Laura PhilpottI Miss You When I Blink, noon E.S.T.

Tuesday, April 7

Susan Meissner, The Last Year of the War, 7pm E.S.T.

Claribel A. Ortega’s The Ghost Squad will have a virtual book launch on YouTube at 6pm EST featuring Zoraida Córdova and Ryan La Sala.

Kathleen Glasgow will be in conversation with Liz Lawson to discuss Lawson’s debut The Lucky Ones at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Square Books is hosting Katy Simpson Smith’s virtual reading of The Everlasting on Instagram at 5pm EST.

Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Leigh Bardugo on Twitch at 7pm EST.

Sourcebooks editor Anna Michels will be moderating the panel So, You Want To Write Historical Fiction? featuring Marie Benedict (Lady Clementine), Susanna Kearsley (Bellewether), Greer Macallister (Woman 99), and Tracey Enerson Wood (The Engineer’s Wife) at 8pm EST on Zoom. There will be giveaways throughout the event!

Join the Launch Party at 9pm EST for Emily Skrutskie’s Bonds of Brass, with guest moderators C.B. Lee and Jessica Cluess. There will be a live reading, Q&A, and giveaways. Reserve a spot here.

The Instagram live Virtual Launch Pizza Party for Cameron Lund’s The Best Laid Plans kicks off at 8pm EST with guest authors Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley.

Wednesday, April 8
Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Charlie Jane Anders on Twitch at 2pm EST.

LeVar Burton is reading YA books live on Twitter every Wednesday at 6pm EST.

Melanie Shankle, On the Bright Side, noon E.S.T.

Thursday, April 9
Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Seanan McGuire on Twitch at 7pm EST.

Jessica Anthony (Enter the Aardvark) will be hosting a virtual Zoom reading at 7pm EST.

Celebrate International Unicorn Day with live readings and demonstrations from Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (Riders of the Realm), Kamilla Benko (The Unicorn Quest), Emily Bliss (Unicorn Princesses), Jen Calonita (Fairy Tale Reform School), Adam Gidwitz (The Unicorn Rescue Society), and Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn).

Deanna Raybourn, A Murderous Relation, 7pm E.S.T.

Friday, April 10
Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Every Friday on Instagram at 4pm EST, Epic Reads is hosting live chats that include games, book recommendations, author chats, and more.

Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with C.A. Higgins on Twitch at 7pm EST.

LeVar Burton is reading adult books live on Twitter every Friday at 9pm EST.

Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzner, How to Be Fine, noon E.S.T.

Here’s an interview with romance author Beverly Jenkins.

Patrick Stewart reading sonnets!

Coloring:

Selina Fenech is offering 50 free coloring pages if you sign-up for her newsletter. Look how beautiful these drawings are. So Cool. Thank you Selina.

Stress Release

Here’s a video of some puppies visiting the Georgia Aquarium.

Here’s a link to some videos of penguins and other animals visiting each other!

Humor

Need a laugh? Author’s are sharing their funny stories in Project Laughter via iHeartLesfic.

Here’s a video of a chameleon painting a picture, because we love all the animals, right?

Fitness

  • Every day at 7:00 p.m. EST Planet Fitness offers free workouts live on Facebook. It has a different host everyday. Pretty Cool.
  • Comcast is offering free videos on their On Demand page whether you are online or through their media box.

My Own YouTube Playlist of workouts to do from home.

Music

Once again, gay rapper K2 Cocky steps up and makes his entire collection free during this crisis. Check out his music on Bandcamp. Or check out his dedicated page here on Phoebe’s Randoms.

Movies

Bella Media has put a list together of the 75 best movies to watch. Yay!!!

Web-series

Playbill.com has a collection of Broadway plays and musicals you can watch from home.

Bella Media Channel promotes Queer positivity and we could all use some positive energy about now. I am saying that, but today’s story is about how Netflix is cancelling Lost Girl on April 1st. That is so messed up. I love Bo. I love Bo and Kenzie. Bo was the first pansexual I saw I television who leaned more towards the ladies – just like me. It was awesome. Plus hello she kicks ass…laugh.

Need some web-series to binge? I have a list (laugh), Bingeables.

Kid Resources:

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Tips for Activities:

Selina Fenech is offering 50 free coloring pages if you sign-up for her newsletter. Look how beautiful these drawings are. So Cool. Thank you Selina.

Free e-Resources that you do not need a library card for at Sails.

Here’s a video of twelve-year-old twins giving a violin concert.

Here’s a link to instructions on how to make an origami Pikachu. They’ve all been using yellow post-its to do this, but you can use any kind of paper.

And here’s a post about making hair bows. I’m not sure anyone has actually attempted this one yet, but I think it’s on the schedule for next week.

The Kennedy Center YouTube channel has a daily drawing class with Mo Willems here.

Blkcreatives.com has an awesome list of resources for creatives.

Here’s a list of free online classes offered from all sorts of places if school is what you’re into right now. (School is never really what I’m into, but I still might check some of these out.)

Community Support:

Contact SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline. The Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

AA – Virtual Meetings

NA – Virtual Meetings

Corona Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Help Out

Information

ASL Services

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Did You Know? video in American Sign Language
  • COVID-19 Visual Communication Tool. Medical Providers can use the icons, and communication tips, to: communicate illness prevention, determine symptoms, severity and timeframe,communicate treatment and ongoing care and learn the preferred method of communication. Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals can use the icons to help communicate preferred method of communication, symptoms, severity and timeframe, ask questions about care, know where to get current information regarding coronavirus. – Download the Visual Communication Tool

For parents and families:

  • Parent / Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (ChineseEnglishSpanish)

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