Fun and Educational Links for While We're Stuck Inside
COVID-19 Facts
and Freebies
COVID-19 Facts - First, a word from our sponsor, COVID-19

Resources for Groton residents experiencing food insecurity

  • Groton Human Services has an Emergency Food Locker for those in need. Call 860-441-6760 to make an appointment.

  • A hot, to-go lunch is available from the Groton Senior Center, Monday through Friday. The meal is $5 and must be ordered in advance. Call 860-441-6785 between 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. the day of the meal. Pick-up is between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the center.  

 

  • Groton Public Schools are offering to-go breakfast and lunch for children 18-years-old and younger. These meals are for students attending Groton Public Schools and other children in their households. Pick-up is Monday through Friday from 9-9:30 a.m. at the following locations: West Side Elementary, Groton Public Library, Mary Morrison Elementary. Call 860-572-2100 for more information.

  • The Salvation Army in New London is distributing pantry items on Mondays and Fridays to Groton seniors and single mothers in need. Call 860-443-6409 to apply.

 
Free Digital Stuff
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Expand your (mental) horizons!
  • The Great Courses Plus is offering a free month trial of streaming videos on your tv, phone, computer, or other devices, with topics as broad as Henry VIII to cooking

  • Excel at Excel - 11 sources for text and video explaining that wonderful, frustrating program

  • Learn the art of storytelling from Khan Academy and the experts at Pixar

  • Learn a new language for when we can finally travel safely again with duolingo, Memrise, or Anki

Be Entertained!
  • Children's books come alive!

    • Dav Pilkey reading from "Dog Man Unleashed"

    • Also check our Facebook page for posts, including J. J. Abrams reading “We Are in a Book!” by Mo Willems, drawing with Jared Krososcza, and more!

  • PBS - educational and entertaining videos for all ages.  *Some shows/videos require a CPTV Passport, which is not free.

Be Creative!
  • Learn how to draw Grumpy Bird (and other stuff) with Jeremy Tankard

  • Recreate works of art with people and things in your home with the Getty Museum and share with people around the world:

  • Complete a Harry Potter Escape Room (by yourself or with friends), created by Youth Services Librarian Sydney Krawiec of Peters Township Public Library in McMurry, PA

See the World! (from your Living Room)
  • Take virtual tours of famous museums, zoos and aquariums, and theme parks from your couch, thanks to links discovered by Good Housekeeping Magazine

  • Go see National Parks from the safety of the indoors with Google Arts and Culture
    (No endorsements intended for either institution)

Get Out! (While Following Safe Protocols and Social Distancing)
  • The AllTrails app (for Android and for Apple) isn’t perfect, but is a great resource for a map/list of local trails for hiking, biking, and running, with ratings and trail maps.  There’s a free version, and a paid version with more bells & whistles.

  • Also check the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s website (DEEP) for a list and maps of state parks, forests, and greenways

  • Try the Connecticut Forest & Park Association for an interactive map of blue-blazed trails

Be a Good Citizen!
  • Complete the Census – online, by mail, or by phone (844-330-2020 for English speakers; check here for other language options.  It's easy, fast, secure, and important!

    • The info is used to determine funding and representation

    • See how Groton’s response rate compares to the rest of the country here 

  • Do your taxes!

  • Be a (Science) Citizen: find cool projects to contribute to with the SciStarter Project Finder

THE BILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

240 Monument Street / Groton, CT 06340

860-445-0392

 

Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10-8
Wednesday & Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-3
Closed Sunday