Community Interest

Home Entertainment

By Tiffani Stewart, St. Charles City-County Library 

The clock hands in my home office don’t run smoothly. They sit motionless, then jump forward at the last second. The carpet in my bedroom has several small wrinkles, and the floor has a squeaky spot in one corner. The shelves inside my kitchen cabinets all look the same, except for the one holding my spices. The wood is slightly lighter on that shelf.  

Can you tell that I’ve spent a lot of time at home this year? 

I’ve watched new T.V. shows, attempted unusual recipes, and organized my basement. I’ve done some quilting, some gardening, and plenty of reading. I’ve gained 15 pounds, then lost 12 pounds. (I don’t recommend that activity. The gaining is fun but the losing is painful.) As the weather gets colder, my options are even more limited. So...what’s next? 

If you too are intimately acquainted with home since COVID-19 invaded our community, you may be glad to hear that the Library can help us all keep busy - without leaving our living rooms. If you’ve never explored our eResources, you’ll be delighted to discover a world of possibilities that are free, fun, sometimes educational, and always very entertaining. Here are just a few to help you get started: 

Creativebug - Developed by JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores, this site offers more than 1,000 award-winning art & crafts video classes taught by designers and artists. 

National Jukebox - Offers free music and sound recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. 

Chilton Library - For the mechanic in your home, Chilton provides step-by-step auto repair instructions, maintenance schedules, and more. Search by year, make, and model. 

Hoopla - Tired of reruns? Want your favorite book now? Instantly borrow digital eBooks, audiobooks, music, music, T.V. shows and more. 

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship - Interested in starting a business? This site offers help with planning all aspects: management, marketing, HR, and finance. 

Lynda.com - This leading online learning company can help you develop business and technology skills. Need to learn Excel or Photoshop? Lynda can help! 

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints - Especially in today’s divisive political climate, it’s important to have reliable information about the issues. Read and research both sides, then decide where you stand. 

Kanopy - This free streaming service showcases over 30,000 of the world’s best films including documentaries, film festival favorites, classic films, and foreign offerings. 

Rosetta Stone - Learn a new language! 

Ancestry Library Edition - Temporarily available to customers at home, this is the premiere online source of information for genealogy and local history research. 

Wirecutter - Want to buy new gear or gadgets? Save time and stress with recommendations from scientists, journalists, and researchers. 

Consumer Health Complete - Take charge of your health! Get reliable information about medication, holistic practices, surgeries, and diseases. 

eNewsstand - Find the latest issues of your favorite magazines and newspapers. 

Once you use the eLibrary to fill your free time at home, you may also want to share with the kids. Find online tutoring (Tutor.com), homework help (Student Resources for Kids & Teens), even driving test practice (Driving-Tests.org)! Access the Library anytime for almost anything, right from your computer, tablet, or phone. Get started at myLibrary.org by clicking the eLibrary tab. 

Or you could start examining the pattern of your bathroom wallpaper... 

The St. Charles City-County Library is offering curbside services only at this time. All Library facilities are temporarily closed to the public except for public computer use by appointment only. Room reservations, passport services, and in-person classes & events are temporarily cancelled, but virtual programming is happening now. Get the details here: myLibrary.org/covid-19