RCPL At Home

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Rowan County Public Library at Home


We miss you!

The Library is closed but we are planning new ways to serve our patrons and the community!
Please, bear with us during this time. We will reopen when it is safe. This page will be updated weekly.

We are all doing our best to socially distance ourselves from others physically, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t gather digitally! For now, YOUR Rowan County Public Library is closed; however, we are currently gathering resources, information, and even planning some activities that you can do while staying indoors or at home. As always, we encourage patrons to take advantage of our free digital resources. With these, you can stream movies, download and read ebooks and graphic novels, listen to audiobooks and music, read magazines, learn a language, + more! Go to rowancountylibrary.org/digital-resources to start downloading.

NOTE: This page is a collection of links sourced from other libraries/establishments and RCPL library content pertaining to things to do at home, ways to keep healthy, and resources for individuals who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Page updated weekly. 

Take a tour, find a job, make a craft, read a book, and play some really cool games—click the links below to find out! Also, included are resources for COVID-19. Scroll down for all these topics and more!

CLICK HERE to take a virtual tour of the Kentucky Historical Society!



CLICK HERE to go to the CDC website for symptoms of COVID-19 and more information about what to do during this time.


Join Natalie Jones, a Family Health Extension Specialist from UK, on an open discussion/presentation about what social distancing is and why it is so important. Click the link to watch!  https://youtu.be/3IjAWPP7Feo

CLICK HERE to find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CLICK HERE to print a “How to wash your hands safely” poster to print and display at home!
CLICK HERE to go to the IRS website where they have information about helping you get your Economic Impact Payment.


Visit indeed for tips on applying and finding a job during COVID-19.

Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass
Are you looking for a job or recently need to file for unemployment? Click the link to search for available jobs in the area or to file a claim.  https://www.ckycareers.com/covid19

CLICK HERE to view or download a list of resources from our local career center.  




Story Time has gone digital! The Library is closed but we will continue our Storytime by posting videos on this page and on social media. 


Miss Sandy reads “Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas” by Aaron Blabey. Everyone knows that piranhas don’t eat bananas — except for Brian. This little fish loves to munch not only on bananas, but on fruit of all kinds! Brian’s piranha friends think he’s crazy. Piranhas don’t eat bananas — their sharp teeth are for eating meat! And there’s a scrumptious pair of feet dangling in the water nearby…   CLICK to watch!

Jessica reads “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. These mischievous dinosaurs show that burping, spilling, playing with one’s food and outright refusing to eat are not the best ways to enjoy a meal. An entertaining guide to table manners and a good reminder that positive and pleasant mealtime behavior gets the best results.
CLICK to watch!

Jessica reads “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.
CLICK to watch!

Grover reads “There is a Monster at the End of This Book!” Sometimes we are afraid of things that don’t turn out to be scary after all. Credit: Aaron Barnes on YouTube.  CLICK to watch!

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins is our story for the day! It’s a story about making friends, but starting off all wrong. Credit: StoryTime at Awnie’s House on YouTube. CLICK to watch!

Little Beaver and the Echo – A story about being lonely and realizing that friends are closer than we think. Credit: Author Amy MacDonald on YouTube.  CLICK to watch!

Check back… additional stories will be added weekly!


Check out stories on @playawayproducts for free kids read alongs on Saturdays and Sundays through April. Brought to you by Wonderbook and Playaway. Storytimes start at noon on Instagram stories.


Listen to the Levar Burton Podcast!

In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath…  http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/


Click the link below to watch/listen to the Sounds of the Mountains storytelling festival at home edition!  



Learn a language with MANGO. Take Mango with you. Download lessons, sync with other Bluetooth devices and learn hands-free with the Mango app. Access this free resource at rowancountylibrary.org/digital-resources


Take Mango with you. Download lessons, sync with other Bluetooth devices, and learn hands-free with the Mango app.

Posted by Mango Languages on Tuesday, April 28, 2020




Create a Book Wreath Craft — COMING SOON!



NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.
On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. NASA encourages you to visit NASA Kids’ Club and use its games and activities to inspire the next generation.  https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html


CLICK to play our new Museum Escape game created by our staff member, Megan!

CLICK to play the Dog Man Digital Escape Room

CLICK to play the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room  

CLICK to play the Escape the Fairy Tale Digital Escape Room

Click the link below for the Color-as-You-Go Reading Challenge printable activity sheets!  https://www.weareteachers.com/coloring-reading-challenge/


Eating a Balanced Diet during COVID-19
CLICK HERE to download or view the current issue of the Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Program Newsletter with information about eating healthy and an easy and healthy recipe.


Who wants to cook with Paula Deen during the quarantine? We do! Paula Deen is posting cooking videos for easy recipes! Click to visit her Youtube channel playlist of videos. Quarantine Cooking with Paula Deen


Seed Starting Basics with Julie Maruskin: CLICK HERE to watch and listen to Julie discuss starting tomato and pepper seedlings with a simple setup. 


Check out these free ebooks plus lots more that are available for instant download on Hoopla! Just login with your Library card and get 15 downloads per month!




Stay fit and workout indoors with the UK Extension Dept. Click the image to watch and follow along with these free workout videos!

Warm-up exercises:  https://youtu.be/w8phGTm1iug
Visit their YouTube channel for more free workout videos!


Stay Inspired! For this week we are sharing some travels around the world.
Are the kids driving you crazy and are you driving the kids crazy? If you can’t get outside and enjoy nature, here are some activities for them to do inside.

Virtual Field Trips: https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/…

NEW!  CLICK HERE for more Kentucky travel locations and ideas! 



This list will change every Saturday!

Here are some book suggestions from our staff that are available now to download for free by accessing our digital resources. Click the link to access these free resources provided by your RCPL!  rowancountylibrary.org/digital-resources 

Silver Hair – Say Goodbye to Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey – Ebook Available on Hoopla
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones – Ebook Available on Hoopla
Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara – Ebook on Freading
AFAR, Travel Magazine, Issue: May 1, 2020 – eMagazine on RBdigital