Virtual Events Calendar |Almost Here: May is AAPI Heritage Month, at the NYPL and Everywhere!

Free story times, virtual classes, and more good stuff for educators and children to try from home in the month of May.

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Just Dropped | Just in Time for AAPI Heritage Month
Explore books for adults, kids, and teens that spotlight a range of experiences within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A new booklist from the New York Public Library features all the hottest authors and stories kids won't want to miss!

Story times, virtual book clubs, and family activities are all part of the line up. Click here, and follow the links to register for updates.

May Afterschool Activities
Find STEAM activities, book talks, and tips for staying focused while learning remotely. This week, use the first line of your favorite story to create a new one of your own, make a thaumatrope optical illusion, and find out how to use BookFlix with your library card! Plus, download new NYPL activity packs for May.

Free live streams at the Met
Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. ET and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. ET the following day:

Thursday, April 29
Massenet’s Manon
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Artur Ruciński, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Laurent Pelly. From October 26, 2019.

Friday, April 30
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Ileana Cotrubas, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. Production by Colin Graham. From March 28, 1981.

Saturday, May 1
Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczała, and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 12, 2019.

Sunday May 2
Puccini’s La Rondine
Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Alagna, Marius Brenciu, and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Nicolas Joël. From January 10, 2009.

Monday, May 3
Strauss’s Elektra
Starring Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Production by Patrice Chéreau. From April 30, 2016.

Tuesday, May 4
Handel’s Rodelinda
Starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, and Shenyang, conducted by Harry Bicket. Production by Stephen Wadsworth. From December 3, 2011.

Wednesday, May 5
Thomas’s Hamlet
Starring Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore, Simon Keenlyside, and James Morris, conducted by Louis Langrée. Production by Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser. From March 27, 2010.

Thursday, May 6
Bellini’s Norma
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Production by Sir David McVicar. From October 7, 2017.

Friday, May 7
Berg’s Wozzeck
Starring Elza van den Heever, Tamara Mumford, Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, Andrew Staples, Peter Mattei, and Christian Van Horn, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Production by William Kentridge. From January 11, 2020.

Saturday, May 8
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Patrick Summers. Production by Anthony Minghella. From March 7, 2009.

Sunday, May 9
Handel’s Agrippina
Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. Production by Sir David McVicar. From February 29, 2020.

Monday, May 10
Puccini’s La Bohème
Starring Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From January 16, 1982.

Tuesday, May 11
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Carol Vaness, Karita Mattila, Dawn Upshaw, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, Ferrucio Furlanetto, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1990.

Wednesday, May 12
Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Starring Jane Eaglen, Katarina Dalayman, Ben Heppner, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. Production by Dieter Dorn. From December 18, 1999.

Thursday, May 13
Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. Production by Nathaniel Merrill. From January 9, 2010.

Friday, May 14
The Audition
This feature-length documentary takes you behind the scenes of the Met’s National Council Auditions, in which, each year, thousands of hopefuls compete for a cash prize, the chance to sing on the Met stage—and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career. Directed by Susan Froemke.

Saturday, May 15
Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Starring Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman, Maurizo Muraro, and Paata Burchuladze, conducted by Michele Mariotti. Production by Bartlett Sher. From November 22, 2014.

Sunday, May 16
Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecień, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 16, 2016.


Don't forget!
The Louvre Museum in Paris has opened up almost its entire collection for free, online


Scholastic Offers Free Online Courses for All AgesLearn at Home with Scholastic
Scholastic created Learn at Home, an online curriculum for students in grades Pre-K to 6—and made it free for all to use. A five-day program of lessons are posted every week one Mondays. There are texts to read, videos to watch, questions to answer and interactive activities. Why not reach out to other families who are also following Scholastc's Learn at Home, and let the kids video chat about the day's lessons? No registration is required, although you might need to sign up for a free trial of one of the book readers depending on the course. 
Khan Academy
From one of the most comprehensive educational resources in the world, with free online courses that address essentially every topic a student could encounter from Pre-K to 12th grade. Choose from interactive math tutors to video lectures that make history come alive.
The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's "Fun Stuff for Kids Online " includes videos, readings, DIY projects and interactive games. The activities are super entertaining, and super educational—who wouldn't want to play Disaster Detector ?

Students Get Free Newspaper Access

The New York Times is offering free subscriptions to students through September 1, 2021. Share this link widely!

Virtual Bookish Events is Sarah Nicolas's amazing weekly calendar of writing events, author talks, and more.  Sign up for her newsletter for all the details.

Open Submissions for Native Creators
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Penguin Young Readers is trying to ensure that all voices are heard. They are opening up their manuscript submissions process to "do more to publish and promote Native voices." If you are a Native creator, find all the information you need to participate here.

10 a.m. ET

Time Out is partnering with the New York Public Library to present digital story times for pint-sized bookworms. Families can tune in Monday through Friday at 10am
right here . Don’t forget to visit the library's website , check out its great activities for kids and subscribe to NYPL Kids ! Time Out magazine has partnered with the New York Public Library to provide daily readings for anyone who is signed up.  All sessions are available in the archives after the first air date.

Try This! at NatGeo
National Geographic continues to engage children with extreme, fun, and safe experiments for the mad scientist in everyone. The "Try This!" collection of videos leads to squishy eggs, child-powered spirographs and other activities that examine, test, and observe scientific research right at home. Get ready to take science to the extreme! Click for the entire list and more activities for children of all ages.
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