Virtual Events Calendar | SLJ’s Eclectic Roundup of Weekly Book-ish Things

We've rounded up some contests for all ages, found more story hours, finish out January's free streaming opera, and more free activities for kids

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New! Black HIstory Month at the Met Opera
Please see details below.

Week of January 25
News Literacy Week

With information—and misinformation—surging around recent national events, the News Literacy Project and Scripps  are again teaming up to launch a national public awareness campaign to promote news literacy and the role of a free press in American democracy. Read more and find out how classrooms can participate.

Gr7 Up–
This summer, Brooklyn Public Library will release a limited-edition library card celebrating Black culture and history in Brooklyn and America. From January 4–31, artists are invited to submit designs for a library card. Designs will be reviewed by a panel of BPL staff and community stakeholders. Finalists may have their works displayed and the selected design will receive a $2,000 stipend for their work. Entries are due January 31, 2021.

PreS-Gr1–Scholastic’s Happy Valentine’s Day, Book BFF! Contest How to Enter: Make a Valentine’s Day card for your favorite book character! Five winners will receive a library of books and art supplies! Entries must be received by February 26, 2021.

Gr2-4–Scholastic’s The Bad Guys Good Deeds Contest . The Bad Guys are known for their good deeds. Draw a picture of you doing a good deed. Then write two to three sentences about your good deed somewhere on your drawing. Five winners will receive a Bad Guys library of books, a customized crayon box, and an official Bad Guys Good Deeds Certificate of Participation. Entries must be received by March 1, 2021.

Gr5-8–Youngzine , a one-of-a-kind website where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world, is hosting a global writing contest for kids ages 10-14.There are awards for the winning entries. Tthe prompt: Imagine the year is 2070. You are narrating the story of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it changed your life to your grandkids. Write a 500-word story that weaves in your personal experiences. What have you learned that you would share as a wise elder in the future? Entries are due March 21, 2021.


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. Ages 3-13.

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.

Metropolitan Opera's nightly streaming schedule:
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, January 21
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From April 14, 2012.

Friday, January 22
Puccini’s Tosca
Starring Hildegard Behrens, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli. From March 27, 1985.

Saturday, January 23
Massenet’s Manon
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Carlo Bosi, Artur Ruciński, Brett Polegato, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From October 26, 2019.

Sunday, January 24
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From May 14, 2011.

Monday, January 25
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, Adam Plachetka, Matthew Rose, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 22, 2016.

Tuesday, January 26
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 9, 2011.

Wednesday, January 27
Gounod’s Faust
Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, and René Pape, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 10, 2011.

Thursday, January 28
Verdi’s Falstaff
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri, and Franco Vassallo, conducted by James Levine. From December 14, 2013.

Friday, January 29
Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer
Starring Anja Kampe, Mihoko Fujimura, Sergey Skorokhodov, David Portillo, Evgeny Nikitin, and Franz-Josef Selig, conducted by Valery Gergiev. From March 10, 2020.

Saturday, January 30
Verdi’s Rigoletto
Starring Diana Damrau, Oksana Volkova, Piotr Beczała, Željko Lučić, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From February 16, 2013.

Sunday, January 31
Verdi’s Macbeth
Starring Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Željko Lučić, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From January 12, 2008.

Black History Month at the Met, Part I

Monday, February 1
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Starring Angel Blue, Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Eric Owens, Alfred Walker, and Donovan Singletary, conducted by David Robertson. Production by James Robinson. From February 1, 2020.

Tuesday, February 2
Verdi’s La Forza del Destino
Starring Leontyne Price, Isola Jones, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci, and Bonaldo Giaiotti, conducted by James Levine. Production by John Dexter. From March 24, 1984.

Wednesday, February 3
Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
Starring Maria Ewing, Jessye Norman, Betsy Norden, Régine Crespin, and Florence Quivar, conducted by Manuel Rosenthal. Production by John Dexter. From April 4, 1987.

Thursday, February 4
Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Starring Elina Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, and John Relyea, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Cesare Lievi. From May 9, 2009.

Friday, February 5
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Starring Carol Vaness, Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Allen, and Ruggero Raimondi, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. From December 14, 1985.

Saturday, February 6
Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Starring Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Tatiana Troyanos, and James King, conducted by James Levine. Production by Bodo Igesz. From March 12, 1988.

Sunday, February 7
Puccini’s Tosca
Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. Directed by Tito Gobbi. From December 19, 1978.

Black History Month at the Met, Part II

Monday, February 8
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Franz-Josef Selig, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. Production by Robert Lepage. From October 9, 2010.

Tuesday, February 9
Verdi’s Ernani
Starring Leona Mitchell, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Ruggero Raimondi, conducted by James Levine. Production by Pier Luigi Samaritani. From December 17, 1983.

Wednesday, February 10
Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Starring Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Ralf Weikert. Production by John Cox. From December 3, 1988.

Thursday, February 11
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
Starring Aprile Millo, Harolyn Blackwell, Florence Quivar, Luciano Pavarotti, and Leo Nucci, conducted by James Levine. Production by Piero Faggioni. From January 26, 1991.

Friday, February 12
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein, and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. Production by Phelim McDermott. From November 23, 2019.

Saturday, February 13
Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Starring Tatiana Troyanos, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, and Allan Monk, conducted by James Levine. Production by Fabrizio Melano. From October 8, 1983.

Sunday, February 14
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Otto Schenk. From April 8, 1989.




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