Virtual Events Calendar | 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 free stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. ET on the date listed, and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. ET the following day. If there is one you've missed, you can still click on it, where you will be invited to subscribe to the Met for a monthly fee:

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.

Monday, May 17
Bellini’s I Puritani
Starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, and John Relyea, conducted by Patrick Summers. Production by Sandro Sequi. From January 6, 2007.

Tuesday, May 18
Mozart’s Idomeneo
Starring Elza van den Heever, Nadine Sierra, Alice Coote, Matthew Polenzani, and Alan Opie, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. From March 25, 2017.

Wednesday, May 19
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
Starring Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Oleg Balashov, Evgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, and Vladimir Ognovenko, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Stephen Wadsworth. From October 23, 2010.

Thursday, May 20
Bellini’s La Sonnambula
Starring Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Evelino Pidò. Production by Mary Zimmerman. From March 21, 2009.

Friday, May 21
Verdi’s Nabucco
Starring Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, Plácido Domingo, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by James Levine. Production by Elijah Moshinsky. From January 7, 2017.

Saturday, May 22
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Starring Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Pablo Elvira, and Paul Plishka, conducted by Richard Bonynge. Production by Margherita Wallmann. From November 13, 1982.

Sunday, May 23
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
Starring Galina Gorchakova, Elisabeth Söderström, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Nikolai Putilin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Elijah Moshinsky. From April 15, 1999.

Monday, May 24
Massenet’s Thaïs
Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. Production by John Cox. From December 20, 2008.

Tuesday, May 25
Borodin’s Prince Igor
Starring Oksana Dyka, Anita Rachvelishvili, Sergey Semishkur, Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Dmitri Tcherniakov. From March 1, 2014.

Wednesday, May 26
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Michele Mariotti. Production by Paul Curran. From March 14, 2015.

Thursday, May 27
Shostakovich’s The Nose
Starring Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis, and Paulo Szot, conducted by Pavel Smelkov. Production by William Kentridge. From October 26, 2013.

Friday, May 28
Giordano’s Fedora
Starring Mirella Freni, Ainhoa Arteta, Plácido Domingo, Dwayne Croft, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, conducted by Roberto Abbado. Production by Beppe De Tomasi. From April 26, 1997.

Saturday, May 29
Strauss’s Capriccio
Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Production by John Cox. From April 23, 2011.

Sunday, May 30
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Bartlett Sher. From April 9, 2011.




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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