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  • Joe Hilton - Talking About Racism

    Kathy chats with longtime librarian, and Kids Corner regular, Joe Hilton about unique ways to discuss racism with your kids - as well as the many resources available at your local library to help with that conversation.

    Click HEREto see Joe's list of additional resources

Stay at Home and Start a Journal

As we all stay at home during this pandemic, one creative outlet is to start a journal. Just what is a journal - and are their any rules to writing a journal? Our friend Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer chatted with Kathy and offered both kids and adults some interesting tips! Listen below 

A Message From Kathy

“How are you feeling?” is a question we’re asking a lot since the world became aware of the Covid-19 virus (Novel Coronavirus).

This worldwide health emergency has brought us together while keeping us away from each other. At WXPN we are taking precautions: events have been cancelled; many people are working from home, and we’re all super aware of washing our hands and wiping off surfaces to help minimize chances of spreading this virus.

Schools are closed throughout our Kids Corner listening area. It feels like snow days, but with less fun and more responsibility. Families are focused on avoiding spreading the virus among elderly and vulnerable family members. Every day it seems we’re being asked to make more changes in our lives because of Covid-19.

This is a time when adults are frightened, and kids may feel confused about their own feelings and their role in this crisis. On Kids Corner, we are opening our phones every Tuesday and Wednesday to talk with kids about issues they will be facing in the next few months. On nights when we’re not taking calls, we’ll bring you some of our most interesting and useful Kids Corner segments along with some of our favorite musical guests.

As always, we’ll present something the whole family can enjoy, since we’re all in this together.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:29

World Wide WORLD

Written by  Eric Schuman
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Apps to use outside when the weather’s nice

  • myGardenAnswers: Take a picture of a flower, app shows closest matches. You can also browse through pictures you’ve already taken. Can be a little hit or miss, but you can learn about other flowers and plants in the process!
  • Free, but some features require an email address to activate

  • Audubon Birds - A Field Guide to North American Birds: Keep a birdwatching journal in the app. Identify birds by looking up characteristics. . Can’t identify birds from photos like myGardenAnswers, but the search function is pretty easy to use.

  • Google Translate: You can enter text to translate to/from over 100 languages. Certain languages can be downloaded so you can translate even without internet/data connection. Handwriting recognition (a little difficult to use on a small screen, but still neat). Use camera to translate text from signs, books, pretty much anything in real time! Everything’s free, and it helps to download a few languages before using it

  • Star Chart / NASA: Uses your location to show you what stars and constellations are visible around you. Unlike Google Translate, Star Chart doesn’t use Augmented Reality, just coordinates of what you *should* be able to see. Just like if you were star-gazing without an app, Star Chart is best used in places where there isn’t a lot of light pollution and you can actually see the stars above you. NASA offers stories, history and videos to watch, too.

  • Pokemon Go! Our old friend has received some major updates since the last time we talked about it. New characters and more precise tracking features make the game more appealing to new users.

  • Photo & Video apps: Some of the apps that we’ve talked about before, like Instagram and Snapchat, offer special location-based filters and stickers to make your posts more special when you’re out and about. On IG, you can search by Location Tags to see pictures that other people have posted at a particular location. You don’t have to be near the location to search for tags. 

Sites to explore when the weather’s not so nice

  • VR Headsets/360 Videos. VR Headsets, especially simple ones like Google Cardboard, act like modern Holmes Stereoscope, using your phone instead of stereoscopic cards. Special camera rigs are used to film scenes and environments in 360 degrees, then when you view them on a VR headset, you can look all around you as if you were there. Without a VR headset, you can usually still click and drag or swipe around a 360 video to see the environment from all different angles. You can find 360 videos of everything from nature exploration to extreme sports to concerts and museum tours. If you are using a VR headset to watch, take frequent breaks so your eyes don’t get tired and to avoid motion sickness.

  • National Parks app by National Geographic: Explore photos and maps of about half of the country’s 59 national parks. Official park & trail guides are available for in-app purchase, but you can use Google Maps or another similar app to explore the National Parks more in-depth.

  • Check out audiobooks and e-books from your local library. Library card required. Browse your library’s collection. Downloaded items will disappear once they’re due (no late fees!). You can request a hold on something that’s already checked out or request an extension if you’re not finish reading/listening by the return date.


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