An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Carly Pansulla, Upper School librarian

As we close out an April unlike any other, Pigott Memorial Library has been curating additional resource lists for students, faculty, and staff to help connect our community to content that is meaningful and useful in these challenging times. Like all modern libraries, we typically collect resources in a variety of formats to need our user’s diverse information needs and preferences; while we work and learn remotely to keep our community safe and healthy, we are relying exclusively on our digital resources, and working to collect additional online resources for Lakesiders. Below are some highlights from this week’s lists. Please reach out to us at USLibrary@lakesideschool.org if you have questions!

Performances Online
  • Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival  - April 29th - May 3rd, arts organizations from Seattle’s own Capitol Hill neighborhood are offering an online festival. The festival offers free passes or a sliding scale donation, and features works from local artists.
  • BroadwayHD - Miss live theater? Try a 7-day free trial to stream some stellar Broadway performances
  • The Shows Must Go On - Andrew Lloyd Weber is putting full-length recordings of his musicals on YouTube for free. One musical is available each Friday for 48 hours (note they’re on British Summer Time, eight hours ahead of Seattle, so free streaming ends each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. PST).
  • The 92nd Street Y Archives - A cultural landmark of New York is bringing their archives online, with free streaming options featured each day, highlighting music, literature, theater, and more. See the upcoming schedule here.
  • Lincoln Center At Home - Daily, family-friendly schedules, including performances, activities, live classes, and more.
For parents, guardians, and families, and the young at heart
  • The Imagine Neighborhood - A podcast from the Committee for Children which features stories, music, and activities designed to help young children grow their social emotional skills.
  • SEL Activities and Practices - Offered by UC Berkeley's Greater Good in Education. You can filter activities by age/grade level. Includes K-12, college, and adult practices.
  • Supporting Families during Covid-19 - List of resources from the Child Mind Institute.
  • TIME for Kids - Featuring journalism for (and sometimes by!) kids, TIME for Kids has made their digital library temporarily free, and offers a good option for younger children seeking to interact with the news, while keeping the news tailored to them.
Educational and Wellness Resources
  • Netflix Documentaries - In the past, Netflix has made some select documentaries available for screening in classrooms. Since this isn’t possible when schools are closed, Netflix has curated a selection of documentaries that are now streaming for free on the Netflix YouTube Channel
  • Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus - Important information and resources from Teaching Tolerance about the increase in racist behavior and language online and in person towards Asian Americans.
  • "Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19" Webinar - From the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
  • COVID Coach - A free app, created by the US Department of Veteran Affairs, that provides education and tools to support self-care and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic (note that this app is not a replacement for treatment by a professional).
  • Wellness Resources for Educators - Breathe for Change’s guided meditations and yoga sessions for educators can be accessed by all.
  • UC Berkeley Greater Good in Education offers a number of short mindfulness and social emotional exercises: Mindful Walking, Self-Compassion Break, Three-Minute De-Stressor, Brief Body Scan
  • Ours Poetica - Looking for some grown-up read-alouds? This YouTube channel, co-produced by The Poetry Foundation, features videos of people reading poetry. Poems are either read by the poems’ own authors or by other creators who love them.
Support local cinema organizations
Webcomics Galore!
  • Agents of the Realm - Shortly after starting their first year at Silvermount University, five young women discover they’ve each been chosen to protect our world and a newly discovered sister dimension.
  • The Substitutes - When roommates Freddie, Emilio, and Bianca accidentally acquire magical weapons, they also unwittingly inherit the responsibilities that go with them. Meant for the Champions — The Knight, The Mage, and The Engineer — the weapons not only cause Freddie and her friends to disrupt the seemingly perfect lives of the original heroes, but also show them what it means to become the hero to someone else’s story.
  • Wonderlust - This is a story about growing up but not old. It's about fear and wonder and the thin line between the two. It's about friends, both real and imaginary. It's about Halloween, the Halloween that lives in the heart; not just the day. 
  • Sleepless Domain - "Sleepless Domain" is a comic about an isolated city in the middle of a dangerous world filled with monsters. During the day, the city is perfectly safe. At night, however, the city streets fill with monsters. The only ones who can combat these creatures are very special girls with the power to transform into Magical Girls!
  • The Well by the House on the Hill - "The Well by the House on the Hill" is about a young girl named Marie who loves umbrellas very much and who was hired to babysit some children in a house. There’s more, but we wouldn’t want to spoil it for you! 
  • Cucumber Quest - The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they'll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight. Can these bunny siblings really save the world in its darkest hour?
  • Oddity Woods - Kid detective Marietta goes on a quest to escape a dark woodland realm inhabited by the dead, while avoiding a soul-stealing beast known as the Conductor. There she teams up with a paranormal investigator named Wyatt, and the two stumble upon a series of strange murders, fierce monsters, and the truth behind her father's sudden disappearance.
  • Bad Machinery - An intrepid and ragtag team of upstart young detectives pursue explanations for some decidedly surreal goings-on in their small English city, while struggling to keep the peace among themselves. Full of wry British humor (or humour, as it were), by the creator of "Giant Days."
  • Check, Please! - Eric Bittle — former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier — is starting his freshman year playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. And it’s basically nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South. A story about hockey and friendship and bros and trying to find yourself during the best 4 years of your life.
  • On a Sunbeam - Two timelines. Second chances. One love. A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together.
  • As the Crow Flies - Featuring artwork done entirely with colored pencils, this graphic novel follows Charlie Lamonte, a Black, queer girl on a Christian summer retreat, as she tries to “reconcile the innocent intent of the trip with the blinkered obliviousness of those determined to keep the Three Peaks tradition going.”
  • Heartstopper - Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay, over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more...?
  • DeadEndia - "DeadEndia" follows Barney, Norma and Pugsley, the employees of a haunted house attraction at a failing amusement park that might actually be a portal to hell.
  • Space Boy - A girl who belongs in a different time. A boy possessed by an emptiness as deep as space. A story about an alien artifact, a mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.
  • Deep Dark Fears - We all have strange, irrational fears — from seeing ghosts in the bedroom mirror to being sucked into a mall escalator or finding yourself miles below the ocean's surface on the deck of a sunken ship. In this webcomic, these fears are brought to life.
  • Poorly Drawn Lines - A non-sequential collection of absurdist comics. Life is weird, embrace it!