This page features our curated collection of free entertainment resources from around the web. You do not need a library card, nor do you have to sign up for a membership to access any of these sites.
American Experience on Youtube
Excerpts and full episodes of the popular PBS documentary series.
American Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
The eBird Bird Watching website from Cornell University
Bird watching is an excellent solitary exercise. New York State parks and forest preserves are still open during daylight hours, seven days a week during the Covid19 shutdown (although restrooms and concessions areas are still closed). Cornell’s eBird can help you to identify the birds that you’ve spotted during your nature walks.
Film Chest Vintage Cartoons from Archive.org
This site functions just like the old time radio site. Scroll down through the collection of program thumbnails or use the search box to find a particular old time radio show. Click on the thumbnail for the show you’d like to listen to, use the vertical slider to the ride of the page to scroll through the list of episodes, click on the title you’d like to listen to, and use the VCR style buttons to play and pause the program.
Jay Leno’s Garage
A great collection for old car buffs. The former Tonight Show host shows off his huge collection of classic cars.
The Librivox Free Audiobook Collection
LibriVox volunteers read classic titles and share their content on Archive.org. You can stream this content for free with any internet connection. Click on the thumbnail of a title to open it’s page, then use the VCR style play buttons to play and pause the recordings. There’s a vertical scrolling menu that allows you to select chapters if you have to stop and come back.
NPR Shows & Podcasts Page
Find the homepages for your favorite NPR programs. Most include excerpts and full episodes of their recent broadcasts.
Old Time Radio from Archive.org
Classic radio programs from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Scroll down through the collection of program thumbnails or use the search box to find a particular old time radio show. Click on the thumbnail for the show you’d like to listen to, use the vertical slider to the ride of the page to scroll through the list of episodes, click on the title you’d like to listen to, and use the VCR style buttons to play and pause the program.
The Smithsonian Libraries Collection from Archive.org
A massive collection of materials on topics related to cultures, industry, nature and the arts. Use the search-box to the left of the screen to begin searching through titles. Browse cover thumbnails and titles to find what interests you. Click on the cover thumbnail to open the page for a title. You can use the on-screen control keys to read titles in your browser, or scroll down to download titles in various formats, including PDF.