Pop Culture Entertainment at Home

During the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, we are all looking for ways to keep our minds active and engaged. The Entertainment Guide is collecting many sources of pop culture entertainment that can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of our homes. Below are a few options that are sure to take your mind off the isolation for a bit. Please enjoy! We'll keep adding more as we find them.

Harry Potter at Home

At the beginning of April, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced the launch of Harry Potter at Home, a new online hub that aims to cast “a Banishing Charm on boredom” – particularly for students and teachers seeking relief from the doldrums of quarantine. A collaboration between Rowling and Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, the website is full of craft tutorials, educator resources and more. Fans can test their Potter trivia knowledge through a series of quizzesread interviews with some of the film franchise’s actors or learn how to draw a niffler.

Rowling has also lifted copyright restrictions for educators, allowing teachers to remotely share the Harry Potter series with their pupils by recording videos of themselves reading the books aloud. Users  can also access the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for free via Audible’s new Stories platform or digital library service Overdrive.

“Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic,” Rowling tweeted on April 1.

Your ticket to Hogwarts' Distance Learning Platform 9 3/4 is at wizardingworld.com!

Some Good News

John Krasinski's original YouTube series is a delightful show in which Krasinski shares good news to lift people's spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Krasinski's web series, which premiered on April 4, was an instant hit and spawned many spin-offs around the world (including one by local whiz kid, Kosmo Esplan).

Subscribe to the YouTube Channel to see the upcoming shows.

World famous rock presidents' sculptures in Mount Rushmore National Park

Mount Rushmore Virtual Tours

Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial - a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, offering a free online digital portal and virtual tours and a large collection of videos and photographs.