At Home Activities

During this period of shelter in place, I wanted to share a number of fantastic resources available to pass the time.

Our own amazing Berkeley Public Library has many digital offerings accessible online, providing excellent reading, learning and entertainment: 

  • Kanopy and Kanopy kids provide streaming of movies and videos available free for those with a library card
  • Overdrive offers a large library of e-books and audio-books and allows readers to check out 10 books
  • Hoopla offers music, books, and videos on all subjects and has a checkout limit of 10 items
  • Enki helps readers find unique and engaging reads not available through commercial ebook platforms

Shotgun Players is offering a variety of online art to entertain the community, including podcasts of play reading, in-house interviews, and recordings of past productions.

Aurora Theatre Company has begun live streaming conversations with Aurora leaders and artists about their work in a series called "Aurora Connects." It is available weekly on their Youtube Channel.

BerkeleyX features online courses from UC Berkeley. For a one time fee learners can access unlimited courses. 

KQED offers a wonderful collection of educational materials, artist contributions, news journalism, and engaging podcasts. 

The Ear Hustle team works in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny, and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.

Roxie Cinema is offering a "Virtual Screen" to show many of the films they intended to bring into the theater. 50% of each ticket purchased will go to returning the non-profit theater to financial health once this turbulent period is behind us.

SF MOMA has gathered videos and articles from around their museum to enjoy while their galleries are temporarily closed.

There are also a number of arts organizations providing streaming services:



Enjoy being social—at a distance—and keep washing your hands! 

— Sophie Hahn

Vice Mayor and District 5 Councilmember