Post by Anne and Megan, Information Services Staff
As we get older, sometimes it takes true dedication to maintain old friendships and make new ones. Add a pandemic that prevents in-person interactions, and things get complicated. We’re rounding up some ideas to help you make (and keep) meaningful connections from a distance. These resources are free!
Find New Friends
Making friends can be scary, but the good news is you don’t even have to leave home. You could technically be in pajamas from the waist down (we won’t tell)! Find something you like to do and maybe you’ll meet someone while doing it. These KPL programs are perfect for folks looking to connect:
- Get Social: Music Bingo, Trivia, Nostalgia and more!
- Practice Your English: Virtual Conversation Circles.
- Dungeons & Dragons: An online D&D game hosted by KPL staff.
- Knit n’ Lit: A monthly meet up for knitters new and old.
- Repair-A-Thon: Connect with volunteers an make a repair to your favourite item.
- Book Clubs: Read the book and then go online to discuss.
Beyond the library, there are apps and websites with events and groups for like-minded folks:
- Meetup: discover events for all the things you love
- Nextdoor: an app to instantly connect to people, businesses, and happenings near your home
- Eventbrite: browse events happening locally or abroad
- Facebook: find a group for just about anything
Fun with Friends
Have you talked to your family? Your close distanced friends? Your beloved, but distant school friends? Need ideas for a distanced activity to do together? The resources below feature digital collections with items that are ‘always available’. There are no holds, just check them out and get going. We’ve got ideas for all kinds of friendships. Give a friend a call and get started.
For the friend that… is a Foodie
Watch a foodie film, put on some dinner music, dive into sourdough together or discuss your favourite drool-worthy magazines.
- Ramen Heads (film)
- Dinner & Jazz Music (album)
- Vegan Food and Living (magazine)
- Women’s Weekly Food (magazine)
- Fast Food Vegan (film)
- DIY Sourdough (book)
For the friend who … loves Water Adventure Travel
Do some arm chair travel or plan for a future trip in an exotic location. Watch a film, flip through a magazine or throw on some Caribbean tunes together.
- Byron Underwater (film)
- National Geographic Parks Collection: Hidden Hawaii (film)
- Caribbean Escape (album)
- The Great Bear Sea (book)
- Caribbean Travel (magazine)
- Caribbean Riddims: An Irie Vibes Playlist (playlist)
For the friend who… is a total nerd for DIY
Got a friend who thinks they can do it better themselves? Find a new hobby to try with them and do it together from a distance. Whether that’s a home project, learning photography, gardening or more
- Travel Photography (magazine)
- Branches & Blooms (book)
- Family Handyman (magazine)
- Amateur Gardening (magazine)
- Chicken DIY (book)
- DIY Kombucha (book)
For the Friend who… is a Fitness Fanatic
Send them a workout and do it together virtually! Take inspiration from a magazine, throw on a playlist or follow along with the same online video. If you are following a video, we suggest muting to avoid a strange and sweaty feedback loop.
- Men’s Fitness: Complete Guide to Home Workouts (magazine)
- Health and Fitness: HIIT A Beginnner’s Guide (magazine)
- The Burn: A Fitness Playlist (playlist)
- Richard Simmons: Sweatin’ to the Oldies (video)
- Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Life (video)
- Latin Dance Workout (video)
For the friend who… Knits or wants to Knit
Grab an e-magazine or e-audiobook, some needles, yarn and get going. Better yet, join us for Knit n’ Lit on the first Tuesday of each month.
- Australian Knitting (magazine)
- The Vintage Knitting Book (magazine)
- Knitting Tips for Beginners (audiobook)
- Simply Knitting (magazine)
- 150 Thrifty Knits (magazine)
- Needled to Death (audiobook)
Looking for more suggestions of what to watch / listen / read next? Fill out a May We Suggest form or request a DiscoveREAD surprise bag. Don’t have a library card yet? Get one here. Have a question? Email us at askkpl@org.