Library Blog

Virtual Reality Tours and Live WebCams 

portrait of a polar bear

Take a field trip without leaving home with these recommendations from librarians Jenni and Pam. 

American National Parks -Tour Kenai Fjords, Hawaii Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas

Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam -Take a peek at the pandas at Atlanta Zoo!

Buckingham Palace – Visit the official London residence of United Kingdom’s royalty.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens -Each day, the zoo highlights a different animal and an activity you can do from home. Watch live on Facebook each day at 3pm.  Past days are posted on zoo website.

Farmfood 360 -Take virtual 360-degree tours of various areas of a farm.

Georgia Aquarium -Ocean voyager webcam.

Mars -Visit Mars via pictures from NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Foundation – Watch the wildlife of Kenya.  You may catch sight of elephants, hippos, zebras and more!

Roller Coaster – Take a virtual ride on the Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point

San Diego Zoo Live Cams -San Diego Zoo has many live cams to choose from including apes, giraffes, elephants, baboons and more!

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History -Self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits.

The White House – Take a virtual tour of the Washington D.C. home of the United States President.

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip – See Mud volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and more.


Jenni Hemphill is the current Assistant Supervisor for the Boardman, Springfield, and Greenford locations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (K-12) in 2001 and a Master’s of Library and Information Science plus K-12 degree in 2015, both from Kent State University. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for ten years, where she taught all ages, and has been a contract interpreter for the deaf locally.

She started at PLYMC back in 2014 and loves helping patrons, of any age, find their next best read, and going out into the community to schools for off-site programming. She currently runs the ASL Club Program for PLYMC.

Her and her husband have two children, who attend Springfield Local Schools. She loves to read, spend time with family, and trying new things.


Pam is the Library’s Early Learning Team Leader. She enjoys and believes in the power of reading aloud with children. She is known to still occasionally read aloud to her teenage children.