Library @ Home

While the safety of check-outs, physical visits, and events at the Library is still debatable, please enjoy this curated collection of at-home activities and resources, with options for travel, cooking, reading, learning, mental health, etc. 

Virtual Story Times

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Mondays with Michelle Obama

A four-week series of videos featuring Mrs. Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books.

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Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton will host 3 weekly livestreams.

Children’s fiction:

Mondays at 12 p.m., Young Adult stories:

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.,

Fridays at 9 p.m.: Adults.

Pete Seeger Reads Abiyoyo on Reading Rainbow

Pete Seeger joins host LeVar Burton to read (and sing) the classic African folktale Abiyoyo on Reading Rainbow. In this complete Reading Rainbow segment from 1986, legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger sings and tells us the story of a fearsome giant named Abiyoyo. Watch as a father and son use music and magic to battle a mighty giant.

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Storyline Online:

Created by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in 2001, featuring all kinds of celebrities reading children’s books aloud. Videos are accompanied by animated illustrations.

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Taika Waititi is stepping aboard a certain giant peach, and he's invited some rather unexpected friends along for the adventure!

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi reads James and the Giant Peach in full, across 10 episodes, joined by some rather famous faces along the way.
The collaboration between Roald Dahl, Taika Waititi and the star-studded line-up of guests is part of our commitment to giving £1 million to COVID-19 impacted charities, including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialist nurses to seriously ill children in the UK - and Partners In Health, a global health non-profit, who are operating at the front line in the battle against COVID-19 in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world.

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Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home.

Daniel will be the first of many exciting contributors reading through the first Harry Potter book, as he introduces the Dursleys, who don’t like anything mysterious. Enter a cat reading a map, owl-filled skies and whispers about the Potters. So, get comfy and enjoy!

Puffin Storytime Series

Settle down for 20 minutes of storytime magic with Puffin authors or follow a fantastic draw along from amazing illustrators.

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Sir Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare's Sonnets

“When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much),” wrote Stewart in his March 22 post. “And as she put it in front of me she would say: ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ How about, ‘A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away’?”

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Meryl Streep reciting poetry to Yo-Yo Ma’s cello is the lockdown tonic we all need.

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Connect with Authors/Illustrators

Home With Your Kids Writers Want to Help
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Oliver Jeffers will read one of his books every weekday at 2 PM, and talk about some of the things that went into making it.

"We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together."

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Kids Con Online Free Event: Watch any time:

KidsConOnline.com / Facebook / YouTube.

FREE for EVERYONE EVERYWHERE! 

The online watch party version of Kids Con promotes artists' & creators' work while entertaining & engaging with families! 🙂

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Draw with Rob Biddulph:

Draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Storytime with The Met

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt.

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Join Julia Donaldson and some special guests for a storytime or some singalong fun in her new weekly 'Julia Donaldson and Friends' broadcast. 
Every Thursday at 4 p.m. Julia will be sharing some of her most-loved songs, stories and poems on The Official Gruffalo Facebook page.
Find out more about the books, play fun games, join a singalong, download free activity sheets, discover your next new read, and more!

Cressida Cowell reads How to Train Your Dragon, as well as offering creativity tips, book recommendations, and story writing ideas.

#ReadingisMagic and magic is for everyone!

Cook

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Epicurious's Cook-With-What-You've-Got Recipe Finder

The current cooking moment calls for making dinner with whatever you have on hand, so here's a tool to help you find the recipes you need. To get started, click on an ingredient you’d like to use.

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25 Quarantine Kitchen Conundrums—You Asked, We Answered

From substitutions to how to cook with what you've got.

Your Coronavirus Resource

Whether you’re on the hunt for your next pantry meal, need some on-the-spot advice, or just want to see what our team & community are cooking, we’re here for you—now more than ever. Check back in as we update our COVID-19 coverage & share our best tips, ideas, & stories for how to navigate this tough time.

35 Lessons From Our Quarantine Kitchens by the Bon Appétit Staff

The past five months have been hard. They’ve also made us smarter, more creative, less wasteful home cooks.

Geography & Travel

Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour

This interactive virtual tour is a combination of high-resolution spherical images, historical information, and historic images taken in the same areas decades ago. Created by the Heritage Documentation Programs.

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Find Your "Virtual" Park

Social Media, Sights and Sounds

Virtual Tours & Programs, Kids Activities

"Parking" Tips For Anywhere, Games and Challenges

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Odiorne Point State Park by Jamie Boudre

Special thanks to Jamie Boudreau Airgoz Aerial Photography for creating this beautiful video of Odiorne Point State Park and Seacoast Science Center and for allowing us to share it with you.

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Experience the Vatican

via YouVisit (take your Dramamine!)

via Vatican Museums' Virtual Tours

Experience Virtual Travel from Yosemite

Strawbery Banke Virtual Classroom

Puddle Dock Adventures

Make your way through the life of a Puddle Docker! Read through the story and choose which step to take next by clicking or tapping the screen.  By the end, you will discover where your decisions have led you.

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AtoZ the World. No other single source covers so many cultural & educational topics, so well, for so many countries.

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Indagare Global Classroom Program:

A series of programs, including virtual tours, special & family-friendly experiences, participatory lessons & lectures with Q&A sessions developed with Indagare’s top partners, guides & specialists around the world.

*Most sessions are free of charge.

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A Travel-Inspired Day Full of Things to Do With Kids at HomeWe've built out a 9-to-5 itinerary guaranteed to keep kids busy—and adults entertained, too.

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Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories & knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. It’s your doorway to explore the art, history, people and wonders of our world.

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The Indagare Guide to Armchair Travel While Social-Distancing:

How to Virtually Experience Our Favorite Destinations Around the Globe

The Broad LA Photograph Michael Juliano.

Check out these virtual tours of museums around the world.

Take a trip through some of the world’s greatest collections on these virtual museum and gallery tours. (TimeOut)

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7 Spectacular Libraries You Can Explore From Your Living Room

You can almost smell the old books.

(Atlas Obscura)

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Remotely explore the Faroe Islands with an innovative new travel tool that brings our destination to life from the comforts of your home.

Just like a real-life computer game, you control which way we move -in real time!

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Wright Virtual Visits 2.0

Every Thursday starting August 20, two Frank Lloyd Wright sites will be paired up to go live – side by side – on Facebook Live video. These short videos introduce sites to new audiences and provide interesting and informal glimpses into their design, history, and more.  This effort is a partnership among all participating sites, with leadership from the the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.

Learn

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Learn a Language with Duolingo

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Puffin Podcast:

Join Humza Arshad and the gang as they explore. It’s packed with ridiculous facts, unbelievable stories and the silliest jokes!

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World Book Advanced

For high school students

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Bringing Hogwarts to You!

All the latest magical treats to keep you occupied: special contributions from Bloomsbury & Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles, & plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

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Vidcode Virtual Coding Club

Learn to code with the Vidcode team!

Drop-in sessions are 45 minutes every Tuesday at 3pm to learn to code video games, filters, special effects, and more!

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Getting Started with Zoom Meetings

Ready to start using Zoom, but need some help? Drop-in for our daily (Mon-Fri) quick starts! A Zoom expert will take you through a 30-minute high-level tour of Zoom and cover the basics to get you up and running. It’s as simple as logging in, scheduling a meeting, and finding the controls. Start Zooming today! Stick around to get all your burning questions answered through live Q&A!

Check out this Writing Lesson from Raymond's own Annika G.!

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News Literacy Tips & Tools

How news-literate are you? Test and sharpen your news literacy skills with short activities, engaging quizzes and shareable graphics for learners of all ages.

News Literacy Project

Learn the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

Take Care of Yourself

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In times of uncertainty, taking care of our mental health is especially important.

Dr. Julie Smith of Hampshire, England, is getting creative with her therapy tactics. The clinical psychologist is turning TikTok into a haven for people who need help coping with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

RCFY-Curated Resources for parents and youth to help take care of our mental health, as well as substance misuse recovery supports and access to treatment.

Dance classes from Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse for children and adults, with help from her husband Marius Lepure.

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Living Through a Pandemic: A Guide to Surviving the New Normal

A collection of our best tools to help you navigate this stressful time.

By The Editors of Health.com 

May 19, 2020

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The Best Strategies for Parents to Boost Their Mental Health

Feeling out of sorts? Mental health pros share their tips for simple changes with big benefits.

Take Care of Our World

Fold Proteins

Like puzzles? Challenge yourself with a game that helps scientists develop antiviral drugs to combat COVID-19. Foldit asks players to solve 3D puzzles that simulate how a chain of amino acids folds into a protein. Determining the most likely shape of a protein helps scientists develop drugs that can block it from doing harm. You can also add your home computer to a network that creates a virtual supercomputer that works on protein simulations. From edf.org.

Map Coral Reefs

Corals are threatened by climate change and pollution. To preserve them, we need to know their location. In NASA’s NeMO-Net video game, players of all ages identify and categorize reefs from 3D ocean imagery and help train a supercomputer to create a global map. From edf.org.

Preserve climate data

Help protect the scientific record from assault by climate change deniers. Join citizen archivists who copy climate data from government websites and save it on independent servers. The effort to back up government data gained traction after Donald Trump’s election. Datasets preserved so far include studies by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, among others. This requires some technical skill, but the website offers instruction. From edf.org.

Count penguins

Under threat globally, penguins aren’t just cute but also important for detecting risks to critical ecosystems. In the popular Penguin Watch project, volunteers of all ages can help protect penguins by counting them in aerial photos of remote regions. From edf.org.

Genealogy and Local History

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HeritageQuest Online®

Essential collection of genealogical & historical sources
U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, and more
Unique primary sources, local & family histories

Internet Archive

The History of Raymond by Joseph Fullonton

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Ancestry Library Edition

A comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research.

Temporarily available from home!

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Geni

Geni welcomes casual genealogists and experts who wish to discover new relatives and stay in touch with family.

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UNH Digital Library

Annual reports for the Town of Raymond, NH

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Read/Listen

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Audible for Kids

For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
It's that easy.

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Story Time on the Common

Story times for Raymond children ages 3 - 6 and their families will be socially distanced on the Town Common

Tuesdays 1:30-2:15 p.m. and

Fridays 1-1:45 p.m., weather-permitting.

Each session is limited due to social distancing requirements;

sign-up is required.

Stop by the Children's Room or call 895-7058 to sign up now!

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Knitting Group *Temporarily Suspended, due to pandemic*

The Knitting Group meets in the library the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10 a.m. This is not a teaching class, just a group that knits, stitches, and crochets and chats.

*COVID-19 Update: Masks are required, and the group meets at a large table with sneeze guards demarking seats.

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Annual Holiday Raffle

Scroll through below for up-to-date raffle item pics: