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
Mondays at 12 p.m., Young Adult stories:
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.,
Fridays at 9 p.m.: Adults.
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.
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.
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!
“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’?”
Connect with Authors/Illustrators
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."
Kids Con Online Free Event: Watch any time:
FREE for EVERYONE EVERYWHERE!
The online watch party version of Kids Con promotes artists' & creators' work while entertaining & engaging with families! 🙂
Draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday.
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt.
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!
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.
25 Quarantine Kitchen Conundrums—You Asked, We Answered
From substitutions to how to cook with what you've got.
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.
Geography & Travel
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.
Social Media, Sights and Sounds
Virtual Tours & Programs, Kids Activities
"Parking" Tips For Anywhere, Games and Challenges
The Best National Parks to Visit—Virtually (Travelzoo)
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.
Experience Virtual Travel from Yosemite to Amsterdam with These Livestreams (Conde Nast Traveler)
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.
AtoZ the World. No other single source covers so many cultural & educational topics, so well, for so many countries.
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.
A Travel-Inspired Day Full of Things to Do With Kids at Home. We've built out a 9-to-5 itinerary guaranteed to keep kids busy—and adults entertained, too.
(Conde Nast Traveler)
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.
How to Virtually Experience Our Favorite Destinations Around the Globe
Take a trip through some of the world’s greatest collections on these virtual museum and gallery tours. (TimeOut)
You can almost smell the old books.
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.
Join Humza Arshad and the gang as they explore. It’s packed with ridiculous facts, unbelievable stories and the silliest jokes!
For high school students
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!
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!
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!
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.
Learn the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.
The holidays are for making memories, and Nikon is meant for capturing them. That’s why, from November 23rd – December 31st, we’re offering all of our Nikon School Online classes for free. Come by for ideas, insider tips, and the technical advice to help you get your best holiday shots ever—the more the merrier!
Take Care of Yourself
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.
Take Care of Our World
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.
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.
Genealogy and Local History
Essential collection of genealogical & historical sources
U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, and more
Unique primary sources, local & family histories
The History of Raymond by Joseph Fullonton
A comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research.
Temporarily available from home!
Geni welcomes casual genealogists and experts who wish to discover new relatives and stay in touch with family.
Annual reports for the Town of Raymond, NH
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.
Story Time on the Common *Temporarily Suspended, due to winter*
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!
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.