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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.

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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.


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.


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!

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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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What started as a somewhat “nutty” idea by some of our pediatricians has turned into a full-scale outpouring of joy & love for reading together during these isolating times. Reach Out & Read’s video project #ReadTogether encourages family reading time & bonding by asking individuals to film & share videos of themselves reading children’s books aloud.


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

Connect with Authors/Illustrators

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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."


Kids Con Online Free Event: Watch any time: / Facebook / YouTube.


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


Draw with Rob Biddulph:

Draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday.


Every Saturday around noon, Mac posts a new read-aloud on Instagram.


Read and Draw + Read Alouds with the author of Ish and The Dot.


Hello! Welcome to the Kids Ask Authors Podcast! I’m Grace Lin, children’s book author & illustrator! I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet my kid readers. I’ve noticed that they never run out of questions! I always wish I had time to answer them all. So, here on this podcast I’m going to try to do that!

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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!


#quarantineartclub with author/illustrator Carson Ellis.

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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!


Authors Everywhere brings children’s book writers and illustrators together to bring you read alouds, writing workshops, exercises, writing games, art demos, and more!



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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.



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

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
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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.


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


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.


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.

20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without

The Indagare Guide to Armchair Travel While Social-Distancing:

How to Virtually Experience Our Favorite Destinations Around the Globe

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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)


7 Spectacular Libraries You Can Explore From Your Living Room

You can almost smell the old books.

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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.

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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Puffin Podcast:

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


World Book Advanced

For high school students


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!


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!


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.


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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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.

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

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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.

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 

May 19, 2020

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

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


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

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


Genealogy and Local History


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


Ancestry Library Edition

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.

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UNH Digital Library

Annual reports for the Town of Raymond, NH

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The Dudley-Tucker Library provides the following passes for the enjoyment of the Raymond Community.  All you need to do to reserve these passes is have a library card and visit the library.

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life.  The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families and groups to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum's restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past, using objects from the museum's collection of 30,000 artifacts, and the histories of the families who lived and worked in the Puddle Dock neighborhood to engage, educate and entertain.


Free Admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children ages 17 and under.  Free admission to signature events including: An American Celebration on July 4th, Christmas Candlelight Stroll and Fall Festival.  In addition, a 10% discount at the gift shop.


14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth NH 03801
Call 603.433.1100 for more information or

The SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


The SEE Science Center was dedicated in April of 1986 and has been engaging visitors of all ages in the pursuit of science discovery ever since. SEE is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and their passport program. The SEE Science Center is open 7 days a week.


Free admission for two. (Three passes available for checkout.)


200 Bedford Street

Manchester, NH

Call 603-669-0400 for information or

Seacoast Science Center: Over 1.5 million people have learned more about the wonders of the ocean through our visitor and group programs since we opened our doors in 1992. Education is the first step to motivating change to protect our most valuable resource—our one world ocean. Come learn with us…


Half price admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children from the same household.

*As a reminder, Seacoast Science Center is currently open Wednesdays - Mondays from 10am-4pm at less 50% capacity, so we strongly suggest that you make reservations in advance at their website. Click on Admission Tickets, scroll down and choose the Pass Holder Tickets button, then choose Library Member Admission at 50% off. You will also need to pay for admission to Odiorne Point State Park ($4 adults, $2 for children age 6 and over) but you can do that right in the same online transaction. If you are unable to pay for advance admission online, they do accept walk-in visitors paying cash at the door as long as they are not already at capacity. In all cases, bring a copy of our library pass with you for check-in.*


Odiorne Point State Park
570 Ocean Boulevard
Rye, NH 03870-2104

Call 603-436-8043 for more information or

The Currier Museum of Art is dedicated to connecting art with people in innovative ways. The museum is home to a significant collection of European, American, and contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, LeWitt, and works by New Hampshire artists. This collection inspires exhibitions and programs of many types.
The Currier Museum opened to the public in 1929 and completed a new extension in 2008. It is New Hampshire’s very own museum of art. The museum is open every day except Tuesday.
The museum owns the Zimmerman House, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with original furnishings and art. Guided visits can be booked online.
The Currier Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, master classes, and intensive workshops for all ages.


Half-price general admission for two adults (ages 18+) and all youth family members (ages 13-17).

Children 12 and under are always admitted for free.


150 Ash Street

Manchester, NH 03104

Call 603-669-6144 for more information or


FREE admission to the garden for two adults and all children and grandchildren on its open days

(Tuesday - Friday, and the 1st and 3rd weekends of the month, through October 10th, 10am - 4pm).

  (Regular admission is $15 per adult.)

*Note re: COVID-19. In these trying times, we can agree that the power of gardens is all the more important and relevant. From the psychological benefits of connecting with the natural world, to the health benefits that stem from direct contact with a rich soil microbiome, we all understand that gardens are places of healing and wellness. It is our hope that gardens will continue to provide moments of joy and opportunities for reflection. We do hope that, in the absence of opportunities for traditional gatherings, our garden will provide opportunities for healthy enjoyment in the outdoors.

In accordance with current recommendation, no masks are required in the garden. However masks are suggested in close encounters, such as in the bathrooms, or for your comfort.​*

19 High Road

Lee, NH 03861

Call 603-659-2993 for more information or

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