Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

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Free Virtual Resources for Kids & Parents

Virtual Resources Accessible to Anyone

Note from the Head of Youth Services, Azra:

During this difficult and unprecedented time, trying to find fun ways to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained and learning is hard. We've come up with ways to get you outside, spending time learning together, and more. Most importantly we hope to keep you connected with the Nesmith Library. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or ideas at apalo@nesmithlibrary.org.

Nesmith Library Stay Home Scavenger Hunt

Save this image on your phone or download this PDF to print, to check off your tasks. Submit to Azra at azra.palo@gmail.com by April 30 to be entered to win a prize!

Bird Seed Ornament Craft: Making one of these crafts completes a Scavenger Hunt task! Watch Azra's video for some ideas, and learn more about Feeding your Backyard Birds.

Virtual Storytimes:

Does your child LOVE Mo Willems? Can they just not get enough of the Narwhal Series? You're in luck! There are authors for all ages (yes even middle grade) doing virtual storytimes, Questions and Answer Segments, and more for free to help us all get through these trying times! Visit this list of lists from a teacher/author/mom, or try these recommendations:

 

Dance Party:

Dancing is a great way to shake out the stress. If you don't have any instruments lying around, the classic pots and pans will always do the trick. Check out Head of Youth Services Azra in her inflatable unicorn costume doing a fun dance to a remix of a familiar tune!


This great video was made by local dance teacher Debbie Robbins Anshewitz, for kids to get some physical activity in between studying and staying home! Download the "What's Your Name" sheet to follow along yourselves!


There are plenty of musicians near and far doing live shows that you can catch afterwards. Search this document with an extensive breakdown of those performers.

Azra's local favorite is Mr. Aaron Music because his catchy tunes make even the adults break out into a  dance! Visit his Facebook page for daily live videos.

Still have the wiggles? Do a fun online gym class! Joe Wick's Free Virtual Gym Class is offering several kid friendly classes that make even caregivers want to join in! As a family try out a class, make a healthy snack afterwards, and relax.

The Windham Soccer Association is posting videos with soccer skills that can be practiced from home: visit their Facebook page to check for new videos!

Get Outside:

Your Head of Youth Services Azra is an avid hiker and loves to talk about anything related to getting outside. What if you are limited to your backyard? No worries! With the warmer weather and longer days there are plenty of ways for you and your children to explore and learn. Azra created a Pinterest board of spring and Easter crafts you can make together, as well as these ideas:

  • using Cornell University's Merlin Bird ID App to identify birds in your back yard
  • locating spider webs and replicating them with chalk (or baking soda and cotton swabs)
  • creating fairy houses out of anything you can find in your yard

 

Rainy Day Entertainment:

Rainy days are for fort building, baking, and movie watching.

Baking: This is a great way to teach them skills such as using measurements, but these are often the memories that last a lifetime. Cedar Rapids Public Library created a great informational guide about ingredients and recipes for organizing and cooking at home:

Watch together:


At Home Content from our Museum Pass Locations:
The Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) enable us to provide museum passes to a variety of great locations nearby. While we and these institutions are temporarily closed, enjoy this virtual, at home content they have created for everyone!

 

Read together: Visit our Digital Reading for Kids and Parents page for both digital reading services requiring a library card, and those available to everyone for free!

Sesame Street provides this excellent Caring for Each Other kit, chock full of fun resources for caregivers and children.


Enhancing Remote Learning:

There are many websites and apps that are offering free access right now, in addition to the research databases Nesmith Library cardholders can always access.  Browsing these services is a great way to expand curious minds and keep schoolwork interesting!

  • The Digital Public Library of America has Primary Source kits available on a wide variety of topics, great for research projects or curiosity!
  • Gale is offering multiple collections for free, which will be very helpful for research and homework:
    • Miss Humblebee's Academy: interactive kindergarten readiness for ages 3-6
    • Kids InfoBits: introduces elementary aged children to database searching on educational topics
    • Gale In Context - Middle School: combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more.
    • Gale In Context - High School: supports student papers, projects, and presentations while empowering the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.
  • The Internet Archive has opened a National Emergency Library to assist remote learning efforts everywhere. Visit the post below on Facebook, visit their blog post announcement, or visit the collection itself to get started! (These items require a free account to be created before you can borrow them.)

 

Need a virtual brain break and want to make it a learning experience for the kids?  Check out a virtual zoo or aquarium tour offering a chance to look inside while they are closed.


Bonus: Have your child email a librarian a question about something they are reading or learning! Reach library staff with general library questions at info@nesmithlibrary.org, or reach Head of Youth Services Azra, Youth Services Librarian Molly, or Children's Library Assistant Chris!

Please visit our Internet Resources and Children's Links for further recommended sites on a variety of topics!

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