The Nesmith Library in Windham, NH strives to be actively part of the Windham School District. If you are a teacher in the area, we would love to work with you on a project or a virtual classroom visit! Please email our Head of Youth Services Azra Palo to get started with your questions and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!
Windham Teachers are eligible for a free Nesmith Library card, even if you are not a Windham resident! Sign up for a library card virtually by clicking the 'register' link.
- Classroom Visit: Schedule a time for a librarian to [virtually] visit your class and talk about the Nesmith Library and the resources we offer!
- Special Project: Is your class working on a project? We can help! Let us know about the project and we can help prepare materials that will be ready at the library for your students.
- Homework: If students are looking for a particular resource for their daily homework, please let us know. With access to materials from the GMILCS Consortium and other helpful options, we have a plethora of ways to help your students succeed.
- Other: Have an idea about [virtually] connecting your classroom to the library? Email us or call and ask for the Youth Services Department! Depending on your idea you will get connected with Azra, Molly, or Chris.
Resources for Teachers:
- American Association of School Librarians Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning
- The George Lucas Educational Foundation Edutopia
- New Hampshire Department of Education
- New Hampshire PBS Educational Services
- United States Department of Education
- AcademyScope is "a visualization of all of the reports that are available on NAP.edu, allowing you to browse through the reports of the National Academies by topic area and seeing relationships between titles." This page includes freely downloadable PDF versions specific to Education.
The Nesmith Library seeks to act as a resource for Windham homeschooling parents and their children.
Hoopla has several collections focused on school for caregivers and children:
(Bonus Borrows do not use any of your four (4) monthly borrows!)
Learning with STEAM: Titles for Kids & Teens
Guidance from Institutions:
- New Hampshire Department of Education: Home Education.
- New Hampshire Home Schooling Coalition.
- Home School Legal Defense Association. Information from HSLDA specific to NH.
Questions? Please email our Head of Youth Services Azra Palo at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Lane Memorial Library and the North Hampton Public Library had a panel of homeschool parents and the NH Homeschooling Coalition's Portsmouth representative to share their experiences with homeschooling. The session included a Q&A from the audience and directed questions from the host libraries.
Places to Search:
A great resource is Pinterest. In the search box use "homeschooling" and related terms, then click on "boards." The results will bring back hundreds of boards containing thousands of links to teaching methods, curriculum materials, etc.
Use this search box to search "home schooling" to see everything we have available in our catalog, including items available at other GMILCS libraries available for borrowing.
Here is a selection of items available from Nesmith Library which feature homeschooling: some of them are fiction with stories that include homeschooling, while some of them are nonfiction and feature advice and guidance about curriculum and other homeschooling information.
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:
Try these resources 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!
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.
- Boston Children's Museum: Virtual museum tours, view collections online, and more!
- Childrens' Museum of New Hampshire: STEAM Online Learning video series
- Currier Museum of Art: Online collections. Visit YouTube for Art and Activities videos!
- McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: At Home Activities
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Video Library and Virtual Tours, view Collections online, and visit YouTube for Art Lectures!
- Museum of Science: MOS At Home STEM Resources
- New England Aquarium: Daily Facebook presentations, Virtual Visit at home activities, and Tank Webcams live all day!
- Seacoast Science Center: Learning Connection, and visit their Facebook for video updates!
- Strawbery Banke Museum: Meet the Baby Animals, with farm videos and activities
- Zoo New England: Visit the Kids page for Zoo to You videos and more!
Bonus: Have your child email a librarian a question about something they are reading or learning! Reach library staff with general library questions at email@example.com, or reach Head of Youth Services Azra, Youth Services Librarian Molly, or Children's Library Assistant Chris!