Online Resource Suggestions

Please enjoy this selection of free online education and entertainment resources during this time of self-quarantine. New resources will be added periodically so check back often!

Remember that not all sites on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.  Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do printed publications, questioning the validity of the information provided. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through the Internet, or any consequences thereof.   

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Learning & Teaching at Home

Open Culture - 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites, and More

The National Archives Education Updates - Resources for online teaching and learning for educators who are now teaching remotely and homeschooling parents

Kidsactivities.com - Complete list of authors and illustrators offering virtual storytimes, lists of podcasts, virtual field trips, digital magazines and more! Also, a library of printables and science activities.

Harry Potter at Home - Magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles, and more!

NatGeo@home - National Geographic has pulled all its family-friendly educational content into a one-stop shop for parents and teachers alike. The free digital resource combines the educational content from the National Geographic Society with those from National Geographic Kids and other tools and services. This includes access to the National Geographic Society’s Learn at Home portal, where there is educational content like articles, lessons, videos, other online activities and more.

Connecticut Science Center Virtual Field Trips - Virtual field trips, lunch break activities and more.

California Academy of Sciences - STEM activities, animal web-cams and lots more.

My Hero is You - WHO book about dealing with Covid for parents to read to children.

Jason Reynolds - Read. Write. Rite. - Writing and Storytelling initiative by author Jason Reynolds in collaboration with the Library of Congress as part of his term as National Ambassador of Literature for Young People. Link to School Library Journal explaining the larger scope of the project is HERE.

Free Online Classes from MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Discover a Hobby - The ultimate list of hobbies. Learn a new hobby or brush up on an old one.

Jigsaw Explorer - Online Jigsaw Puzzles to explore and assemble online. There is a Mystery Puzzle posted every Friday in addition to a multitude of others.

Free Online Courses from Harvard - for those who want to expand their knowledge and master new skills during quarantine.

Smithsonian Educational Resources

The Lion King Experience - an immersive arts education program that introduces students to many aspects of theater-making through the lens of The Lion King. We’re thrilled to unlock all sessions of The Lion King Experience for you to explore at home! Although this program is traditionally facilitated in a classroom setting, these instructions give you everything you need to explore theater on your own at home. And teachers: feel free to facilitate these lessons remotely as well! Have fun!

EduHam - Hamilton at Home! EduHam at Home was created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that forced school closures throughout the country. It is an extension of the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam), which has served more than 160,000 students across the country since 2016. Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material. EduHam at Home provides a family version of EduHam that can be accomplished outside of a school setting. It will continue to be available through August 2020.

Magic Tree House Home Adventures - Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures—come face to face with animals in strange lands, do battle with warriors across time, get swept up by nature’s force, and win big alongside famous sports heroes—all from the comfort of your home! Each week, Magic Tree House Home Adventures will feature videos from Mary Pope Osborne, activities, craft ideas, themed recipes, reading challenges, cross-curricular lessons, Family Trivia Night game ideas, fun surprises, and much more!

Bedtime Math   Bedtime Math wants families to understand that math can be recreational. Offering five-minute daily math questions with age-leveled prompts and fun screen-free math games. 

Prodigy The engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform loved by over 50 million students, teachers, and admins.

Fun Brain - FunBrain is an educational browser game website for children and adults. There is also FunBrain Jr for preschool age kids. 

BrainPop Jr. - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.  BrainPop Jr is offering free access for districts impacted by COVID-19.  

Scholastic Learn at Home - Day by day projects to keep kids learning and growing for grades K-9.

Khan Academy offers free lessons in math, science and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. Students can use their exercises, quizzes, and instructional videos to learn and master skills. They will get immediate feedback and encouragement.

Audible is offering free downloadable audiobooks for kids from the littlest to the teens. 

Check out this amazing compilation of authors reading from their books

Reading Rockets from PBS offers literacy development articles and activities for ages 3-8 years.  Also visit PBS for Parents.

Ivy league courses to take from home

Transcribe Archives at Home - If you’re looking to help out libraries and archives transcribe documents and work on digital projects!


STEAM

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire  The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has a great collection of science challenges and downloadable curriculum guides. 

Mystery Science Mystery Science offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. The hook, visuals, and activity have all been prepared for you.

Smithsonian Institution  A wealth of deep dives into art, science, and history all in one place.  Discover. Create. Share. Learn. 

CPL Virtual STEAM - Join Meg for Virtual STEAM episodes on the library’s YouTube Channel. Learn how to make ice cream, bubble snakes, sidewalk chalk, and more!

Seacoast Science Center - Enjoy lessons, activities, and resources to support at-home learning, and so much more. 

Squam Lake Science Center - Enjoy nature at home with these online learning experiences brought to you by the Science Center’s Naturalists.  

McAuliffe-Shepard Blog - STEM Online! - During the Discovery Center’s temporary closure, they have moved their STEM activities, exhibits and programs online. Check back often for lessons, activities, virtual exhibits, and even a planetarium show accessible via our website!


Job Training

GCFLearnFree.org  GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century.

Business Source Premier - Articles on accounting, banking, finance real estate and more. Access provided by NHewLINK.

Find a Topic: Business & Economics - A service of NewsBank, this link will bring up recent articles about this topic.

Universal Class - Online continuing education courses for hundreds of subjects. When registering for the first time from home, enter your barcode number. You will then need to create your own username and password. For more information view our Universal Class presentation (9/25/17)

NH Employment Security - NH Employment Security (NHES) is a federally funded state agency that provides employment and career, unemployment benefit, and labor market services.

Career One Stop -  CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources. 

US Small Business Administration - Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. 

NH Small Business Development Center - NH SBDC has offered confidential business management advising and educational programs to more than 94,000 New Hampshire entrepreneurs, helping them to start over 2,000 businesses and create more than 7,000 jobs since 1984.


Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Month - Toolkit - While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The Tools 2 Thrive toolkit will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (audiobook)

2 Hours of Mindfulness

Daily Meditations & Mindfulness - Jon Kabat-Zinn leads online daily meditation sessions, Monday - Friday at 2 p.m. Hosted by by Wisdom 2.0 Productions, the meditations can be attended live on Zoom or previous videos can be watched on the website.


Visit Museums Virtually

The Center for Wildlife morning meetings with ambassadors daily at 10

Zoo & aquarium livestreams

Google Arts & Culture Virtual Museum Tours

Video tour of Russia’s Hermitage Museum

The British Museum of London

Rembrandt and Portraiture at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid 

Internet Archive

USS Constitution Museum

The Guggenheim

"10 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online"

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Google Arts & Culture -variety of museums with changes daily

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari Resources

The Tate - some exhibits free

Center for Puppetry Arts - Dark Crystal Exhibit. (The Center also offers weekly programming for children on their website, but it is paid.) The link is to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article in which the video is embedded.

The New England Aquarium (they also offer live virtual visits on Facebook and YouTube at 11am daily)

Virtual Tour of 8 World-Class Libraries - From the Library Journal

Florence Griswold Museum - Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., offers lots of virtual content, including Art Trail through grounds

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Lots of online content, including their audio guides to artworks, videos on everything from curator and artist talks to performances, and guided tours of galleries and exhibits, virtual exhibits

Springfield Museums - lots to do and view online, including challenge: Print out a line-drawing of an artwork, color it in, take selfie with it and send it in.

Folger Shakespeare Library - Lots of fascinating online content. Weekly teacher conversations and free resources for teaching Shakespeare. Also, celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday (Thursday, April 23) at home! Speak a speech, dress as a character, write a sonnet ...

The Frick Collection - Many online opportunities, from cocktails or travel with a curator, to discussions of single pieces in the collection, to lectures, museum tours and activities to spark creativity.

New Britain Museum of American Art - Access to permanent collection and special exhibition through digital galleries on eMuseum, lectures and guides. Also lots of educational content, with everything from ideas for at-home crafts and activities, to content for educators and students.

The British Museum - Just in time for the quarantine, the British Museum recently launched its redesigned digital offerings of its 4.5 million objects and 1.9 million images. Includes 3-D renderings of pieces in its collection, and curated virtual tours.

Strawberry Banke - A virtual tour that will transport you to this historic waterfront neighborhood.


Visit Parks Virtually

"8 Blooming Botanical Gardens To Explore Virtually"

"The 7 Prettiest National Parks You Can Tour Virtually From the Comfort of Your Home"

"Need to Get Outside? These 5 National Parks Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take From the Comfort of Home"

Acadia National Park - We might not be able to visit right now -- due to Covid-19, nesting peregrine falcons and mud season --but the stunningly beautiful Maine park has a seaward-facing webcam with an image that refreshes every 60 seconds.

Virtual tours of US National Parks

 

Travel Virtually

52 Places to Go in 2020 - original article in The New York Times

52 Places to Go in 2020 - remastered for staying at home- an interactive virtual tour

A Photographic Tour of the World’s Most Colorful Places

Best Travel Shows on YouTube: Inspiring Travel Channels to Follow Now

Best Virtual Trips: How to Travel the World While Social Distancing

 

Music and Shows

Classics For Kids  In conjunction with the Cincinati Symphony Orchestra, this interactive website and podcasts offers music history for kids.

Kidz Bop Have a KIDZ BOP Dance Party in your living room to get the wiggles out! KIDZ BOP Dance Along videos are the best way to incorporate music + movement into your daily routine.

Laurie Berkner Band  The "queen of kids music" offers playlists and videos of her most popular songs.  Family classics you’ve probably heard in our storytimes!

Free Broadway Musicals Every Friday

National Theatre - Offering free plays every Thursday and then on-demand for a week after that.

The Metropolitan Opera - Offering nightly opera streams, available for 23 hours

The Boston Symphony Orchestra - BSO At Home concerts

12 Free Things to Watch, Listen to, and Learn in Quarantine - A potpourri of entertainment ideas from the culture writers at The Atlantic 

Nightly Metropolitan Opera streams

The Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall

More classical music & opera livestreams


Author & Book Talks

Washington Post’s Literary Calendar 

Storytimes with Levar Burton - Actor and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton hosts online storytimes for kids, teens and adults called ’LeVar Burton Reads’.


Free Art Classes

Art Class Curator  Open to all during the COVID-19 crisis, Art Class Curator offers 52 art history lessons course and more!

Google Arts and Culture offers tours of iconic locations (e.g. The Taj Mahal), world art, and more!

Loads of picture book illustrators like Mo Willems and Jarrett Krosoczka are teaching virtual classes, too. 

Free Art Lessons through Jerry’s Artarama

Taubman Museum of Art

Conglomeration of children’s art classes

Free drawing classes for kids - Parents.com has curated a list of 8 free virtual drawing classes from Disney/Pixar, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Art Institute of Chicago, and more.

 

Cooking/Food

Basic White Bread

The Julia Child video collection from PBS - "featuring the best of the first lady of cooking, from early episodes of The French Chef to the beloved Baking with Julia series to the incomparable live shows with Jacques Pepin. Watch rare interviews, behind-the-scenes clips, and even Dan Akroyd’s portrayal on Saturday Night Live."

Ten Top Chefs Share What They Are Cooking While In Isolation

Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes

No-Yeast Peanut Butter Bread from the 1930s goes viral

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe - This chocolate cake is literally the best ever. Trust me you need this cake in your life.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies - Chocolate chip cookies!! Honestly better than regular chocolate chip cookies.

Best Strawberry Shortcake

 

Outdoor Fun

Generation Wild  A Movement to Get Kids Outside.  Kids today spend less than 7 minutes a day outside in unstructured play. Generation Wild provides the inspiration and ideas to change that.

More ideas for getting your Kids Into Nature from the Child Mind Institute.

Seacoast Science Center Your learning connection during challenging times from your local Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point.

14 Easy Ways to Make Your Backyard More Fun (from Parents.com) - "Encourage your kids to explore, build, create, or just relax in the outdoors with these fun, creative, and inspiring ideas for your lawn."

The Cornell Lab Project FeederWatch: The Cornell Lab’s website offers bird identification mini-posters for downloading and other sources of information such as Project FeederWatch in which users can participate. In addition, Cornell offers a free bird identification app, Merlin, that aims to provide an automatic identification for those taking a picture of a bird or describing its characteristics. The bird profiles include songs and calls that can be compared to the sound the user heard.

Audubon Backyard Birding: Audubon provides backyard birding activities and a guide to North American birds which allows the user to click on a bird image and hear it’s song. This guide also can ­­be accessed at Audubon Guide to North American Birds.

Bird Cams (and more) from all over the country


Staying Active

GoNoodle  GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Cosmic Kids Yoga  Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

OPEN  Online Physical Education for kids and families.

Concord Hiking Trails - Enjoy over 80 miles of your local hiking trails. Please read the trail use guidelines as they have been updated for COVID-19.


Staff Podcast Picks

LeVar Burton Reads - "In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath..."

The Daily by the New York Times - Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.

Reading Women - Women reclaim the bookshelf by interviewing authors and reviewing books by or about women of a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Some Good News with John Krasinski - John highlights the positive news during this epidemic

Social Distance - The Atlantic’s new daily podcast with James Hamblin, M.D. focusing on many aspects of COVID-19 and its effect on all aspects of our lives.

The Book Review Podcast - New York Times selected reviews

Intrigue, Ep1: Tunnel 29 - The Escape - This is the first episode of ten episodes of the award-winning BBC production Tunnel 29, an audio documentary about a daring escape from east to West Berlin in 1961. Here’s an article about the escape.

’1619,’ a Podcast From The New York Times - "The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative."

The Book Review Podcast

Star Talk Radio - Science, pop culture and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe.

NPR’s Wow in the World - Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We’ll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. 

 

Staff YouTube Picks

Karolina Protsenko - Violin Cover Songs - "I am Karolina Protsenko. I’ve been playing violin since I was 6 years old. My desire is to bring a little bit of magic and inspiration into the world through my love to violin. Thank you for helping me share the gift of music. I love you."

Minimalism: The Japanese Art of Declutter to Organize Your Home Life by Kiku Katana (audiobook)

A Simpler Way: Crisis As Opportunity (free documentary)

FOX IN SOX: Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats - The creator also raps several other Seuss and children’s books.

265 free documentaries has a wide variety of films on people, events, music- worth the time

Bob Ross - All 400-plus The Joy of Painting episodes and specials are free on YouTube. It’s soothing, calm counter-programming or background noise for when the day’s news and concerns are just too much.

Bill Collins - The Lanyard (Poetry)

Dog Songs, Mary Oliver (Poetry)

Good Morning Music - Very soothing and relaxing music YouTube channel

Confinement 2020 - Remerciements du Ballet de I’Opera de Paris (Thanks from the Ballet of the Paris Opera).

New York City Ballet Workout - a combination of ballet and exercise. The music is very soothing and the routine is very doable.

Youth Poet Laureate speaks wisdom

The Virtual Book Channel - features original programming based on book reviews and book discussions—including Shelter in Place, Maris Kreizman’s virtual book party, Playback, a 5-minute self-interview series for writers with new books coming out, and Rekindled, previously scheduled book tour conversations made virtual—along with emerging digital contributions from existing reading series’, bookstores, poets, and more.

 

Staff Instagram Picks

Patrick Stewart (@sirpatstew) • Instagram photos and videos - Since late March, Jean Luc Picard himself has been delighting listeners with readings of 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’?" The sonnets, of which there are 154, were first published in 1609.

Delish (@delish) - Mouth watering recipes and food pictures!

NatGeo (@natgeo) - National Geographic Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

NASA Hubble (@nasahubble) - This is the official account for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, managed and operated by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum) - Explore more than 5,000 years of history from across the globe. The Museum is temporarily closed but you can enjoy the #MetAnywhere. 

TED Talks (@ted) - Ideas worth spreading.

BBC Earth (@bbcearth) - Discover the natural world through BBC Earth.


CPL  Online Programs

Check out our YouTube channel!

Visit our online events calendar to learn about  upcoming events.

 

Genealogy from Home

The National Archives Catalog

The National Archives History Hub - A support community for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates

The National Archives Citizen Archivist Program - Become a citizen archivist and help to transcribe the nation’s history!

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online are available online for a limited time (library card number & PIN required)!

FamilySearch - This website is free for everyone to use. You can make an account for free with an email address.

RootsWeb - This is a free helpful site you can use for your genealogy research.

Local History & Genealogy Reference Services - This link will help you find sources you can use to find information and help when you hit a brick wall.

Cyndi’s List - This is also a free site you can use to find different records and other databases to help you in your family search.

Researching Your NH Family History - The NH State Library has put together a page for researching genealogy in NH specifically.

Ellis Island Passenger Records - Search for your ancestor’s name and immigration records online!