Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

Library closed thru 5/4/2020

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.

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:

Get dressed up, put out the snack food, and dance to some kid friendly tunes! Dancing is a great way to shake out the stress. Bonus: take the party outside with some lemonade when it's warm enough! If you don't have any instruments lying around, the classic pots and pans will always do the trick.

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 recommends Goexplorenature.com's Spring Play Ideas for a list of fun activities, 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:

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!


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:

 

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!