*Activities To Do At Home*

Stuck at home? Try out some fun activities here!

Authors Everywhere: Fun youtube activities such as drawing and writing prompts with authors and illustrators such as Diane Magras and Grace Lin!

Children’s Book Week: In celebration of Children’s Book Week 2020, enjoy some coloring pages done by authors and illustrators including Greg Pizzoli, Katie O’Neill, and Maria Gulemetova!

Code at home: Created by Girls Who Code, they will upload an activity-some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months.

Draw Everyday With JJK: follow Jarrett J. Krosoczka (of the famous Lunch Lady comics and Jedi Academy as well as many others) with his draw every day segments on youtube!

GoNoodle: Short indoor gym videos for kids, also has meditation and yoga videos.

Harry Potter at Home: Find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems: Join Mo (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) and have some great fun doodling and learning about art!

Miss Humblebee’s Academy - an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!

Music with Sarah: Are you missing monthly music with Sarah Gardner? Join Sarah for a virtual music class!

National Geographic Kids: Games, videos, and readings about geography, biology, zoology, and more.

Puppet Play with David Hyde Costello: Join local author/illustrator and the Palmer Public Library for the process of making a table-top puppet show, and invites viewers to contribute their ideas for the second part of the show.

Tumblebook Library (*requires a library card): An online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

TumbleMath: A comprehensive online collection of storybooks involving math and other mathematical concepts all in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration!

Virtual Tours: Want to see museums in London, Seoul, Paris or São Paulo from your couch? Look no further!

WGBH Distance Learning Center: Massachusetts Department of Education and PBS partnership website with preschool to 12th grade educational resources organized by grade level for families during the current health crisis.

Online Storytimes

ABCs with Mr. Steve! Come and join our own Mr. Steve as he takes you on a tour through the alphabet! With videos updating regularly, you can listen to a storytime and have a zany adventure with A to Z and every letter in between!

Neil Gaiman: Watch the latest Neil Gaiman videos and see Neil (and some famous friends!) read The Graveyard Book and Coraline in their entirety.

Storytime Online: streamed videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Betty White and dozens more.

Storytime with Pete the Cat: The birds are singing, the sky is bright, the sun is shining, I’m feeling ALRIGHT! Come join our favorite cool cat Pete for virtual storytime.

Storytime from Space: While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth.

Story Preservation Lab K-3 (requires making a free account): Story Preservation is working in collaboration with master storytellers to bring timeless fictional stories – fairytales, myths, folklore, and contemporary tales of enchantment – into K-3 classrooms. 




Coronavirus Resources

A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus: Kids this comic is for you!

Be a Coronavirus Fighter: This informative picture book explains the current virus situation in simple terms and urges children to help fight it! 

Myth Busters: Typical questions and answers regarding the coronavirus.

Talking about Covid-19 with young children: With all of the news and frightening information going out from many different sources, early childhood expert Dr. Jean Feldman is here to help young children feel less anxious about the coronavirus.

Parents’ Corner

Amazing Educational Resources: A list of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings. From math to history to art to foregin language to augmented reality software, here is a constantly updated list of activities to try at home.

Audiobook database for all ages
Audiobooks from tumblebooks! Instant audiobooks at you fingertips!

Author Videos from Penguin Random House Publishers:

  • Author Matthew Cherry and illustrator Vashti Harrison talk you through  their picture book Hair Love and its creation here.
  • Author and illustrator Rob Harrell is here to introduce you to his newest middle grade novel Wink!
  • Padma Venkatraman, author of the critically acclaimed The Bridge Home, is here to answer your questions.
  • Watch author and YouTuber Akilah Hughes try to describe the plot of a YA novel here with only the title for context! Then check out her own hilarious memoir, Obviously.

ISS Image of the Week: engages kids and caregivers by matching breathtaking photographs of planet earth taken from space with context, educational resources and activities to inspire dialogue about planet earth, the exploration of space, and humanity’s role in the universe.

KhanAcademy: Educational website with lessons organized by grade and subject.  Parents can monitor progress.  Has suggested daily schedules for preschool through 12th grade for families during school closures.

Library Notes: A summary of resources Needham library patrons can access from home, including brief descriptions of the resources and how to access them.

Novelist* (*requires a library card)
Fiction database that allows readers to search for books, reviews, annotations, and more. It also includes, Author Read-alikes, What We’re Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists.

Premier Martial Arts Norton (*requires joining a facebook group): Now offering free online interactive martial arts classes!

Star Bright Books:  To help support teachers, educators, librarians, parents, and caregivers, they are permitting FREE digital access to 4 picture books (3 English, 1 Spanish) each week! Titles will be rotated on a weekly basis.

Star Autism Support Media Center(*requires making a free account): access to a variety of downloadable and printable resources. These practical, on-demand materials address the learning needs for students at a variety of developmental levels.

Stay Engaged, Have Fun, Relieve Stress: The Massachusetts Library System updates daily with new activities and updates regarding streaming storytimes and other resources to share to help students and families while school is out.

Sunita Willams Home Support and Resources: a page of resources developed by Needham Schools with resources and ideas to help you with your children during this uncertain time.

Inclusion in the list may not be interpreted as the library’s endorsement.