Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Online Resources for Families

It's been only a the few days since schools have closed, many businesses have shuttered, and we've all begun to practice "social distancing", but in that short time period so many online resources have become available for children! It's amazing!

These are in no particular order and may move around on the page. I'm checking and adding more links as I find them. 

Stay tuned. 


Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere – Spring 2020

Storyline Online

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

Eric Carle reads "A Very Hungry Caterpillar"
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Storytime from Space

Jarrett Learner's Activities

Scholastic Learn at Home

Engineering Activities for Kids (when Under Quarantine)

Unite for Literacy: e-books for beginning readers

Bedtime Math

Mystery Science

Science Mom & Math Dad

Brainpop Videos

Time for Kids

Squam Lakes Association's "SHARE LEARN ADVENTURE"

Learning at Home Resources While Social Distancing from The Genius of Play

Skybrary by Reading is Fundamental - free one month membership, $4.99 monthly thereafter

Finally, I'm passing along this little song. I love it, and I bet kids would, too.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

"Extra Yarn" People

In our Storytime this week, we listened to stories that featured yarn.
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards was about Sophie, who helped her neighbor by making pom-poms until the day she realized she had to learn even more about knitting. In Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Annabelle finds a magical box with enough yarn to make sweaters for everybody and everything in her village.  And Posy by Linda Newbery was a clever rhyming book about a cat! Can you guess what she liked to do with yarn?

We made stick people from wide craft sticks and pipe cleaners. They we dressed them in...extra yarn! See their little hats and sweaters?


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Family Fun!

Fun for the whole family on a Saturday afternoon at the Gordon-Nash at New Hampton School!

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Since it's almost the end of February and we've missed a few Storytimes this month, this week we read some very good books about snow and snowmen. Then we made these snowmen scenes by gluing  round white circles to blue paper plates. We used lots of colored scraps from our scrap box to make arms, legs and clothes. We sprinkled some fluffy plastic "snow" on top, then glued an upside-down clear plate over the whole scene. And you know what happened when we shook the plate!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

STEM Saturday: "Gingerbread" Houses

Our final Saturday program of the year featured our traditional GNL holiday event of building "gingerbread" houses. As we have in the past, families used graham crackers to cover the milk carton bases and embellished the houses with edible decorations like cereal and candy.

We even had some impromptu "sandwich" making! Yum!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Storytime

Our Christmas books for Storytime were Grumpy Badger's Christmas by Paul Bright and Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. In both stories, lots of woodland animals were getting ready for Christmas!

Our craft was the traditional Gordon-Nash Library Christmas one - an ornament to fill with our choices of some of the shiny and colorful materials we've used this year in our Storytime crafts! We added a glittery gold or silver pipe cleaner hanger and a tag with our names and the date Christmas 2019.

Mine looks beautiful hanging on my Christmas tree - I trust the others do as well!

Friday, December 20, 2019

B-HVS Holiday Celebration

Again this year, I was invited to be a part of today's Holiday Celebration for the students at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School. I brought holiday books from the Gordon-Nash and a few special ones from my personal Christmas collection. Students were able to listen to a read-aloud, draw, color, or browse books on their own. Favorite books were If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't! by Elise Parsley and The LEGO Night Before Christmas illustrated (with LEGO!) by Amanda Brack. Also a hit was The Night Before Christmas illustrated by B-HVS's Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Hunewill, when she was a Newfound third grader.

It was wonderful to see so many of our former Storytime patrons at their school! Thanks to Ms. Connor at B-HVS for inviting the Gordon-Nash to be an important part of this memorable school tradition.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019


This December in LEGO Club, Mr. Dowal and I challenged kids to make a MOC that would help to give bricks to children who might not necessarily have any. Through a promotion by the folks at, for each MOC photo posted on social media, a LEGO set will be delivered to a child in need somewhere in the world. Our LEGO Club kids made the Christmas ornaments and scenes posted here with the hashtag #BuildtoGive. MOCs will be on display at the library until mid-January.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Trees That Sparkle & Shine

we read this week Mr Willowby's Christmas Tree, a rhyming book by Robert  Barry. It's about a Christmas tree that would almost fit each time it was placed, and the funny things that happened when it was cut to fit. Then we used sparkles to decorate our own paper tree, and worked the small muscles in hands and fingers as we picked up sequins and other glittery things and dabbed glue. We brought our trees home as a decoration for Christmas?