Academic Resources

During this time of social distancing and school closures, the library has come up with a list or resources to help students continue to learn, grow, and succeed. Check out these links and useful programs…

Addressing Oppression: Becoming an Ally 
View this document to better understand ways in which you can become an ally and confront the oppression within our nation’s society. Reading recommendations, words to understand and know, as well as online resources and ways to actively help are provided.   

Click here to view our 2020 Summer Reading Program!
All children who finish their Summer Reading Log will win a gift certificate for a free ice cream; and gift certificates to Cello’s will be awarded to the top Teen and Adult readers! Also, the library has Take & Make bags available with fun crafts to do at home. Please email us at librarian@smythpl.orgif you would like one of these for a curbside pick up.

Digital Resources on Democracy from the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian museum is offering links to websites and online educational materials that answer the question: How have young people advocated for political and social change in the past and today?

Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It) – The Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It) video series from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History shares 10 stories of young people shaping and changing elections throughout American history. The accompanying Learning Lab collection shares resources about stories featured in the videos plus additional stories of young people shaking up elections.  
Pyrotechnics, Pageantry and the ‘Virgin Vote’: How 19th-Century Youth Shaped Democracy
In this article, Jon Grinspan, curator and Jefferson Fellow in the Political and Military History Department of the National Museum of American History, focuses on youth in politics in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Choosing To Participate Poster Exhibition
SITES developed this poster exhibition with Facing History and Ourselves to highlight their national initiative Choosing to Participate. This exhibition, created primarily for middle and high schools, is designed to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation in our communities.
How young, undocumented organizers fought to bring DACA into existence
Taking action, undocumented organizers catapulted themselves into the center of one of the nation’s fiercest debates to form a powerful political voice. The National Museum of American History continues to collect representational objects through a collecting initiative called New Paths to Change: Undocumented Immigrant Activism, 2000 to the Present.
Brave New Voices: Listen and Learn from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Youth Speaks, an internationally recognized spoken word and arts advocacy group founded in 1996 in San Francisco, promotes literacy and engagement through arts and education with in-school and after-school programs. Brave New Voices established two years later, gave space to thirteen- to nineteen-year-olds in teams from cities around the world to perform spoken word on topics of social and environmental justice, gender equity, and more.
Hidden Herstory: The Leesburg Stockade Girls
In July of 1963 in Americus, Georgia, fifteen girls, aged 12 to 15, were jailed for challenging segregation laws.
Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future
Free webinars from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian discuss varying topics of concern to young Native activists and changemakers working towards equity and social justice for Indigenous people. Webinar recording  and Webinar description and schedule
Smithsonian Magazine – September 2016
The September 2016 issue of Smithsonian Magazine included articles about the children of civil rights leaders who continue to work for social justice: Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X; Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of Oliver Brown; Gina Belafonte, daughter of Harry Belafonte; and Ayanna Gregory, daughter of Dick Gregory. 
Teen Tuesday: Earth Optimism – Live Video Programs
Earth Optimism is a global conservation movement that celebrates a shift in focus from problem to solution. Its Teen Earth Optimism programs aim to change the climate conversation from doom and gloom to optimism and opportunity.
Young People Mistrust Government So Much They Aren’t Running for Office
This February 2015 Smithsonian Magazine article discusses a 2011–2014 survey of over 750 young people considered well-positioned to run for office that found a lack of interest in running for political office or becoming involved in government. Yet, by late 2017, reported a surge of younger candidates running for office.
The National Civil Rights Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, launched ImagineAnAmerica, a digital platform that heightens awareness of the privilege and necessity of voting. While the initiative is designed to engage young voters, first-time voters and non-voters, its goal is to reach across generations, ethnicities and political ideologies to mobilize citizens to envision a nation that lives up to its democratic ideals.

Youth in Front Professional Development Course

Teaching Tolerance is currently piloting their Youth in Front self-paced professional development course. In the course, you’ll learn how to promote and support student-led civic engagement. You’ll receive tools and frameworks and a historical look at student-led activism from a multitude of perspectives and contexts. This course provides actionable strategies and valuable resources for supporting student activism.
The course is divided into three units: Normalizing Student-led Activism, Legal and Practical Considerations and Preparing Ourselves and Colleagues to Support Student Activism. Each unit should take one to two weeks to complete. Click here to get started!

Even though many children will be headed back to school this fall, some parents will still educate their kids from home, and many teachers will continue to instruct their students remotely. Check out this new list of resources for all students: 

Educational and Sensory-Friendly Online Resources for Children with Autism
These Are the Hours Your Kid Should Be Homeschooling Per Day Based on Their Grade
8 Fun Creative Writing Lesson Plans for High School Students
The Educator’s Guide to Real Estate Lesson Plans
11 Deliciously Fun Ways to Teach Science & Math in the Kitchen
Integrating Education and Nature
Ideas for Teaching Life Skills to Your Homeschooler
Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction
How To Teach Students To Research Without Google

Living History Club with Strawbery Banke

Online | Session I: Monday, October 5 – Monday, December 21, 2020
Biweekly meetings from 3:30 to 5 PM
Join like-minded teens to learn about and experience what life was like for adolescents of the past. Each meeting features a live conversation with someone involved in the living history field —such as roleplayers, reenactors, food historians, storytellers, merchants of historical reproduction goods — plus a fun historical craft or activity. Meetings occur via Zoom every other week and include projects like hearth cooking from home, assembling a “living history kit,” and creating your own roleplaying character. Rolling registration — join anytime!
Members $30; Non-members $40.

Book and Hug

Looking for advice or recommendations on books to read based on your interests? Check out Book and Hug, and take their Reader Personality Type Quiz to discover what book is perfect for you! This is a great resources for middle-school aged children. 

Junior Library Guide 
A weekly webcast featuring the story Aiden Tyler and Quaran-teen. 

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Teen Book Cloud
Grades 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Audio Book Cloud:
Audio book database for all ages 
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
Audio Book Cloud wants to help bridge the school-home & library-home gap during this challenging time. They are offering 450 FREE ebooks with no obligation!
These are newly released titles which support state curriculum.
PW: keepreading | UN: sebco | ID#: 1
Offer good through 6/30/2020.
Vote here for your favorite books:

Books By the Bushel 
As schools across the nation close because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are stuck at home. Books By The Bushel is here to help with hundreds of FREE downloadable activities

Health Programming for Summer Reading
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to for Summer Reading!

ChildLight Education Company:
This company stands in solidarity against any and all acts of racism, disrespect and inequitable treatment of people. Talking about racism, traumatic events and violence can be difficult for families, but they have put together some valuable resources that may help in discussing this issue. 

How Teach Your Kids to Fight Hate: An Age-by-Age Guide
Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents
How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism

Need to understand racism but don’t know where to start? 
Try Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham.
A Free PDF download is available for a limited time at

Also consider Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. 
An audiobook version is available now through Spotify. Learn more about the content of this powerful novel, and access the audiobook at

The Racial Unity Team
The team has opened its 2nd Annual Poetry & Art Challenge, with eight prizes of $100 each for elementary, junior high, high school and adult categories.

This year’s theme is “Overcoming Colorism.” Contestants are invited to independently research Colorism, which is defined as differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone. It often occurs even among those of the same racial group or ethnicity. Everyone is invited to submit a poem (no more than 50 lines) or a visual work of art that moves beyond prejudices and explores the beauty and multifaceted identities beyond one’s skin color. All submissions will be on exhibit September 21-27 at the Exeter Town Hall Gallery. Winners will be asked to read their poem or give a description of their art during the 6th Annual Racial Unity Day on Sunday, September 27. To participate, please email a copy or photo of your work to by July 3. Each participant may submit one entry for review. Please include your name, address, and age. If you are in school, please include your grade level

Fractured Fairy Tales: CLiF Writing Contest:
What if the witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel was made of vegetables instead of candy? What if the Big Bad Wolf wasn’t so bad? What if your favorite fairy tales were different? Reimagine classic stories for CLiF’s “Fractured Fairy Tales” writing contest for kids!
This summer’s Collaborative Summer Library Program’s theme is Imagine Your Story: Fairy tales, myths, and fantasy. Libraries and summer learning programs across the country will be using this theme to inspire young imaginations. CLiF’s writing contest is one way to encourage the young writers in your life to get creative and keep up writing while out of school.
Come up with your own twists on your favorite stories. Open to kids ages 12 and under from New Hampshire and Vermont. The winner of each category (PreK-Kindergarten; Grades 1-2; Grades 3-4; Grades 5-6) will win a collection of new books!

Submit your stories to by June 30, 2020. Be sure to include the author’s name, age, and mailing address (so we know where to send books to the winners). 
Click here for more information. 

CSLP Teen Video Challenge:
Looking for an easy program to share with your teens that they can do at home or outside this summer? The CSLP Teen Video Challenge is back for 2020! The Teen Video Challenge, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is an annual national video contest open to all teens.  
The challenge is for teens to create a public service announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2020 CSLP slogan “Imagine Your Story.” Videos are to be no longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading.
See below for details, and click here for more information, including the submission form and contest rules. Please share on your social media (using #ImagineYourStory), website, and with interested teens in your community!

Videos will be accepted June 1 through August 7, 2020. There will be 5 national winners. Just have your teens submit a link to their video and complete a simple online form. The program will accept submissions June 1-Aug 7, 2020, so that the program can be incorporated into summer programs (it’s still a great opportunity to partner with schools with video production classes or clubs; students can produce the videos as a class project and submit them in June!)
Videos will be limited to 60 seconds, making this a doable project for small teams.
Permission and model release forms will only be required from the winning entries (completing the forms is a requirement to receive prizes and acknowledgement).
The TVC Ad-Hoc Committee will convene a judging panel from CSLP partners and members.
Teens can upload to the social media outlet of their choice.

Resources for Assistance:
Official TVC Submission Form
2020 TVC Contest Rules

The Young Adult Library Services is a great resource for locating books and resources. They have developed the Isinglass and Flume awards, which are book awards given to books that are specifically geared towards high school students. You can now find 2020 winners and the 2021 short lists for both awards: Flume Award / Isinglass Award

Free Math Tutoring:
November weekly drop-in sessions Tuesdays from 4-6pm. Starting December Library sessions by appointment. (Email
With Candia resident, Scott Hewitt, retired Math teacher and current instructor at community college.
For all ages and abilities with help from Arithmetic to Calculus. 

College Resources and Links: has relaunched their site to become the Center for Online Education with the hopes of providing students centralized college resources and informational guides. Because of the project’s non-biased approach and focusing only on not-for-profit public and private higher education institutions, they have become a valuable resource for educational and governmental entities throughout New Hampshire. Students who are looking for colleges and universities in New Hampshire or out of state can find in-depth information by state, by degree, or common questions, concerns and helpful financial and scholarship resources.

Need help understanding of the two major financial products that students will encounter on campus: credit cards and student loans. Check out these links below, designed to help students develop a better understanding of these products:

For New Hampshire students who are looking to stay in state, you might be specifically interested in:

Looking for a job?
Check out this great website for information on jobs for teens in your area: Jobs for Teens HQ