FREE Books & Resources

There are bountiful free books and material you can still access online! Check out the list of resources below and also visit our Digital Services page, Children’s page, Teen page, and Museum page for more resources. 

BookPage December Issue
Click here for the free December issue of the BookPage magazine!

Free Meditation for Chaotic Times
Feeling tense, anxious, or stressed? Try this FREE Meditation for Chaotic Times from East Forest. Take long, deep, nourishing breaths whenever possible. Move in nature as much as you can. And, most importantly, keep on loving no matter what!

Homeschool Resources
Good resource for legal questions and concerns is HSLDA.  They know about all the state requirements so you can make sure you are following them:

A blog list with popular books for new homeschoolers to read as they start their journey:

Learning to read:

These are some good math books and also online programs:

History of the world:

Books in all subjects for all ages:

National Geographic resources:

Hands-on science courses:

Writing resource:

Free Genealogy Webinars
Click here to listen to librarian webinars from FamilySearch for your own genealogical referencing.

hoopla: Pottermore and Foreign Language Content

hoopla’s foreign language content continues to grow! They have collections dedicated to content in Spanish, French, and other foreign languages for patrons, all available instantly with no holds or waiting! View the collections here.

Patrons can experience the magic of Harry Potter and other Wizarding World titles available in 12 languages with no holds or waiting. hoopla has released the eBooks and audiobooks to the most popular titles in the Harry Potter series in many languages for the first time! Click here to view.

Free Downloads for Constitution Day
The award-winning In Search of Liberty Constitution movie is offering FREE eBook PDF downloads to help spread knowledge of our American Republic.

Common Sense 2020 – Understanding Today’s Political Environment will shed light on, and open some eyes to, what this country means to countless millions who desire their unalienable rights, including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Our Founding Fathers on Our Republic, Freedom and Governance is a collection of select Founder quotes (and source) and includes our four founding documents along with some interesting facts and trivia.The Handbook for We the People is intended to aid students 17 years of age and older in learning what is actually written in our Constitution in hopes of filling our country with students, teachers, candidates, legislators, and voters who are Constitutionally literate and who understand the concept of enumerated powers.
The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution will help give readers a basic understanding of what our Constitution actually says and, with this understanding, enable them to better decide for themselves how to claim and exercise their rights.

Unemployment Information Outreach
Do you know anyone who has claimed unemployment this year?  Individuals who received unemployment need to know it is taxable income. Taxable benefits include any of the special unemployment compensation authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted this spring.  We do not want them to be caught off guard when filing their tax return next year! Although some states don’t tax unemployment, it is always taxable at the federal level. The State will provide taxpayers with a paper Form 1099-G or make it available electronically by January 31st showing the amount of taxable benefits paid.

A flyer can also be found on the IRS website listed as

Publication 5444 Did You Receive Unemployment Benefits?(Rev. 08-2020)  Please check IRS.Gov for the latest updates.

It is our goal that more people will know that:

  • unemployment income is taxable
  • they can contact their state unemployment office to have taxes withheld from ongoing unemployment payments
  • if they did not have taxes withheld from unemployment payments, there are ways to pay on those taxes before the year ends       
  • they can use the withholding calculator, and determine what they may owe

Publication 4128 Tax Impact of Job Loss – the Life Cycle Series (Rev. 05-2020)
Form W-4V Voluntary Withholding Request (For unemployment compensation and certain Federal Government and other payments.)      

Go to for the latest information

The Next Big Library Read:
On November 2, Reverie by Ryan La Sala will be available to borrow as an audiobook and an ebook. Click here to access it and learn more about the book and author.

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.   

Even though many children are back at school, 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: 

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

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

 What is the Meaning of American Democracy?
SITES is excited to share a diverse array of the Smithsonian’s digital resources that engage audiences around voting, elections, civic engagement, and citizenship.

The National Museum of American History’s exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith explores the history of citizen participation, debate, and compromise from the nation’s formation to today.

This June 2020 video lecture from Barbara Clark Smith, Curator of Political History at the National Museum of American History, recounts the thinking that shaped the American Democracy exhibition and explores the big challenges posed by US politics today.

This collection on the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab introduces students to individuals such as Thomas Jefferson, Molly Pitcher, Thomas Paine, Wong Chin Foo, Ella Baker, and Dolores Huerta who have shaped and participated in American democracy over time.

This site and exhibition by the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program pose compelling questions for discussions about the leap of faith represented by American democracy. How would you answer?

The American Experiments suite of educational resources explores “how to form a more perfect union” by challenging students to think about their roles and responsibilities within their democracy.

 AARP: At Home Volunteering 
Create the Good program has developed a list of virtual/at-home service opportunities to consider. Click here to access this resource and opportunities. 

Video On Demand
The library has partnered with Infobase to offer free videos and films. Check out the thousands of titles and click here to view new releases!

Documentary Films
Features free films for you to watch from home. 

A free resource for kids, providing audiobook downloads; this is a great resource to for summer reading.
How do you set up Sora?

  1. The Sora app works on mobile devices or tablets.
  2. Download the free Sora app on your mobile or tablet from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. Open Sora and tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
  4. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
  5. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
  6. Tap: Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [2020 season starts April 30]

New MidAmerica Books 
Provides free access to THOUSANDS of eBooks with unlimited, simultaneous user access.
Check out the categories of books and material offered by MidAmerica Books: 

Zoom Online Databases 
Direct URL:
Website Login:
Site username: abdo-zoom
Site password: 072020

Elementary Grade Databases
Direct URL:
Website Login:
Site username: abdo-elementary
Site password: 072020

Secondary Grade Databases
Direct URL:
Website Login:
Site username: abdo-secondary
Site password: 072020

Various digital bookshelf and a zoom research database
Elementary Digital Bookshelf Prek-8 
Secondary Digital Bookshelf 5-12
ABDO Zoom Research Database

is making their millions of eBooks, audiobooks and magazines FREE to anyone for 30 days, no credit card required. There are many fantastic books for adults and children available without waiting.

Audible has launched Audible Stories, a free service that offers family-friendly educational and entertaining audiobook content.

Haymarket Books
You can now download ten free ebooks on social and economic justice from Haymarket Books to read while social distancing.

Many 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. Check out our Children’s Events and Resources as well as our Teen page for more information. 

Audio book database for all ages.

Huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

Add, catalog, and organize unlimited books while stuck at home

Infobase Learning Resources
For the following links please use this login information:
Username: 1688356-user
Password: digital
Science Online
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center
Health Reference Center
World News Digest
Today’s Science
The World Almanac for Kids
Access Video On Demand: Master Collection
Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids
The World Almanac for Kids Elementary

EBSCO is providing free access for NH public libraries to Rosetta Stone for at home language learning. Click here for access. 

Free Lesson Plans and Education Resources
Efficient Ways to Improve Student Writing
7 Steps to Teaching Writing Skills to Students with Disabilities
Teaching English Learners: What Classroom and Content Teachers Need to Know About English Learners
The Educator’s Guide to Applying Real-World Math: 15 Resources with over 100 Lesson Plans
Alternatives to Dissection
7 Beneficial At-Home Science Activities that Can Help Ease ADHD Symptoms
Surefire Ways To Engage Kids in Learning Chemistry
A Helpful Collection of Calculators for Teachers & Students
How to Make History Come Alive
LivBits Let’s Keep Reading
Distance Learning 

Picture Book Read Alouds
This is made up of authors reading their own work, including a list from the Indianapolis Public Library with over 100 titles, and titles in other languages.

Read, Wonder, and Learn
This is a lot of authors sharing lessons, excerpts, etc from their books.

More Children’s and Teen Resources  
Children’s book publishers have such a wealth of online content that can be useful year-round in connecting kids with books. Activity kits, educator kits, discussion guides, graphic novels, and more are available for free in a wide range of topics and for hundreds of books.In an effort to make these resources easier to discover and use, publishers have shared them with us so you can find them all in one place online. The new CBC resource page is now available and contains links directly to publisher websites to easily access and learn more about the amazing children’s and young adult books and activities they have to offer. 

Ben’s Guide
NASA Space Place
Revolutionary Story Time
Homemade Tangrams
Make your own mask 
Books by the Bushel Monthly Activities 

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

Authors Everywhere
A YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and work, will also, hopefully, host panels and other discussions.

Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page
Lots of print outs/activities that encourage creativity and story creation – I think a fun thing to do would be to pick a certain page and encourage all kids (and adults!) to work on it and then have them tag the library on social media in their finished work.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Take this quiz to find your next 500+ page read!

These closed-space book recommendations make for perfect quarantine reading.

Cooking Demos

The Creative Feast
Try cooking with Liz as she live streams various culinary tips, tricks, and how-to’s! Also visit her Facebook page at The Creative Feast

Cookbook authors are helping with what to cook during quarantine.

Artists and writers are chronicling their journey with COVID-19 in interesting and thought-provoking ways.

Science Resources 

Center for Wildlife Morning Meeting with Wildlife Ambassadors Facebook Live! 
Join us for a Morning Meeting with Wildlife Ambassadors on Facebook Live each day at 10am EST where we will highlight one of our amazing wildlife ambassadors or neighbors! We would like to welcome you to an up and in (virtual) person opportunity to meet our wildlife ambassadors as well as be able to ask questions of their caregivers! We also post fun activities to do at home, as well as educational and entertaining content! Don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted on our Youtube channel! We look forward to learning and laughing with you!

At Home Science Experiments