Online Events & Activities

Try learning something new, dive into a creative activity, or participate in a virtual event!

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

How To Whole Grains
Click here for the recording of the How-To Whole Grains program.
Passcode: n8tC%a!W 


NH Society of Genealogists: Virtual Meeting 
Saturday, September 26

Join the NHSOG with Jane E. Wilcox who will the meeting as a guest speaker. Jane will be focusing on finding our elusive female ancestors. Her topics will include the following: Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records; A Tale of Woe: An Eighteenth-Century Woman’s Story Using Original and Authored Sources; and Forget Me Not: Remembering Our Grandmothers’ Stories. Jane is a professional genealogist with her own company, Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, in Albany, NY. She lectures at local, regional, and national conferences. She is a member of the New York State Archives Advisory Committee and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s Family History Advisory Committee. To attend this virtual meeting register at https://www.nhsog.org/events. $25 for members, $35 for non-members.


BioBlitz: Virtual Community Science Event
Saturday, September 26: Event kick-off and Facebook Lives
Monday, September 28-Thursday, October 1: Species spotlight videos with guest experts
Friday, October 2 at 6pm: BioBlitz family trivia challenge

This year, the Seacoast Science Center has planned a week-long event to help guide you on a community science adventure with your family! Whether you choose to explore your own backyard, a school yard, a local nature trail or a state park, you can learn about the amazing plants and animals that live there and help collect important data to track biodiversity in your region! Follow the SSC on Facebook, tune in at the times listed below (or any time thereafter), and get ready to embark on your own Bioblitz! Learn more and register here. This video will show you how you can easily share your finds by uploading pictures to the BioBlitz Storymap

If you follow the BioBlitz experts throughout the week, you are sure to have a competitive edge when you participate in theBioBlitz Family Trivia Challenge on Friday evening, October 2nd at 6pm. You might even learn something new! Sign up now to compete against other teams for bragging rights and cool prizes as you go on an adventure, exploring the diversity of life around us! 

Saturday, September 26
8:30am      Behind-the-Scenes Kick-off on Facebook Live
4:30pm      BioBlitz Highlights on Facebook Live
Monday, September 28
12pm        Species Spotlight #1: Birding Facebook Post
Tuesday, September 29
8am         Species Spotlight #2: Mammals Facebook Post
12pm       Species Spotlight #3: Intertidal Facebook Post
Wednesday, September 30
8am         Species Spotlight #4: Salt Marsh Facebook Post
12pm       Species Spotlight #5: Plants Facebook Post
Thursday, October 1
8 am        Species Spotlight #6: Pond/Insect Facebook Post
12pm       Species Spotlight #7: Mushroom Facebook Post
Friday, October 2
6pm         BioBlitz Family Trivia Challenge!


Humanities to Go Online: The Connecticut
Friday, October 2 at 5pm

Adair Mulligan will discuss the history and future of “The Connecticut: New England’s Great River.”


Colorism: It’s More Than Skin Deep
Saturday, October 3 at 10am

This symposium panel discussion delves into an examination of how our collective history as well as societal and parental influence have made an impact on children’s perception of themselves and others based solely on skin color; how that perception affects children’s well-being and eventual role in our changing society. For more information and to register, click here.


Discoveries in Bird Migration
Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm

The history of discoveries in bird migration reveals the role of creativity and ingenuity in science. Through elegant and clever experiments scientists uncover amazing capabilities that birds possess to undertake what is arguably one of the greatest natural spectacles on Earth … the massive and synchronous movement of billions of birds from one region of the globe to another. This presentation highlights several especially beautiful scientific approaches to unlocking the secrets of bird orientation, navigation, and travel.

Owner, Steve Hale, holds university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology.  He has lived in New Hampshire over 20 years and has explored most of the state.  An avid hiker, birder, and experienced naturalist, Steve loves to share his experience and knowledge with others.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87117604708?pwd=d1lxdkYvZENKdy9sYVhZeldJS0dTZz09
Passcode: 103418 


Voting Down the Rose
Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm

Author Anne Glass discusses her book Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Women’s Suffrage. Register here.


Genealogy Club
Tuesday, October 20 at 4pm

In this workshop we’ll break it all down and try to cut through the noise. We’ll discuss what a DNA test really is, and how it can help with our genealogy. We’ll discuss how DNA is passed down from generation to generation. We’ll then review the types of genealogical questions which can be resolved with evidence from DNA testing, breaking it down into easy recipes. Finally, we’ll talk about the value of DNA testing for finding distant (but not too distant) cousins who might have family photographs, letters, or other heirlooms.

Robert Cameron Weir is a professional genealogist in Dover, New Hampshire who specializes in early New England research. He has a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education and is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists.

We will be meeting Via Zoom but with permission from our speaker, this meeting will be recorded and be made available until the end of October.Please email erin@meredithlibrary.org for an invitation to this presentation. Free and open to the Public.


Mindfulness Workshop
Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm

Mindfulness is a great way to alleviate stress, develop more creativity, and cultivate more peace in your life. The practice can be added to any lifestyle and can be done anywhere. No special equipment or skills needed! Come and learn how to use your breath, mind, and body as tools to help you be more present and peaceful even during times of stress. This hour-long mindfulness workshop and guided meditation will be a *LIVE* zoom event. Wear comfy clothes and get ready for a relaxing and enlightening experience! Laura Klain is a Certified Life Coach Specializing in Mindfulness. She has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and teaching for the last decade.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88978124155?pwd=eEo2QldDSENBQmJCREN6TzhlVWh3UT09
Meeting ID: 889 7812 4155
Passcode: 820949


Meet Lucy Stone
Wednesday, November 18 at 6pm

Storyteller/Actress Judith Black presents Meet Lucy Stone: Enter the Antebellum World of the Abolition and Women’s Rights Movements. Register here.


Michael Tougias’ So Close to Home
Tuesday, December 8 at 7pm

Join the library as Michael Tougias offers a dramatic presentation based on his co-authored book So Close to Home, about an American family World War II story of survival and the U-Boat that attacked them. Tougias will use slides of the attack, the survivors, and the rescue to make this an “edge-of-your-seat” multi-media program.

Michael J. Tougias is a NY Times Bestselling author and co-author of 30 books.  He is best known for his non-fiction narratives published by Simon & Schuster and Public Affairs.  These include  The Finest Hours,  Ten Hours Until Dawn, So Close to Home, A Storm Too Soon, Overboard, Rescue of the Bounty and Fatal ForecastThe Finest Hours has been made into a Disney movie, while Ten Hours Until Dawn was selected by the American Library Association as “One of the Best Books of the Year.” 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95158513349?pwd=SkVxR2Rta1pOZjc0c0pVRk5WMXE5dz09
Meeting ID: 951 5851 3349
Passcode: 100485


WGBH Book Club: Beyond the Page
Are you a self-proclaimed book worm? Do you struggle to walk past a bookstore without handing over your entire paycheck? Whether you have a passion for fiction or nonfiction, mystery or sci-fi, Beyond the Page: A WGBH Book Club is there to guide you on your journey through the aisles of local, independent bookstores in finding your next great read—all from the comfort of your home! July’s selection is My Mother’s House by Francesca Momplaisir. Join for the month-to-month virtual series on Wednesday, July 15 for a live conversation with host Tina Martin and the author. 


Boston Children’s Museum
Experience joyful discovery at home with online resources from Boston Children’s Museum! Though the Museum is closed, there are lots of opportunities for play and learning you can do at home. The museum also offers fun daily activities families and individuals can partake in! 

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations About Race, Racism, and Resistance
Acknowledging racism with children as early and often as possible can help counter racial bias, which research suggests can present in kids as young as three. Check out this list of children’s books here to support conversations about race, racism, and resistance. 

Healthy Habits: Feelings Masks Activity
Feelings are complicated, and it can be difficult for kids to find the right words to express them. Facial expressions are so helpful for communicating our emotions, but when wearing a face mask, this isn’t always easy! In today’s video, Health and Wellness Educator Saki demonstrates a fun activity for kids to express emotions while get accustomed to wearing masks. Watch here.

Live From the Living Room Challenge 
Join the #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge and share a short and funny video to make someone laugh. Tell a joke, pull a (harmless) prank on your sibling, train your dog to chase his tail — get creative! Let’s work together to make the world smile. Share your video with #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge to be featured on the page! The top ten videos will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Music and Movement with the Laurie Berkner Band
Take a music and movement break every morning at 10:00am with the Laurie Berkner Band! Laurie is hosting daily Berkner Breaks on her Facebook page featuring original music and dance. An added bonus: each of her livestreams benefits a different charitable organization.


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 programs@clifonline.org 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).


Seacoast Science Center

The Seacoast Science Center is NOW open! 
They will be opening for public visits on weekends, starting July 4th! Reservations to visit SSC are strongly encouraged, and reservations are required to enter OPSP. Click here for more information and to make reservations. 

Marine Mammal of New England Webinars
Did you miss our History of Marine Mammals in New England or Great White Sharks and Seals in New England Webinar? No worries! You can watch them anytime by finding them on our YouTube Channel (be sure to subscribe!) or by clicking the links below. Special thanks go partner organizations National Marine Life Center, Tufts University, and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for joining us and sharing their knowledge and expertise!

Facebook Live Fridays
Tune in to the Seacoast Science Center’s Facebook page at 11am every Friday learn about seacoast habitats, animals, and life.Post your questions during the livestream and they will get to as many as they can! Can’t watch live at that time? Facebook Live videos are automatically saved and posted shortly after the session ends so you can watch anytime. 


Children’s Museum of NH 
The museum is still closed however there are online events and activities for children based on various subjects, including: art, STEM, and nature. Click here to discover something new today! 


Hoopla Events and Activities
Curate a film festival from home with hoopla Art House!
With the hoopla Art House film selections you can create your own film festival from the comfort of your home. Hoopla has a wide range of films including Documentaries, Modern Indies, Classics, and Global Cinema titles that have won awards at various film festivals and that have been a topic of discussion with fans and critics alike. Check out the Hoopla page for more information on how to access this digital resource and other fun activities.

Movies of the Month
Every month hoopla hand-picks a variety of films your patrons will love. There are plenty of new movie titles available this month, including Agent Cody Banks, Knock Knock, Mystic Pizza, and more!

hoopla Book Club LIVE!
The Summer 2020 hoopla Book Club Spotlight selection is The Bear. This is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature’s dominion. Written by National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak, learn in hoopla’s exclusive Q&A how the author was inspired to make nature the protagonist in the book WSJ called “the post-apocalypse utopia.” You can also view the book club information as well as attend the live event, and even ask questions and get real-time answers from the author, through their Instagram @hoopladigital.


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Super Stellar Friday: Unveiling the Mysteries of the Solstice
Join the center for their first Virtual Super Stellar Friday event as they explore the solstices! Although the physical space is still closed to visitors, the universe can be brought to you with Super Stellar Friday being hosted live online! Tune in on Friday, June 5th at 7pm with Discovery Center Educator and Astronomy Instructor Dave McDonald as he reveals answers to the most asked questions about the Summer Solstice. Click here to register and to join the zoom meeting! 


Strawberry Banke Museum 

The Strawberry Banke Museum is NOW open!
Please read Strawbery Banke Museum’s COVID-19 precautions prior to purchasing tickets. For COVID-19 precautions, additional tour information, and to purchase tickets please click here. Please note that, advanced ticket purchase for guided tours is strongly encouraged as dates/times may sell out in advance. Each guided tour is limited to 10 participants. Each person needs a separate ticket (including children under 5, who are admitted free). A self-guided tour option is available at the door only. 

The re-imagined visitor experience at Strawbery Banke Museum allows visitors to experience four outdoor sites exploring the resiliency of the historic waterfront neighborhood throughout time. This daily, public program invites guests to experience their own recoveries from COVID-19 restrictions by recognizing the parallels between everyday life in the present and the past. 


Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
A set of materials that you may enjoy browsing and sharing with your colleagues or students – and encouraging students at home to create some mini-museum exhibitions. Poster exhibitions are free to download, and many come with supporting educational materials to help you quickly engage in investigation, reflection, and creativity. 
Downloading our poster exhibitions is easy, follow these steps: 

  1. Select any poster exhibition from the Poster Exhibitions page on our Community Portal 
  2. On the poster exhibition details page, scroll down and select Request Poster Exhibition.
  3. Fill out the online form to provide your name, address, and other information. (If you’re a member of our portal and already logged in, you can skip this step!)
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to review and agree to our usage terms, then select Download Poster Exhibition or Request Poster Exhibition. A download link will be provided on-screen and will also be emailed to you for future use.
    NOTE: Some posters include an option to request the exhibition in printed format. In support of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are not shipping any printed posters at this time. To ensure immediate delivery of the digital files, be sure to select the “download” option. 
  5. Be patient – our digital poster files are large and may take a while to download! Files are provided in compressed (ZIP) format.
  6. After downloading, extract (un-zip) the file to access the digital poster files and associated support materials. (TIP: Most computer systems have ZIP extraction software built-in; double-clicking the ZIP file will probably extract it automatically!) All materials are provided in PDF format, for easy sharing and/or printing.

Aviation Museum

Come fly with us: Around-the-world trip takes off on May 1!
How could our museum help during the coronavirus situation? One way would be to take our popular education outreach program and transform it into an online resource to help teachers and students make the most of learning via computer.Well, after a lot of planning and prep work, we’re ready to launch a globe-spanning extended virtual flight that can be followed by students, teachers, and anyone with an Internet connection. Dubbed the Aviation Museum’s  “Virtual Around-The-World Flight Adventure,” the first segment will depart Manchester on Friday, May 1, bound for Gander, Newfoundland.
We’ll fly a vintage DC-3 (newly installed in our Elite flight simulator), first following the WWII ferry route from Grenier Field across the North Atlantic, and then exploring Europe, Africa, the Mideast, Asia, and more!
Each “segment” will be posted on our Web site as it happens, including a video capture of about five minutes of flight, up to and including the landing. New posts will be made every other day.We’ll include scientific, geographic, and cultural information about the route and the destination, along with links to other resources. We’ll continue hopping around the globe until the Aviation Museum reopens, when we’ll chart a course for home and (cross your fingers) the arrival of a REAL DC-3 to complete the voyage with a landing back home in Manchester.What’s it like to fly a DC-3 (or its military equivalent, the C-47) in our simulator? We’re upgrading the terrain software to new higher-resolution files, so it’s really something.


American Independence Museum 
The museum is creating more digital story time, activities and lesson plan videos. We continue to serve as an educational resource for students, teachers and parents through our digital platforms. New content is posted weekly to our YouTube channel

American Independence Festival
You are invited to join the American Independence Museum in celebrating the re-imagined American Independence Festival by participating in our virtual community-wide reading of the Declaration of Independence! 
Please submit a video of yourself, family, and/or friends reading the Declaration of Independence by July 5 at 12pm. Videos will be edited, compiled, and shared by Exeter TV and the museum on July 16 – the anniversary of the Dunlap Broadside’s arrival in Exeter in 1776. Please record in a quiet place, make sure you film horizontally and not vertically, and the speaker is centered in the frame. You are welcome to read all or part of the document. A transcript of the Declaration of Independence can be found at https://www.archives.gov/founding-do…/declaration-transcript. Videos can be submitted through the form at https://forms.gle/sNBXTPvzkfXDeMMe7 or emailed to events@independencemuseum.org

You are also welcome to share this invitation with your groups, friends, family, and neighbors. 
More details about the re-imagined festival and a full schedule of events will be on our website and Facebook page soon!


STEM Video Challenge
What better week to consider the unique gifts and roles that each species plays in our ecosystems? A rich variety of ecosystems abundant with a variety of species, or biodiversity, is a sign of health. You have likely seen evidence of unhealthy systems in which only a few hardy species can thrive. Spring is the perfect time to observe healthy, diverse habitats, many often humming with activity. If you are able, join our Earth Week BioBlitz challenge: upload your favorite species to our BioBlitz Storymap, and we will post our favorite pictures on SSC social media. Birds, mushrooms, insects, trees, plants, mammals, amphibians, invertebrates… your choice!  


Virtual Walk: Colorful Journey with Sue Anne Bottomley 
Sue was featured on the NH Chronicle show. She first appeared there back in 2012, describing her project of drawing something in every town in New Hampshire, then in progress. Since then those 234 drawings have found their way into a book, and three more books have followed.
Take a virtual walk with her on her Colorful Journey. Don’t miss it. It will also be available online the next day at the WMUR website.
Link to their preview: www.wmur.com/article/wednesday-may-13th-a-colorful-journey/32405624
More details: www.colorfuljourney.art.


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!


Making Playdough
Make play dough at home with Laura; incorporating materials from nature in honor of Earth Week. This is a fun, sensory activity to do in the kitchen with kids using simple household ingredients! Click here to try it out


Composting 
The process of decomposing organic matter like certain food leftovers into nutrient-rich soil. This soil can be used to grow healthy plants that don’t need chemical fertilizers, which are harmful to the environment. It doesn’t take much to start composting at your own house. In honor of Earth Day, Alissa is going to show you how it’s done! Click here to find out how.


National Geographic
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, National Geographic is encouraging families to discover the planet through its amazing animals by creating a neighborhood safari. Click here to find out how it works.


Nature and Art
Faith is showing us how to do rubbings using natural materials like leaves and bark. Click here to view video.


Healthy Habits Friday 
On Healthy Habits Friday, there is a celebration of cooking while engaging and involving younger children with ideas for cooking nutritious meals. Check out this resource from NAEYC on supporting the learning that can happen in your kitchen and beyond….more!


Marsha and the Positrons 
Every Thursday afternoon at 3:30pm, Marsha from Marsha and the Positrons is live streaming a free music and movement class right to your living room! Each week has a different theme and tomorrow’s is Health and Wellness. Click here to catch it on Facebook Live.