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Interested in local history, beautiful photographs, or 100 year old postcards with 1 cent stamps? Head on over to NY Heritage and browse the Chatham Public Library’s historical postcard collection!

Virtual Readers Theater

Set in the style of old-time radio programs, the Columbia County Library Association Readers Theater is a community theater event held online. Each month brings to life a different theme.

The eleven libraries of Columbia County are taking advantage of the virtual landscape by bringing Readers Theater to you! If you are interested in participating in readings, please sign up by calling the New Lebanon Public Library at 518-794-8844. There is no age limit, the only requirement is an enthusiasm for reading.

Library Newsletters

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including staff picks, new fiction and nonfiction, new audio books and DVDs click here

Adelia Moore’s Author Talk is on YouTube

Watch a recording of an online Author Talk , with Adelia Moore, author of Being the Grownup: The Natural Authority of Parenthood.

 

Moore is a clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in therapy with couples, parents of children of all ages, and families. She was an adjunct professor of psychology and her essays have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and HuffPost.

 

 

Hooray for Hoopla!

Looking for something to read
while staying home?
Instantly borrow e-books, music, movies, graphic novels, television series, and more. Download the hoopla app, and sign up with your card today!

New! Genealogy resources available from home

Ancestry–Library Edition is available from home. Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story.

America’s Genealogy Bank

Explore genealogical records from 1690 to the present, including obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents, and more. Features the Social Security Death Index, historical newspapers, books and documents. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Check out these links to Activities for Families & Children

TeachingBooks Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home EditionOpen through September 15th, children and families can delve into the world of children’s and young adult books, read-along performances of favorite books that are translatable into 100+ languages, virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings, interviews with thousands of authors and much more!
Kripalu Activity Book–soothing coloring sheets for all ages
IS183 tutorials-the Art School of the Berkshires has video tutorials and printables for all kinds of projects with household items.
Google Arts & Culture–virtual tours, deep dives into a subject, ideas for experiments & crafts, etc.
Entertainment & Learning Resources–from Passion Planner, links to everything from creativity to mental health to art to…
NYS Arts Go Online–Family art projects to theater, independent film, opera, streaming house concerts and centuries of incredible painting and sculpture.
Print & Play Games for all Ages–Single & Multi-player, dice games, party games, board games, role playing games & more.
Norman Rockwell Museum Virtual Tour–Special exhibitions at the famous Norman Rockwell Museum are now available for you to peruse with ease.
Berkshire Museum @Home–Check the museum out for Daily Snakes and other fun stuff.
Virtual Field Trips –Exactly what it sounds like. Travel to zoos and other fun locales from home.
Visit Virtual Museums from Around the World–See amazing museums from around the world.
Junior Ranger Program–The outdoors aren’t closed yet and you can be a part of the Junior Rangers program. You can visit a National Park virtually and collect the badge through the mail. Collect them all through the comfort of your home.
Scholastic Resources–Login for 20 days of Educational Materials for Young Learners. You’ll need the Username: Learning20 and Password: Clifford
Board Game Arena–Play board games online with your friends.

Doodle Lessons with Mo Willems!

Stories read by actors!

Click to watch on youtube where there are many more videos!

Want to pick the book yourself? Try Tumblebooks!

TumbleBooks are electronic versions of kids’ favorite picture books with added animation, sound, music and narration.

But wait! There’s more!

For the TumbleMath and TeenBookCloud use the following Username and Password:

Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

Homebound Fun

TeachingBooks Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition. Open through September 15th, children and families can delve into the world of children’s and young adult books, read-along performances of favorite books that are translatable into 100+ languages, virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings, interviews with thousands of authors and much more!

IS183 tutorials–the Art School of the Berkshires has video tutorials and printables for all kinds of projects with household items.

Google Arts & Culture–virtual tours, deep dives into a subject, ideas for experiments & crafts, etc.

Entertainment & Learning Resources–from Passion Planner, links to everything from creativity to mental health to art to…

NYS Arts Go Online–Family art projects to theater, independent film, opera, streaming house concerts and centuries of incredible painting and sculpture.

Print & Play Games for all Ages–Single & Multi-player, dice games, party games, board games, role playing games & more.

Norman Rockwell Museum Virtual Tour–Special exhibitions at the famous Norman Rockwell Museum are now available for you to peruse with ease.

Berkshire Museum @Home–Check the museum out for Daily Snakes and other fun stuff.

Virtual Field Trips –Exactly what it sounds like. Travel to zoos and other fun locales from home.

Visit Virtual Museums from Around the World–See amazing museums from around the world.

Junior Ranger Program–The outdoors aren’t closed yet and you can be a part of the Junior Rangers program. You can visit a National Park virtually and collect the badge through the mail. Collect them all through the comfort of your home.

Scholastic Resources–Login for 20 days of Educational Materials for Young Learners. You’ll need the Username: Learning20 and Password: Clifford

Board Game Arena–Play board games online with your friends.

 

But I want a book…

Not into reading on an eReader? Here’s a map of Little Free Libraries where you can browse for a book to read, and leave a book for someone else, too.

Looking for take out/grocery info? Click here

kanopy: film streaming service with your Library Card

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! The Columbia County Libraries, with the generous support of the Crandell Theatre, have expanded the Kanopy streaming service to all library users in Columbia County. Watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their Film Columbia collection!

Films can be streamed through smart TVs, Rokus, on tablets, computers, or smart phones. You can watch up to 10 films per month.