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Weekly Adventures for Kids & Teens!

We know you can’t visit us, but we’re still here for you!  Discover something new to explore with your library. We will be adding a suggestion to each category every week. Also, see that blank box up above? Want to see your art featured there? Design something for our Weekly Adventures heading and send an image of it to Lisa Kochik <>. Your art might be featured!

Parents: looking for fun for your younger children? Check out Parent Resources for news and updates.

We’re Back!

Welcome back from Earth School! We now return to our regular adventuring schedule!

If you missed it, you can still complete the 30 days of Earth School! Just click on the link above.


Museum Mondays. Visit a different museum & exhibit online.

July 13, 2020 is Ashley Bryan’s 97th birthday! A whole summer celebration is underway at the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival to honor this artist and illustrator who is still writing and painting, lives on an island in Maine, but grew up in New York City.

Prior picks:

  • Let’s see what’s happening at the Boston Children’s Museum. Try this virtual walk through and see if there is something that interests you! What do you want to explore in the museum exhibits? See if you can find out more about that topic on your own.
  • We’re back that the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to celebrate National Puerto Rican Day, the second Sunday in June which was yesterday, with a reading of The Golden Flower: A Taino Mythfrom Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe, and create a golden flower based on this legend of how Puerto Rico came to be.
  • Let’s travel all the way across the country to visit the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. They have lots of fun videos, experiments and activities to try at home to ignite your Curiosity at Home.
  • Comics are fun and one of the longest running comic strips was Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Did you know there is a Charles M. Schulz Museum in Schulz’s hometown of Santa Rosa, CA? Like many museums across the country, this museum is closed but still sharing fun things to do while you are at home. On the next nice day, take a walk and do the Look with Lucy Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt!
  • The American Museum of Natural History’s OLogy is an excellent place to explore natural science and includes games, stories, hands-on activities, and videos on earth & space, human culture and biology. You can even search for virtual OLogy cards as you learn about all sorts of things! And don’t forget to explore the dinosaurs!
  • Let’s visit the J. Paul Getty Museum. They have some fun online games to try along with exploring the collections. And, while you’re looking around, why not see if there’s a painting that you can recreate with your family? You don’t have to submit your picture, just do it for fun!
  • We’re starting off with a visit to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. During the time they are closed, the CMOM is suggesting daily fun activities for you to do at home. When both of us reopen, the Newburgh Free Library has a membership pass to this museum that you can borrow and someday visit them in person.

Tech Tuesdays. Explore TED-Ed talks online.

Learn about lines (Fair warning: this song will get stuck in your head!) or discover the mathmatician who didn’t exist

Prior picks:

  • Let’s explore some engineering, specifically architecture. Think a little about designing a new space just for yourself. What would you want to have there? How could you build it? Where could you build it? Would you want to design buildings? What is the coolest idea for a house you can think of? What about a school? What about a restaurant?
  • It’s not always easy to change your mind. Why? You might actually need to change your brain, and that takes real work. Learn a bit more about this idea from a fun experiment called “The Backwards Bicycle” to give you some food for thought.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? A lot of people are! If you are facing challenges in your home, with schoolwork or just trying to learn something new for yourself, here’s some advice and Three simple tips to help you develop the confidence to persevere.
  • Have you ever heard of the Fibonacci numbers sequence? You can find out more in this article and TED-Ed video about a fascinating mathematical pattern that shows up everywhere and is not to be ignored! Watch a mathematician call out Nickelodeon’s animated representation of Spongebob’s pineapple house as an impossibility due, in part, to Fibonacci numbers. And be sure to check out the animator’s response and the redesign of Spongebob’s house in the notes. To learn a little more about Fibonacci numbers, try Fibonacci Zoo on hoopla.
  • Are you into computers? Maybe want to learn more? Learn to Think Like a Coder in a multipart animated series from TED-Ed. Then, if you’re ready to try some coding, check out VidCode, a self-directed coding class from the library. (Not available to all RCLS cardholders, but definitely for Newburgh Free Library cardholders!)
  • Would you like to investigate a topic and speak your mind? The library is considering starting a TED-Ed club for grades 5 and up. Interested? Let me know*. Watch for details to follow! In the meantime, learn a little about Humans vs. Viruses.

Wild and Wonderful Wednesdays. The great outdoors.

Horizons On the Hudson and Yale Day of Service have partnered to share a bit of Newburgh’s Great Outdoors with you, exploring Muchattoes Lake and inviting you to reimagine the area! You will definitely want to enjoy the Adventure Paddle! To see what this project is all about, take a look at the Placemaking Muchattoes Lake Introduction Video, enjoy a relaxing Muchattoes Lake Virtual Adventure Paddle, (below) and then reimagine the Lake as you’d like to see it!  See the full project available in English, or Spanish. 

Prior picks:

  • Let’s spend more time in the ocean! Visit the Oceans Initiative, a non-profit Pacific Ocean team of scientists on a mission to protect marine life with a focus on dolphin and whale research projects.
    • SHINE THE LIGHT Feature:  Have you ever thought about becoming an Oceanographer? You should probably learn how to swim and also learn to SCUBA dive. Even today, many women do not learn to dive, and of those who do, very few are black. The Black Girls Dive Foundation makes it their mission to empower young girls and women to explore their STEM identities by engaging in aquatic-based STEM activities and become leaders in conservation. Check them out!
  • We’re going under-the-sea and deep in the ocean. NOAA has some terrific VR ocean dives posted for you to enjoy; if you don’t have VR available to use, there are plenty of videos and fantastic pictures to see. Just play the 360 videos to hear the narration, and enjoy looking at the amazing creatures who live with us on the planet and pass through or live in our National Marine Sanctuaries.
  • How about a trip to Florida?! You can find out more about the Florida Everglades. You can learn about the water, wildlife, history, habitats and seasons. (Hint: the Everglades do not share the  climate changes of the four seasons that we think of: winter, spring, summer and fall. Do you think they have more seasons or fewer? Go check it out to see if you’re right!)
  • It’s Earth Day! Learn about the first Earth Day celebration 50 years ago; then celebrate taking care of the planet with National Geographic quizzes and games. Learn even more about taking care of our planet with ScienceFLIX. Login with your library card number and search the word “Conservation.” And, don’t forget to go outside!
  • There are so many amazing plants and animals in the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley. The Nature Conservancy featured some of their favorites in this list that includes the Humpback whale, which has returned to the waters near New York City. We probably won’t be seeing any whales near Newburgh, but which of these animals have you seen?
  • Spring has sprung and the birds are a-twittering! Do you know what the official bird for New York State is? You can find out here, and also learn how to attract these birds to your backyard and neighborhood. Or, try your hand at some bird games. Explore more fun facts about New York State, and all the official symbols here. Did you know there’s an official State animal, fish, fossil, and reptile along with so many more symbols?
  • All things nature, animals, and wild places around the world, or in your backyard. For this week we’re staying local and taking a look at the Hudson River. You may be out of school, but fish live in schools. Find out what needs to be done to save the fish in our river.

Throwback Thursdays. Let’s investigate a little bit of history.

Learn a little about Fort Ticonderoga in upstate NY. They offer free Facebook Live sessions on the interesting items in their collections like buttons, shoemaking, military hats or an extensive tool collection. (Note: Some sessions have a registration fee, but many are free to participate.)

Prior picks:

  • Take a historical tour of Washington D.C. The Smithsonian Institution and Great Courses have created a 24-part video tour and lecture series that is available free, fun for the whole family to watch together to take a virtual vacation to visit our nation’s capital. If you don’t want to see it all, you can just check out the sights that interest you. Anyone up for the National Zoo?
  • Did you know cars were built in Newburgh? Frontenac Touring Cars were manufactured in Newburgh for the Abendroth & Root Manufacturing Company. Do a little research and see what else was made in Newburgh!
  • Eighty-one years ago, Marian Anderson, an internationally acclaimed opera star, was denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color. At the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, who resigned from membership in the DAR because of this action, Marian Anderson was asked to perform instead at the Lincoln Memorial. She did so on this day in history, April 9, 1939. Watch a brief clip of her historic performance, and find out more about Eleanor Roosevelt & Marian Anderson.  When the library is able to lend books again, I recommend two wonderful books to read about this amazingly dignified and talented star: a picture book, When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and a longer biography for older readers, The Voice that Challenged a Nation, by Russell Freedman.
  • “George Washington slept here.” He really did sleep here, and here, and literally here. Explore Newburgh and George Washington with these free online resources: Digital Public Library of America, The Library of Congress, and the New York State Archives.

Fun Fridays. Are you ready for the weekend?


Prior picks:

  • It’s Arbor Day! Learn a little about this holiday and play some games to learn about trees. You can also read some books about trees in Tumblebooks, BookFlix, or eSebco. (Login with your library card!)
  • Hey, kids! Enjoy music, singing, fun and dance around on Fridays, Live 10-10:30 on Facebook, or watch recorded sessions, with a terrific original children’s musical performer, Laurie Berkner. Make this your morning break from school work—the adults in your home will love it–and even tell your teacher to join the fun!
  • The Cincinnati Zoo has started streaming on Facebook Live every day at 3PM to feature one of their animals and a talk from a zoo expert. Fun if you can tune in! If not, you can still visit the Home Safari adventures to watch their past videos and find suggested activity for each animal encounter. What’s your favorite animal? How much do you know about that animal? Has the zoo featured your favorite animal yet? Did you learn something new from the animal keepers?
  • You guessed it! Fridays are all about something fun and frivolous. Are you already doodling with Mo Willems? If not, time to check it out. And Ms. Lisa says this is not just for kids!

Weekend Reads. Need a suggestion of something interesting?

It’s the end of National Library Week. Read a book that includes a library, reading, computers, books, gaming or whatever you use the library for! Tell us what you read and send a picture of you or your reading choice! Send your pictures to, or post on social media with #newburghfreelibrary #NLW2020

Prior picks:

Have you not yet read Harry Potter? Now is the time to start with the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, available unlimited for the month of April from OverDrive/Libby with no wait to read or listen to the book. All you need is your library card, the Libby app and your tablet, kindle or other reading device.

Why not read a classic children’s book as a family read aloud? Start with The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame. Available from Project Gutenburg here, just select your preferred format.


Trivial research for the week:

April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day, but April is celebrated as National Grilled Cheese month. What do you think is the best cheese for making a grilled cheese? What can you find out about that cheese? How is it made? What makes it different from other cheeses? Why do you think it is the best cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich?

Prior trivialities:

What is the official New York State Muffin? Can you find a recipe for it? Why do you think this flavor was chosen by New York?

Why do we say fish live in schools? What are other words for groups of animals? Do a little research and see what you discover.