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And.....We Are Open! 

Once again you are able to enter the

library and discover your next adventure! 

Free resources are still available to those of you working and learning at home.  These links are currently working as of Feb 2021. 
As we move beyond Covid and staying indoors, these links will remain a little longer until our new librarians begin to curate and add their own suggestions for links.

Kids Jumping into the Lake

         Washburn Memorial Library, Washburn, Maine


We are here for you

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Check out the Card Catalog link above in our main menu.  If you have never used an online catalog, that's ok.  There are several "How To" links on the website and one of these will give you an introduction to the Card Catalog.  Check out what's new by viewing the scrolling list on the front page of the card catalog.



For all of the adults who are home from work - (or working from home) - You need

to take a break at times.  Here are some resources just for you...

        Time Sensitive Activities
ME Statewide Library Events Calendar - A listing of Virtual Events around the state
       Interactive Fun for the Entire Family - Discover your ancestors!  Library edition - free access has been extended.

As a patron of WML, you can discover all about your ancestors online for free at  Normally, the only way to access this database is to be physically at the library.  But of course, we all know that these are not normal times and we are very fortunate to be able to do our research at home.  Please use the following url:​

Courtney's Crafts - Learn how to make a beautiful crafts.
Courtney's Stories - Courtney Howe, from Perham, has helped our library by offering a story time for children in a virtual setting.
Digital Escape Rooms - Do you have what it takes?  I am sure you do! 

Solve a series of clues to solve the puzzles and “escape”.  Don't worry, it's just for fun and you can't get stuck inside!  Check out our collection of digital escape rooms created by librarians all around the world - how cool is that?!  These escape rooms are designed for children of different ages, or for families to work on together.  

Here are a couple more:

Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items - Getty Blog issued a challenge to re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home.  Check out these creative renditions!

Knitting Fun - Here’s a great opportunity for “knitting with needles” learners. It’s a free Learn to Knit - 5 lesson course offered for learners seven years old and up. Bulky yarn and size 10 (American) needles are recommended especially for children but one could use whatever is available. Worsted weight yarn and size 8 or 9 needles would also work. Just sign up for this course and get started

Washburn Memorial Library Bingo -

  • Bingo for Adults - discover what our library has available for you!  All resources are found in the Digital Maine Library, the Cloud Library, and on our website.

  • Bingo for Kids - Parental help may be needed.  All resources marked with * are found on our website.

Probably the 2 best series that have helped us to cope with the ongoing pandemic:
  • Kindness Matters....and Steve Hartman continues with his Kindness 101 series on YouTube.  
  •  SGN - Some Good News with John Krasinski - relax and smile with these clips.  There's a new holiday clip.



Maine Resources from our library and community


Art Lessons - Tim Gagnon, Washburn native, offers Quarantine Painting Lessons


Arts Webisodes - Free daily art lessons from Presque Isle Wintergreen Art Center


Chris Van Dusen, Maine Author shares his drawings.  See also his FB page

Cloud Library - this link takes you right to the Washburn Memorial Library Cloud Library site

Click on this link to discover how to get a library card number and download the app to access an audiobook or ebook from the Maine State Library collection.  

Community Learning for MECreated in collaboration with multiple organizations and agencies

to support Maine Teachers, Families and Organizations!  Summer offerings are available now.

Courtney's Craft Time for Adults    The project is also posted on WML Facebook page   

Courtney's Story Time from Washburn Memorial Library

Curious City; Children's Book Engagement Tools - Created by Kirsten Cappy, a Portland resident.  Literacy-rich kits for grade levels from Pre-K through grade 12.       

Digital Maine Library

If you have never ventured here before, you are in for a treat.  Magazines, newspapers, the Maine Memory Network, Genealogy resources, Craft & Hobby ideas, and so much more.  You may want to go to Getting Started if you have never been here before.  Ancestry, which has only been available when you are in a public library, is now available at home

Francis Malcolm Science Center - Check in to get great resources and ideas 

Knitting - Do you like to knit?  We are going to start adding links that may give you some ideas and help.  Rita has started with a finger knitting site to get kids interested in knitting.  Stay-tuned.

Laura Hale's Usborne Books & More Group - Live story time every day at 10:00 am. 


The  Learning Space - Maine Public, the Maine Department of Education, and Educate Maine have joined forces to create original, educational programming for students in grades 3 through 5. Dedicated teachers from across Maine have developed original video lessons, pulling content from their own lesson plans and sources to provide exceptional learning opportunities for Maine students.  

Lynn Plourde, a beloved Maine children's author, reads stories, offers videos, has links to other Maine author activities,  videos of activities every SATURDAY for VIRTUAL GRANDPARENTS, and writing/learning lessons.  


Maine 4-H - QuaranTeen Virtual Science Cafes - Chat with a UMaine scientist, and learn about their work. It’s free! Join us each Tuesday where you will meet scientists, learn about how they ended up at UMaine and how they became involved in their work/research, and participate in informal discussions. So, sign up and learn some cool science!  Recommended for teens in grades 7-12. **    

ME DOE offers tools, resources and tips for parents and families.  An extensive toolkit for students K-5 and one for 6-12 (see link at top of page).


ME Statewide Library Events Calendar - A listing of Virtual Events around the state

Science Online - Join Chris Dorman and the Maine State Library live on Facebook every Wednesday at 3:30 EST. Each week we explore a different topic using science principles, materials found in or around your home, and a follow along experiment to test your science knowledge!This week join us for Critters and Creepy Crawlers!**note we will also be looking at birds, flora, etc. not just bugs and insects.Materials list as well as a brief explanation are available on the MSL Facebook page.

Teaching Resources for Parents - created by Bethany Gervais, special ed teacher at Washburn Elementary School.  A FB group with many neat art ideas, learning resources, stem projects, and much more.  Many new postings available for summer fun.  Check this out.

Teens : The Telling Room has stories, essays, poetry and more written by young people from across Maine.


Alphabetical Listing of Resources                                                


Amazon Fire list of free apps, extended free trials, and free content on Fire TV and Fire Tablet

Coloring pages from Museums

Health - Be very careful!  Health information on the web is plentiful and we can't always be sure of the source or the validity.  Check out these resources, including the

U.S. Library of Medicine: 

MedlinePlus Sources:

Maine CDC Sources:

Kindle Nation Daily - Sign up for a daily newsletter if you are looking for free books and more.

Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books with Zibby Owens.  A mom of 4 talks to authors about their work.  An Apple Podcast that will allow you to escape your daily frenzy!

National Emergency Library - Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

Open Culture - Open Culture features educational media. They find the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & educational videos you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between. They also add new things to their Facebook page regularly. 

Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare - these readings have finished, but you can still go back and listen. 

Pinterest Stay Safe Stay Inspired

Tech Against Corona - an incredible listing of resources to use to maintain collaboration and work remotely from home.

The Shows Must Go On - Starting Friday, April 3, we’ll be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free! It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend! First up, it’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat!

Skillshare – Links directly to a free page of lessons, older kids and adults can search for topics they are interested in. 

Reading Resources for All Ages
#FreeBookResources - it has become overwhelming to keep track of all of the free reading resources on social media.  Follow this on Twitter to see who is showing up where & when!  Or access the list here - listed day by day and hour by hour.
Animorph Book series (all 54 books) free online to read - middle/high school
Audible Free Listening Collection - Stories help.  They keep young minds active, alert, and engaged.  These are available while school is closed.
Author Permissions - Book Reading Recordings
Barnes & Noble Kids Free e-books
Brightly Resources - Reading Through It Together: Educational Resources & Activities to Use While the Kids Are at Home. 
Children's Books (Digital archived Historical copies) free to read online
Graphic Medicine - Graphic comics during Covid 19.  Comics for Good during the pandemic
Graphic Novels - ebook care package from Papercut.  4 free novels
Growing Book by Book - an amazing list of online resources
Happy Cloud Stories -  wonderful illustrated stories by Laura Major which you can read aloud with your child.
HarperCollins at Home - HarperCollins Children’s Books is using social media to share daily story times, learning materials, and activities with readers. Authors, illustrators, and Harper staff will participate, with social media channels available for different age groups. HarperKids is on Instagram for little readers, the YouTube channel Shelf Stuff is for middle grade readers, the Epic Reads Twitter feed is for teens, and HarperStacks—also on Twitter—has resources for educators, parents, and caregivers.
Junior Library Guild at Home -  click the school-level book stream of your choice and you'll be automatically logged in
Josh Gad, actor, reading stories online (Frozen star) - now is joining many other stars on SavewithStories
KidLit TV - KidLit TV has created a virtual library available to readers on their site. The virtual library includes tutorials, read-alouds, podcasts and other activities, including reading resources. The multimedia content provider is run by educators and parents and works with more than 600,000 schools.
The Learning Network - Activities for students include writing prompts, articles with questions, quizzes and crosswords, multimedia, and contests.  Offered by the New York Times
Live Virtual Storytime with Pete the Cat!
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! 
Pete the Cat and the Birthday Party Mystery - Do you like Pete the Cat? If so, you’ve come to the right place!  The Abington Free Library in Abington, Pennsylvania, presents their Pete the Cat-themed Digital Mystery Puzzle. Feel free to solve this mystery by yourself or with others. The puzzle is not timed, so take your time and have fun! This activity may be most fun for ages 2 to 8.
Ranger Rick Digital Subscription - We are making all digital editions of our magazines free to the public through the end of June.
Raising Readers - We'll be posting read-alouds of Raising Readers books here regularly. Guest readers will include our program's pediatric and early literacy advisors and the book creators themselves. Followers, particularly those here in Maine, may have some of these books in their home libraries to follow along with and will recognize some familiar doctor and author faces!
Read-alouds posted by author, Kate Messner - you’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (all shared with permission!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.​
Scavenger Hunts from Primary Playground - printable lists, currently 13 available for your little ones.
Read & Learn with Simon Kids - Keep your child reading, learning, and having fun with Simon Kids! This page is a one-stop shop for all of our great resources for parents and educators as you navigate distance learning at home.
  • Snack & Read Live with Simon Kids - Live read-alouds and activities around bestselling and award-winning books Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2pm EST
  • Read & Learn with Simon Kids on YouTube - A brand-new video initiative full of storytimes, sing-alongs, writing prompts, and other activity videos with Simon & Schuster authors
  • Simon Kids Pinterest - Downloadable activities for children, craft ideas inspired by books for young readers, reading recommendations, and more
Storyline Online - streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
Field Trips & Online Resource Learning Sites
** denotes resources for older students** - a brand new addition to this list created by a high school student who realized it was hard to find quality learning sites for online learning assistance.  Sophia Joffe has created a database of  sites color coded by grade level and subject matter for K-12.  Every week, she'll highlight an outstanding learning site to elevate your learning.  You can follow her on different platforms to keep updated.  Don't miss this excellent site!
(Top) 40 YouTube Learning Videos for Kids
100 Activities to do at home during school closures
7 online education tools for parents who are homeschooling during the coronavirus outbreak
20 Virtual Field Trips to take with your Kids
12 Famous Museums to Visit Virtually
Art Lessons offered for free on YouTube - from HomeSchool Hideout  **
Carley and Adam Free Stem at Home Challenges and Resources
Coloring Home     /  Free Coloring Pages from over 100 Museums
Community of Learning - In an effort to provide home-bound students educational content that is fun, interactive and professionally delivered, CILC will begin offering programs from champion Content Providers beginning Monday, March 23rd.  Targeted to students in grades K-6,  programs will cover topics in STEM, Social Studies, Literacy, and Art/Music from 8:30-2:30 CST.  All programs are free-of-charge and will be in webinar format.  Most of the programs will be recorded so that students can access them at any time after the live program.
Crash Course - At Crash Course, we believe that high quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.  **
Deaf Community Resources
Digital Learning in Special Ed - Mrs. D's Corner
DIY Activities to Bust Boredom
Educational Games for Kids - Preschool - grade 5
FutureSmart - FutureSmart, powered by The MassMutual Foundation, empowers students to effectively manage their finances, make sound decisions, and become stewards of their financial future through interactive exercises and real-life scenarios.​  Gain free access by choosing Homeschool/Parent in the form.  **
GoNoodle movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
Going Old School - more ideas without using a computer
iWrite - Unlock the power of your child's imagination through story writing.  Sign up for freeonline creative writing activities.
Kahn Academy - Build a deep, rock-solid understanding in math, grammar, science, history, SAT®, AP®, and more.  The very best for online lessons!  Go here for SAT test prep!  **
Kidpid - Kidpid is platform (designed by K4 Media) for children, parents and teachers where you can read and write to explore new ways to nurture curiosity. Most of our article are in question/answer format to promote inquisitive learning and make your children/student curious. 
Lalilo - Lalilo is a free online tool for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers and students. Students work on adaptive exercises in phonics, word recognition, and comprehension.
Library of Congress - Digital Collections - spend some time exploring our history through photos, diaries, maps and more.  Enjoy Exhibitions highlighting special moments in our history.  Engage
Magic Tree House Kids - Each week, Magic Tree House Home Adventures will feature videos from Mary Pope Osborne, activities, craft ideas, themed recipes, reading challenges, cross-curricular lessons, Family Trivia Night game ideas, fun surprises, and much more   
Math: 60 Awesome websites for teaching and learning math - this list reflects free and discounted sites with $ indicating a subscription cost.  
Math Concepts Using Legos
Mindfulness Class for Kids -  Classes will be held on:Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10am PDT / 1pm EDT.  Sign up for Zoom call-in instructions

We are designing these LIVE online mindfulness classes with K-5 students in mind – AND please know that students and adults of all ages are welcome to participate. We are aware that many families are away from school and work, and we hope this is a resource that families can enjoy together.

MOS - Museum of Science STEM resources

Music Education Games
NASA - Explore NASA's online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.​
National Geographic for Kids
National Geographic Coronavirus family guide: Keeping kids connected (while apart) - sign up for this newsletter which provides many things for a family to do together.
Newsela - News for Kids
Nichelodean Rainforest Animal Habitat Classroom resources for teaching about rainforest animal habitats in grades K-5
Ology: a Science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History
PBS Kids
Reading Rockets - you'll find lots of ideas to immerse kids in language and stories, build background knowledge, and inspire creative play.
ReadWriteThink - one of the best places online to find writing and language arts resources. **
Recipes & Cooking Activities for Kids - Explore the world of cooking
Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Teen Resources - Thanks to the Portland Public Library **
Tech for Learners - This is a huge listing of free offerings.  Apply the filters on the main page of listings to indicate grade level, content type, and product type.  Once you choose a program, you will get a synopsis of what is available at the site.  Scroll down the page until you see the link for the site.
Virtual Farm Tours While You're Stuck at Home
Wonderopolis - Each day, the site invites visitors to explore an intriguing question about the world around us and includes activities that reinforce the content learned while building background knowledge and vocabulary skills.
Zoo and Aquarium Live Cams – A number of zoos and aquariums are offering live cam feeds to various animals. San Diego ZooGeorgia AquariumMonterey Bay AquariumSmithsonian National ZooHouston Zoo. *
ZOOM - step-by-step instructions for using Zoom. 
Zoom Help Center
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