Curated Hubbub by Norwich Public Library

Librarians at NPL are working hard to bring resources to your attention that inspire curiosity and joy.

We hope it is helpful to see a gathering of resources all in one place, especially in the weeks ahead. An asterisk (*) indicates that it is recommended especially for young children and their families. Have any suggestions or feedback? This is a collaborative and crowd-sourced effort. Roger is coordinating the list, so do just drop him a line with your suggestions and additions.

Norwich-specific Resources 

From Norwich Public Library 

Adult Reader’s Advisory. Published book recommendations from the staff of NPL. 

Electronic Resources @ NPL. Your library card provides access to a variety of courses via EBSCO and Vermont Online library. 

*Things to Do with Kiddos. This is an open list of suggestions of activities curated by the wider Norwich community. Add your suggestions for the benefit of all! 

Quarantine Poems. A growing list of poems appropriate for our current moment. 

Connections to Norwich 

Hikes with Views in the Upper Valley. Norwich trails committee recommends some excellent trails for getting outdoors. 

Norwich, VT at the Library of Congress. Take a cursory look at what the Library of Congress has on our town. 

Restaurants offering takeout Services. A list hosted by the Upper Valley Business Alliance. 

Online Exhibits from the Norwich Historical Society

Historical Walking tour of Main Street, Norwich. Our friends at NHS have a historical walking tour perfect for getting outside. 

Montshire at Home. Montshire museum explore science activities around a weekly theme. 

Educational Databases 

*Khan Academy. Content and resources for K-12 education. 

Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Pairs essays with works of art in the Metropolitan’s collection to tell stories from a global perspective. 

Open Access of Smithsonian Institute. Download and use millions of images of objects in the Smithsonian’s collection.   

JSTOR Open Content. Search academic content on JSTOR that is open to everyone.

Project Muse Open Access. Open access books and journals from several university presses.  

A History of Racial Injustice. Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative designed a digital experience that highlights events on a given day that discuss people and events in American history that are important but not well known. 

Google Arts and Culture. Online collections from many art museums. Explore by theme, medium, or location.  

Getty Research Portal. Digitized art history publications.  

Learn Civil Rights History at Home. A collection of resources from Freedom Lifted.  

Courses from the Museum of Modern Art

Curriculum Associates

Websites as Resources  


*Brooklyn Public Library’s Virtual Programming. BPL is offering virtual programming via social media channels, including twice-a-day storytime

*Storyline. A collection of videos of famous faces and celebrities sharing favorite picture books 

Virtual Author Activities. Fifty children book authors read from their work. 

*Transit for Tots. New York Transit Museum educators read stories, sing transit-themed songs, and lead activities for all young transportation enthusiasts. 

Goodnight with Dolly. Dolly Parton will read weekly from a story in her Imagination Library. 

*Virtual Tiny Poets. A free video series from New York-based Poets House of books, poems, and sing-alongs perfect for toddlers and young poets. 


Digital Escape Rooms. A list of online escape rooms with different themes for teens and families.  

*Play Create drawings and have other folks guess what they are! 

*Smirkus@Home. Circus Smirkus is now offering live online classes for circus enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

*Hogwarts Digital Escape Room. An online Harry Potter-themed escape room from creative minds at Peters Township Public Library in PA. 

*What We Do All Day. A list of play activities for kiddos and their families. 

*#metkids. A responsive website by the Metropolitan Museum of Art made by, for, and with kids 

* Great for computer time, these coding activities are for K-12. Try out Dance Party, where kiddos can program characters to dance to the beat of a favorite song. 

*GoNoodle. These interactive videos are perfect for little ones looking for a dance break.

*Cosmic Kids Yoga. Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed for young people.

Duolingo. Learn a language for free online 

*Scholastic Learn at Home. Day-to-day educational activities for grades K-9. 

*Coloring Books from AMNH. American Museum of Natural History, New York has pages of coloring and lessons for printing. 

A Guide to Bookbinding and Book Arts. Dartmouth’s Book Arts Workshop is a source for bookbinding and printing instructions, videos and links to resources regarding book production, history, culture and art.


Fitness Blender. Free workout classes for adults

Go4Life. Free workout classes developed with older adults in mind. 

Crafting and Art Making 

Craft Whack. A blog that collects ideas for art making and crafting. 

*Bag of Fun from the Billings Museum. A fun craft activity from the Billings Museum that teaches about Dairy Breeds. 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. Sketch sessions with the artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center. 

Blueprint. Patterns, crafting ideas, and more. 

Knitting Patterns. Patterns from Whitney Hayward free for download through the end of March. 

*Fantastic Fun and Learning. Hands-on learning activities for kids at home. 

10x10x10 from Poets House. Write a poem with prompts as presented in these video workshops. 


Milk Street Cooking. Free classes from the Milk Street Cooking School available through April. 

Savory Projects from Smitten Kitchen. New York-based Smitten Kitchen has excellent savory recipes. 

Curated Lists

Junction Magazine’s social distancing resources. Includes virtual Upper Valley events and ways to support local businesses 

Tips on How to Run an Online Meeting. Created by a member of the Sierra Club’s leadership team, this offers advice on how to run a meeting where most folks are participating digitally. 

Stay Creative from the Couch. @MrsVelazquezArt on instagram created a list of ways to get creative from home, from online museum tours to online art tutorials. 

*Amazing Educational Resources. List of educational companies offering free subscriptions

Coronavirus Relief Resources. Erin Lowry from the website Broke Millennial has put together tabs of federal and state resources for assistance during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Virtual Field Trips. 30 virtual field trips of famous cultural institutions 

Tips for Self-Care. A list of ways to practice self-care that are either free or low-cost. 

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times. An online toolkit from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on how to support folks with autism during the coronavirus crisis.   

Tips for Working from Home. Vermonter Rhiannon M. Kim, who has a masters degree in social work, offers tips for working from home.

To Watch & Listen 

New European Ensemble.  Live stream of classical music concerts. 

Vermont Humanities Council YouTube page. Watch recorded public programming, including past First Wednesday lectures. 

The Artist Project. Hundreds of thought-provoking interviews with contemporary artists making connections between art practice and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. 

Video on Demand from CATV. Public access television programming, including recent recordings of the library’s First Wednesday programs. 

Netflix Party. Want to watch netflix in the company of friends? Netflix Party makes this possible for all netflix subscribers.

Bandcamp. Discover new music, with purchases going directly to artists. 

Free Movies Online. 1,000+ free films to watch online Free musicals and plays you can stream, updated daily.

*Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Webcam. Watch animals swim and play! 

Nightly Met Opera Streams. Encore presentations of the Met Opera. 

Yale Open Courses. Yale University’s Open Courses provides lectures and materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge. 

The Moth. Listen to stories tagged as “funny,” for moments of levity. 


Finding Fred. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers. 

88 Cups of Tea. A podcast for creative writers looking for all kinds of guidance on their storytelling journeys. 

Get Booked. A podcast for book lovers looking for the latest. 

All the Books. All the latest information and reviews on new releases. 

Magic Lessons. A podcast from author Elizabeth Gilbert.