Posted in Crafts, Online Resources, Pepperell Library, storytime

Lawrence Loves

Here’s a roundup of some of the online resources that the staff of the Lawrence Library has shared in the past month. This National Library Week video from Seth Meyers holds a special place in our hearts. Please note that links were current and functional as of April 24, 2020. The source of the link is in parentheses.


Animals and Nature

Bird Library (Bird Library)

11 Actions for the Planet During a Pandemic (

EcoTarium At Home Resources (EcoTarium)

Expedition: Insects (Smithsonian Science Education Center)

Live animal cams from around the world (

New England Aquarium Virtual Visit (New England Aquarium)

7 Hiking Tips from a Dog’s Perspective (Tower Hill Botanic Garden)

Stone Zoo Tune in on Facebook daily at 1:30 PM for a mix of Facebook Live, videos, activities, and more. Check out their video about “Training and Trust-Building with Spotted Hyenas, Thika and Kai.”

Arts & Crafts

Build Your Own Eiffel Tower (Little Passports)

D.I.Y. Face Masks (Lawrence Library staff)

Montshire at Home: Bubble and Soap (Montshire Museum of Science)

Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results (Sad and Useless)

Pepperell Green-Up (Lawrence Library staff)

Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild 2020 A virtual tour of the 2020 quilt show at our library (Lawrence Library staff)

Tracing Shadows (Discovery Museum at Home)

Books, Education, and Writing

Harry Potter Wordsearch (Wizarding World)

How to Find eBooks and David Tennant (Lawrence Library staff)

Internet Archive Opens National Emergency Library (Kirkus)

MetKids Time Machine (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian (Library Journal)

Research Your Roots from Home (Lawrence Library staff)

So You Wanna Be a Writer, Huh? (Kirkus)

Stephen King Is Sorry You Feel Like You’re Stuck In A Stephen King Novel (NPR)

WGBH Distance Learning Center (WGBH)

Wowbrary Sign up for a weekly update of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines added to our catalog.


Bear Hunt of Massachusetts (The Boston Calendar)

Getting Bored? Here’s a List of Free Things That Weren’t Free Before Coronavirus (NPR)

It’s Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here’s How (Wired)

75+ things to do while coronavirus has you stuck at home (The Boston Globe)


Living Life at a Distance (Slate)

Home and Garden

Create a Seed Viewer (Kids Gardening)

What’s the difference between active dry yeast and instant yeast? (The Takeout)


LGBTQ+ eBooks and Online Resources (Lawrence Library staff)


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Greenhouse Tour (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

Museum at Home (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh)

Performing Arts

Andrew Lloyd Webber Offers Free Musicals to Stream on YouTube During Covid-19 (Broadway Direct)

Coldplay: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR)

Lawrence Library Music in the Gallery This archive includes past performances from our Live @ Lawrence Library concert series spanning over nine years! (Pepperell Public Access)

Missing Broadway? Here Is How to Watch a Classic Musical or Play at Home (Vogue)

The Music Lab (The Music Lab)

National Theatre Free full-length plays every Thursday (National Theatre)

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies (The Guardian)

Virtual ‘Love Sweet Love’ From Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students (NPR)


Goodnight with Dolly (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library)

PBS Kids: Read-Along Mondays with Michelle Obama (PBS Kids)

Story Time from Space (Story Time from Space)

Storyline Online (Storyline Online)

Strega Nona Read by Mary Steenburgen (Storyline Online)


Posted in Children's, Crafts, Free Event, Special Event, storytime, Summer Reading, Teen

Summer Programs Start June 28!

Celebrate our kickoff to summer in style with zillions of bubbles! Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 AM for our fun Annual Bubble Blast Summer Reading Kickoff Party!

The fun isn’t limited to kids! This summer, every time that you visit the Lawrence Library, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize!

Visitors to the children’s room will get to make a necklace this summer, by choosing a new bead to add to their necklace each time they visit. The children’s department has planned activities for kids of all ages with something new each day!

On Wednesday, July 11 at 6 PM, we will be having a family book club for the elementary age group. Make sure you register online to pick up a free copy of Race the Wild by Kristin Earhart and illustrator Eda Kaban. Join us for pizza and a discussion in the library’s meeting room on the lower level.

We will also be offering evening family storytimes on Wednesday, July 25 and August 15 at 6 PM on both nights.

Don’t forget summer reading! This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! and we’ll be celebrating with:

Speaking of rocking, did you know that in addition to being able to borrow DVDs and CDs from the library, you can access many concerts online via Qello?  All you need is your library card!

The Lawrence Library has something for everyone this summer! The children’s room will offer engineering challenges (grades 2-8), sand art (for the whole family!), LEGO fun, various crafts, chess (grades K-8), and ICE CREAM.  Teens can join us for  pizza and movie nights as well as a Shibori dyeing workshop, which is being held on August 9. 

Check out our event calendar for details, dates and times. You can also subscribe to this blog for frequent updates on events. 

See you at the library this summer for a rocking good time!