Stuck at home, Spring 2020

Hi Guys!

The library has been closed for one month tomorrow (4/16). This whole experience has a surreal quality to me. I hate the fact that I don’t get to see you all. I miss our bright, loud library! There are a few things I am okay with, like the fact that I don’t have to iron and I get to wear jeans every day!

I try to find things to occupy my time. I work, read, and of course walk Loki so he will leave me alone to do the first two things! I have started seedlings for my veggie garden and bake more than I used to. My next project is going to be the creation of a bookshelf book nook. If you don’t know what that is click here: Book Nooks 

They look so cool! I really like #4, 5 and 6! I am going to try a cave theme. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I hope you are all healthy and hanging in there! Can’t wait to see you again!

Thinking of you,



My new coworker is shedding, slightly stinky and has a problem respecting personal space!


Riven thinks life is better with Llamas!

I will try to update this page regularly with craft ideas, book recommendations, links to online resources and free Ebooks, and silly photos of my dogs Loki and Riven. If you have any ideas for crafts or have anything else to add to this page (including a photo of your pet) send them to me and I will post them here.

Be patient with the development of this page, this is my first pandemic 🙂

Remember, we are all in this together!





Interested in making a book hedgehog?

Click the link below for the instructions.

book hedgehog 



More craft ideas: Paper airplanes or  3d heart directions or paper flower or Tissue Flowers With Colored Tips or crinkled paper

dragon coloring sheets or teen bingo or teen book making instructions

Interested in origami? Visit this site:

Tutorial on book folding-watch this:

Nicole’s tutorial on watercolor painting can be found here: 

Nicole’s tutorial on galaxy painting can be found here:

$50 Bull Moose gift certificate raffle

Teen review form

Fill out this simple form and your name will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Bull Moose. The winner will be chosen when everything is back to normal! Enter has many times as you like!! Ages 11-18 only
  • Rate between 1 (awful) and 10 (amazing)
  • Give a brief description of your favorite part of the book/movie.
  • Give a brief description of what you liked the least about the book/movie



Enjoy the outdoors from home with these livecams! Observe animals and their habitats all over the world with live nature cams! And check back later in the spring for puffins on Seal Island in Maine.

Aquarium Online Academy offers virtual field trip of sea life and marine-related education and fun: Aquarium Live

Try taking a virtual tour by visiting It can be a little awkward (at least for me) but the photos are amazing!


Sources of free Ebooks:






TEEN BOOK CLOUD: an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers teens all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. Just click on the link – no library card needed!



CLOUD LIBRARY: download new, popular and bestselling audiobooks and eBooks with your library card! Download the cloudLibrary app to your device for free, enter your library card number and go!

TEEN BOOKS: Here is a list of some of the teen titles available on Cloud library. If they are not available remember you can place a hold.

To filter your choices on your computer:

Click on Browse (to the right of Featured, directly under the TPL logo)
Select tab (fiction, non-fiction, teen, kids) If choosing teens or kids-selected fiction or nonfiction
Choose genres/subjects by clicking on them-they turn blue when selected
To see if titles are available now or need to be placed on hold click on the blue text “list view>” located to the right of the page
When you reach the bottom of that page there maybe be a “load more” button, the system will continue to load titles until the button changes to “all books loaded!”


Other resources

NAMI has a Teen Text Support Line at 207-515-8398. It’s staffed every day from Noon to 10 PM by people between 19- 23 years of age. You are not alone in this time of isolation and can text with a friendly social support person any day of the week. Visit or text (207) 515-8398 to start a conversation (please note that this is not a crisis line; if you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text (888) 568-1112.


DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY: a curated collection of educational and informational databases for high school students from the Maine State Library. Easy to access with your library card.

Tour hundreds of college campuses virtually at

MEDLINE PLUS FOR TEENS: presents high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. A service of the National Library of Medicine.

ROSETTA STONE is offering up to 250 hours of language learning in 24 languages free to all K-12 students for three months.

DUOLINGO Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science.


Reading Without Walls Challenge

Former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, issued a challenge to all readers to read without walls in one of the three ways below.

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.