Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

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Submitted by: Reference on 04/27/2020 - 9:58am
  We may all be getting a little cabin fever from being stuck at home right now, so why not try  some armchair travel?  In this blog entry, we’ll share some ideas and resources to help you travel to far off places, without leaving the comfort of your favorite reading nook.   Read a Travel Memoir or Guide as an eBook Travel memoirs can be a great way to experience exotic corners of the world through someone else’s eyes.  Click...
Submitted by: Emily S on 04/24/2020 - 12:46pm
While we've been working from home, Miss Lee Ann has taken the opportunity to find the best of the best stories available on Storyline Online! If you haven't yet discovered Storyline Online, it's an entirely free website (and has a free app) that houses a collection of classic and contemporary picture books read by members of the Screen Actors Guild. The books are also animated, so each book is an excellent audio and visual experience. Clicking...
Submitted by: Reference on 04/22/2020 - 10:40am
Earth Day is a perfect time to think of new ways to use old materials around the house, and with social distancing keeping everyone at home, many people now have the time to learn some new crafts or start a science project. If you need Earth-friendly inspiration for your next project, the Bedford Library has you covered with some of our online resources. Creative Bug is an excellent source for hands-on creative hobbies, and it’s a perfect place...
Submitted by: Emily on 04/20/2020 - 2:54pm
  Hanks. Not Brady. UNCOMMON TYPE is a collection of short stories written by Tom Hanks.  While some may have a familiar ring:  the story about space (Apollo 13), the war story (Saving Private Ryan), an immigrant arriving in America (The Terminal) there is plenty of new material.  Not a fan of short stories typically, many of these characters were relatable and the...
Submitted by: Reference on 04/17/2020 - 1:44pm
Teens, did you know there is a New Hampshire book award just for Young Adult titles? The Flume Award, created in 2005, is presented every year to a YA book chosen by high school students in New Hampshire. Teens across the state nominate their favorite, recently released titles with their public and school libraries. Students then select their favorite from the final list of ten young adult books. Nominated books include fiction, graphic novels,...
Submitted by: Emily S on 04/17/2020 - 11:16am
Read-Along Books for Kids Looking for an audio picture book for your kids to read from home? The Bedford Library has you covered with 3 easy-to-use reading services that parents and children can use on a home computer or smart phone. Do you live with a tiny Disney fanatic? As part of their collection Hoopla Digital provides Disney Read-Along books with stories from fan-favorite movies like Frozen 2, Avengers, and Toy Story. The narrator (and...
Submitted by: Reference on 04/16/2020 - 4:07pm
We’ve had a lot of queries at the Library from people looking for ways to keep healthy and fit while social distancing.  Exercise can be a great way to stay in shape, both physically and mentally.  While we’re not able to recommend or vet fitness routines for your individual needs, here’s a few resources to help you find something that works for you. Online Databases: Great Courses and Hoopla Two of our online databases include...
Submitted by: Emily on 04/14/2020 - 1:33pm
  The Library staff’s genre study book group meets bi-monthly to learn about different genres.  We’ve covered mystery, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, young adult literature, horror, and the top-selling books of the 2010s.  Usually, we meet at 8 am before the library opens.  Staff members read the assigned books on their own time.  Meetings begin with a presentation about the characteristics and appeal of the genre, then we discuss...
Submitted by: Reference on 04/06/2020 - 3:33pm
  As we all stay home to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, more and more meetings and even social events are migrating online.  One popular platform for hosting these online group events is Zoom.  However, a variety of news sources have been highlighting concerns about privacy and safety.  Here are a few simple and practical tips to help enhance your security when using Zoom.   Don’t share...
Submitted by: Emily on 03/31/2020 - 3:27pm
Dear Patrons, Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our library operations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We strive to be a reliable source of information and assistance as always. Even though we are not seeing you face to face the library staff is working to offer as many virtual services as we can and to help you feel comfortable accessing them. We are posting reading recommendations on...

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