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Non-digital Activities – For Parents and Kids

Looking for something to do while you’re at home, but want a break from screen-time? Check out this list of ideas for activities geared toward parents and kids that don’t require using your device.

Elephant Toothpaste
Make a batch of super foamy toothpaste that’s big enough for an elephant! Science Buddies teaches how to do this bubbly science experiment with household items.

Galaxy In-a-Bottle
A fun project that anyone can enjoy doing. Galaxy Bottles are not only a colorful and little-to-no mess craft, but they also encourage kids to use their senses and to learn about the universe and outer space.

Handmade Soap
PBS For Parents gives simple step-by-step instructions on how to make soap using every day ingredients, even small plastic animals and trinkets.

Homemade Instruments
From Learning Lift-Off. Get inventive and learn how to DIY 6 of your own musical instruments, including a banjo, rainstick, and water xylophone.

LEGO Challenge
This free, printable calendar offers 30 days’ worth of LEGO-themed challenges, from building a robot to a marble maze. Other ideas for things to do with LEGOs are provided and can be used for fun and for education.

Origami is a special way of folding paper into designs without the use of glue or tape. Here are several diagrams and instructions on how to make origami animals, toys, and more that range from very simple to more advanced shapes. You can also download and print colorful origami papers for free.

Playdough DIY
Learn how to create playdough that can be customized with different colors and scents, and will last a long time when stored in plastic bags.

Printable History Board Games
Beat boredom with some board games. Here are 13 free printable games that offer engaging ways to find out about different periods in history.

Read-Alouds for Together Times
From the blog Orange Marmalade Books. A guide to gentle, rather short chapter books and picture books to read with your kids. Many of these are classics but also include more modern titles.

Science Experiments
A list of over 60 neat science experiments that can be done with simple household objects. Make a volcano out of baking soda, vinegar, and glitter, create invisible ink with lemon juice, build a parachute for a light-weight toy, and more!

Suggested Reads for Teens
Another link from the blog Orange Marmalade Books. A list of tried-and-true books for middle graders and teens, covering genres such as fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, and mystery.

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Non-digital Activities – For Adults

Looking for something to do while you’re at home, but want a break from screen-time? Check out this list of ideas for activities that don’t require using your device.

Container Gardening
A large amount of yard space isn’t required to grow your own produce. This article provided by Farmer’s Almanac, recently updated for 2020, provides detailed advice and instructions on how to start growing various greens and vegetables using containers, window boxes, and plant supports.

From the hit TV series The Great British Bake-Off, try out these recipes created by contestants from nearly every season. Sort by classic treats, technical challenges, and showstoppers. “On your mark, get set, bake!”

Faux Calligraphy
Modern calligraphy doesn’t require a special dip pen or a quill and ink. You can learn with a pen or mechanical pencil. Lettering Daily teaches how to emulate beautiful calligraphic writing without special tools. Free printable worksheets are included.

Food Canning
Rural Sprout teaches you how to can (or preserve) fresh fruits and vegetables that can be stored away for an extended period of time to be enjoyed at a later date. Links to supplies, directions, and additional canning recipes are provided.

Nature Journaling
Nature journaling has proven to be beneficial in more ways than one. It allows you to be artistic while at the same time offering relaxation. Many supplies to get started can be gathered around your house, and inspiration can be found right outside your door, in your backyard, or just by looking outside a window.

Old Book DIY Crafts
Presented by BookRiot. Looking to unload some old books? Instead of throwing them away, BookRiot offers 30 suggestions (and tutorials) for upcycling them into works of art that can be used to decorate your home, or saved as future gifts. From garlands, to keepsake boxes, to whole wall displays, there’s something for everyone.

By Missouri Star Quilt Co. Learn how to quilt different patterns based on your skill level. Choose from several types of projects taught by various instructors. There is also a forum for quilters to ask for advice, display their pieces, and just chat!

Seed Saving
Learn how to preserve seeds from a variety of crops and flowers you’ve already planted, saving you money and helping to save rare, heirloom plants from disappearing. Seed Savers Exchange offers tips and guides on how to keep seeds from year to year.

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Digital Activities and Services – For Adults

Looking for something free to do while at home?  Click on the links and use your library card number to access.

We received temporary at-home access to this resource during the Coronavirus pandemic. Further your genealogical research with digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and more.

Classical Music Concerts – Live Streamed
Presented by Classic FM. A comprehensive list of live-streamed classical music concerts from renowned groups around the world. Watch archived shows, and check the schedule for upcoming performances.

Food Assistance for Residents
Food assistance is available to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and organizations across the County are providing grab and go meals to residents in need. An interactive map and more information are provided.

Exercise Videos
A YouTube playlist of exercises you can do at home. Includes chair yoga, cardio workouts, and tai chi.

Google Arts & Culture
Explore hundreds of famous galleries and landmarks from around the world. Study detailed works in HD, and explore sites from Google’s street view. Museums and collections may be sorted by location, popular topic, and even color.

JobNow – Online Career Assistance
From Brainfuse. Get expert assistance throughout the job search process, including resume review and interview coaches. Take advantage of the 24/7 templates, tips and resources, including eParachute, which matches your interests and skills with careers.

Kennedy Center Digital Stage
Brought to you by the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., explore thousands of shows and concerts by singers, musicians, and other performing artists. New videos are added daily.

Public domain audiobooks read by volunteers, made free for safe download to your device. Browse the catalogue for short stories, full novels, poems, and more.

Magazines – RBdigital
Get access to full-color, interactive digital magazines including the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar and many many more. Create an account using your library card. Read on your computer’s browser or download the RBDigital app to your tablet or phone.

National Emergency Library
From The Internet Archive. The National Emergency Library offers free, public access to an online collection of books to assist with online teaching, professional needs, and personal edification while libraries, universities, and other institutions remain closed.

The Delaware County Library System provides digital access to current issues of the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Daily Times and more.

OverDrive and Libby
Check out eBooks and audiobooks for all ages on your computer, tablet or phone. Overdrive is available for most phone’s and tablets. Libby, Overdrive’s newer, more user friendly app, is available in the Apple App Store, Microsoft Windows Store, and Google Play. Read in your computer’s browser or download the Overdrive or Libby app to your tablet or phone.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Get access to full-text Philadelphia Inquirer issues and articles. Published daily and available for download.

Get access to basic through advanced language learning through activities, drills, quizzes, interactive coaching and live practice with native speakers. Plus feature films, music and more. There are over 80 languages available as well as ESL learning in your native language.

Slightly Foxed Podcasts
Based in the UK, Slightly Foxed is a quarterly magazine that focuses on books that may have gone under the radar of big publishers and newspapers, but are still worth reading! The Slightly Foxed podcast is run by its staff, and covers a variety of literary topics, including excerpts from unusual written works, and interviews with established authors and contributors.

Watching Wildlife
Explore nature without leaving your home. The National Park Service provides webcams that give an up-close look at land and sea creatures in action.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival
From May 29th to June 7th, YouTube will be hosting a free (and ad-free!) 10-day digital event of “feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and panel discussions” from 20 top film festivals, including Tribeca, Sundance, and Berlin International. A full schedule of featured films will be released in the weeks to come.

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Digital Activities and Services – For Kids and Parents

Looking for something educational to do with your kids at home?  Click on the links and use your library card number to access these free resources.

Academy of Natural Sciences – Science From Home
From the Academy of Natural Sciences. Printable coloring sheets from the academy’s collections, and other hands-on activities that can be done from home.

Audible Stories
From Audible by Amazon. Discover children’s classics, teen picks, and Audible Originals for free. Some audiobooks are narrated by well-known actors and authors, and several are available in different languages, including Spanish and French.

Watch interactive lesson plans and try out offline crafts and activities. Beanstalk offers videos live and on-demand on all sorts of topics, from art, to exploring the human body, to cooking, and much more! There’s something available for kids of all ages.

Watch videos and read books about family, community, music, adventure, and more. Kids will enjoy read aloud books with words highlighting and interactive games. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!

Caring for Each Other – Sesame Street
From the friends of Sesame Street, the Caring for Each Other campaign provides children with tons of fun videos, games, and coloring pages about staying safe during COVID-19. Parents are also offered tips and ideas on how to keep their kids happy and healthy. New content is added daily, including resources available in Spanish!

Descanso at Home – Virtual Garden Tours and Activities
Explore the Descanso Garden Guild in California. Watch virtual tours of the grounds, including the Ancient Forest and Rose Gardens, print out nature-themed coloring pages, and access journals and habitat guides to help you explore your backyard and neighborhood.

Escape from Wonderland – Digital Escape Room
Inspired by the classic story Alice in Wonderland and its film adaptations, this free online escape room offers a challenge for all ages. Solve the riddles using counting and critical thinking to escape from Wonderland!

Food Assistance for Residents
Food assistance is available to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and organizations across the County are providing grab and go meals to residents in need. An interactive map and more information are provided.

Studio Ghibli Museum Virtual Tour
The Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan is providing virtual tours/staff video journals on YouTube. Each clip is short, but there are plenty of beautiful details to look at, accompanied by calming instrumentals. Check out artwork and buildings inspired by the films created by Studio Ghibli, including popular favorites such as My Neighbor TotoroKiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle. (Fun fact: Howl’s Moving Castle was originally a novel written by Diana Wynn Jones in 1986!)

HelpNow – Online Homework Help
From Brainfuse. Get one-on-one online homework help with certified tutors for grades K- college, covering a wide range of topics. Live tutoring 2pm-11pm daily and a 24/7 writing lab, lesson library, language lab, collaboration tools and more!

Kids Listen – Kid-Friendly Podcasts
From the creators of Kids Listen. A comprehensive list of podcast recommendations that educate and entertain families.

Magic Tree House Home Adventures
Mary Pope Osbourne, author of the Magic Tree House series, invites kids and parents to listen to the adventures of Jack and Annie, and to try out various activities, crafts, recipes, and much more! Each week focuses on a different theme found in the Magic Tree House books.

Make a Miniature Book
From The British Library. Did you know that children use to learn how to read by using tiny books to read to their dolls? Take a look at these mini creations from over 200 years ago, then learn how to make your own!

Scholastic Learn at Home
From Scholastic. Explore day-by-day projects, articles, and quizzes to do with your kids based on grade level (PreK – 9). New projects are added weekly on Mondays, and additional resources such as videos and printable activities are constantly provided and updated.

From “Think Like a Coder” to “The Myth of Hercules: 12 labors in 8-bits,” TedEd provides live and animated lesson-based videos organized by subject.

Animation, sound, music and narration are added to existing picture books, early readers, chapter books, graphic novels and more for children to read at home in a format they’ll love.

Virtual Storytimes (via Delco Libraries)
Give your child some of the experience of storytime while libraries are closed. There are videos of librarians and authors reading their books.

Zoos with Live Shows (via CBS)
You can still “go to the zoo” and show the kids wild animals.  There are zoos all over the country and world with broadcasts.

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Library Closed

The Library closed on Friday, March 13th, 2020, as the result of the Township State of Emergency regarding the Coronavirus threat. The Library will remain closed indefinitely.

All checked-out library materials have been renewed until May 22nd.  The library is providing updates, services and programs via our Facebook page at .  The staff continue to check voicemail and email ( ) and respond.

We are sorry for the inconvenience to our patrons.

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March Library News


Saturday March 21st from 6:00 PM  to  9:00 PM the Friends of the Aston Public Library will present Spring Bingo!  Doors open at 4:30 PM.  Admission is $25.  All prizes will be in cash!  Food and refreshments will be sold as well as bingo supplies.  There will also be special raffles!  All proceeds benefit the library!  There will also be special games, food, and bingo supplies sold. 

“Eyes of the Wild and Wallaby Tales” visits the library Thursday, March 19th at 6:30PM. Mammals from around the world will be featured in this program. Behaviors, habitats, adaptations, survival strategies and  relationships with humans will be introduced. This program focuses on behavior and adaptation using the life stories of each unique animal, their often humorous personality, fun facts, anecdotes and animal eye-views as instruction.

Test-drive the new voting machines that will be used in Delaware County starting this year!  The County will have a voting machine in our library for demonstration on Thursday, March 26th from 10AM to 1PM.
Our free Chair Zumba class meets Tuesdays at 2PM this month.  Chair Zumba is a gentle form of the Zumba exercise program, using a chair for support.  It is accessible to all ages and genders.

Your child could win a prize in our March coloring contest!  Pick up an entry form at the library service desk.

Join the Aston Library Book Club Thursday March 12th at 1:30PM to discuss ” Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine “.  The club meets each month to discuss a book chosen by the group.

Storytime!  Your young child can learn basic literacy skills while having fun!  The Aston Public Library offers story times every week, open to everyone! Join Ms. Debbie for toddler time (ages 2-3) on Tuesdays at 10:30, infant time (up to 24 months) on Wednesdays at 10:30, and preschool time (ages 3-5) on Thursdays at 10:30!
The Kids Can Build Club is at the Library on Tuesdays at 4PM  !  Your child can learn to build things using the library’s Lego collection and other materials as well!   All ages are welcome.
Need help with an e-book reader, laptop or tablet computer?  Stop by for our drop-in help time on Friday mornings.  10AM is the time for ebook readers.  11AM is the time for laptops and tablets.
Join our Mah Jongg group!  Learn to play the American version of Mah Jongg on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the Library.  Game pieces are provided.
On Friday, March 20th at 11AM, the Movie Group will be viewing and discussing the movie ” Dark Waters “.  There will be a free light lunch provided.

Do you want to be an artist? Email and she will put you on the list for our regular Adult Painting Classes.  We have them at least once every month.
Stop by Tuesdays at 11AM to learn the art of Crochet with our diverse group with many levels of experience.   Stop by Thursdays at 6PM to participate in a wide variety of crafts with an even more diverse group.

More information and registration for all our programs is available via the Calendar at .

Join the Friends of the Library! Go to and click on “Join Our Friends” to send in your info!

The Aston Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, March 17th, 7PM at the Library. 

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to to see what is available! 

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-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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Closed for Presidents Day

The Aston Public Library will be closed Monday, February 17th for Presidents Day.  Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to see you again soon!

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