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Recreation and Outdoor Fun
Spring has definitely SPRUNG this week with all the beautiful trees in bloom -- and some allergies too! Mother Earth is presently undergoing her annual change again with new blossoms and buds, and along with this comes our time to celebrate HER with EARTH DAY on April 22nd. What better way to celebrate our colorful landscape during this time, than to engage in some fun outdoor and recreational activities with your loved ones! Here are a few just to get you started from our wonderful E-Library and Online Learning Resources . Also, check out a recent blog post Stay-cation Unplugged: Outdoor Activities by GPL Librarian Michelle! T here's something for everyone and the whole family is sure to enjoy the activities we have included! So relax, have fun, make memories and be well.

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Crayola Boredom-Busting Crafts by Rebecca Felix - There's no time for boredom with these fun and colorful Crayola crafts! Step-by-step instructions and detailed photos aid readers in making projects. A QR code for each project links to a digital landing page showing additional steps and photos.

Yoga for Kids  by Susannah Hoffman and Patricia Arquette - With more than 50 poses and activities, Yoga for Kids has everything you need to know about yoga for children. Children are guided through each pose, to make sure they achieve maximum fun and mindfulness in their yoga practice. Parents are given notes on each pose, to let them know what benefits it brings and how to stay safe.

Elementary and up: The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs - 100 plus recipes that you will love to cook and eat!

Crafts to Make in the Spring - Kathy Ross - Simple but fun seasonal crafts from Kathy Ross and Vicky Enright! Twenty-nine easy-to-make craft projects with spring themes, including a crocus dish garden, a spring bird mask, and a necktie windsock.
Tween and up: “The Craft-A-Day Book” - You can put the three R’s to work with these thirty awesome crafts! Using recyclable and reusable materials from around the house, school, or thrift store you’ll find directions for making colorful lanterns from paper and jars, ruffle skirts from t-shirts, scarves and mitts from your favorite old sweaters and socks and much more!
Kid’s Dance Party - Turn up the music and do the hokey pokey, freeze dance, or the chicken dance!

Preschool and up : Nursery Sing- a-long  Sing-a-long with classic Nursery Rhymes, Skip to my Lou, BINGO, Wheels on the bus and more!
Teen and up: How to Draw - Drawing is one of humanity’s oldest forms of expression, with existing examples dating back an astonishing 80,000 years or more. Older than written language by tens or thousands of years, drawing developed across millennia forming the base of many of the world’s artistic tradition.
Teen and up: “Martial Arts for you Mind and Body” - Martial Arts for you Mind and Body offers an immersive introduction to the nine leading examples of martial arts. Hosted and brought together by tai chi Grandmaster David-Dorian Ross, these 25 interactive lessons (one more than a typical course) give you a solid grounding in the different philosophies, styles, and techniques of the major martial arts families.

Teen and up: Cooking with Vegetables Too often, vegetables are an afterthought when we cook. Whether served as a side dish or mindlessly heated from a frozen package, they have long been relegated to second-class status. But with the widespread appeal of the farm-to-table movement and chefs everywhere featuring seasonal produce and innovative cooking techniques to set their menus apart, vegetables have officially graduated from something we have to eat to something we want to eat. 

Teen and up: How to Play Piano - Discover how anyone can learn and play the piano with the right guidance and a little encouragement. These 36 accessible episodes provide the building blocks you need to go from interested novice to expressive player. Blending music theory and history with hands-on examples and step-by-step instruction, Professor Pamela D. Pike shows you how to pick up this marvelous musical skill.
Trace Shadows

Take advantage of a sunny spot or set up a desk lamp and have your child trace shadows of the toys, blocks, or figurines around your house.

You can also trace your child's shadow on the pavement with chalk (or water) and see if your child can fit back into it after a few minutes. Or trace your child from the same spot at different times of the day to make a sundial !
More Online
Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Note: You must have a Greenburgh Public Library card to access.

Lincoln Center’s new portal, Lincoln Center at Home, enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center.

Live ballet classes from New York City Ballet dancer, Tiler Peck

The USTA (United States Tennis Association) and Net Generation are sharing tennis tips and fun activities to keep everyone in the family active and connected

NYCFC - New York City Football Club - Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative that offers free online resources to staying active and healthy including soccer workout tips and challenges