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13 Nights of Scary Stories with Virginia Beach Public Library! {WATCH}

Watch 13 Night of Scary Stories with the Virginia Beach Public Library.👻 From Monday, Oct. 19 to Halloween night, VBPL will share terrifying tales from “Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell.” 😱Warning: these stories are not for the faint of heart. Videos will be posted nightly on VBPL’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/VBPLibrary 📚The book is available…

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What is the ‘Thankful Pumpkin’? And How Can You Make One with Your Family? {WATCH}

A new trend this year in pumpkin decorating is the “Thankful Pumpkin.” On Friday we talked about what we were thankful for and wrote it on a pumpkin! Even working with Learn@Home students, we all are thankful for so many similar things! @Harriett_Todd #thankful #writeanywhere pic.twitter.com/uJHZM4swMQ — Mrs.Elliotts Kindies (@KindiesMrs) October 14, 2020 According to…

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Nextdoor’s Treat Map Has New Features To Celebrate Halloween Amid Pandemic

The app Nextdoor is offering new features for families looking to celebrate Halloween safely amid the pandemic. In years past, The Treat Map has shown homes that pass out candy in your neighborhood. This year, the company is including homes displaying Halloween decorations, so you can drive by to look at the spooky decor. The maps…

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20 Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year

Halloween may look different this year with some families opting not to trick-or-treat.  Whether you choose to stay home or just want to have a little extra fun throughout the month, here are 20 ideas for how you can celebrate Halloween at home. Make Halloween cookies Have a Zoom costume parade Organize a trunk or…

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Norfolk Public Library Offers Ghoulishly Fun Virtual Halloween Programs

NPL offers ghoulishly fun Halloween activities this October. Tune into Facebook to participate with something for everyone! Teens are encouraged to participate in a Selfie contest for TeenTober, and you could win an inflatable chair! TeenTober is a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every in October that aims to promote the innovative ways teens can…

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Experience a 360-degree Tour of Blarney Castle in Ireland

Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone, was built nearly six hundred years ago and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Can’t visit it in person to kiss the Blarney stone?  Take a virtual tour instead and…

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Re-Create The Magic Of a Day at Disney With These Seven At Home Activities

Disney World reopened with new guidelines for social distancing but if you aren’t up for the road trip or don’t feel comfortable visiting one in the middle of a pandemic. Here are seven safe, fun, and affordable ways to have a Disney day at your home! via Buzzfeed 1. Dress the Part.  Break out an old…

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101 Riddles For the Family. How Many Can You Guess Correctly?

Need a little break to unwind with some fun brain teasers? Check out Parade Magazine’s ultimate list of the best riddles of all time. Parade divided the quizzes into categories like Easy, For Kids, Funny, Math, Word, and Really Hard Riddles. Easy Riddles: What has to be broken before you can use it? Kids Riddles: I follow you all the…

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Free At-Home Date Ideas Inspired Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani “Happy Anywhere”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s new video for “Happy Anywhere” highlights all the places you can find happiness when you’re with the right person so let’s take a closer look to find some at-home date ideas. The video started with Blake chopping some wood for a bonfire.  Perfect!  Get your sweety and some s’mores and…

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Turn Any Room Into a Classroom with These Free Online Resources

With schools across Hampton Roads implementing distance learning this fall, many organizations are offering free resources for students from activity books to virtual field trips. Our friends at 13NewsNow compiled a huge list of links to help turn any room into a classroom. Free learning workbooks  Live, interactive virtual camps  Interactive study guides  Rosie Riveters STEM…

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Free Comic Book Summer!

Free Comic Book Day is traditionally scheduled to take place the first Saturday in May each year. The annual event had to be postponed this year because of COVID-19 and will now take place throughout July and early September, making it Free Comic Book Summer! Between July 15th and September 9th, local comic shops will be getting…

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Amazon, Apple, Walmart, and More Offering Free Summer Camp Programs for Kids

Big-name companies are offering their own versions of virtual summer camps amid the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon: Through Camp Handmade, customers are provided with arts and crafts workshops, a panel discussion and shop Handmade’s selection of offerings from crafting experts. Apple: Kids can participate in Apple Camp at Home for coding, filming and other workshops provided every week. Michaels: Camp…

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Here are the 24 Best Movies for Country Music Fans {LIST}

“USA Today” has put out a list of the 24 best movies for country music fans.  It’s ranked based on critic and user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and the Internet Movie Database.  Here’s the list: 1.  “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, 1980 2.  “Walk the Line”, 2005 3.  “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, 2001   4.  “Crazy”, 2008   5.  “Tender Mercies”, 1983   6.  “Nashville”,…

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Chipotle Shares Corn Salsa Recipe on TikTok So You Can Recreate It at Home [VIDEO]

Chipotle already dropped their guacamole recipe, and now we have the recipe for their medium roasted corn salsa too. All you’ll need is corn, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, salt, and lime juice. According to the TikTok, all of the ingredients are finely chopped, and then the red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, salt, and lime juice are thoroughly combined…

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10 Frozen Treats To Make For Your Dog All Summer Long {How-To-Video}

Dogs are man (and woman’s) best friend so treat your BFF to a frozen treat you can make at home.    4 Ingredient Yogurt Pops Banana, Peanut Butter, Carrot and Bacon Pupsicles 3 Ingredient Frozen Chicken Bites Frozen Pumpkin and Banana Dog Treats Banana and Peanut Butter Pops Apple and Peanut Putter Pops Watermelon Pupsicles…

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Ben & Jerry’s Shared Their Edible Cookie Dough Recipe So You Can Make It at Home

Ben & Jerry’s shared their edible chocolate chip cookie dough recipe, and it’s the same one used for their frozen dough balls found in their ice creams. Making the dough from scratch is a great activity to do at home and it’s completely safe to eat raw since the recipe doesn’t require eggs and the flour is heat-treated…

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Need a Change of Scenery? Transport Yourself To Anywhere in the World Now.

Need a change of scenery? Now you can instantly transport yourself to the view from someone else’s window with WindowSwap. Just go to the website and instantly enjoy a view from anywhere in the world, from San Francisco to Singapore. Each view has the name of the uploader and location. And if you want, you can even…

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Watch 10 of the Best TikTok LifeHacks

#1. Keep your chips fresh even without a bag clip. @rosssmithGranny’s life hacks episode 1 ##reuserecycle ##mytype ##TransformUrDorm ##petbff ##lifehacks ##crafts♬ original sound – rosssmith #2. Fix a dried out Expo Marker. @yuhitsgTry this it works!! 🤯 ##lifehacks ##foryou♬ original sound – firememesg #3. Turn your take-out pizza box into a smaller box for leftovers.…

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Learn to Play Harmonica with Chris Janson!

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument but don’t have the funds to invest into a lot of equipment, the harmonica might be a great and inexpensive option for you! And I can’t think of a better instructor than a popular country music artist who plays the harmonica very well! Chris…

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Take a Virtual Summer Road Trip with the Smithsonian Museum

The Smithsonian, in collaboration with USA Today, created a free at-home summer learning guide for kids. “Summer Road Trip” is a new 40-page activity guide that takes kids on a “road trip of discovery,” Some of the featured activities include: Construct your own biplane inspired by Bessie Coleman and learn more about her achievements through a National Air…

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Here’s How to Make Your Own Tie-Dye With Red Wine

If you have a plain sweatshirt and a bottle of wine you can jump on the tie-dye trend thanks to these Tik Tok tutorials. @jnehringWine-dye challenge results. Pt2 ##winedye ##winedyechallenge ##tiedye ##tiedyeshirt ##fyp♬ Buttercup – Jack Stauber To avoid getting stains anywhere other than on your DIY project, try wine tie-dyeing in your bathtub. @jvkefromstatefarmAnother wine…

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You Could Win Prizes With These Summer Reading Challenges.

Get the whole family reading with these summer reading challenges from local Hampton Roads Public Libraries. Virginia Beach Public Library Summer Reading Challenge 2020 Children and Teens: Each week, readers that complete 3 activities will unlock the activity badge and be entered to win coupons to food venues that offer drive-through or take-out. The coupons…

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Download a Free ’90s Country Cross Stitch

CMT has teamed up with Red Handled Scissors to make a project to help pass the time.  A 90s country cross stitch pattern! Download it along with instructions here. Garth. Reba. Alan. Shania. The gang’s all here for this ’90s country cross stitch! Head here to download the pattern: https://t.co/4Ot5z4CjPl pic.twitter.com/98Tty7AOxA — cmt (@CMT) June 17, 2020

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Occupy Your Kids With These Free Virtual Summer Camps

Virginia Beach Public Library presents: CAMP EVERGREEN AT HOME June 15- Aug 7th: Adults and teens can participate in a variety of fun activities from home for a chance to win prizes from Virginia Beach small businesses. There is something for everyone in Camp Evergreen. Attend library programs, complete craft and outdoor activities or enjoy online…

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Take Free Art Lessons From a Children’s Book Author

A children’s book author named Rob Biddulph has been offering free art lessons on YouTube during the pandemic.  And he just set a world record for largest online art lesson.  He was trying to get 10,000 people to sign on at once and ended up with over 45,000. Watch this free online lesson. Get more, like…

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How to Make Disney’s Over The Top Kitchen Sink Sundae At Home {WATCH}

The Disney Parks Blog shared a recipe for the Kitchen Sink Sundae from the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. If you’ve never had it, this ice cream sundae is served in a literal kitchen sink! It feeds 4-6 people and boasts a whopping 28 ingredients including an entire…

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Can You Escape the Norfolk Public Library’s Virtual Escape Room?

Can you escape the Norfolk Public Library’s virtual library escape room? Norfolk Public Library launched its first-ever virtual library escape room! Travel with @NorfPublicLib to Cleavebolt Castle. 🏰 We advise you to stay close to your group. If you are lost, you are lost for good. Enter the escape room here: https://t.co/PZnG53l5Q9. #EscapeRoom — City…

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