Relaxation & Recreation Resources

Remember: Getting outside is the best relaxation/recreation there is!

British Men Reciting Poetry

For your listening pleasure. Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Alan Rickman, Benedict Cumberbatch & more!

Cake Recipes for When You Are Missing an Ingredient

On lockdown and feeling the urge to bake, but missing something apparently vital? Here are some ideas from great bakers past and present.


Content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness from Meditations, music & stories for the whole family.

Chamber Music Society

Recordings, music videos, and livestreams from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Color Our Collection

Museums around the world have created free downloadable coloring pages based on works from their collections.

Coursera Free Well-Being Classes

From de-mystifying mindfulness to understanding the science of happiness, Coursera’s popular wellness courses are available for free.

Disney Rides Online

Experience all of Disney’s best rides virtually. Fun for a rainy day.


Happiness is… baking for others, blanket forts, gratitude, music and more. Discover the things that make us all happy.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

You can complete this escape room as a family or individual, you can compete against friends and try it multiple times.

Homemade Playdough

How to make playdough that will last for months.

How to Make Old-Fashioned Donuts

Crunchy on the outside, cakey and tender on the inside, and laced with tasty cinnamon and nutmeg throughout!

Magic Tricks

Magic lessons for kids (and adults will love them, too!)

Mindful Breathing

Dawn Dubay, School Readiness Facilitator from the Middletown Public Schools, shows us how to relax and feel calm with three fun breathing exercises.

Relaxing Background Music

“Weightless” by Marconi Union. 10-hours of  soothing background music that has been called the most relaxing song in the world!

Peabody Museum's Coloring Book

Coloring pages from the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Resources for Dealing with the Pandemic

Absentee voting, food safety, how to cut hair, face mask resources and more!


In these TED talks, experts on sleep discuss everything from insomnia to  sleep innovations to the science of sleep. Discover how to get a good night’s rest!

Storytime from Space

Listen to astronauts read children’s stories from the Space Station!

Virtual Tours of Famous Places

Russell Library has gathered together some of the best virtual tours on the Internet. Travel the world from home!


Free online yoga sessions from Yoga Journal.