Missions
Our librarians have put together several activities, for a variety of challenges and levels. Complete an activity and you might unlock a more advanced one, and bragging rights, cool badges and maybe even a prize!

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Create Your Own Adventure

Make your own adventures by checking things off your bucket list! Does your bucket list include visiting a museum, restaurant, or park? Or maybe visiting someplace new? Share the top five things on your bucket list that you hope to accomplish this summer below. Go forward and adventure!



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Desert Challenge!

Explore our desert setting by spotting clues and clicking on them to learn about the animals who live there. Once you think you've explored enough, take the Desert Challenge test to see if you're an expert animal explorer and to earn a point towards your Summer Reading Challenge. Take the Desert Challenge HERE.


**You may need your library card to make the most of your exploring.**



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Explore Dragons!

Read or listen to a book about a fierce fire-breathing dragon! Choose any book that features a dragon. Once you've finished the book, don't forget to log it in your reading log!

There is a list of Dragon Books in READSquared if you need help finding one. Select "Reading Lists" on the left-hand side of the screen to discover Dragon Books and so much more!



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Explore Fairies!

Read or listen to a book about a fantastic fairy! Choose any book that features a fairy. Once you've finished the book, don't forget to log it in your reading log!

There is a list of Fairy Books in READSquared if you need help finding one. Select "Reading Lists" on the left-hand side of the screen to discover Fairy Books and so much more!



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Explore Mermaids!

Read or listen to a book about a mysterious mermaid of the deep blue sea! Choose any book that features a mermaid. Once you've finished the book, don't forget to log it in your reading log!

There is a list of Mermaid Books in READSquared if you need help finding one. Select "Reading Lists" on the left-hand side of the screen to discover Mermaid Books and so much more!



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Explore Unicorns!

Read or listen to a book about a unique unicorn! Choose any book that features a unicorn. Once you've finished the book, don't forget to log it in your reading log!

There is a list of Unicorn Books in READSquared if you need help finding one. Select "Reading Lists" on the left-hand side of the screen to discover Unicorn Books and so much more!



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Explore Wizards & Magic!

Read or listen to a book about a wondrous wizard and their magic! Choose any book that features a wizard or magic. Once you've finished the book, don't forget to log it in your reading log!

There is a list of Wizards & Magic Books in READSquared if you need help finding one. Select "Reading Lists" on the left-hand side of the screen to discover Wizards & Magic Books and so much more!



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Fantastic Beasts: Dragon

Enter the mythical world of dragons as you create your own fire-breathing. For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.

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Fantastic Beasts: Mermaid

Take a deep dive into your imagination and make a marvelous mermaid! For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.

Don't forget to check out the other three Fantastic Beasts (And How to Make Them). They're new every Wednesday in August.



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Fantastic Beasts: Unicorn

Ever wish you had a unicorn of your very own?  Have fun using our ingredients to make this magical creature. For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.



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Fantastic Beasts: Wizard

Step into the wondrous world of wizards by creating your own wizard. Who knows what magical adventures await you!? For instruction and to complete this mission click HERE.

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Follow the Fairy Tale: Jack & the Beanstalk

Magic beans or money? Which would you take in exchange for the family cow? Create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story of Jack & the Beanstalk or even make up a new twist on this old tale! From Jack’s home to the Giant’s magic kingdom up in the clouds, you decide Jack’s adventure. It’s Fee Fi Fo FUN!!! Find the story and map HERE in order to complete this Mission.

This Mission is part of the Follow the Fairy Tale Summer Program Pick-Me-Up series. Come walk along with characters from four favorite fairy tales. Bring their stories to life with interactive maps and finger puppets to color and cut out.

Check back each Monday in July for more Follow the Fairy Tale projects!


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Follow the Fairy Tale: The Little Mermaid

She can swim like a dolphin, sing like a bird, but the mermaid wants to walk like a human and win the heart of a prince. Follow her journey from her sea castle to the sea witch’s cave.  Will this mermaid get her wish or become sea foam? Create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story of The Little Mermaid or even make up a new twist on this old tale! Find mermaid facts and map HERE in order to complete this Mission.

This Mission is part of the Follow the Fairy Tale Summer Program Pick-Me-Up series. Come walk along with characters from four favorite fairy tales. Bring their stories to life with interactive maps and finger puppets to color and cut out.

Check back each Monday in July for more Follow the Fairy Tale projects!


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Follow the Fairy Tale: The Three Bears

A bear family returns from a walk and finds an unexpected guest has been up to all sorts of trouble!  Create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story of Goldilocks & the Three Bears or even make up a new twist on this old tale! Remember- in a fairy tale, you never know what might happen next! Find the story and map HERE in order to complete this Mission.

This Mission is part of the Follow the Fairy Tale Summer Program Pick-Me-Up series. Come walk along with characters from four favorite fairy tales. Bring their stories to life with interactive maps and finger puppets to color and cut out.

Check back each Monday in July for more Follow the Fairy Tale projects!



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Follow the Fairy Tale: Three Little Pigs

Straw, bricks, or sticks, which is the best material to use for a house? Would you allow a huffing, puffing wolf to blow down the houses of his neighbor pigs? You decide the fate of the Three Little Pigs when you create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story or even make up a new twist on this old tale! Find the story and map HERE in order to complete this Mission.

This Mission is part of the Follow the Fairy Tale Summer Program Pick-Me-Up series. Come walk along with characters from four favorite fairy tales. Bring their stories to life with interactive maps and finger puppets to color and cut out.

Check back each Monday in July for more Follow the Fairy Tale projects!


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Forest Challenge!

Explore our forest setting by spotting clues and clicking on them to learn about the animals who live there. Once you think you've explored enough, take the Forest Challenge test to see if you're an expert animal explorer and to earn a point towards your Summer Reading Challenge. Take the Forest Challenge HERE.



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Good Deed of the Week: Give Thanks!

Make a sign for a delivery person, postal worker, doctor, nurse or any other essential worker to say thank you for all their hard work. Hang it in your window to show your appreciation.

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Good Deed of the Week: Help Out!

Lend a helping hand! Do a chore without being told to do it.

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Good Deed of the Week: Secret Admirer!

Shhh...Secretly make a note or card to tell someone you appreciate them. Then place it somewhere they'll find later!

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Good Deed of the Week: Share a Story!

Share a favorite story by reading to a little brother or sister or special relative. Even read to your pet! (Over the phone can count too!)

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Good Deed of the Week: Show Support!

Compliments count! Be supportive and tell someone you think they are doing a good job!

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Good Deed of the Week: Show Your Love!

Show someone you care! Give your Mom or Dad or someone special a Big Hug!

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Grab & Grow: Egg Troll!

GRRRRR!!!! Make a fierce (or friendly) egg-stastic Troll from grass seed and a real eggshell. For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.



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Grab & Grow: Fairy Chimes

Create a wind chime to see if any fairies are passing by. Even without a fairy flying by, the Fairy Chimes will make gentle sounds when the wind blows. For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.

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Grab & Grow: Jack & the Beanstalk

Fee Fi Fo FUN!!! Plant bean seeds and help them grow as they wind their way up to the sky! For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.

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Grab & Grow: Thumbelina's Garden

Create a tiny garden with sand, glass gems and flowers just the right size for Thumbelina. For instructions and to complete this mission click HERE.

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Grasslands Challenge!

Explore our grasslands setting by spotting clues and clicking on them to learn about the animals who live there. Once you think you've explored enough, take the Grasslands Challenge test to see if you're an expert animal explorer and to earn a point towards your Summer Reading Challenge. Take the Grasslands Challenge HERE.

**You may need your library card to make the most of your exploring.**



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Match the Tail

Do you love animals? Guess what animal each tail belongs to! 

*Need a hint? Try one of these! Alligator, beaver, chameleon, elephant, giraffe, lemur, pig, tiger, whale, zebra.


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Name that Fairy Tale! Riddle #1

Who are they talking about? Read the riddle to figure out which Fairy Tale the clues are pointing to:

There once was a boy with a bean

When planted it grew tall and green

He decided to climb

It took a long time

At the top was a giant so mean!

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Having trouble figuring it out? Here's a Hint.



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Name that Fairy Tale! Riddle #2

Who are they talking about? Read the riddle to figure out which Fairy Tale the clues are pointing to:

There once was a cat who was clever

He didn't want to be poor forever

Many gifts he did bring

To impress the king

So they all lived richly after!

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Name that Fairy Tale! Riddle #3

Who are they talking about? Read the riddle to figure out which Fairy Tale the clues are pointing to:

There once was a girl in the sea

Who wished to be set free

To walk on land 

And marry a man

Together forever happily!

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Name that Fairy Tale! Riddle #4

Who are they talking about? Read the riddle to figure out which Fairy Tale the clues are pointing to:

There once was a girl in red,

who visited Grandma in bed.

But something was wrong:

Grandma’s nose was too long!

This little girl had been very misled.

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Name that Fairy Tale! Riddle #5

Who are they talking about? Read the riddle to figure out which Fairy Tale Animal the clues are pointing to:

The animal wanted one thing:

“It’s wisdom I command you to bring!”

Then the animal agreed

to be tied to a tree.

All he got were black stripes from the string!

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Having trouble figuring it out? Here's a Hint. Here's another one. (We know this is a tough one)



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Rainforest Challenge!

Explore our rainforest setting by spotting clues and clicking on them to learn about the animals who live there. Once you think you've explored enough, take the Rainforest Challenge test to see if you're an expert animal explorer and to earn a point towards your Summer Reading Challenge. Take the Rainforest Challenge HERE.

**You may need your library card to make the most of your exploring.**



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Tundra Challenge!

Explore our tundra setting by spotting clues and clicking on them to learn about the animals who live there. Once you think you've explored enough, take the Tundra Challenge test to see if you're an expert animal explorer and to earn a point towards your Summer Reading Challenge. Take the Tundra Challenge HERE.

**You may need your library card to make the most of your exploring.**



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Wetlands Challenge!

Explore our wetlands setting by spotting clues and clicking on them to learn about the animals who live there. Once you think you've explored enough, take the Wetlands Challenge test to see if you're an expert animal explorer and to earn a point towards your Summer Reading Challenge. Take the Wetlands Challenge HERE.

**You may need your library card to make the most of your exploring.**



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Wild Word Hunt: Desert!

Can you spot all 10 desert animals in our Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Wild Word Hunt: Forest!

Can you spot all 10 forest animals in our woodsy Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Wild Word Hunt: Grasslands!

Can you spot all 10 grasslands animals in our Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Wild Word Hunt: New Rochelle!

Can you spot all 10 animals native to New Rochelle in our Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Wild Word Hunt: Rainforest!

Can you spot all 10 rainforest animals in our Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Wild Word Hunt: Tundra!

Can you spot all 10 tundra animals in our Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Wild Word Hunt: Wetlands!

Can you spot all 10 wetlands animals in our Wild Word Hunt? Click HERE to start the search!

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Word Find Friday: American Tall Tales

Hope this isn't too tall an order. Find all 14 legendary, larger-than-life figures of American Folklore for this week's Word Find Friday. CLICK HERE to be taken to the puzzle!



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Word Find Friday: Disney Princesses

Let it go...and find all 14 enchanting Disney princesses for this week's Word Find Friday. CLICK HERE to be taken to the puzzle!



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Word Find Friday: Fantastic Beasts

You may not be able to spot these magical creatures in the real world, but you should be able to find all 12 of them for this week's Word Find Friday. CLICK HERE to be taken to the puzzle!



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Word Find Friday: Greek Gods & Goddesses

Don't myth out on the fun! Find all 12 Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus for this week's Word Find Friday. CLICK HERE to be taken to the puzzle!



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Word Find Friday: Harry Potter

For this week's Word Find Friday, you shouldn't need the Revelio Charm in order to find these 20 words related to the Harry Potter books. CLICK HERE to to be taken to the puzzle!



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Word Find Friday: Land of Enchantment

Did you know the original The Land of Enchantment by artist Norman Rockwell is hanging in the New Rochelle Public Library's Children's Room? Next time you visit, see if you can spot these characters in the painting. In the meantime, find them by clicking HERE!



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Word Find Friday: Nursery Rhymes

Mother Goose is the loose! Find these beloved characters from popular Nursery Rhymes for this week's Word Find Friday. CLICK HERE to be taken to the puzzle!



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Word Find Friday: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

You don't have to follow the yellow brick road in order to find the 14 terms related to the much-loved book and movie The Wizard of Oz. You just need to CLICK HERE.



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Worlds of Wonder: 3-in-1 Little Pigs' House

Combine all the houses from the Three Little Pigs onto one milk carton using “straw,” “sticks,” and “bricks” just like the pigs did! Maybe your house will be sturdy enough to withstand the huffs and puffs of one Big Bad Wolf!
To complete this Mission, find directions HERE as well as FINGER PUPPETS to color and cut out.

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Worlds of Wonder: Castle

Would you like to be a prince or princess? Would you like to be a knight in battle? Then a castle is the place for you! Create a simple castle of your own with these simple instructions and materials. To complete this Mission, find directions HERE.



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Worlds of Wonder: Gingerbread House

Build a house that’s good enough to eat! Well, not quite, but you’ll have a (gum)ball turning a plain lunch sack into a scrumptious candy-covered house fit for a wicked witch. Once you’ve built the house, then act out the story of Hansel and Gretel with accompanying finger puppets. Deliciously good fun!
To complete this Mission, find directions HERE.

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Worlds of Wonder: Rapunzel's Tower

To complete this Mission, find directions HERE.

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Writer's Block

Every writer has moments when their mind goes blank. It can be frustrating and annoying when you really want to write something, but just don’t know where to start. Use the following activities to help you turn that blank page into an unforgettable story!



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Mission : Draw Piggie!

You have probably read many Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Click here and draw Piggie along with Mo. Have a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil ready! 



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Mission : Dog Man Challenge!

In Dog Man, author/ illustrator Dav Pilkey created a hero that has the head of a dog and the body of a man. Can you think of another animal/human combination that would be good to fight crime? What would his/her name be?

Draw your new hero and write down some of the special powers s/he would have. 


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Mission : A Name of Names!

Write the letter of your name in a line down the left side of a page. Now, can you think of a book title or character that begins with each letter?  

Here is an example:
A - Aslan

If you need help finding a name for a letter, you can look up some here.



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