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Library Online Resources

Great Events from History - The Ancient World to the 20th Century »

Search the Salem History database for important events and people in Thanksgiving history, including important Native Americans like Pocahontas, Massasoit, and Squanto; significant Pilgrims such as William Bradford, John Smith, and Miles Standish, as well as the Great Puritan Migration and the establishment of Jamestown, the first English settlement in the New World.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module »

Browse this database and discover articles about staying healthy during the holidays. Find fresh food recipes, fitness tips, vegetarian options, and more.

Science Online »

Read interesting facts about the turkey, cranberry, and pumpkin in Science Online. Learn interesting details like this: the cranberry is part of the same family as the wintergreen and blueberry.

World Book Online Reference
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Read a brief history of Thanksgiving and the Plymouth Colony in this comprehensive online encyclopedia.

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Kids & Teens

Library Online Resources

Kids InfoBits »

Read up on Thanksgiving. Be sure to check out the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and of course, Thanksgiving recipes and menus.

World Book Kids »

Find information about Thanksgiving Day and learn about historic figures such as William Bradford, the second governor of Plymouth Colony, or Massasoit, the Chief of the Wampanoag Indians.

Library Materials

Children's Recipe Books »

Gobble, gobble, yum, yum! Enjoy these great recipe books and cook up something delicious.

Craft Books for Turkey Day »

Get gravy with it, try your hand at these fun crafts! While you are at it, check other holiday craft books!

Thanksgiving Stories »

Don't be a turkey! Read these great books. Check out fiction, non-fiction, or videos about this historic American holiday.

Balloons Over Broadway

Be sure to check out Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet.


The First Thanksgiving Student Activities for Grades PreK-12 »

Take your students on a Voyage on the Mayflower or learn about Thanksgiving Feasts throughout the ages.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade »

Learn all about Macy's Thanksgiving Day event, and see the new route for the parade. Then, play the memory matching game and slider puzzle!

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Experience this exciting food media world filled with audio and video. Join the Chowhound discussion board, a community of individuals sharing their tips, tricks, and Thanksgiving Day preparations.

Cooking Channel »

Enjoy all there is to know about Thanksgiving cooking. Learn from your favorite recipes, celebrity chefs, cooking videos, online blog, and more. Come discover what's in season.

Post Punk Kitchen Blog »

The PPK started as a public access show for vegan and vegetarian cooking. Check out their Thanksgiving category for some tasty menu ideas.

Serious Eats »

Read the latest posts at Serious Eats about Thanksgiving. Follow food culture, trends, and find unique recipes.

Smitten Kitchen »

Freelance writer and photographer Deb Perelman writes about home cooking at this popular blog. Visit the Thanksgiving section for some unique holiday ideas.

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Library Materials

Cookbooks and Recipes »

Browse our collection of Thanksgiving cookbooks for plenty of recipes and suggestions for turkey, main dishes, or sides.

Pilgrims of New Plymouth Colony »

Read about the members of the Plymouth Colony and their life in the New World.

Thanksgiving Day Audiobooks »

Check out or download an audiobook about Thanksgiving. Find fiction and non-fiction in a variety of formats, including: Downloadable Audiobooks, Playaways, MP3 CDs, and CD books.

Thanksgiving Day Fiction »

Find a novel or story for the holiday season. A Thanksgiving tale might include more than turkey and pilgrims.

Thanksgiving DVDs »

Enjoy a holiday classic or try something new. Browse these DVDs for ideas.

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Just in Time for the Holidays! »

Shop for books, music, DVDs, games, and more for your friends and family! Give a gift back to OCLS. A percentage of the proceeds from your purchases will come back to your Library. Shop through the catalog or go directly to Shop OCLS to browse.

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The Food Network: Thanksgiving Recipes and Menus »

Browse recipes for main dishes, side dishes, and more. Choose from several complete Thanksgiving menus, including both classic and quick and easy options. Thanksgiving »

Discover what the first Thanksgiving was really like with a visit to The History Channel’s website. Learn about the origins of the holiday, 10 things you did not know about Thanksgiving, and how football became a part of the festivities.

Let's Talk Turkey »

Check out this consumer fact sheet from the USDA on safely roasting a turkey. It also describes safe handling before and after the turkey is cooked.

Martha Stewart: Everything Thanksgiving »

Surprise yourself with endless menus, appetizers, desserts, table decor, leftovers, and fun craft ideas. This popular television personality has got a use for everything and anything surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. »

Renowned magazine connoisseur provides an impressive array of Thanksgiving ideas shared from across the Web. Get recommended ideas and authentic recipe collections from around the world.

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Mobile Dinner Spinner

Use this iPhone and iPod Touch application to find recipe and drink ideas from Try the spinner feature for a random menu selection if you are unsure where to start.
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Grocery iQ

Need to organize yourself and save time shopping? Using this application will allow just that. Have access to their vast database so that you can search and create lists to share, discover product details, and have the ability to print or email integrated coupons.
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MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter »

Keep track of your weight loss goals with this extraordinary little tool. Log your food, count calories, and monitor your exercising habits. This comprehensive database will keep you well informed. The mobile application is available for multiple devices.


Can't pull anything together for your Thanksgiving Day feast? Try this excellent application that allows you to make reservations for local restaurants within your area.
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ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

Going grocery shopping? Give this money saving application a try. Finding the best price around is just a camera lens click away using your GPS location and smartphone.
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TGI Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and many retailers offer discounts and specials to increase sales. Use this free application to track deals and compare prices before you buy.
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