We are so excited to be hosting not one, but TWO local authors at Baxter on the lawn! James D. Paruk, Gorham resident and one of the world’s leading experts on the Common Loon will be speaking on Thursday, July 29 at 6:30 pm. His most recent book is Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver. Irene M. Drago, author of Daughters of Long Reach and The Maine Point will speak Thursday, August 12 at 6:00 pm. Both talks will be on the lawn, or in the Schneider Room if the weather is inclement.

Recycling 101: Learn what really happens to your waste! Join us for a talk by ecomaine Environmental Educator Vanessa Berry. Wednesday, July 28 at 6 pm.

Learn on the Lawn – a new limited series of workshops designed to let you sample a variety of movements, taught by local instructors! We are so excited to kick off this series, and invite people of all ages to join us on the lawn!

Effective May 24, some restrictions have been lifted by the State of Maine.

  • Saturday hours have resumed.
  • While visiting the Youth Services Department, masks are required of children ages 5-12 and requested of all others.
  • For those who are not vaccinated, masks are recommended inside the building, especially for close contact. Staff will wear masks to assist you when distancing is not possible.
  • It is now ok to browse, study, or use our computers without strict time limits because our building may safely contain more people. Please be courteous and respectful of others.
  • Meeting rooms and quiet study space are now open. Availability may be limited at times to accommodate Municipal business.

H.E.A.L.* w/ Baxter Memorial Library
Summer Reading & Discovery Program 2021

*Healthy Eating, Active Living

The youth Summer Reading and Discovery Program is an eight-week whirlwind of activities, reading, and prizes. This year’s theme, with in-person programs to match, will be all about healthy eating and fun outdoor activities. Visit the library to pick up everything you need to get started. For every four hours of reading, we reward you with prizes including bookmarks, a free Subway kid’s meal, a book of your choice from our prize cart, and a small pizza from Domino’s. The goal is to complete sixteen hours of reading by the end of August. Listening to audio books, enjoying graphic novels, reading stories together, and any other activities involving the written word count as “reading time.” Most of all, have fun!

Parents and children two years old and younger can also participate with our Wee Readers program that incorporates early literacy activities to do with your child. Complete the activities and win a board book! On Mondays, June 21st -August 9th the we will offer story time for our families with little ones.

This year’s adult summer reading program runs alongside the youth program. Adults should get rewarded for reading, too! Simply fill out a raffle ticket for every book that you read to be entered into weekly drawings for fun prizes! All entries will stay in the running for a grand prize at the end of the summer. We will also host a series of outdoor wellness classes, and put together some fresh staff-picked recommendations for your reading enjoyment. Sign-ups begin during our
curbside event but you may start at any point during the program.

Events will take place on the library lawn and are free and open to the public. During outdoor programming, masks will only be required when physical distancing is not possible. We have many exciting activities planned! To find the most up to date information on our programs throughout the summer, check back here on our website or call 222-1190. Thank you to Gorham Subway and Gorham Domino’s for donating awesome prizes in support of our Summer Reading Program.

Let’s Move in Libraries!

It’s Spring! Time to dust off our Let’s Move in Libraries Packs. The packs are inspired by the National Let’s Move in Libraries project that focuses on supporting health and wellness with physical activity in public libraries. Youth Services Librarian, Heidi Whelan is on the national advisory board for Let’s Move in Libraries and has worked to incorporate movement into Baxter Memorial Library’s discovery times and other programs. To further this work we are offering backpacks available for checkout that contain everything you’d need to do yoga at home, bird watching, and dog training.  

Ukuleles in the Library

We have purchased eight colorful ukuleles to circulate to BML card holders. We also offer programming around this new offering with an ongoing series of online ukulele lessons to support you as you learn how to use the instrument.  Youth Services Library Assistant Jeffrey Knox taught himself to play the ukulele in order to lead this program. He is creating a growing series of tutorial videos that are posted to our Facebook page. You can view the videos on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own homes, which makes this program flexible and convenient for both children and adults.

Mr. Jeff began by creating a set of four tutorial videos explaining the basics of how to play the ukulele. He is now adding to the library of videos by learning popular songs (he takes requests). Check out our kids page for this and other awesome programs!