Links for resources and content geared for birth-6th grade.
Baxter Memorial Library Lego Challenge
Starting this Friday, April 3rd, we will be posting the lego challenge theme of the weekend. Check back here every Friday in April to find that weekend’s lego challenge theme. After you discover the theme, you can build your masterpiece and email a photo of it to email@example.com by that Monday evening. Then it will be posted in our Lego slideshow on our website. Please put the theme of the week in the email’s subject line and only submit one photo per creator. Thank you and have fun!
Current theme: DREAM HOUSE
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30A.M.
Ms. Heidi reads from a selection of picture books. Perfect viewing for ages 18 months – 5 years. You don’t need a Facebook account to watch. Just visit our library Facebook page to watch the live streaming event. We hope to “see” you there.
Tuesday – Friday, Daily at 2P.M.
Mr. Jeff will be reading a popular juvenile fiction title every Tuesday-Friday throughout April. Join him on Facebook Live at 2pm as he reads Frindle, Holes, the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and the Wild Robot.
Some of you may not know that Baxter Memorial Library Youth Services Department, in conjunction with Gorham School Department, offers a Littlest Learner Literacy Outreach Program at many of our local preschools. The Gorham School Department’s Aspire Grant funds these outreach services. Deb Tanguay acts as our primary liaison between the preschools, the public library, and the school system. On a monthly basis, she spends time at each preschool leading a half-hour story time, complete with developmentally-appropriate books, songs, and movement breaks. Ms. Deb has been missing all her outreach kiddos so much that she has made some videos of her reading and doing other fun activities for them to enjoy at home.
Ms. Dani’s Craft Time
Spring Egg Holder
Pegasus the Python
Exclusive Video Presentation
Wildlife specialist Mckenzie Whelan and her friend Pegasus have provided Baxter Memorial Library with an exclusive special video presentation. Pegasus is a python, which are some of the best social-distancing practitioners you’ll ever meet! Check out her video to learn more!
Check back for updates as we continue to create new content
TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, has generously given free access to public libraries and their patrons through August 31st, 2020. You can access TumbleBooks through these direct links:
World Book Online, From now until April 30th, 2020 get access to databases within World Book Online remote learning
Scholastic has curated a free digital learning hub designed to support virtual learning plans. Scholastic Learn At Home allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans: Pre-K-K, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-9+
Storyline Online: streaming videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
While schools are closed, Audible is offering instant access to their collection of children and teen audiobooks – free of charge. Choose from an enormous collection of stories, including titles recorded in six different languages. Stream on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.
Literacy Games Featuring Favorite Characters Pre-k to Elementary
Discovery Times!!! Suspended until April 30th – check back for updates
All of our Discovery times are designed to introduce children to books and libraries in a positive and enjoyable way. We use stories, music, and movement to present and enhance early literacy skills and foster a love of reading. We offer 3 different age-specific programs each week, and once a month we hold an all-ages program .
*Discovery Times are not held during regular Gorham school vacations and holidays or when they are closed due to inclement weather.
- Preschool Discovery Time – Tuesdays at 9:30am
- Baby Discovery Time – Wednesdays at 9:30am
(Birth to 18 months)
- Toddler Discovery Time – Thursdays at 9:30am
- Music Fun w/ Mr. Jeff – Wednesdays at 6:00pm
(Designed for ages birth – 5 years, but all are welcome)