Kids

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Percy says, “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands”

Links for resources and content geared for birth-6th grade.

For a listing of Youth Services Programs and Events

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The Maine Birthday Book StoryWalk is now open!  This StoryWalk celebrates the Maine Bicentennial and is a collaboration between Baxter Memorial Library, Gorham Parks and Recreation, Gorham Schools, and Shaw Brothers Construction.  Join the fun as you walk, read, and follow the StoryWalk signs* at beautiful Cherry Hill Farm Trail in Gorham, Maine.  Please maintain social distancing between family groups and masks are recommended when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

*Partially funded by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Committee.


VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Preschool Discovery Time with Ms. Heidi – Tuesdays at 9:30am

Toddler Discovery Time with Ms. Dani – Thursdays at 9:30am

Join us Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Facebook as we share books, music and movement activities to enhance early literacy skills and foster a love for reading.

Virtual STEAM Time with Ms. Deb – Wednesdays at 10:00am

Join Ms. Deb Wednesday mornings on Facebook for a virtual STEAM activity. Activities are geared toward K-5 learners and require minimal supplies that you’ll likely have right on-hand at home.

Nature Mandala

Mystery Objects in a Bag

Playing with Shadows

Guess the Water Level

These programs will be available for 30 days after their original post date to watch at any time. 


Harry Potter Horcrux Hunt
Attention Harry Potter Fans!  The librarians of Baxter Memorial Library are hiding Horcruxes around the Gorham Village.  Read the clues on our website to guess each Horcrux and the location where we have stashed it.  Go to that location (anytime from 5pm October 30th through 5pm Nov 1st) and find the Horcrux painted on a small flag to confirm your guess.  Fill out the Google Form on our website www.baxterlibrary.org after you find as many as you can.  Winners will be chosen from entries that found all 7 Horcruxes.  Good luck witches and wizards!!


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Baxter Memorial Library, as a National Family Place Library, is offering a new service to families with children newborn-8yrs. It’s called Bright by Text and it is a service that provides free tips by text on child development topics. The content is tailored to your child’s age and covers subjects such as physical development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavior, and more. The information is brought to you by Sesame Street, PBS Parents, Bright by Three, and others. Just text FAMILYPLACE to 274448 to sign up for this caregiver text service.


Parenting Corner / Tough Topics

Tough Topics

How to Talk to Kids About:

Disease 

Death

Race and Racism

Grief


Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunts

Baxter Memorial Library is proud to announce their first Literacy Scavenger Hunt, recently placed behind Narragansett Elementary School on the Claire Drew Trail. The project, in conjunction with ASPIRE Gorham and the Littlest Learner’s Program, comprises a welcome sign and twelve other signs along the one-mile loop.

Claire Dew Scavenger Hunt

Signs are made of repurposed wood and feature wood-burned alphabetical letters and drawings of items visitors could find along the trail, or at least in nearby nature.

IMG_4701Visitors simply can note the signs as they go about their recreational business, or they can choose to participate in the Literacy Scavenger Hunt by doing a variety of extension activities, including but certainly not limited to: sketching items in a notepad; taking photos of the items; weaving the items into an original song, poem, story, or theatrical performance.

BML Books to Supplement the Literacy Scavenger Hunt


Want to continue scratching your scavenger hunt itch? Mr. Jeff has fun-filled scavenger hunts for you to take along on your walk. Can you find everything on the list? Print it off at home or have it downloaded onto an adult’s device. (All Ages Event)

Scavenger Hunt #1

Scavenger Hunt #2: Seven Wonders of Nature

Scavenger Hunt #3

Scavenger Hunt #4

Check back for updates as we continue to create new content



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The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine may be closed, but their educational staff have been continuing to create learning experiences and play activities for you and your family. Click on the link to view videos about fossils, animal homes, shadow puppets, and turtle yoga.

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine


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Raising Readers is a blog for both local and national resources for families created in response to COVID-19. Find content from performer Rick Charette, Maine author Lynn Plourde, the Maine State Library, and much more!

Raising Readers


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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.


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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

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