Links for resources and content geared for birth-6th grade.
Click here to view previous and upcoming 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.
* These programs will be available for 30 days after their original post date to watch at any time. *
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
- Nice Cream
- Fun Fabric Napkins
- Double Doodle Drawing
Join Mr. Jeff on Facebook to learn how to play a ukulele. Check out a ukulele at Baxter Memorial Library or just dust off the one you have hiding in your closet! We have added 8 ukuleles in plethora of colors for you to borrow for up to 8 weeks. Check back here on a weekly basis to see what other lessons Mr. Jeff has in store for you.
- Introduction – Part 1
- Tuning – Part 2
- Strumming – Part 3
- Basic Chords – Part 4
- I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Are you ready to grab a book from Youth Services but having trouble deciding what to pick up? Ms. Deb is here to help! Check out her new series called Book Bites on our YouTube channel. Don’t miss out on her great reviews!
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.
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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.
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.
Visitors 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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.