Links for resources and content geared for birth-6th grade.
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Tuesday, April 20th at 10:00 AM – Chewonki Virtual Tour
The Behind the Scenes Tour shows the basic layout of the wildlife center and gives some general information of our place and purpose as a part of the Chewonki community. We talk briefly about the care and maintenance of our animal ambassadors, and get one or a few animals out of their enclosures to introduce on camera, telling their personal stories of what led them to be in our care, and answering a few questions regarding them. All ages.
Registration is required for this awesome program! Sign up using this Google form and a Zoom Link will be emailed to you.
Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00 AM – Spring Scavenger Hunt
Join Mr. Jeff on Facebook for a Spring Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy watching Mr. Jeff traversing the trails of Shaw Park looking for spring themed items, including blooming flowers, new leaves on trees, singing birds, and more! Want to try to find all the items on his list for yourself? Click here (on or after April 21st) to download a digital file to print off at home or save to your device. This is a great school vacation week activity for your family!
Thursday, April 22nd at 10:00 AM – Solar Ovens
Ms. Deb is excited to celebrate Earth Day with you, and she’s even more excited to make solar ovens! You’ll learn a bit about the science behind solar energy and then put your knowledge to the test as you use some basic household items (including a recycled pizza box) to cook actual food. Will you bake a potato, warm up a leftover slice of pizza, or try solar s’mores? The possibilities are endless! Join us on Facebook for some fun!
Friday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM – Garden Creature w/ Ms. Dani
Visit Baxter Memorial Library to pick up supplies to create your own garden creature. Packet includes a container, soil, grass seeds and googly eyes. After the “hair” grows you can style it with scissors into the wildest new creature at your house!
New episodes air Tuesdays at 9:30am, to be watched at your earliest convenience
Find Ms. Heidi Tuesday mornings on Facebook as she shares books, and movement activities to enhance early literacy skills and foster a love for reading.
Learn how to play the ukulele on Facebook with Mr. Jeff. 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 a plethora of colors for you to borrow for up to 3 weeks. Check back here to see what other lessons Mr. Jeff has in store for you.
New episodes air Wednesdays at 10:00am, to be watched at your earliest convenience
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.
**Programs that include copyrighted material are deleted 30 days after their original post date**
New episodes air Thursdays at 9:30am, to be watched at your earliest convenience
Sit with Ms. Dani Thursday mornings on Facebook as she shares books to enhance early literacy skills and foster a love for reading.
Are you ready to grab a book from Youth Services but having trouble deciding what to pick up? We are here to help! Check out our new series called Book Bites on our YouTube channel. Don’t miss out on our 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.
Check back for updates as we continue to create new content
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.