Kids

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


Polar Express (in-person or at home option)

Wednesday, December 14th, at 6:00pmToot toot!! Our annual holiday event is back! This year you will have two ways to participate. You can throw on your p.j.s and come to the library December 14th at 6:00pm to listen to Conductor Jeff read “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. Hot cocoa will be served and all children will take home a small memento. This is an all ages program with no registration required.  OR  You can view the video of Conductor Jeff reading “The Polar Express” anytime until Dec 26th.  If you choose the remote viewing don’t forget to stop by the library for your take home kit of a candy cane, bell, ticket and packet of cocoa. The kits will be available until Dec. 17th. (all ages)

Baxter Digs Reading is back!

First and Third Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30PM – Baxter is a Standard Poodle Therapy Dog who loves to be read to! He will be visiting the library the first and third Tuesday of the month. Children can read to Baxter in the program room. Visit or call the library to sign up for your 15 minute slot to read to Baxter.

Sewing Club is back!

Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30PM – Learn to sew. A variety of textile techniques and projects will be explored. Children aged 7 & up are welcome to attend. Children under 8 years old must have a parent or other caregiver, over age 14, in attendance. This activity is a drop in event; come when you can and leave when you must. 

Outdoor Story Adventures (ages 3-5yrs)

Tuesdays from 10:00 to 10:45AM – Join Ms. Heidi or Mr. Jeff on the library lawn for Year Round Outdoor Story Adventures. Early literacy has never been so fun! We will read, sing, and dance the morning away!

In the event of inclement weather, we will bring the program inside.  Call the library at 222-1190 or visit Facebook for up-to-date information. 

*Outdoor Story Adventures is not held during regular Gorham school vacations and holidays or when they are closed due to inclement weather.

Baby Discovery Time (birth-18months)

Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:00AM – Join Ms. Dani in the youth services program room as she leads families in a fun baby story time! Enjoy books, babies, rhymes and songs together.  (Ages birth-18months).

*Discovery Times are not held during regular Gorham school vacations and holidays or when they are closed due to inclement weather.

Toddler Discovery Time (18months-3yrs)

Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:30AM – Join us in the Youth Services program room for Toddler Discovery Time. We will read books, sing songs, and move our bodies!  (Ages 18months – 3years).

*Discovery Times are not held during regular Gorham school vacations and holidays or when they are closed due to inclement weather.

Call the library at 222-1190 or visit Facebook for up-to-date information.


Let’s Move in Libraries Packs

Youth Services has added two fitness kits to our Let’s Move in Libraries collection. The fitness kits include: a speed and agility ladder, a beaded jump rope, a skip ball, a stopwatch, and a fitness log. Patrons can check out the new fitness kits in addition to the ones we currently circulate that contain everything you’d need to do yoga at home, bird watching, and dog training.  


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Virtual Programming

Beginning Ukulele with Mr. Jeff

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.

Virtual STEAM Time with Ms. Deb

Join Ms. Deb 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.

Book Bites

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!


Maine Trail Finder wants to help you get out and moving on local trails! Learn about hundreds of people-powered trails from Kittery to Fort Kent. Check out their calendar to discover events and activities happening around the state. Create a free account to keep track of your activity, tag your favorite trails, and bookmark the ones you want to do next. Your next adventure is waiting to be discovered!


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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.


The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine is open again! Newly located on Thompson’s Point in Portland, the museum invites you to explore Science, Culture, Visual Arts, and Community exhibits, view a production in Maddy’s Theatre, or check out their programs. There is no shortage of fun to be had! Visit their website to reserve a ticket and view their Covid-19 guidelines.


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.


Literacy Games Featuring Favorite Characters Pre-k to Elementary