Links for resources and content geared for birth-6th grade.
For a listing of Youth Services Programs and Events
Summer Reading and Discovery Program
Starting on June 15th you will be able to sign up for the Summer Reading and Discovery Program (SRDP).
Click here to register.
Click here to use the tracker form we’ve provided or make your own!
The goal this summer is to complete 12 hours of reading and 4 discovery activities. Discovery activities can be experiences like: take a walk, try a new vegetable, plant a seed, pick up trash, write a letter to a friend, participate in a virtual library program, etc. Get creative!
The Friends of Baxter Memorial Library has made a pledge to donate $1 for every child who completes the Summer Reading and Discovery Program, up to $1,000! Wow! It’s up to you kids to try to raise as much money as possible for one of these great local charities and you get to choose which charity receives your donation. Choices are: the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP), Gorham Food Pantry or Gorham BackPack Program. At the end of the summer all SRDP finishers will also be entered into a raffle for one of ten $10 Gift Cards to our wonderful local bookstore, The Bookworm!
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30A.M.
Librarian Grab Bag – Discovery Time! You never know which Youth Services staff member will be performing. You could get a Musical Mr. Jeff, an Artistic Ms. Dani, a Movement Moment Deb, a Yogi Ms. Heidi, or an Artistic Ms. Becky. Tune in and collect them all! (ages 18 months-5 years)
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Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunts
It is the perfect time of year to take a walk on one of Gorham’s many beautiful trails! Mr. Jeff has created a fun-filled scavenger hunt 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)
Check back for updates as we continue to create new content
Cathryn Falwell YouTube Videos
Local author and illustrator Cathryn Falwell has created a YouTube channel called Frog Song Pond to share her books and crafts. She even shows you how to make your own book!
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!
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:
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 further notice – 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)