Links for resources and content geared for birth-6th grade.
For a listing of Youth Services Programs and Events
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.
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.
These programs will be available for 30 days after their original post date to watch at any time.
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.
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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)
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.