Welcome to Youth Services

Here you will find a host of programs and resources for babies, toddlers, kids and teens. These programs are usually held downstairs at the library. We have a dedicated professional staff here to help you get the most out of our wonderful collections. If you don't see what you need, just ask! We will do our very best to fill your need.

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Our story times develop early literacy skills and promote a love of reading in a warm, welcoming environment.

Pre-School Story Time (3-5 years) - Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Early literacy skills, school readiness skills, listening, and following directions are developed during this time. Our story time is designed to introduce children to books and libraries in a positive and enjoyable way. The program includes a variety of stories, finger plays, action rhymes, and crafts. Pre-School Story Time is also a time when children can learn socialization skills by interacting with children their own age.

Baby and Me (0–18 months) - Thursdays at 9:30 a.m Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music. Exposure to words, rhymes, music, and movement during the first 18 months of life assists in developing language and motor skills. Baby and Me is also a time when children can learn socialization skills by interacting with children their own age.

Toddler Time (18-36 months) - Thursdays at 10 a.m. Our enthusiastic and specially trained staff presents stories, songs, and movement activities to match the ages and attention spans of the participants. Children in this age range react differently; they will be at all levels of development. Part of the interactive experience at story time is socialization with others. The goal of our program is to set the stage for the love of reading and lifelong learning.

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Baxter Memorial Literacy Kits

Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers have the critical role as their children's first teacher.

These literacy kits will provide hands-on activities for parent and child to work and play together on early reading skills and will be available to circulate for three week periods. For more information please call 222-1190

Baxter Memorial Literacy Kit
Getting Ready to Read

These kits contain many early literacy hands-on activities to address all learning styles.


Baxter Memorial Literacy Kit
Gorham Maine Local History

This kit contains very brief notes on Gorham history suitable for families to trace some of the events. For even more fun click here for a PDF question sheet. This may be printed out, answered and returned to the library for a free book.


Baxter Memorial Literacy Kit
Microscope

This kit contains a primary microscope with instruction booklet, ten plastic slides with specimens, disposable slides for examination of your own specimen(s) and several books about microscopes


Baxter Memorial Literacy Kit
Science - Magnets

This kit contains magnets and accompanying books and activities.

 

There are several more literacy kits available for circulation; check them out or ask a librarian for more information.


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Please visit our calendar of events for more information on upcoming programs.

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