Recommended Websites

Some fun websites that you can enjoy with your children:

5 Tips for a Successful Trip to the Library with a Toddler - Simple tips for preparing your toddler for their first visit to the library.

Ten read-aloud commandments - from Mem Fox author and retired Associate Professor of Literary Studies.

"47 Charming Facts About Children's Books" - Mental Floss YouTube video by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars.

10 Things Parents Can Do to Encourage Their Children to Read More - Tongue-in-cheek from Dan Gutman

Fizz, Boom, Read!Fizz, Boom, Read! is the theme for the summer reading program. See the Story Time page for Summer Reading Calendar and exciting activities for kids and their parents.


Maker CampGoogle Maker Camp "Make" magazine and Google are hosting a virtual Maker Camp for teenagers (students under 13 can participate with adult supervision). The virtual camp starts on Monday, July 7th at 11am PST. Maker Camp is a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring new DIY projects that students can do at home as individual projects or as group projects. A new project is posted each day. Daily Google+ Hangouts will offer tips for completing each project. Students can share their projects in the Maker Camp Google+ Community. Maker Camp runs for six weeks.

Best Book Award Winners for 2014

The Chickadee Award

The Maine Children's Choice Picture Book Project

Jangles: a BIG Fish Story 
by David Shannnon

Maine Student Book Award

Determined by Maine students in grades
four through eight.

by R.J. Palacio

Newbery Award

Awarded annually by ALS to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Flora & Ulysses
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures  by Kate DiCamillo

Caldecott Award

Awarded annually by ALS to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

by Brian Floca

100 Tips for Beginning ReadersI Can Read!: 100 Tips for Beginning Readers   Discover one hundred fun activities and tips to help children become enthusiastic readers in this new guide from I Can Read! Download for FREE as an eBook or as a pdf.

Read or download pdf

Also available on the Nook. Ask to borrow at the library Desk.


Raising Readers

Raising Readers promotes a love of books and reading by giving books to Maine children at birth and at each well child visit through age five. Like Raising Readers on Facebook to get tips on reading to your children.


Great Readalouds!

Lightning ThiefWe agree with Geek Dad that "few things that you do are more important than reading to your kids early and often. The social science is in, vocabulary is a major predictor of cognitive development in your children. Reading to them is a great way to get them using the language centers of their brain. Plus some of the best times we have had with our children have come while watching their eyes glisten as Harry looks in the Mirror of Erised or listening to their giggles as they discover the joys and absurdities of Shel Silverstein’s poetry. Reading aloud to your kids can be a blast."

This blog post is a wonderful list of books that are great readalouds -

67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10