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Let’s Talk About It

Posted by Pam Jenkins on April 27th, 2017

Talking with children about race relations, immigration, gender issues, and many other topics can be challenging. Sometimes sharing the right book can provide an opening for meaningful conversations about topics that are on kids’ and parents’ minds. Parents may want to check out our current “Let’s Talk About It” book display across from the Youth Services desk to see what’s available.

Because some of the titles contain potentially disturbing subject matter such as families struggling to survive harsh living conditions or the death of a parent due to war, we encourage you to preview  the books closely; you’re the best judge of what’s appropriate for your child’s age and temperament, and the tone and content of the books vary greatly.

One of books highlighted – Talking Walls: Discover Your World, written by Margy Burns Knight and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien – is a great resource for showing kids different cultures around the world.  Twenty of the original illustrations for the book are currently on display in the Collaboratory.  Why not stop in with a child and talk about them?

Honey Bees!

Posted by Pam Jenkins on March 5th, 2017

We found these bee-utiful bees buzzing around the library in search of flowers after learning about honey-making in the Collaboratory.

Besides crafting bee bonnets, children may dig in a pretend garden, browse books such as Flight of the Honey Bee and Gardening Lab for Kids, or play with hexagon blocks.

All this while their grown-ups relax amid the blooms and greenery, plan this year’s garden, and find tips on growing bulbs indoors.

The interactive “Bloom” exhibit is open during library hours throughout March.

Maine State Music Theatre Follow-Up

Posted by Pam Jenkins on February 27th, 2017

Didn’t get a chance to attend Maine State Music Theatre’s February Magic Time performance at the library? Here’s a snippet from the show – MSMT director Curt Dale Clark as Prince Hunter singing “Allergies” from his version of Sleeping Beauty:

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