The Stockton Springs Community Library presents Children’s Story Hour for Pre-schoolers and Home-schoolers every Thursday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. We meet each week for fun and seasonal stories, a take-home craft and a snack together! Questions or suggestions, please call 567-4147. We hope to see you at story hour!
Join us on Facebook Live Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10:00 am as Patsy Baldus reads “The Whale’s Song” written by Dyan Sheldon and beautifully illustrated by Gary Blythe.
In “The Whale’s Song,” Lilly’s grandmother shares a wonderful story with her about the magic of whales and the special gift they bring to someone who appreciates them. Uncle Frederick has a more practical view about whales and thinks Lilly’s Grandmother is talking nonsense. But Lilly believes she has just the right gift to give to the whales. Will the whales reward Lilly with a song?
As Ms. Baldus explains “Whales do come to the coast of Maine, and while this book showcases blue whales and humpbacks, we are more likely to see minke whales closer to our shores. ”
Kids will learn how to create a cardboard Seashore Wreath and how to write their very own whale song!
Children are encouraged to bring in their wreaths and original whale songs to be showcased in Mary’s room at the Library.
SSCL’s Virtual Story Time is filmed live at Stockton Springs Community Library in Mary’s Room and includes a book reading, a simple craft to make at home, and a writing exercise.
Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library located in Stockton Springs, Maine. Free membership is available to anyone from any community.
Ms. Patsy Baldus, former teacher and Maine author, will read The “Wing Shop” by Elvira Woodruff, illustrated by Stephen Gammel. While published in 1991 this story has a timeless message of “there’s no place like home.”
The little boy, Matthew, moves with his family to a new home, but he misses his old home, and wants to find a way to get back there. He stumbles on a magical Wing Shop where a young girl outfits him with different animals or objects’ wings so he can fly. He has some crazy adventures but is finally happy to fly back home.
The virtual story hour will start with a wing craft that the kids will enjoy making at home. Next Ms. Baldus will read the story and will end with a simple writing activity to spark the young (ages 4 – 8) listener’s own creativity. The program should last around 20 minutes and will be filmed in “Mary’s Room” at the library.
Virtual Story Time will be aired live on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 am on the Library’s Facebook Page. All you need to do is go to our Page and look for the live video. It will also be posted for viewing anytime at your convenience. Last month’s Virtual Story Time is available to watch on our Facebook page (under videos) and on our website look for the tab “Online for Children.” We hope your children and grandchildren enjoy these virtual events and their time with you at home.
Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library located in Stockton Springs, Maine. Membership is free to anyone from any community. Call us at 207-567-4147 if you have any questions about this event.
Patsy Baldus, former teacher & local author of “Love, Lutefisk and Lemon Zest Sneakers” will host this Saturday’s Story Time, broadcasting live from Mary’s Room, Stockton Springs Community Library.
The book selection is “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock” by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Janet Stevens. This is a tale of a naughty spider!
Patsy will demonstrate a simple moving spider craft that kids can do at home, read this charming story aloud (be prepared for some surprises) and then explain to kids how to write their own Ansani stories. We hope every child who watches will write their own Ansani story to bring to the Library where it will be hung on the wall of Mary’s Room for others to read.
To attend this online event, just go to SSCL’s Facebook page at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 20, 2020. The event will last about 30-35 minutes. You can also bookmark and share this link. https://www.facebook.com/StocktonSpringsCommunityLibrary/live/ Commenting on Facebook during the event will be allowed, but comments may be held until the end.
A recorded video of the live performance will be available to view again on our Facebook Page and website.
Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library. Call us at 207-567-4147 if you have any questions about the event.
A grant from the Davis Family Foundation has enabled the Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) to make improvements to “Mary’s Room,” the library’s Children’s Room. The room was named in honor of the late Mary Staples, one of the library’s main founders.
Upgrades include new standing bookcases made by Clyde L. Brooks, in addition to a new table and chairs. These improvements will enable the library to accommodate more children at programs and will allow for more work spaces for the children to engage in art and craft programs. The new bookcases will also allow younger children to shelve books, which was difficult to do with the former bin type bookcases.
SSCL is an all volunteer library located in the heart of downtown Stockton Springs. For more information about the library and its programs visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org