Online for children

Stockton Springs Community Library’s monthly virtual Story Time for children.

Starting June 2020, Stockton Springs Community Library has been offering a monthly Virtual Story Time for children. The virtual event is broadcast from Mary’s Room via Facebook, at 10:00 am EST on the third Saturday, unless otherwise noted. The video is saved for later viewing and is available here and on the library’s Facebook Page. Each Virtual Story Time lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. We’re sure your children and grandchildren will want to watch them over and over again.

September 19, 2020: Ms. Baldus reads “The Whale’s Song” written by Dyan Sheldon and illustrated by Gary Blythe. Kids, learn how to create a cardboard Seashore Wreath and write a Whale’s Song of your own!

“The Whale’s Song” is our story for September 2020. Read by Patsy Baldus. Craft, science, instruction for writing a Whale’s Song of your own.

August 15, 2020: Ms. Pikulski reads “If You Decide to Go to the Moon” by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg.

E. J. Pikulski, retired teacher, is familiar to anyone who has attended SSCL’s Summer Reading Program over the past few years.

And here’s a few more books for children about the moon that are available at our library and at your favorite book store.

“Moon Loon” by Sandy Ferguson Fuller
“When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year” by Penny Pollock illustrated by Mary Akarian
“Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival” by Grace Lin.

Additional resources about the moon landing and space travel, are online at NASA’s”Kid on the Moon” at

July 18, 2020: Patsy Baldus, local Maine author and former teacher in the Searsport and Stockton Springs, Maine schools, joins us again to read the charming story, The “Wing Shop” by Elvira Woodruff, illustrated by Stephen Gammel. This story has a timely message of “there’s no place like home.” Kids will also have fun learning several “Wing” crafts and an illustrated writing project they can do at home. Suggested age group 4 – 8. 10 am on Facebook Live. Watch the video here.

June 20, 2020: Ms. Patsy Baldus read “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock” a folk tale retold by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Janet Stevens. The character of Anansi originates from the folklore of West Africa and the Caribbean where he is a prominent figure that plays the role of the ‘trickster’. Typically, Anansi’s deceptive and greedy nature is used to teach a lesson. This story is accompanied by some “spider” craft and a writing project kids can do at home. We hope the kiddos will send us their stories and art work for the library to display in Mary’s Room.

Books lists for children

DownEast Magazine – 6 Great New Maine Kids Books – –

Sharing (from YouTube) a few favorite Maine authors and illustrators reading their books: Lynn Plourde, Chris Van Dusen, Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems…

Lynn Plourde

Chris Van Dusen

Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems