Kids


Welcome to the Children’s Page!

At the Belfast Free Library the entire second floor is a space for children and teens. This welcoming place is filled with a broad collection of books, audiobooks, creative play materials, and digital resources. Our friendly staff is here to help kids, parents, caregivers, and educators find the materials they need and the stories they’ll love!

 


 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Enroll you child to receive a free book each month!!

~Waldo County parents and caregivers: You can inspire your child's love of reading with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

How it works:

~The imagination Library program is now available for all infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Waldo County!!

~It is free and easy to register you child just click here.

~In 6-8 weeks, your child will receive their first book in the mail, "The Little Engine That Could."

~Books will continue to arrive in the mail monthly until your child's 5th birthday.

~If you have any questions contact the Children's Librarian at 338-3884 ext. 26.


 

Visit the Storywalk at the Belfast City Park

The story is read by stopping at 16 stands placed along the loop trail.

 Start the book at the bridge near the playground and then head toward the ocean for the next page.

 This STORYWALK installation is year round and the content is brought to you by your Belfast Free Library and City Parks and Recreation.

Special thanks to sponsors

Friends of the Library  and First National Bank Wealth Management

 


 

Belfast Free Library Youth Services Presents ~ The  2024 Children’s and Teen Summer Reading Program  

READ, RENEW, REPEAT!

For Children and Teens ~ Free events and a game board to record your reading and win prizes!

Visit  the second floor of the Belfast Free Library during business hours to receive a game board, a reading log and a list of free events for children and teens. You will mark your

progress on your game board and at five stops on the game, you will win a prize and a raffle ticket .

You have until August 14 to collect your prizes and submit up to five raffle tickets.

See you at the library!

Date: Thursday, June 20 through Wednesday, August 14.

Location: 2nd floor of the Belfast Free Library

 


 


 

Upcoming Youth Service Events and Programs


 


 

Preschool Storytimes at Belfast City Park!

~ Presented by The Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Time : 10:00-11:00am

Dates: June 14 and 21 ~ July 19 and 26 ~ August 23 and 30

Location : The Belfast City Park ~ Northport Avenue in Belfast, on the grass next to bridge to playground.

Rain location: Abbott room, Belfast Free Library 106 High Street~

~ Stories shared through books, puppets, felt, songs and an easy craft. Bring a blanket and chairs as needed.


 

Wiggle and Rhyme ~ for Babies and Toddlers

~ Presented by The Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Time : 10:00-11:00am

Dates: June 17 and 24 ~ July 22 and 29 ~ August 19 and 26

Location : The Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library

~ Content is prepared for birth through age 2.  First 20 minutes are rhymes, songs and literacy followed by play time and social time with bubbles.


 

School-Age Reader's Crew

~ Presented by Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Time :  4:00-5:00pm

Dates:  June 25, July 11, July 30

Location : Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library

Gather, eat snacks and talk about books. Bring your current favorite book  or tell us about something you read recently. This group will not focus on one book at a time.  Instead it

will be a discussion of current reading interests.

School Age readers—Come once or every time

 

 

 

 

 


 

Read to a Dog at the Belfast Free Library!

~ Presented by The Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Readers can drop in, pick a book and  pick a certified therapy dog and READ!  Reading to a dog has been proven to increase  reading fluency and reduce reading anxiety.

 Time : 11:30-12:30pm

Dates: Mondays, July 15, 22 and 29

Location :  Abbott room, Belfast Free Library 106 High Street


 

A Riot in the Garden ~ Songs and Stories for a Small Planet with Stand-up Chameleon Jackson Gillman

~ Presented by Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Time :  11:00-12:00pm

Dates:  Thursday, July 25

Location : Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library

~ Families with children of all ages are welcome 

~ With a background in ecology, Gillman  delights audiences with his storytelling, song, dance, mime , humor and imagination. Be sure to bring your imagination.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Song Dog Puppeteer's Perform "Coyote and the Boy Ben"

~ Presented by Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Time :  2:00-3:00pm

Dates:  Thursday, August 1

Location : Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library 

~ All are welcome

~ This is a marionette show about the wonderful relationships in our lives and in the lives of the wild ones who share our planet with us.

This is a story of a Mother Coyote searching for her little pup who has run off to play. A boy called Ben is playing in the forest too.

Join us in their touching and unforgettable meeting based on Natives Peoples’ stories of Coyotes’ benevolence toward humans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bob Lloyd : Magician, Juggler, and Mime

~ Presented by Belfast Free Library Youth Summer Reading Program ~

Time :  6:00-7:00pm

Dates:  Monday, August 5

Location : Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library 

~ An experienced and exuberant master of his art, Bob Lloyd presents a fast-paced blend of magic, juggling, and mime which captivates audiences of all ages.

Don’t miss this FREE event!  All ages welcome.

Bob Lloyd Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Access free audiobooks and ebooks with your library card through Maine's Cloud Library.

 

Check out our collection of educational materials -- Both in the library and online.

207 Television episode about using technology with your library card!

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/maine-libraries-tech-digital-rental/97-8000e6fd-2187-4dfe-9bec-5709494fac61

Homeschooling in Maine, Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/maine/

Maine Department of Ed. Home Instruction Requirements, Forms & Laws https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/schoolops/homeinstruction/requirements

PBS Learning Media https://mainepublic.pbslearningmedia.org/

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/

Smithsonian Educators https://learninglab.si.edu/

Digital Maine Library https://library.digitalmaine.org/about/getting-started-with-digital-maine-library/