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!

Free book sets for your next Book Club
Attention all kids, teens, parents and educators interested in conducting a book club.
Search the Belfast Free Library catalog using the terms "Book Discussion Group Set" to find available sets of books for your next event.
      Bob: Mass, Wendy, Stead, Rebecca, Gannon, Nicholas: 9781250166623:  Amazon.com: Books       A Handful of Stars: Lord, Cynthia: 9780545700283: Amazon.com: Books         The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1): Riordan,  Rick: 9780786838653: Amazon.com: BooksAmazon.com: Dry: 9781481481960: Shusterman, Neal, Shusterman, Jarrod: Books

 

On the children's floor we are often asked for books for avid early readers, stories that are interesting and not too scary and read alouds that kids and parents can enjoy together. The link below opens the Gentle Reader List -- An inexhaustive, perennial work in progress. Some of these books are available now through the downloadable and online resources linked on this page. Others will be waiting for you when the library reopens.

Gentle Reader Spreadsheet

101 recommendations and counting! The list will continue to grow, and suggestions are welcome. 

Check out the new Children's Librarian, Stephanie Holman's stories for preschool and elementary age: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONCE0103AWrr6XfkxuGQ7Q

Follow this link to watch more Belfast Free Library storytimes and online virtual programs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWbt48IVyEazGbXq93MryMQ/playlists

 

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.

Useful links for homeschoolers:

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/

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

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