Programs

Children’s Programs ~ see Calendar and  home page for current program information

Toddler Time – Tuesdays 10:30

Enjoy books, songs, stories, fingerplays, and more with your active toddler! Toddler time is a short (approximately 30 minutes) story program featuring books, songs, and movement activities to help develop your child’s language and socialization skills. All parents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to participate with their child. The more you engage in Toddler Time with your child, the more attentive he/she will be. Each program will include a library handout so songs and rhymes can be enjoyed at home.

Toddler Time lasts approximately 20-25 minutes with time following the session for parent/child social interaction and play.

Baby Rhyme Time – Wednesday 10:30

Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with bouncing rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple books. Children are never too young to build pre-literacy skills! Talk, sing, read, write and play with your child, and watch language skills blossom and grow.

Baby Time is designed to inspire and model for parents and caregivers (of children from 0-24 months) how to sing, rhyme, play, and read with their babies every day. Repetition is a necessary building block that allows babies to strengthen the connections in the brain that help them learn, so each 6 week session will feature many of the same songs and rhymes.  Activities will run for about 20 minutes, after which is an optional play time. This is a great time to meet other families in the area, and for children to play and explore.

Story Time – Thursdays 10:30

Listen and learn with stories, songs, movement, and FUN, as you nurture in your preschooler a love of books. These fun librarian-led story times will model the everyday practices — talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing — that help your child get ready to read.

Story Time is designed for children ages 3-6 years who have greater understanding of language and concepts, as well as longer attention spans, social skills, and self awareness. In these story times, we can share stories, songs, and fingerplays with more intricate plots, and activities with both directed and expressive movement. Each program will include a library handout so songs and rhymes can be enjoyed at home.

**When schools are closed or have a delayed opening due to weather conditions, all Story Times will be cancelled.**


Teens & Tweens
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Tweens and teens (ages 9+ only!) are invited to a craft party at the library! We supply the materials, you make the craft. Tween Time will be held monthly at the library. Check the calendar for dates and times.

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Flat Screen Monitor for Use for Gaming & Casting (sharing content on your laptop on a bigger screen for a small group). Bring in your game box and headsets and have fun with your friends or work on a project together.

Plan a Teen Program for You and Your Friends – just talk to a librarian about something you are interested in…

STEM Afterschool

Join us after school for an awesome STEM activity!  One (or more) afternoons a month we will be exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a hands on program designed to encourage children aged 7+ to think outside the box and engage new solutions for everyday struggles. Activities Include:

  • STEM Challenges- Can you solve our challenges in the time allowed? We’ll be identifying a problem or issue and then joining forces to create and test a STEM based solution.
  • STEM Crafts- Discover the magic of crafting! Crafts engage our mind with spatial awareness and engage our creativity in new and fun ways.
  • …and more!

Check the calendar for dates and times!

Friday Fun 

Join us on a random Friday once a month for a fun drop in craft activity! Each Friday Fun will feature a simple all ages craft activity and will run from 3:30-4:30.  Check the calendar for dates.

Lego Club 

LEGO Club meets once monthly on a Wednesday from 3:30-4:30
If you like building or LEGOS this is the time for you! Open to all ages, though adult supervision is required for builders 7 and under. Get creative and build anything from your imagination or accept the monthly challenge! Participants can build as a team or work on their own creation. We’ll provide the materials, you provide the imagination. All LEGO creations must stay at the library and may only be on display for a short time, so bring your camera!

LEGO club is a safe for all participants space so all violence, guns, fighting, and weapons will be disallowed.


Knitters 

Knitters3This group meets weekly in the library on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm to workKnitters1 and socialize over hand work.  Join us for knitting, quilting, crocheting or whatever handwork you do!


 Adult Book Discussion ~ see slider on home page for current information

The South Berwick Public Library book group meets the first Wednesday of every month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction selections.   Copies of this month’s selection are available at the library for anyone who wants to join us.

Books Read in 2018
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley
We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler
The Road to Character by David Brook
Sweetland by Michael Crummey
Settled in the Wild by Susan Hand Shetterly
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption  by Bryan Stevenson
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Books Read in 2017
Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey
Euphoria by Lily King
Thunderstruck by Eric Larson
Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Molly Spotted Elk by Bonnie MacBride
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown
The Tenth of December by George Saunders

Books Read in 2016
Langston Hughes Poetry
Boston Girl by Antia Diamant
Wave by Sonali Yeraniyagala
Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Shadows in the Vineyard: the true story of the plot to poison the world’s most famous wine by Maximillian Potter
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kindsolver
The Martian by Andy Weir
Maine Humanities Let’s Talk About It Series~ Violence &  Belonging
Between the World and Me byTa Ne-Hesi Coates
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chestnutt
Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Ice cream, Gasmasks, and God by Joyce Lovely


Digital Tutoring

One-on-One digital tutoring on computers or an electronic device.

Is the tablet or e-reader your son or daughter gave you still in its box since your birthday last fall?  Would you like someone to help you learn to take a picture and send it, or a text?  Meet with our Digital Tutor with your tech device, or just your questions.  Call the Library and we will help you make an appointment for a convenient time.