Youth Services

Welcome to the Youth Services Department downstairs at the Bridgton Public Library!

If you haven’t been to visit us in a while, we invite you to bring your family to the library and explore this great space dedicated to children and young adults. We have areas for all ages to read, discover and learn.

Our youngest patrons will find a great play space for imagining and exploring, and our teens will find a separate room designated as a quiet space where they can log on to their devices, read, or study.

We look forward to seeing you!

Meet the Librarian

Miss Samantha Zawistowski is excited to explore programming and outreach opportunities with kids and families in our community.  She loves a great conversation about books and looks forward to hearing your favorites while she sends you home with hers!

Her achievements include earning the Gold Award in Girl Scouts and receiving her B.A. in Anthropology from Adelphi University.  She has also traveled to 22 different countries!

Here she is at the Inclusive Internship Initiative meeting in Chicago, September 2018!

Books and More!

We have a large collection of picture books, board books, easy readers, fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages and interests.  In addition we have several non-print collections which include DVDs, audio books, and activity kits.

Click here to see new additions to the collection: New in Youth Services

Weekly Children’s Programs

Tunes for Tots is every Tuesday 10:00-11:00. For ages 0-4, this hands-on program includes a rotating collection of musical instruments, a take-turns sing-along, and usually a good old-fashioned parade of fun.

Lego Club is every Tuesday 3:30-5:30.  Miss Samantha brings out her secret Lego stash to share with kids of all ages.  Older kids like to teach younger kids how to make cool creations, and for the littlest members of our club we have a whole box of Duplos!

Preschool Storytime every Friday 10:00-11:00. This is a storytime for children ages 0-6 years. Following storytime we have a fun craft and healthy snack. No registration is required.

In addition to our ongoing programs, we also have regular and special programs throughout each month. You can find a detailed schedule with dates and times on the Calendar page of our website.

Check out our exciting new programs which are always available:

  • Cultural and Science To-Go Bags
  • Interactive Bulletin Boards
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • I Spy Tank

If you have checked out any of our Cultural To-Go Bags, please consider filling out this brief survey to let us know what you think:

To-Go Bag Survey

Bridgton Public Library Contributes to the Maine Library Community

Miss Samantha has an article about her Literacy Loons! initiative published in the most recent edition of the Maine Library Association A to Z newsletter. Literacy Loons! is a cooperative effort of Bridgton Public Library, Bridgton Books, Bear Pond Learning, Bridgton Literacy Task Force, and Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club.

Please click this link to read more: Maine Library Association newsletter