Parent and Caregiver Resources

Caregivers at the Library

The Bridgton Public Library Youth Services aims to create a family friendly space for relaxing, spending time with your children, and finding good books!

By having our children and youth rooms separate from the adult reading rooms, children have room to talk and laugh in regular volume voices! Also, there are many toys, games, and books to explore in a safe, relaxing environment.

Follow this link to peruse our Parenting Collection or go to our New Parenting Shelf for our latest editions to the collection.

Web Resources

In Maine:
Maine Parenting Resources and Services
Community Groups
Maine Medical Center Pregnancy Resources

General Parenting:
Free Parenting Resources
Nurture and Thrive
Parenting.com
Zero to Three

Library Learning

Activity Kits: These kits are themed based on different subjects which can be checked out.  Each kit has at least one book, and then a variety of other materials: puzzles, flash cards, educational games, DVDs, and models.  The kits target kids from Pre-K to Middle School+.  Some of the materials even help college students study for exams! 

Solar System (Left) Atoms and Molecules (Right)

Book Sets: Check out a set of books so that you can host your own book club!

Storytime: This is a fun time for your child to meet other kids in the community.  Our story time is targeted towards children 0-6, but older siblings who are well behaved are also welcome to participate in the stories, snack, and craft.

Tunes for Tots: Bring your littlest to the library to sing songs and jam on xylophones, drums, and other musical instruments.  Your children will have the opportunity to socialize, practice sharing skills, while engaging in exploratory play.

Storytime (left) Tunes for Tots (right) All children photographed with guardian permission

To-Go Bags: Available from September-June, each month a new Culture and STEAM To-Go Bag is available.  All To-Go Bags are completely free and include all the materials necessary to do the projects.  Each bag has instructions and a book list about related materials.  The bags become available at the beginning of the month and are available on a first come basis.

The Culture To-Go Bags focus on a new country each month.  They come with a fact sheet, a recipe, information pages, and crafts which teach about that country.  When you complete your Culture projects, you can bring a photo to show the librarian, and she will give you a passport and sticker for each country you “visit”!

The STEAM To-Go Bags include a project which is either Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics based!  Some projects we have done are: Make Volcanoes, Make Rock Candy, and Make Instruments.