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.
Maine Parenting Resources and Services
Maine Medical Center Pregnancy Resources
Free Parenting Resources
Nurture and Thrive
Zero to Three
Online Learning During COVID:
Main Board of Education Resources
BPL’s Homeschooling Resources
Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Educators
- An Educator’s Guide to This Moment
- Antiracist Parenting During COVID-19 and Beyond Yes! Magazine
- Foundational Texts Teaching While White
- George Floyd, Racism, and Law Enforcement Anti-Defamation League
- Talking about Race National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice Resource List Oakland Public Library
- Where to Find Diverse Children’s Books EmbraceRace
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!
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. This has been suspended until inside gathering requirements for children have been updated by the Maine CDC.
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. This has been suspended until inside gathering requirements for children have been updated by the Maine CDC.
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.