Youth Services

Welcome to the Youth Services Department at 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!

Summer Reading Program 2020:
Imagine Your Story

June 22 – August 15

Join us this summer in a quest through myth and legend. Get lost in your favorite fairy-tale, and practice magic in the up and coming national Summer Reading Program.

Despite COVID we at BPL have worked hard to serve you with the quality Summer Reading Program you have come to expect from us! Each week, for eight weeks, there are THREE different To-Go Bags targeting children 0-12 and every other week a Teen To-Go Bag is also available!

To track your reading, register at our online Summer Reading Website through Beanstack! Call the library or email Miss Samantha at if you need help!

Come by the library during Courtyard Pick-up, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am-noon, where you can pick up To-Go Bags, choose prizes, and chat with Miss Samantha! Please wear masks and/or safely social distance during Courtyard Pick-Up!

But why Fairy Tales? Read this article to understand more about the importance of reading Fairy Tales to children (and not just the Disney ones)!

“If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other–the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.”

G.K. Chesterton

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

G.K. Chesterton

Summer Reading Book Lists

Story Time
Into the Woods
Wolf Week
Under the Sea
Near & Far
Out of the (Comic) Strip
Care of Magical Creatures
At the Castle
Write Your Own Story

Online Fairy Tales
Folktexts: A Library of Folktales and Mythology

New Shelf
For the Littlest (Board Books, Early Readers, Picture Books, E DVD, Kid’s Music)
In the Middle (Early Chapter Books, Chapter Books, J Non-Fiction, J Graphic Novels, J DVD, J Audiobooks)
Teen (YA Novels, YA Non-Fiction, YA Graphic Novels, YA DVD, YA Audiobooks)

American Indian Youth Literature Award identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity.
Caldecott Award is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Corretta Scott King Award is awarded annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Maine Student Book Award is awarded annually by participating Maine students in grades four through eight. The winning book is selected from a reading list that is compiled by the MSBA committee.
Newbery Award is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Sibert Award is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

For More Book Lists Check our Homeschooling Page!
For More TEEN Book Lists Check out Our Teen Page!

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

Activity kits are themed based on different subjects including STEAM subjects, social studies, and foreign languages.  Each kit has at least one book and 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)

Click here to see a complete list of Activity Kits we offer for check out!

Meet the Librarian

Miss Samantha 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 is Samantha Zawistowski at the Inclusive Internship Initiative meeting in Chicago, September 2018!

Contact Miss Samantha
Phone: 207-647-2472, Ask to speak with Samantha in Youth Services

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Weekly Programs


Tunes for Tots is every Tuesday 10:00-11:00am. 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 Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm.  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 10:00-11:00am. 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.
Standing Programs Available All Library Hours

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

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.

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