CPL Youth Services @ Home

Even though the library is closed to the public right now, we want you to know that we still care about you. During this time when many people are home, schools and businesses are closed, and the world seems a little upside down, we wanted to share some really great things that have been happening. Neighbors have been helping neighbors, kindness among strangers, and new ways of connection.

Below are a list of some really great resources to check out – whether you want to tour a museum, check out a Broadway show, or hear a book read by your favorite author. Please check out our Facebook page for regular postings from Miss Amy for story times and crafts, see what Camden was like a hundred years ago, or see other good things we have been up to.

Performance Arts:

Authors and Illustrators sharing their work and fun activities: There are so many wonderful authors and illustrators out there that are doing amazing things. While we can’t list them all, here are a few to get you started:

Virtual Field Trips:

Virtual Art Classes

Health & Wellbeing:

Math Resources:

Other Educational Resources:


When Camden Public Library reopens

Regular Children’s Programming:

Mondays:

  • Babbling Books for Busy Bodies – If your children love stories but have a hard time staying still, this story time made just for them! Our weekly informal read-aloud program for toddlers and preschoolers is held in the Children’s room, where wiggling and playing while listening to stories is just fine!
  • Puzzle Club – Do you love working on puzzles? Join us at the Camden Public Library for a new club especially for people who enjoy puzzles. The club meets every Monday at 4:00 pm and is a great opportunity for puzzle fans to socialize and work together to complete puzzles. Puzzle Club will meet in the Rotunda. All ages welcome!

Tuesdays: A rotating selection of fun programs

  • Tinker Tuesdays – A monthly STEAM program for school-aged children.
  • Knitting Group at the library – an informal knitting group for 5th grade through adult.
  • Maine Student Book Award– a monthly book group for 4th – 8th graders.
  • Young Adult Book Lovers Group – a monthly book group for teens and adults who enjoy YA books.

Wednesdays:

  • Booktime for Babies – For children birth to age 2, join Miss Amy for songs, finger plays, read-alouds and more!   A great opportunity for babies to interact with other babies of different ages and for caregivers to have some big people time!  Always a fun morning with the kids! Older siblings are always welcome.
  • Creative Art Afternoon – a monthly craft program for all ages.

Thursdays: 

  • Story Hour for 4 & 5 year olds – Join Miss Amy for some stories, puppets, dramatic play and thematic crafts.
  • Girls Who Code – a computer science program for girls 6th to 12th grade that meets October through April.

Fridays:

  • Story Hour for 2 & 3 year olds – Come join the magic and wonder of reading, through books, rhymes, songs, flannel board stories, finger plays, puppets, dramatic play and thematic crafts.
  • Chess club – Whether a total beginner or a more experienced player, everyone can get something out of this class. A variety of resources will be used to improve chess knowledge, including books, chess studies, and videos.

Saturdays:

  • Saturday Storytime – A Saturday morning storytime for all ages with thematic books and crafts.

How can you help the library?

When you consider the organizations in the community to support, please remember the Library and our children’s programs.  Monetary gifts are the best, but we also greatly appreciate the gift of simple consumables.  Items welcomed include glue sticks, markers, googly eyes, pop-poms, construction paper and other craft supplies.  Volunteering for special events is also a great way to help your library!

Thank you for your support in advance! – Miss Amy and Loraine

Thank You!!

Thank you to the generous supporters of children’s books and programs: Stock the Stacks donors, and individual members.

We appreciate all you’ve done for the children and families of our greater community! Also, thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who have donated their time in so many ways this year!