Kids Summer Reading Program 2022—Oceans of Possibilities

 

Join Jessie, our children’s librarian, to celebrate this year’s theme Oceans of Possibilities with monthly take-and-make craft kits, a Picture Book club, Story/Craft time, Mr. Drew and His Animals Too!, a chance to explore tide pools with Chewonki, art and building classes, free movie screenings of The Blue Planet at Lincoln Theater, and more.

Along with this webpage, you can pick up a printed list of summer programs or check out the Library’s online calendar of events for more information about each month’s offerings.

 

Everyone who signs up for the Skidompha Youth Summer Reading Program receives a free book. 

 

Important Dates to Remember: 

  • June 14: Summer Reading Program registration officially begins
  • August 26: Last day to earn raffle tickets
  • September 1: Raffle winners announced
  • September 10: Last day to claim Summer Reading Program prizes

 

How to participate:

Anyone aged 12 and under may participate in the Youth Summer Reading Program. Stop by the library to pick up a Summer Reading Program packet (with tracking sheets). You may also download the entire packet from our website (Click to print Important dates to remember , Program descriptions, Complete your tracking sheet, Complete your BINGO sheet) or on the Skidompha Youth Services Facebook Group. Keep track of your reading, and you’ll earn raffle tickets and prizes throughout the summer.

 

Click here to download the entire summer reading program packet
 
 

How to earn prizes:

 

Prizes

  • Free books – every participant who finishes a tracking sheet will get a free book
  • Raffle baskets – we will draw one winner for each basket. There are 5 raffle baskets with different ocean themes. 

 

 

Programs For All Ages That Are Suitable For Children As Well As Adults:

 

Tuesday, Jun. 21 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Marine Mammals of Maine: Marine Life Off the Coast of Maine

Join Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoM) as they explore marine life in the Gulf of Maine. Learn about how MMoM is working to monitor and positively affect changes in the ecosystem.

 

Thursday, Jun. 23 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Bygone Ballads of Maine – Songs of Ships & Sailors

This hybrid concert and book discussion event will feature Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee of the local folk duo, Castlebay, as they discuss and share music from their recently published book Bygone Ballads of Maine: Songs of Ships & Sailors.

 

Friday, Jul.1 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Summer Sketchbook Challenge Draw-In

Kick off the Summer Sketchbook Challenge with a draw-in! Pick up your drawing supplies, listen to sea shanties, and hang out with other artists as you tackle the first drawing prompt of the summer.

 

Saturday, Jul. 2 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Marine Mammals of Maine: A Seal’s Journey

Join Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoM) as they take you through a seal’s journey – from stranding to release and all of the obstacles in between.

 

Thursday, Jul. 7 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Pirates & Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine: A Presentation by Greg Latimer

Spend an evening learning about pirates in Maine, as local author Greg Latimer shares stories and information from his book Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine.

 

Wednesday, Jul. 13 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Nature Walk: Salt Bay Farm & Nature Center

(Participants under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

12-Person Limit | Registration Required

Maine Master Naturalist, Heather Hardy, will lead a 1.5 mile hike through the Salt Bay Farm & Nature Center and discuss local ecology, flora, and fauna along the way.

 

Thursday, Jul. 21 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Life of a Sea Captain’s Wife: A Presentation by Sally Lobkowicz

In this one-hour presentation, researcher and storyteller, Sally Lobkowicz, will invite audiences into the exciting and adventurous lives of sea captain’s wives.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 2 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Nature Walk: La Verna Preserve

(Participants under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

12-Person Limit | Registration required

Maine Master Naturalist, Heather Hardy, will lead a 2.5 mile hike through the La Verna Preserve and discuss local ecology, flora, and fauna along the way.

 

Saturday, Aug. 13 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Marine Mammals of Maine: World of Whales

In this in-person presentation, Marine Mammals of Maine will dive deep into the world of whales, covering topics from identifying different species to procedures for rescuing a beached whale.