Early Literacy & Youth Services


Stephanie Schott
Early Literacy Specialist

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Maine's Best Loved Storytime Books

60 Best Loved Storytime Books chosen by Maine Librarians + 40 Suggestions
These are books that received the most votes from Maine librarians, some suggestions of other books to try for storytime success, and a list of favorite storytime authors. [Jan 2018]

Maine Storytime Favorites - Long List
List of every title submitted for the favorites vote.

Summer Reading

Maine is a member of the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The State Library and Maine Humanities Council partner together to administer our statewide CSLP program.

Public, volunteer, and tribal libraries in Maine have the choice to use the CSLP theme, slogan, and resources to plan their local summer reading program, create their own summer reading program from scratch, or a combination of both. School libraries and other organizations in Maine that wish to use the CSLP summer reading program theme, slogan, or resources must partner with their local public library or the State Library.

Take & Make Kits

These "kits" are activities geared to various ages that are simple, easy, and inexpensive. They can be used as take home projects (instructions and materials inside a plastic bag), a passive program at your library, or an additional acitivity for a library program.

Balloon Rocket instructions
Coffee Filter Butterfly instructions
Finger Knitting instructions
Friendship Bracelet instructions
Greenhouse instructions
Kazoo instructions
Origami Heart instructions
Pom Pom instructions
Snowflake instructions
Tangram instructions | Tangram template