Children’s Events ~ Spring 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the

Children’s Room this spring.

Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detective will visit us three more times ~

Tuesdays, Apr. 3rd, May 1st and Jun. 5th.

We will have stories, songs and a craft at

10:00am for preschoolers.

Wetlands: Habitats presented by LC Bates Museum on

Tuesday, Apr. 17th at 10:00 am during school vacation week.

KVCAP Child Abuse Prevention event

Friday, Apr. 20th 10-11:30 am.

There will be a book read by a local police officer, snacks and a craft.

Art @ the Library on

Tuesday, Apr. 24th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Story Time & Crafts every Tuesday at 10:00 am.

Babies Love Babies on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

April 2018 calendar of events

Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

On Tuesday, Aug. 15th, we had our first ever Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Gardiner Public Library. It was a huge success and everyone had fun. Children brought in their stuffed animals to leave for the night. We put name tags on the animals and then the fun began!


Snacks were served and books were read…



Everyone had fun at craft time,

playing with the doll house,


sliding on the banister….

Until it was time for bed….

Children came back the next morning, Wednesday, Aug. 16th, and picked up their animals. They each took home a picture of the animal having fun in the library and the craft that the animals did.


This is definitely an event we will do again!













Social Media at Gardiner Public Library

Did you know that if you follow  the Gardiner Public Library on Facebook that on Monday we post “Have You Seen This Movie Monday” which features the description of a movie that can be borrowed from the library?  Did you know that every Wednesday we post “Check It Out” which is a description of a book that can be borrowed from the library?  It’s a great way to have a recommendation delivered right to your electronical device.

Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading Program is starting in June. Here is a list of events and how to get your charts. Looking forward to seeing you all during the summer at the library were there will be plenty of things happen.

Gardiner Public Library
Summer Reading Program 2017
June 19th – August 18th

Every Tuesday

Story Hour @ 10:00AM
Crafts (ages 3-7 yrs) @ 10:30AM

Special Events

Monday, June 20th, 10:30-11:30AM
Magic Show with Conjuring Carroll
Space Limited! Call ahead to reserve!

Wednesdays (6/21-8/16)

9 Book – Inspired Movies!
1 movie/week
Hazzard Room
Wed: 10 am-12:30pm
Popcorn Included!

Tuesday, August 15th

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Drop off animals on Tuesday, August 15th
Pick up animals Wed., Thurs., or Fri. of that same week.

Pick Up Tracking Charts & Sea Dogs Game Vouchers Any Time After June 12th…
Beginning August 4th
Turn in a Completed Chart for a Free Paperback!

Have Fun & Keep Reading!

Reading Challenge 2017

Are you looking for something different to read?

Feel like you’re in a “reading rut”?
Willing to try a new author? Or two?
Have we got an idea for you!  We are trying something a little different this year – a READING CHALLENGE!
Gardiner Public Library
A graphic novel
An author whose name contains a set of double letters
The first book you see in the library
A book written by a Maine author
A book that is becoming a movie this year
Reread a favorite book from your childhood
Two books on the same topic – one fiction and one non-fiction
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
Book with an award sticker or claim on the cover – Newbery, New York Times Bestseller, MSBA (Maine Student Book Award)
A book written by an author you have NEVER read before
A book recommended by a family member
A book you SHOULD have read in high school
A book published in the year you were born
A book with a one word title
A New York Times bestseller
A book written by a celebrity
A book with an ugly cover
Listen to a mystery
A book of poetry
A book you can finish in a day
A book based on a fairy tale
A YA (Young Adult) bestseller
A book with a number in the title
A book with over 400 pages
A book you started but never finished
An historical novel set before 1900
A book set in the future
A book set on another world
A book with more than two authors
A biography or memoir


Sometime between now and December 31, 2017, read a book that would fit each of these categories – no, silly, not one book that fits ALL of the categories!  You’ll have to do a little research, talk to folks about what they are reading, get some ideas from others, if you’re feeling REALLY lucky you could take a chance and ask a librarian for help.
Once you finish the challenge, bring it back to us, and we’ll enter your name in a drawing!
If you would like a copy of the Reading Challenge, come on in, we have plenty available.
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

YAfter School Program

Once a week the library listens for the sound of twenty or more middle-schoolers eagerly bounding through the doors of the library and heading for pizza in the Hazzard Room.  A bus from the Gardiner Area Middle School brings them down to socialize, do homework and experience the library in new ways.

While chatting with the students, I learned that they come for a variety of reasons but being able to chat with friends they don’t see during the school day is a big reason to come.  After the pizza is devoured, they roam the library and enjoy the freedom they have to visit the youth/teen room, the archives, the children’s room and anything the library has to offer.  
In the archives they’ve discovered the old yearbooks which show their parents and sometimes their teachers when they were in high school.  Piper from Pittston, with the help of Dawn Thistle, our archivist, discovered who had lived on the land where her house now sits in Pittston.  Upstairs in the children’s room, three girls were using the puppet theater to act out a novel they were assigned to read to ‘make our homework more fun.’  Who knew that Hemingway could be performed with puppets?!  
Another student told me it was ‘boring’ to go home alone as Mom didn’t get home from work until 4:30 and older siblings who have driving licenses weren’t around either.  They help each other with homework, use their devices unhampered and roam freely from room to room as they choose.  Several students have been coming for the three years the library has had this program to “see old friends and make new ones” and would come every day if there were a bus.  The library, not a bad place to hang out!
Diane Potter, Gardiner Library Association Guest Blogger

Book discussion groups at the Gardiner Public Library

I would like to tell you about the book discussion groups we offer here at the Gardiner Public Library. If you would like to join one of these talks, just let us know at the front desk. Copies of all the books are usually available behind the desk for each group. We have three different groups:

RIP-pers (Readers Into Paranormal) Books is a group that discusses paranormal books and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00. Their next book is Relic by Douglas Preston, and they will meet Tuesday, February 3th.
Our regularbook discussion group that meets about every 6 weeks and has been going on the longest of all the three groups. Next time this group meets is Tuesday, January 20th, at 6:00 and they will be chatting about the book A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.
Books to Movies” is a group that discusses books that have been made into a movie. We try to do it as close to the movie as possible. Our next talk is on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on Tuesday, January 13th, at 6:00. 
You are welcome at any time to join one or more of these groups. 

Giraffes In The Library!

The children’s room of the Gardiner Public Library has recently received a large quantity of new LEGO building pieces through the largess of the LEGO Company & distributed by the Maine State Library Emergent/Family Literacy and Children’s Services Department.



We plan to sponsor a monthly club giving children (adults too) a theme or idea of something to create using the blocks.  Our first creations were “Giraffes”.  We have 7 delightful examples on display & hopefully more will be built during the month of November.
Come on into the library and make a giraffe to join the others.
And next month we’ll make an airplane!
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian


The Gardiner Public Library summer reading program for 2014 is off to a great start!


Summer is the perfect time for kids to read books just for fun.  No tests, book reports or pressure involved.

Our first story hour/craft day involved making markers to identify plants that were acquired to go into our library garden as well as the actual planting of flowers, herbs & vegetables.


Unlike past years, the sun shone on our endeavor and the children worked hard to get everything planted.


Check out our calendar for future events.
Everyone welcome!