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Coming in April 2023! Come read to Pumba the Pug at the Children’s Library Downtown! This quiet, calm, one-on-one reading program is meant to help children gain confidence in their reading abilities. This program is open to all young readers, from those just beginning to read to those looking to practice their skills with a furry, kind companion.

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Join us certain Thursday afternoons at the Downtown Children’s Library for our rotating Bilingual Story Time! French, Spanish & ASL. All children are welcome! Click here to check our current schedule.

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Family Story Time at Riverton! Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for books, music, and movement on Mondays from 10:30–11am. Find more story times at our other locations.

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Kids of all ages and their caregivers are invited to this drop-in program to do a fun craft. Join us at the Riverton Branch on the first Wednesday of the month between 1:00 and 4:00pm  and get creative!

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Join us at our Peaks Island branch for special activities designed to foster an early love of reading for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies happens every other Friday at 10:15 AM.


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Join us every Tuesday! Bring your littles to the library for story time! Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10:30 AM at the Downtown Children’s Library.

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Join us every Wednesday! Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Story Time for Babies! Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM we offer stories, rhymes, and songs for babies 0-24 months and their caregivers.

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For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers at our Peaks Island branch! Join us for picture book read-alouds, finger plays, music, and movement. Encourage a lifelong love of reading early on! Every other Fridays at 10:45 AM unless otherwise noted. Please check our calendar before your visit!

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Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies at Peaks10:45am - 11:15am
Peaks Island Branch
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Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 x772
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