Kids@SPL Blog Posts


What do you want to be when you grow up?

Children love pretending. They dress up as a police officier, sanitation worker, fire fighter, cook, nurse, doctor, veterinarian, to name a few.  We enjoy seeing children in their costumes when they visit the Library. To spur on their imagination, we have a variety of books that talk about the different occupations.

Can you guess the occupation?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 4:02pm

"You can't read that book!"
How would you feel if someone said that to you? Yet, that is exactly what teachers are telling your child each time they say, "You can only read books within your Lexile range."

Happy Anniversary to Charlotte's Web

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the beloved classic Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Anyone who has read the book understands the timelessness of the story and can appreciate the beauty of the language.

Banned Books Week September 30 - October 6

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Sunday, September 30 marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.


The leaves are changing colors, and the temperatures are dropping as the days grow shorter and shorter. September 22, 2012 marks the Autumnal Equinox.


Books to Read Aloud

The atmosphere has changed a lot in the Youth Services area now that children are back in school. All summer long, families streamed into the Library checking out stacks of books to read for pleasure. Now, the crowds come after school and the items going home are often fulfilling homework assignments. Gone are the leisurely days of summer.

So you want to be President?

We are in an election year. The rhetoric will heat up now and many children will ask what is this all about. How do you get to be The President? The Library has many books to help you answer that, and other questions your children may have from now until November. 

Some books to get you all in the spirit:

Pick up your Reading Logs

Time flies during the summer. There is so much going on each day that things can get away from me. Our Summer Reading Program ended on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Over 400 people came to our End of the Summer Reading Program Ice Cream Party. The Library was packed! Our performer was terrific, as was the ice cream that was generously provided by our Friends of Scarborough Library. Thank you! We had a lot of great readers this summer. So many of your children read lots and lots of books. We marveled at those who had to add pages to their reading logs. Who ever said children are reading less?

The Night Sky

Our special event for Wednesday, July 25 is Northern Stars Planetarium.  We are very excited about this program. Northern Stars Planetarium is an inflatable star theater that is set up in the middle of the library. Using a star projector, slides, video, special effects, and a sound system, John Meader, the professional planetarium educator, will introduce children to the many fascinating aspects of astronomy and space science.