Welcome to our Virtual Children's Department! Click the images below to learn more about our programs, new books, and other library resources.
Programs for Preschoolers
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
September 8, 22, October 6, 20
Let’s get together to share stories, songs and other
fun activities via Zoom. Registration is required for
each week of this program and space is limited.
A Zoom link will be provided within 24 hours of each program.
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
September 15, 29, October 13, 27
Join us via Zoom for a program that will introduce kids ages 3-5 to the wonders of science. We'll ask questions and make predictions as we explore color, chemical reactions and more. Registration is required for each week of this program and space is limited. Supplies can be picked up in advance; a Zoom link will be provided within 24 hours of the event.
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Dress up in your Halloween best and join us online for a very special Halloween storytime! Miss Jenn will share her favorite Halloween stories, songs, and activities to get you in the spirit for Halloween fun! Craft kits will be available for pickup before the program and a Zoom link will be sent within 24 hours of the event. Registration is
required and space is limited.
Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
September 10, 24, October 8, 22
Kids in grades K-4 are invited to join us via Zoom every other Thursday afternoon as we read one of this year's Elementary Nutmeg Book Award nominees and then do a related activity. Registration is required and space is limited.
Supplies can be picked up before the program and a Zoom link will be provided within 24 hours of the event.
Our next book is:
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Family Craft Night:
Halloween Button Bouquets
Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Fashion a unique fall or Halloween bouquet out of buttons, floral wire, and other assorted decorations in this fun family program.This activity has steps that are appropriate for all ages, but a parent or guardian must be with children to help with supervision. Supplies may be picked up in advance of the program and a Zoom link for instruction will be sent within 24 hours of the event.
Registration is required and space is limited.
Picture Book Bundles to Go!
The Nutmeg Book Award is the only book award in the state where KIDS pick the winner. Voting on the 2020 Nutmeg nominees has concluded.
For a complete list of 2021 nominees in each category, visit our Nutmeg Books page HERE.
Not sure what to read next? Check out these book lists for some new ideas.
Computers in the Children's Area
Early Literacy Computer Station Added
In September 2014, the Youth Services Department added an AWE Early Literacy Computer Station to its list of services. Stocked with more than 40 games that build skills in the areas of reading, words and phonics; science and nature; math and problem solving; reference; music and arts; writing and computer skills; and social studies and geography, this colorful touch-screen computer is great for kids between the ages of 2-8. Users may sign up at the children’s reference desk to use the computer.
Portland Library Computer Information
We have two computers with Internet access in the Children's Department that can be used by patrons under the age of 11. Only children or others accompanied by children are allowed to use these computers.
Please note the following when using the computers:
Parents and guardians will have to sign a Public Computer Procedures form the first time their child uses a computer.
If others are waiting, use is restricted to 30 minutes per user.
There is filtering software on the computers in the Children's Department.
Please, no eating or drinking at the computer.
Our printing rates are as follows: Each user is allowed two free black and white pages. Additional pages are $.15 per page. Color copies are always $.50 per page.
Recommended Websites for Children:
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Raise a reader! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national reading initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud daily to their children from birth to age five. Reading to children builds important vocabulary and language skills that are needed for kindergarten. We invite you to participate in this exciting, free program open to children birth to age five.
How long will it take to read 1,000 books? This is a self-paced program that depends on how often you read together. Reading three books together a night—approximately 15 minutes—will mean you will have read 1,095 at the end of one year.
Come into the library and pick up your 1,000 Books Before Kindergartenwelcome packet in the children’s department.
Thank you to the Friends of the Portland Library for funding this program.
Not able to come to the library but want to get started on your next reading journal? Print them out here!
DK FindOut!: This secure search engine from published DK has information for young children on many different subjects.
Math and Science:
HowStuffWorks.com: Learn how thousands of things work
NeoK-12: Fun videos and lessons on science subjects
Social Studies Games: for younger children
English and Spelling:
Kidsspell.com: Free spelling games based on selected or custom lists