Childrens Book Festival link Opens in new windowIndigo Arts Alliance wants to celebrate Black illustrators and children’s books authors with you and your family. We hope that you and your young children will enjoy listening to and reading these beautiful books featuring Black characters. We are excited to invite you all to join us all Summer as we celebrate (virtually) Black children’s books created by Black writers and illustrators. 

Check out the menu at the top of the page linked here to see and learn about the books we are featuring. Pay attention to our social media (Instagram and Facebook) between now and August 31st to hear about our featured books, illustrators, and writers! 

We know change is the only constant in life - 2020 has certainly been upholding that old adage! And that includes things here at the Orono Public Library. We are excited to share news that our own Louise Jolliffe is transitioning from Youth Services Librarian to Circulation Manager!  Louise has replaced Wendy Neary, who is on a new adventure with her family, moving across the pond to Ireland. Also, our Youth Services Clerk Janette Landis is moving on, leaving the library after many years of dedicated service. We will miss Wendy and Janette a ton, and we wish them both the best, always.

In light of all of the changes, Youth Services programming will be taking a little pause this summer while we focus on curbside pickup and filling the Youth Services Librarian position. We hope to bring you lots of fun Youth Services again in the very near future!


We hope that you will spend much of your summer outside, enjoying the beauty of Maine, and reading!  But in case it rains, here are a just a few of the many things that are available to you free online while schools and libraries are closed.

Books and Reading

Storyline Online. Great videos of actors reading stories.   Lots of books available for reading.

Storyweaver  Thousands of stories can be filtered by language, level, categories and more.

Amazon’s Top 100 free Kindle ebooks.

Raising Readers Resources for Families

The entire Animorphs book series is now available for free online here:  Animorphs


Rosetta Stone is offering up to 250 hours of language learning in 24 languages free to all K-12 students for three months. []

Mad Science of Maine - Science Experiments Mad Science

Learn at home activities and magazines from Scholastic   Scholastic

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

Virtual Field Trip to the San Diego Zoo

Just For Fun

Harry Potter Digital Escape Room