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4-H Science Club

Explore the science of water with UMaine Extension 4-H at the Orono Public Library!

Who: Grades 6th-8th I Homeschoolers Welcome! 
What: What happens when fresh water meets the ocean? Where does it go? How does it impact your life? Are you curious to learn more about the science of water? This hands-on activity series is the perfect place for you then! Over the course of five weeks you will learn about water, such as where it comes from and what happens to it as it travels through rivers and out into the ocean. 
When and Where: Fridays at the Orono Public Library, from 3-4 pm, from January 20th through February 17th
Five Week Plan: 
Week 1: Watersheds and where water comes from 
Week 2: River Plumes and the shapes they can take 
Week 3: Estuaries and the impact that we can have on our environments 
Week 4: Algal Blooms and their impact on fish 
Week 5: Buoys and their importance to scientists 

Registration is free and materials are provided. 

To sign up, email lvarnum@orono.org or call 207-866-5060 

For additional information email Owen Connell at owen.connell@maine.edu

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Join us to discover how animals survive during the winter. 2/2/23 at 5:30pm at the Orono Library

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Toddler Storytime!

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Check out Orono's StoryWalk!

Storywalks were created as a way to combine literacy, physical activity, and fresh air. Visit Webster Park to follow our current story, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! by Rebecca Rule and illustrated by Jennifer Thermes. At each stop you'll find a page from the story and activity to do. We plan to rotate new stories in once every season. Read about our story walk in the BDN hereIMG_2349 (1)

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal? To read 1,000 books before starting kindergarten! This program is designed to help parents prepare their children for school. Children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. The most effective way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them. You are your child’s first teacher! Click to learn more about our new reading challenge!

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We are excited to share our subscription to
TumbleBooks
Library
. It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use from home! TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. It's a great way to encourage kids to enjoy reading more!
There are over 250 animated and narrated picture books. The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles!

ComicsPlus logo Opens in new windowComics Plus has thousands of graphic novels and manga. Just search for "Orono Public Library" and then enter your library card number when prompted. The site opens onto its homepage with both adult and children's content. There is a "children's" section under categories.

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Kanopy Kids features educational and enriching videos for children of all ages. Videos are limitless with your OPL card.

Have your OPL card number ready and click the link to begin! (If you need your number give us a call at 866-5060)
  1. Books & Reading
  2. Educational
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Storyline Online. Great videos of actors reading stories.

Read.gov 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