Bertha Bartlett Public Library offers early-dismissal programs

Kolleen Taylor BBPL Director
Kids work on artistic projects during an early-dismissal program at Bertha Bartlett Public Library. Contributed photo

Each week that the Roland-Story schools have had an early dismissal this year, the Bertha Bartlett Public Library puts together a program for both the K-4th and Tweens who are out of school for the afternoon. On those weeks, the two groups meet at the same time, working with our Youth Services Librarian, Ema Dubois, and our Tween Program Director, Shelly Gruwell.

The K-4th students have been learning more about the library through Scavenger Hunts, and problem solving using traditional and non-traditional library tools. The last early dismissal event required students to locate fixed and mobile materials found in the library. But sometimes they get to experiment, using STEM kits and concepts. Keva Planks were used in this activity, where the students had to design structures that would sustain movement and solve problems given to them.

This past week, our Tweens designed self-portraits using pastels and patterned after the Silberzweig Self-Portraits. These unique pieces of art are in display now near the Teen area on the north wall at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library.

Today (Wednesday, May 9), the two groups will join together to be entertained by Magician Rick Eugene at 2 p.m. at the library. Rick does a fantastic job of engaging the kids and involving them in his magic show. This will be the last the last early dismissal this spring.