Youth/Young Adult Services

 

Book Arts Workshops

Do you love to take things apart and turn them into something else?
Have you always wanted to rip a book apart?
If so, come to the Merrill Library and join us as we use books to create sculptures, post cards, ornaments, and other useful/beautiful things.

 

New Book Group for Grades 6 & up

Meeting Thursdays: November 15, December 13, January 17, February 14, March 21, and April 25
Books:November, Refugee by Alan Gratz
December, Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
January, The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
February, Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
March, All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
April, Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Register at the Front Desk or email Jill for more info

Minecraft Club

Bring your own device or use one of ours (limited number)
Mondays 3:15-4:15
October 1-December 17
Proficiency with Minecraft preferred
If you are a beginner or would like to know more about Minecraft, join us at our Drop-In Minecraft time on Thursday afternoons from 4:15-4:45
Register at the Front Desk

New Youth Services Librarian

                       Jill O’Connor is the new Youth Services Librarian at MML.

Hello, everyone! I couldn’t be more delighted to be working at Merrill Memorial Library as the new Youth Services Librarian. As the former librarian at NYA, I spent a lot of time at MML using the fantastic collection and getting to know the wonderful library team. When Melissa told me that she was retiring, I knew that I had to apply. I have been a librarian for over 15 years and adore my chosen profession. Before going to Simmons University in Boston for my MLIS, I was a high school English teacher, book publishing editorial assistant, and a public relations writer. I chose library school because it seemed like the perfect intersection of literacy, teaching, research, and innovation; I was right!

This fall, I will be running new programming centered on science, engineering, and art, as well as introducing a Book Group for readers in grades 6&up. I will have drop-in sessions for teens to give tutorials on using the new Digital Maine Library and to talk books. I look forward to meeting the game-playing groups and maybe tossing a die or two with them. I also look forward to working with the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to bring some fun events to MML. If you are a student in 6th grade or up and would like to join the YAB, please stop in and talk with me or email me.

Thank you to those of you who have stopped in already to say hello. It’s great to see so many familiar faces and to meet new ones.

Five fun facts about me:
1. I’m a former rugby player. People are often surprised by this because I’m pretty short, but my mantra of “if they can’t catch you, they can’t tackle you” served me well. I played for 3.5 years in college and then coached boys high school rugby for a year (with a “no-tackle-coach” rule, of course). I love watching it though it can be hard to find in the US; luckily, I also love baseball and there is plenty of that around here.

2. I read somewhere between 200-300 books a year.

3. Potato chips are my kryptonite, particularly Lay’s Original.

4. The first graphic novel that I remember reading, and the one that made me fall in love with books, was Elfquest: Fire & Flight by Richard and Wendi Pini. I went on to read all of the other books in the story and still think that I might be part-elf. I also still adore graphic novels and comics.

5. I am terrified of heights, but only when I’m outdoors. I have been to the top of the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the second largest building in the world, and loved it, but I turn to mush when trying to scale a short cliff in Acadia or attempting to ride an outdoor gondola to the top of a ski mountain. That didn’t stop me from climbing the Great Wall of China or peering over the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, but I definitely prefer to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground and my nose in a book!

 

Kid’s Book Group Totes

We have made available all of the titles that the kids have read in Book Group for check out!

Some of the titles available are: ‘Flora and Ulysses’ by Kate DiCamillo, ‘Ruby Holler’ By Sharon Creech and ‘Eleven’ by Patricia Reilly Giff. Ask for a complete list of available totes at the Circulation Desk. You can find the Totes in the Juvenile Chapter Book area near the Circulation Desk.


Table Top Role Playing Games
for Grades 4 – 8

D&D will be taking place here at the library every Friday from 2:45-4:30pm and Saturdays 11am – 2pm. 

Drop in, no registration required.

 


 What You Can Find in our Collection:

Fiction and Non-Fiction books (including Maine Book Award titles)

Audio Books (on CD)

Periodicals

 

Links to Local School Library Catalogs and Community Services:

Yarmouth High School Library

Harrison Middle School Library

Yarmouth Community Services

If You Are Stumped on What to Read Next Check Out These Links!

Guys Read, a website started by the author Jon Scieszka to inspire readers.

Good Readsa great site for tracking what you are reading and for finding new books to read based on what you have read and liked.

Maine InfoNet Download Library, find downloadable audio and e-books for almost every device.

Young Adult Library Associationextensive lists of award winners in all Young Adult categories, past and present.

mr.schureads.blogspot.com, book reviews, videos about books, and interviews with authors. Great for all ages and reading levels.