The Camden Public Library is joining the national effort to ask kids why they choose to read the books they do as part of Children’s Book Week, May 2 to 8, with generous support from First National Bank.

Every weekday, Children’s Librarian Miss Amy will portray a different children’s book character; young readers are encouraged to tune in online or stop in for a visit to see what character it will be. The week will feature three story times, including two outside:  Outdoor Booktime for Babies on Wed., May 4, 10 a.m., and Pre-School Story Time, Thu., May 5, 10 a.m. Indoor Pre-School Story Time will take place on Fri., May 6, 10 a.m.

Miss Amy will also offer crafts each weekday on YouTube and Instagram, and the week will include Tinker Tuesdays S.T.E.A.M. activities and Booktalks for tweens and teens. Maine Student Book Award (MSBA) book club will meet in-person on Mon., May 2, at 5 p.m.

“Reading is such an actionable way for young readers and their families to interact with the wider world and envision their dreams,” said Tony McKim, President and CEO of First National Bank. “First National Bank is honored to support Children’s Book Week at the Camden Public Library and to encourage the value of reading.”

Library Executive Director Nikki Maounis said, “I am grateful to our good friends at First National Bank for continuing to support our efforts to create young readers and to champion the importance of reading as a key to a better, more meaningful life – no matter how you ‘book.’”

Additionally, throughout May, the library will host an artwork exhibit in the Picker Room by well-known children’s book author and illustrator Jim Arnoksy. The artwork will feature scenes of wildlife, habitat, and culture from places that he has traveled to research his books. The public is invited to meet Arnoksy at the library’s artist reception on Thu., May 5, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit librarycamden.org/event/wild-animals-wild-places-art-by-jim-arnosky.

During Children’s Book Week, the library invites those who believe in the power of reading to make a donation toward children’s library programs. Donors are welcome to give in honor of their children, grandchildren, or other favorite young readers, whose names can be placed on library bookplates. Donations can be made on the library website at librarycamden.org/donate; in-person at the library; or by mail to the “Camden Public Library Fund” at 55 Main St., Camden, ME 04843.

For details on Children’s Book Week, visit the Kids’ Calendar at librarycamden.org.

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