Week of the Young Child Art Show

Week of the Young Child Art Show
Posted by Barbara Raab on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:44am

To celebrate the Week of the Young Child, the library is hosting an art show displaying the work of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers who attend day care and preschools in Wilmington.  Stop by the library to view their wonderful creations.  The display will continue through Saturday, April 19.

Attention Parents: April Book Buddies!

Attention Parents: April Book Buddies!
Posted by Alison Schwartz on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:27am

  In April, the Children's and Teen Departments will be partnering again to bring you Book Buddies! Children who are ages 4+ will be paired with a teen volunteer. With his or her teen Book Buddy, your child can practice reading or be read to, do a fun craft, and share a snack!

When: Every Saturday morning in April (April 5, 12, 19, 26) at 10am

How to sign up: come in, call Youth Services, or register online at (register once for all four dates!)

** Teens - Want to volunteer to be a Book Buddy? Apply here: book-buddies-april-2014

Best Children's Books of 2013

Best Children's Books of 2013
Posted by Barbara Raab on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:14pm

Best Children’s Books of 2013

At the end of each year various newspapers and children’s book review journals publish lists of the best books of the year in different categories.  The Wilmington Memorial Library and/or the Merrimack Valley Consortium have lots of copies of most of these wonderful books.  Click on the below links to view the lists in our catalog and place a hold on any that are not currently available in Wilmington. 


Best Fiction 2013

Flora & Ulysses book cover

These chapter books are primarily targeted at middle grade readers, grades 3-5.  The list includes the 2014 Newbery award winner Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.

View Best Children's Fiction 2013 in catalog


Best Nonfiction 2013

Locomotive book cover

From books about animals to biographies of Albert Einstein, Willie Mays and Teddy Roosevelt to books about how toilets work, these nonfiction books appeal to kids of different ages.  2014 Caldecott Award winner Locomotive by Brian Floca is included on this list.

View Best Children's Nonfiction 2013 in catalog


Storytime Registration Underway

Storytime Registration Underway
Posted by Tina Stewart on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 12:14pm

Help your child build a foundation for a lifelong love of books and reading by participating in storytimes at the library. Kids will enjoy age appropriate books, songs, rhymes, movement activities and more. Registration is underway for the next storytime session that starts the week of January 6.  We have expanded our storytimes schedule with an additional Baby Time program, more drop-in programs and a mixed-age preschool program.

Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program Recap and Request for Feedback

Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program Recap and Request for Feedback
Posted by Barbara Raab on Mon, 08/26/2013 - 4:00pm

We had a successful “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program this year.  Nearly 800 kids signed up and collectively logged 5,348 books!   Any child who was signed up for the program and read or listened to 5 or more books  was eligible to receive a certificate for a free ice cream at MVP-Merrimack Valley Pavillion.  Stop by the Children’s room by August 30 to pick your child's up if you haven’t done so already.  Also stop by to pick up your child's reading certificate, decorated prairie dogs and any additional stickers he or she may have earned!   Thank you to the Friends of the Library and our sponsors for helping make our our summer reading program such a success!  

Check out the pictures of our summer fun!

 We would like feedback from everyone who participated in the summer reading program.  What did you like about it?  What would you like to see improved?  Please tell us so we can make next year's program even better.






Congratulations to Arielle Viana

Congratulations to Arielle Viana
Posted by Barbara Raab on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 2:09pm

The winner of the Kindergarten Backpack is Arielle Viana. The drawing was open to all kids who will be starting kindergarten in the fall and used their own library card to check out a book. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding the cool Wilmington Wildcats backpack and the books, school supplies and goodies inside.

Best Children's Books of 2012

Best Children's Books of 2012
Posted by Barbara Raab on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 1:52pm

It’s that time of year again when newspapers and children’s book review journals name the best books of the year.   School Library Journal, Horn Book, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times and Kirkus Reviews have all published their lists of the notable books of 2012. In comparing the lists, there are just a few books that emerge consistently across lists.    

Picture Books

The picture book This is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen was named a top book of 2012 by all 5 of the lists.  This funny, slightly dark story of a small fish who steals the hat of a larger fish is also considered to be a contender for the 2013 Caldecott Award.

View All Best of 2012 Picture Books in Catalog

Middle Grade Fiction

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead also appeared on 5 different “best of” lists.   Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

View All Best of 2012 Children’s Fiction Books in Catalog


There were no nonfiction books that were listed on all 5 sources.  Several were named by 3 different lists including Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin, Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close and Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport.

View All Best of 2012 Children’s Nonfiction Books in Catalog



Read the Latest Issue of Star Mag!

Read the Latest Issue of Star Mag!
Posted by Barbara Raab on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 4:05pm

The fall issue of Star Mag is ready!   It contains artwork, puzzles, and stories all created by kids, ages 8 and up.   Click here to read the Fall 2012 issue of Star Mag.  Printed copies are available in the Children's Room. 

We will be working on the winter issue at our next meeting on December 12 at 3:30 pm.   All kids ages 8 and up are invited to come help.  There will be laptops, markers, crayons, and other materials to inspire creativity.  Kids unable to attend the meetings can drop off original artwork, stories, poems, book recommendations or other contributions  in the Children’s Room, or email to


Introducing Mackenzie the Listening Scottie

Introducing Mackenzie the Listening Scottie
Posted by Barbara Raab on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 11:45am


We are very excited that Mackenzie the listening Scottie will be coming to the library monthly to listen to children read.    Mackenzie will be at the library on October 29, November 26 and December 17 between 5 and 6 pm.  Mackenzie is a great listener who loves to have kids of all ages read to him. Reading out loud to dogs is great way for kids to improve their reading skills. It helps kids build confidence to read to a nonjudgmental listener like Mackenzie. Mackenzie has been certified as a therapy dog by the Pets & People Foundation.   Call the Children’s Department to sign up for a  15 minute session between 5 and 6 pm. 

Thank you, Sophie!

Thank you, Sophie!
Posted by Barbara Raab on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:32pm

Four year old Sophia Plouffe had a lemonade stand and decided to donate the proceeds to the library! Sophia chose to have Scooby-Doo books to be purchased with her donation. We are grateful to Sophie for thinking of the library.


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