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Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road
Dresden, Maine 04342

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Make Your Own Ghost at The Library!

October 23 - These little ghosts will be a boo-tiful addition to your Halloween decorations! Join us for a morning of crafting and fun! This craft is geared for kids aged 5 and up and parents are encouraged to participate if able.


Launch Day Reminder

October 9 - The Dresden Rocket Club has been hard at work building their rockets and getting reading for the big event!  The public is welcomed and encouraged to join them for Launch Day 2010.  WHERE: The field beside Here's the Scoop


2010 Summer Reading Program

June 26 - July 31 - This year's reading theme is all about water! To kick off the program, we'll be decorating our own bathtub ducky and then we'll find out which one is fastest as we race toward a fun prize for the owner of the winning duck!


Sand Art Pens…Decorative and Useful!

July 18 - Come use our rainbow of colors to create your own customized working pen for home or school or pass it on as a fun gift for a friend!


Creative Animal Adaptations…A Chewonki Natural History Program

June 27 - Meet 3 live animals that use special adaptations to survive in a variety of habitats and try on some feet, fur and teeth to see how they work!  Create your own critters too with special adaptations you make up!


Model Rocket Program Returns

April 25 - June 6 - We had so much fun we have to do it again! It’s time for our second annual Rocket Club!  We’re looking for a maximum of 10 kids aged 10 – 14 who are interested in learning about rocketry and building models.  This year we will be building the SureFire X-19 Explorer rocket (a 19 in. solid fuel rocket). We may also try a couple more complex models if time permits.  On launch day we'll try some rocket racing.  This will be over 5 sessions April 25 through June 6.  Session time is 1:00 to 2:30p.m.

Not 10 yet but think rockets are cool? Join the Rocket Boosters, new this year! We have space for 10 kids age 6 to 9 to experience rocketry.  This will be a two session program on Saturday May 16 and Saturday May 30th from 3:00 to 4:00p.m.. Kids will play with simple air powered rockets, stomp rockets, and water rockets while learning what makes rockets go and why rockets need fins!


Book Lover’s Basket Raffle

October 2 - November 29 - Bridge Academy Public Library will be raffling off a special basket filled with a bookstore gift certificate and other goodies for readers. The basket will be available for viewing and tickets available Thursday October 2nd to Saturday November 29th at the following locations: Bridge Academy Public Library- Tues and Thurs 2-7pm, Sat 9-1 Dresden Town Office -Mon 1-6pm,Weds 9am-3pm, Fri 9am-1pm. The drawing will take place Saturday November 29th at 12:30pm and entrants need not be present to win. Tickets will be $1.00 each or six for $5.00.


2008 Summer Reading Program

June 24 - August - Join us Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the library.  Join us this summer and catch the reading bug!


Model Rocket Program

March 15 - April 26, 2008 - The library is sponsoring a six week program for ages 8 to 15 that will involve the building and launching of Model rockets. During the program participants will learn the basics of aerodynamics, build their own model rocket, build a team rocket and in early May will participate in launching their creations. Strict safety precautions will be adhered too and adult supervision will be present at all times. Younger participants (age 8-9) will need to participate with an adult guardian and parents and guardians of all members are invited to attend. Contact the library for further details and to get registration papers and consent forms. The program begins Saturday March 15, 2008 at 1:00 P.M at the library.


2007 Summer Reading Program

June 30-August 19 - Join us Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the library join us this summer for: fun crafts, mysterious stories, special programs and exiting prizes.


The Littlest Tugboat

October 21st, 10:00am - By Sarah Sherman McGrail -- The Littlest Tugboat is a cheerful children's book about a family of tugboats that works hard to guide ships up and down the Kennebec River. Tommy, the littlest Tugboat, chafes when his mother tells him to stay home during stormy weather, while his bigger siblings are hard at work. When Tommy ventures out on his own, he discovers a barge carried toward a low bridge by the storm--only the littlest tugboat can save the day, and the bridge, by guiding the barge to safety!

Please join us for a reading and book signing of this wonderful local children’s tale by a Southport Island native. After the reading the author also will explain how she got the idea for the story and how the book and illustrations come together to make a book!


2nd Annual Reading Rumpus!

September 16th - Join us in downtown Gardiner for the Second Annual Reading Rumpus. 


Summer Reading Celebration

August 20th - Summer Reading Celebration at the Boothbay Railway Village! Every participant in the Summer Reading Program receives one free pass for themselves and one adult. The day's events will include puppet and magic shows and a visit from the writer and the illustrator of The Littlest Tugboat.


The Puppies are Comming

August 12th, 10:00am - Please join us for a fun and informative educational program with the puppies and puppy raisers of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  Puppy raising is the first leg of the journey for dogs that may eventually become Seeing Eye Dogs.


Adam Miller, "Singing Through History"

July 22, 4:00pm - Adam Miller is known for his extensive repertoire of over 1,400 traditional and contemporary folksongs. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs. His multi-cultural program should appeal to people of all ages!


Summer Reading Program - 2006

June 17-August 19 - Join us Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the library for Story Hour! We will follow our reading time with fun crafts that tie in to our summer reading theme!



Library Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 to 7:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
To contact the library, call 737-8810 during library hours, or email