Stockton Springs Community Library holds preschool story time

Feb 28, 2014

The Broadreach PreKindergarten/Early Childhood Inclusive Program struck gold when the Stockton Springs Community Library began offering its preschool participants a monthly story time. Since December, two classrooms have ventured from the former Stockton Springs Elementary School, now home to preschoolers, to participate in the lively, interactive, and exciting story time activities. At the conclusion of each story time, craft activities are also sent with the children that they can complete back in their classroom and at home with their families. Each child also leaves with a mini-book of the story and a participation award. Miss Pat, a retired kindergarten and special education teacher, is joined by an enthusiastic group of fellow volunteers to provide unique, educational and fun theme-related activities.

Visiting “Mary’s Room” at the SSCL on Feb. 12, eighteen children, their two teachers, Ron Provencher and Amber Stanhope, and Jeff Ryan, E.I. III from Broadreach Family and Community Services were treated to Miss Pat’s "Three Little Pigs" story time complete with puppets, theme-related activities and snacks. The theme even extended to a Saturday story time telling of the “wolf’s side of the story.” Miss Pat showed the children the many books the library had in the children’s room of the "The Three Little Pigs" and even shared her own hand-crafted book of the title, showing the children that they could create their own story with a picture book. “Mary’s Room” is named in honor of Mary Staples, a retired local school teacher. Steps leading to the room read one word at a time vertically on the risers, “Climb the stairs to Mary’s room.” For participants needing assistance with stairs to the second floor there is a motorized lift chair in the building.

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is one of many organizations that Broadreach Family and Community Services collaborates with to bring a broader range of programs and opportunities to those it serves. Broadreach works collaboratively with RSU 20 to provide Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Inclusive Education Programs and Services to area children.

SSCL is unique in that it is operated completely by volunteers including those participating in the story time: Pat Bradley, Library Director Pat Curley, Board Vice-President Debbie Harris, Board Secretary Susan Henkel, Susie Kraeger, Donna Parks, and Board Treasurer Robbie Pendleton. In the summer the number of library volunteers increases to twenty-four as the number of library patrons multiplies during the summer months. The all-volunteer library was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Colcord House which it shares with the Stockton Springs Historical Society. The parlor, preserved in its original state with period furniture is normally cordoned off and may be viewed by guests. At the annual Library Tea Party, the guests are invited into the parlor for a 19th-century tea.

For more information about SSCL activities, including the Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 1 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., call 567-4147 or go online at For more information about the programs of Broadreach Family and Community Services in Waldo and Knox counties, call 338-2200 or go online at

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