Homeschool resources

Early childhood resources

Are you pondering how to best support your young kids’ learning? Are you curious about children’s play as a natural developmental process? Are you thinking about supplementing your child’s at-home, remote or in-person preschool or early education school experience? Cook Memorial Library has programs to help! 

The Power of Play

  • In-person discussion for parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers (adults only) 
  • Wed. Sept 2, 6:30 PM behind Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth 
  • Led by Cook Librarians Amy Carter and Polly Mahoney and Early Childhood Educator Annaliese Smith 

The instinct to play develops and grows the brains, bodies and hearts of young children. In this presentation, you’ll learn about some of the play patterns that are natural to our species and how an adult’s observation, trust and curiosity can support this rich process. You’ll discover accessible examples of self-directed play as well as ideas for how play supports academic learning.

Note: If you missed this program and would like to ask us to host another one, call the library and leave a message for Polly and Amy, 603-323-8510.

Outdoor Play Pod

  • Weekly, one-hour outdoor educational playgroup
  • Meets Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. behind the library 
  • Led by Cook Librarian Polly Mahoney
  • Limited space, contact us to sign up for one of the 3-week sessions: 9/17-10/1, 10/8-10/22, 10/29-11/12

Coming this fall, Cook Library will offer a free educational playgroup for young children, along with their caregivers. This 1-hour, weekly, all outdoor program will be limited in size and will follow covid-careful protocols. Each session will include an engaging introduction to a creative play scenario, leading into child-directed play. Participants will build family connections, and learn about how to provide rich play opportunities at home, as well as learn about play’s essential role in development.

Story Time

  • Weekly, one-hour storytime
  • Tuesdays at 10:30am on Zoom and coming this fall, outside the library
  • Led by Cook Librarians Amy Carter and Polly Mahoney
  • Open to all families

Each week kids and parents engage in stories, songs, finger plays and outdoor play with Cook librarians. These themed story times provide an opportunity for connection, whether on-line or in-person and an introduction to great books and fresh play ideas to expand on at home. 

We hope you’ll join us for any of these programs!

Call Cook Memorial Library if you have questions (603-323-8510)