Winter 2021

I feel so fortunate to live in a state where we get to experience all four seasons. I love the hope and potential that comes with Spring, the brightness and beaches of Summer, the crispness and color of Fall, and then there is Winter…. I have to be honest, Winter is my least favorite season. The days are shorter, the wind is biting, and the simple act of walking can be perilous. But this year I have decided to embrace Winter. I am determined to take the time to stop and smell the snowflakes (or at least appreciate how they sparkle in the sun), to remind myself that although we are living through a challenging time, there are so many things to be grateful for, sometimes we just need to remember to look for them. Thinking of you!


You will find a binder under the whiteboard collage that lists all of the newer teen titles by subject and next to the binder is a basket full of Grab & go craft kits to take home and make.

If you can suggest anything else the library can do for teens, please email me!

How many dogs can you find in the YA room collage? Fill out a ticket every time you visit! Closest guess wins a mystery prize basket!

January grab & go kits: Create your own suncatcher.

Look for the UFO bookmark to find your next Sci-Fi read!






Mango is back! Learn another language for free, including Pirate!! 

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In-person visiting:

Welcome back! We are happy and excited to see you again. Please click HERE for full details regarding in person visiting.

To request materials:

If you know exactly what you want, request your items the same way you have in the past, using the online card catalog.

If you are not sure what you want, feel free to email me and I will gladly pull some titles for you!

Parking Lot Pick Up

Parking Lot Pick Up is available at Topsham Public Library. Parking lot pick up is available six days a week, Mondays through Fridays 9-4pm and Saturdays 9-4pm.


Things to do from home


Interested in making a book hedgehog?

Click the link below for the instructions.

book hedgehog 

More craft ideas: Paper airplanes or  3d heart directions or paper flower or Tissue Flowers With Colored Tips or crinkled paper

dragon coloring sheets or teen bingo or teen book making instructions

Interested in origami? Visit this site:

Tutorial on book folding-watch this:

Nicole’s tutorial on watercolor painting can be found here: 

Nicole’s tutorial on galaxy painting can be found here:


Enjoy the outdoors from home with these livecams! Observe animals and their habitats all over the world with live nature cams! And check back later in the spring for puffins on Seal Island in Maine.

Aquarium Online Academy offers virtual field trip of sea life and marine-related education and fun: Aquarium Live

Try taking a virtual tour by visiting It can be a little awkward (at least for me) but the photos are amazing!

Sources of free Ebooks:

TEEN BOOK CLOUD: an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers teens all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. Just click on the link – no library card needed!

CLOUD LIBRARY: download new, popular and bestselling audiobooks and eBooks with your library card! Download the cloudLibrary app to your device for free, enter your library card number and go!

TEEN BOOKS: Here is a list of some of the teen titles available on Cloud library. If they are not available remember you can place a hold.

To filter your choices on your computer:

Click on Browse (to the right of Featured, directly under the TPL logo)
Select tab (fiction, non-fiction, teen, kids) If choosing teens or kids-selected fiction or nonfiction
Choose genres/subjects by clicking on them-they turn blue when selected
To see if titles are available now or need to be placed on hold click on the blue text “list view>” located to the right of the page
When you reach the bottom of that page there maybe be a “load more” button, the system will continue to load titles until the button changes to “all books loaded!”


Other resources

NAMI has a Teen Text Support Line at 207-515-8398. It’s staffed every day from Noon to 10 PM by people between 19- 23 years of age. You are not alone in this time of isolation and can text with a friendly social support person any day of the week. Visit or text (207) 515-8398 to start a conversation (please note that this is not a crisis line; if you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text (888) 568-1112.

DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY: a curated collection of educational and informational databases for high school students from the Maine State Library. Easy to access with your library card.

Tour hundreds of college campuses virtually at

MEDLINE PLUS FOR TEENS: presents high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. A service of the National Library of Medicine.

ROSETTA STONE is offering up to 250 hours of language learning in 24 languages free to all K-12 students for three months.

DUOLINGO Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science.

Reading Without Walls Challenge

Former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, issued a challenge to all readers to read without walls in one of the three ways below.

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.