• Strand Theatre of Rockland Announces Strand Youth Film Fest, an opportunity for young people living in the midcoast and surrounding areas to create and submit short films. Entries will be accepted through August 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films (virtual, or in-person, if possible) in the fall of 2020. Prizes will be awarded from a panel of judges, made up of Strand staff and local film professionals.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • Chat with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library on Zoom, every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. For a link to attend, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Facebook Live Story Time with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Children’s Librarian Jessie will read books and sing songs on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Virtual Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, on its new YouTube channel, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early elementary school children are invited to the themed storytimes with songs, rhymes and books.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1:

  • Free Explorer Kits at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, starting today. Merryspring and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District are teaming up this summer to offer outdoor adventures for families. Each Wednesday through August 19, a different Explorer Kit will be available at Merryspring. They’ll have instructions, materials, and ideas for kids ages 4 to 9. Twenty kits will be put out at 9 a.m. each Wednesday, first-come, first-served.
  • 40 Days of Summer at Thomaston Public Library launches today, with some changes from previous years, but still with free activities and lunches (and breakfast if requested) to children in Thomaston and surrounding towns. Visit thomaston.lib.me.us, call 354-2453, or email programs@thomaston.lib.me.us for more information or to be added to an email list for updates.
  • Art @ City Park, offered by Waterfall Arts at Belfast City Park, located near the entrance, on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Artists of any age and experience level can pick up sanitized materials to work with in the park and return them before they leave. Free.
  • Virtual Read-Alouds with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.
  • Fairy Tale Puppet Show Live on Facebook, at 11 a.m. Join Dewey the Dragon and his friends as they read and act out favorite fairy tales. Puppeteer Alex Thomas and Rockland Public Library kick off the Summer Reading Program. This show will be on the library’s Facebook page for one week after today’s release.

THURSDAY, JULY 2:

  • Virtual Baby Time with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.

FRIDAY, JULY 3:

  • Free Nature Walk for Families at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, at 10 a.m. The easy walks through meadows and forests will introduce visitors to the nature center. Families will look for evidence of animals, listen for birds, and learn about some of the park’s interesting natural and manmade features. Families must wear face masks and adhere to safe social distancing guidelines. In the event of rain this program will be canceled. Guests should bring water bottles and be prepared to be outside for up to one hour. Free Family Fridays will take place Fridays at 10 a.m. through August 21.
  • Art Time with Bridget Matros of Waterfall Arts, of Belfast, live on Facebook on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Bridget reads a book and leads a hands-on art project using simple materials; best for ages 7 and older. The sessions are available to view afterward, too. Go to Facebook/waterfallbridge.

MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • Facebook Live Storytime with Ms. Jenn of Rockand Public Library, Mondays to August 3 (except July 27), at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early-elementary kids are invited to join the story-times led by Ms. Jenn, who will read, sing and introduce them to activities like Fairytale Yoga and Pocket Dice dance moves. For more information: 594-0310 or kdrago@rocklandmaine.gov.
  • Belfast Free Library Offers Adapted Summer Reading Program, including outdoor events and take-home projects, from July 6 to August 22. The program offers options for kids in pre-K to grade five and young adults in grades six to 12. Younger readers can sign up for Take-Home Tuesdays, with projects and activity kits available for pickup every week from July 7 to August 18. The library will also offer outdoor StoryWalks in collaboration with Coastal Mountains Land Trust at Head of the Tide Preserve on Saturdays and Sundays, July 11 and 12 and August 8 and 9, and in collaboration with the City of Belfast along the Belfast Rail Trail on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22.

COMING UP:

  • Author Chris Van Dusen Live on Facebook, Wednesday, July 8, at 11 a.m. on Rockland Public Library’s Facebook page. The author/illustrator will read a book or two of his, then talk to the group about how he writes and illustrates his stories. Van Dusen wrote and illustrated “The Circus Ship,” “If I Built a Car” and “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.”