The Bridgewalk Collection is located in the Children's Department of the Nevins Memorial Library. This resource center contains a variety of books that focus on: parenting/child development, reading/ literacy, educator materials for the classroom, and activities to use at home or in a classroom. Brochures about child oriented community services and themed literature kits are also available. The collection is a collaborative project involving the Nevins Memorial Library and the Methuen Community Partnerships for Children Program (MCPC), an early education care and care program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Additional literacy kits were added to the Bridgewalk Collection as part of the CARE's grant which was funded by the ELOA (Early Learning Opportunities Act) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Adult, Children, and Youth Services. These kits are easy to find because they are housed in black backpacks.
This material is very useful for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and students enrolled in early childhood education coursework. Anyone with a library card in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) can borrow these materials. Books and literature kits circulate for 3 weeks. Parenting /child development books, literature kits and informational community service brochures are located in the preschool area of the Children's Department. Books pertaining to reading/ literacy, educator materials for the classroom, activities to use at home or in a classroom are located on the back wall by the Children's Reference Materials.
The story activity kits are available for use in different sizes. An outline of what is currently available at our library is found below:
Single Book Activity Kits (small blue zipped bag) Contains one book, a variety of objects to extend the story and an activity sheet.
Search the MVLC Catalog for Story Kits: The Bridgewalk Collection (Themed Story Kits) may be found at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen and at the Lawrence Public Library Main Branch and the South Branch. These kits can be delivered to any public library found in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC). To view the availability of the entire Bridgewalk Collection; use a Keyword Search: Bridgewalk Collection (Access)
Themed Story Kits (small blue zipped bag) Most contain 3 books, a puppet or puzzle and an activity sheet.
Themed Story Kits (black meshed backpack) Most contain 6 books, music CD, book and CD, DVD with stories, white board and marker, activity bags containing math, science or social studies play items, parent activity book, parent literacy material in print and DVD format, a parent guide to use the kits and a check off list for kit items to assist you in gathering up the kit components.
List of Themed Story Kits found at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen access
Single Book Literature Kits: Click on a title to see if a Literature Kit is available. If it is currently checked out, see a Librarian to place a hold.