Services for Children's Librarians

Children's and Young Adult Book Review

The Southern Maine Library District receives almost 3,000 children's and young adult review books from over 75 publishing houses each year. These books form the Maine Examination Collection of Children's and Young Adult Books. Age levels range from preschool through senior high school.

Book Review Form

Monthly Meetings and Schedule

Open to registered reviewers from school and public libraries. Meetings are free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

All meetings run from 10:15 a.m. to noon at Portland Public Library, Room 316, 3rd floor, unless otherwise noted.

Meetings postponed due to inclement weather will automatically be held the following Wednesday.  If weather is again a problem, meetings are cancelled until the following month. Call the SMLD (871-1766) answering machine after 7:00 a.m. to check on cancellations.

Guidelines for Book Reviewers

What is the Maine Examination Collection?

The Maine Examination Collection was formed to assist librarians in book selection. The Collection is also used to develop the Cream of the Crop Collection, a highlight of the statewide children’s literature conference Reading Round-Up. It includes Maine and New England books, picture books, fiction, non-fiction, professional titles, foreign language books, reprints, and audiovisual materials. Each year about 3,000 hard cover and paperback review copies are received from over 50 publishers.  Age levels range from preschool through senior high school.

Where is the Collection Located?

The Collection is housed at the Portland Public Library in Room 416, 4th floor.

Who is Eligible to Use the Collection?

Only librarians who work with children in public or school libraries are eligible. New reviewers must register with the SMLD Office. Additional uses of the collection or review requests made by others such as faculty or authors must be approved by the District Consultant.

Is it Necessary to Attend the Monthly Book Review Meetings?

Reviewers are expected to attend the meetings regularly to share their reviewed books and to participate in the discussions.

What is the Review Loan Period?

The borrowing period is one month. Reviewers who consistently keep books longer may have their borrowing privileges revoked. The loan period may be extended under special circumstances after consulting the SMLD Office.

Further Information

Southern Maine Library District, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101-4072