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Tale Time is Crossroads library and nursery-preschool reading program that allows members to read, talk, mentor and listen to  and with our younger generation. 

The program may include reading a character education, educational or social awareness book, a craft on the story subject and a snack time  in person or online (You Tube and social media). 

Tale Time was developed by 10-year-old Abbey Gifford  in 2015, who was a Hall-Dale Elementary School student at  the time and the recipient of several awards for her program including the Presidential Volunteer Award,  Hardy Girls Healthy Women Community Volunteer Award, Red Claws/Next Gen Award, and student recognition from Hall-Dale Superintendent. Now as a high school student at Sanford High School, 16 y/o Abbey is still reading, volunteering  and promoting her program by encouraging kids to mentor younger kids by reading!


Abbey's love of books and reading inspired her to want to share her passion for literacy and to give back to her community by volunteering.


Her goal is to inspire kids to get excited about the adventures reading  offers and has grown to touch hundreds of children across the US to join the movement.

Tale time was made possible through  a  grant from the Maine Community Foundation in 2015 and maintained throughout the years by Crossroads. The original grant allowed for special guests, such as children's authors, Chewonki and L.C. Bates presentations  and community presentations like fire safety presentation with a tour of a fire truck for the children. With this little girls dream and the generosity of MCF and Crossroads, Tale Time lives on with great success. It has inspired many young ladies to reach out to schools, libraries, after-school programs, and on line and You Tube. 

For more information and our curriculum, contact us through email at

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Sample  Readings  by

Abbey & Bailey

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