Hours

Monday 4:00-7:00
Thursday 10:00-4:00
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Trick-or-Treat at the Library on Thu, October 29, 10am – 7pm
Kids can stop by the library anytime that day and get a treat!

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Restrictions apply
Curbside available

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Your library looks somewhat different. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to maintain a safe environment for everyone. Library programs will continue to be virtual at this time.

These are the requirements to come inside:

  • Limit of 4 people at a time.
  • Please wear a face mask. Curbside service is available if you are unable to wear one.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people.
  • Return all items to the Book Drop outside.
  • Limit your visit to 30 minutes.

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The Diseased Ship, or the New England ghost story you were never meant to hear

Tues, Oct. 27, 7:00pm virtual program via Zoom
Register and the link will be sent to you on Oct. 26.
Program made possible by the Maine Humanities Council World in Your Library in partnership with the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation.
Meadow Dibble is a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She will be showing a slideshow presentation about a 200-year-old voyage initiated by the founding father of her hometown on Cape Cod. On August 1, 1819, a majestic Maine-built ship docked at Boston’s Long Wharf, completing a nearly year-long voyage to West Africa and the West Indies that only a few crew members were fortunate enough to survive. When customs officials descended into the hold to examine the precious cargo for which so many had died, what they found instead were clouds of mosquitoes playing host to a deadly yellow fever virus. (more…)

Quigg Island Parcel, Community Forest Project

Tuesday November 17th 6:30PM (virtual)
Learn from the Georges River Land Trust about their newest conservation project in Stevens Pond to permanently conserve the northern portion of Quigg Island.  The land trust is eager to continue the long-held practice of wise stewardship and management of the forest, as had been done by two members of the Robbins family of Searsmont while allowing public access.  This Zoom gathering is intended to encourage  residents to ask questions, offer ideas or comments about what you would like to see relative to the care of the island going forward to benefit the community. The property will be open to the public, via the water access off Route 173. The Land Trust sees the opportunity to steward this property as a partnership with the community and so hopes to hear from citizens in this conversation. Georges River Land Trust is an equal opportunity provider.
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Register and the Zoom link will be sent to you on November 16th.

Calling All Knitters!

Some of you have been working hard making items for our children and adults in need of warm hats, mittens, cowls and scarves. (Head Start is mostly in need of hats and mittens for 3-5 year olds. They can also use small blankets , 30-40″, for preschoolers to have on their mats for nap time. These can be made from SOFT and washable yarn or sewers could make fleece blankets.) We are also collecting clean adult jackets and coats for the Belfast Soup Kitchen. Here are scheduled dates for you to drop items at the library parking lot:

  • Tuesday, October 27, from 9-10 am
  • Friday, October 30, from 2-3 pm
We ask that you put everything in bags – paper for the knit wear, plastic for the coats and jackets. We will be quarantining everything before it is passed along to where it is needed.
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More dates will be added for November and through the winter. If you are unable to make these times, please call Jo Peavey at 322-7863 or Sue Chapin at 589-4863.
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Thanks so much for all of your knitting and crocheting and for all of the warm thoughts caught in the stitches. It means so much to those who receive them!

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Book Discussion

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30
Book Discussion via Zoom. Anyone is welcome to participate. We will be discussing Sea people : the puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know.
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There are 15 copies of this book available on MaineCat. Keep in mind that it has been taking 2-3 weeks for items to arrive and plan accordingly. The Zoom link will be sent to those who register by November 3rd.
(Log in to “My Library Account” on MILS first.)

Request Sea People

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Tote Bags

"I Love Liberty Library" tote bag“I Love Liberty Library” tote bag available for $20 at the library. The rugged canvas and roomy size makes it perfect for transporting your library books! 18″w X 17 1/2″h with 25″ handles. Beautifully printed with water-based inks by Liberty Graphics. Limited quantities. Limited supply. Only about 10 left so don’t delay.

 

Poetry Express

Listen to poems from the Poetry Express performance that was held at the library on September 23rd.: (more…)

150 Years Ago

150About 35 years ago, Janet Heslam bought from an antique shop in Brooks four daily journals from October 1864 to October 1871.  It turns out they were written by a man in Montville who farmed, but he also supervised the one room school houses. At the end of the first journal, she found the signature of H. M. Howard. The other journals are not signed. Janet determined the journalist was 27, in 1865, and his daughter Eva died in 1864. Janet decided to transcribe these journals to share in her weekly letters to her grandchildren. She offered to share these transcriptions so they could be posted on the Library webpage for everyone to read. We will post one a month. It will be interesting as we go through the year to compare the daily happenings of a man 150 years ago to the present day. We hope you enjoy!

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