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Homeschool Group

Tuesday, December 4, 2:00-3:30pm
For years, the library has been talking about hosting a group for homeschooled children and their parents. Barb Rehmeyer will facilitate an initial gathering on Tuesday, December 4 to see if there is interest and discuss how it will be organized. Her thoughts are that we would meet monthly and it would be fun to have a theme about which families share something of their choosing. With that model in mind and since it is the holiday, for this first meeting please come prepared to share/demonstrate a holiday family tradition. A 5-10 minute presentation. Feel free to bring models or patterns, etc.  The holiday can be winter solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, or whatever your family might do to celebrate that is special or creative. Please spread the word!

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Craft, Tea & Sweets

Monday, November 19 at 3:30-5:00pm
Join Maya Critchfield for a library craft afternoon and learn to make a collage Zine. What’s a zine, you may ask? It’s  a small, personal magazine filled with your writings, collages, drawings, cartoons, photos, recipes, quotes or poems… basically whatever you want. Enjoy some tea & sweets while you create.

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I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

The I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library is a portable book collection and display of picture books featuring the immigrant, refugee, or “new arrival” experience. This traveling library of 26 books is now available at the library in November. The books cannot be checked-out, but please take some time to come in and browse them, with or without children. Every book has a series of discussion questions affixed to the inside back cover. Those questions walk readers (of all ages) through a conversation about commonalities and welcoming. Regardless of the readers comfort or experience with discussing race, religion, or other cultural differences, the questions guide the reader. We are also displaying artwork and photographs to compliment this exhibit.

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Gizmo Garden – Robo Pots

Chris Dorman, the liaison at Maine State Library, will be leading the Gizmo Garden – Robo Pots program on:

……..Nov. 7, 11:30am-2:30pm
……..Nov. 14, 3:00pm-6:00pm Session Full  
Join waiting list and we’ll call if space becomes available.

The program is free. (The provided materials are worth about $100 per participant.) Each kid will make a robo pot – a functional clay pot that is self-watering – and in the process participants learn electronics and computer science. For ages 10-14 years. Sign-up is required as space is limited. Click on the date above to register for program you wish to attend.

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Let’s Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It is a group for people who want to talk about books. The books and facilitator, John Zavodny, will be provided by the Maine Humanities Council in collaboration with the Maine State Library. We will meet Wednesdays for five sessions. All sessions will begin at 7:00pm at the library for approximately 90 minutes.

Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients. A disease or a sick person? Health care professionals do not always focus on what is most important to the patient and the patient’s family. These classic 20th-century accounts of illness, death, and dying dramatically illuminate these complex issues.

  • Sep. 26 – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • Oct. 24 – The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Nov. 28 – The Plague by Albert Camus
  • Jan. 23 – The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Feb. 27 – W;t by Margaret Edson

For more information about the books and the program.

Books for those who signed-up are available. Stop by the library to pick them up. There are a few extra. If you want to participate in the book discussion, contact

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Winter Coat Drive

Waldo County Triad invites the community to donate new and gently used coats (clean and in good condition). There is a collection box at the library. Collection begins September 17th through November 11th. Warm blankets, coats, snow pants, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, and other warm clothing all gratefully accepted. All donations are collected and distributed in Waldo County.

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Knits & Pieces

It is that time of year to get those knitting needles clicking and those crochet hooks looping so we may again provide warm hands and heads around our community.  We are collecting children’s mittens (small sizes are most needed) for the Walker School and small sized mittens and hats for  WaldoCAP Headstart.  Our adult hats and cowls go to the Belfast Soup Kitchen and to the TRIAD program which distributes warm winter clothing to our senior citizens in need. There is free yarn for this project in the library along with a basket for the finished mittens, hats, and cowls.  We thank you so much for your continued support!

Simple 2-needle mittens: 3-4 yrs,  4-6 yrs, & 6-8 yrs.
A simple pattern for hats can be found here. Another Stockinette Watch cap pattern.

We also collect yarn and needles for Jen Gunderman who delivers these to organizations assisting New Mainers transitioning to life in Maine. They in turn make hats and mittens for other refugees who are in camps awaiting permission to be allowed into other countries to begin making new lives for themselves and their families.

Several knitters are getting together informally to knit and chat on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 at the library. Anyone is welcome to join them.

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The Great American Read

And the winner is …


To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee



See the full ranking order of all 100 books:

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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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