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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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Toki Oshima “Home Life”

Toki Oshima is exhibiting  at the Liberty Library during October. Included in this exhibit are a few paintings depicting home life, with music, and some illustrated cover art for the MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardening Association) newspaper. Most of the work is an illustration technique called scratchboard and then painted.
Toki has enjoyed making art her whole life. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design after high school, and then she took an 8-year break to live in Alaska. She completed a degree in Graphic Design at Portland School of Art, now Maine College of Art, and has worked as a freelance illustrator since that time. She owns a small notecard company. She earned her Master’s degree in Education in 2011. Toki and her husband John moved to Belfast a year ago all the way from North Whitefield, Maine. She teaches art at Playworks in Liberty and at the Mill School in Freedom. Her website is

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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

Last Week to Vote! Get a sneak peek at the current Top 10 leading the pack but if you don’t see your favorite, it’s still anyone’s game. Voting is open through this Thursday, October 18 at 11:59pm PT. Vote now!

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. The Great American Read show is televised at Tuesday, 8:00pm on PBS and is available for streaming at . Over ONE MILLION votes have been cast in the search for America’s best-loved novel!

Maine’s favorite book?
Maine Public Radio encourages you to vote in our Maine poll. They have created an easy mechanism for you to vote for your favorite book. Take the Maine poll HERE.  In the fall, they will announce the book that received the most votes here in Maine on Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio. Vote for your favorite!

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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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