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Coping with Browntail Moths

web of browntail moth

Close-up of overwintering web of browntail moth in ornamental crabapple (Maine Forest Service Photo, February 2017)

Monday, February 25, 6:30pm
Julie and Peter Beckford, organic farmers in Liberty, have attended two talks on browntail moths and are now on high alert looking for the winter webs in our local landscape.  They will share what they have learned in this informal, neighbor-to-neighbor presentation. This is a good time of year to learn to identify and remove webs from trees before they become a hazard.

The European browntail moth has been in Maine in isolated pockets for one hundred years but is now rapidly expanding its range.  The caterpillar hairs, which go airborne, are extremely irritating to many people.  Become aware of this hazard and do your best to avoid unnecessary exposure. Brochures from the Maine Forest Service will be available at the library.


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March Madness Cribbage Tournament

March 4th ’til Completed   Sign-up by March 1st
It’s that time of year when the library will host its own version of March Madness – the 3rd annual Cribbage Tournament. Who will challenge Kevin Richards this year? He has won the past two years. Entry forms are available at the library or download here: Cribbagetournament.
Here is how it will work:

  • Matches are head-to-head, scheduled at convenience of the players
  • Winner of 2 out of 3 games continues in tournament
  • Matches can take place at the library, during library hours (or call about other arrangements)
  • Cribbage boards and card decks will be provided (or you can bring your own)
  • No skunks, all other ACC rules followed
  • Winner’s prize: $30 gift certificate to Lori’s Cafe
  • Entry fee is $5.00
  • All proceeds benefit the Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library

Join the March Madness!

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Artists Among Us

Winter Scene by Toni Clark

Winter Scene by Toni Clark

This month’s exhibit is comprised of pieces from library volunteers and supporters. Included in the exhibit are:
Toni Clark – Acrylic Painting, Watercolor & Pen & Ink
Cindy Frost – X-Stitch & Crewel Embroidery
Emily Kohl – Photographs
Leigh Norcott – Colored Pencil & Ink
Carolyn Maruhnic – Needlepoint & Counted X-Stitch
Suzanne Pelletier – X-Stitch
Barb Rehmeyer – Needle Felting, Rock Art, Paper Cutting
Joe Rehmeyer – Collage
Meg (Rehmeyer) Brewer – Acrylic Painting
Cindy Schofield – Wool Applique

Emily Kohl is selling her framed photographs for $25 each and donating her proceeds to the library.

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Author Reading by Linda Buckmaster

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30
Linda Buckmaster will read from her “hybrid memoir” Space Heart: a memoir in stages and talk about the process of writing it through 7-years and 5 revisions. Linda has lived within a block of Route 1 most of her life, growing up in “Space Coast” Florida during the Fifties and Sixties and being part of the back-to-the-land movement in Midcoast Maine in the Seventies. Space Heart: a memoir in stages is about the 1962 space program at Cape Canaveral. As the daughter of a rocket engineer, Linda weaves into her story the juxtaposition of cutting-edge technology and the natural world on the empty barrier island that came to be called the Space Coast. That contrast is written on her own small body as surgeons work to correct a congenital heart defect using materials developed for space flight. Linda will share stories from her book and will have some for sale.

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Women of Maine

Saturday, March 9, 2:00pm
In recognition of Women’s History Month, Pam Matthews, in the persona of “Cornelia ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby in the late 1800s, will detail the life of Maine’s first Guide. She will also discuss Margaret Chase Smith, Carrie Stevens, and other famous women from Maine.

Matthews has written Cornelia ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby, Champion of Maine. Crosby was a journalist who wrote about fishing and hunting, helped to create conservation, hunting, and fishing laws, marketed the state of Maine as a destination for outdoor “sports”, and broke barriers for women. Matthews will have the book for sale ($20). The presentation is appropriate for all ages.

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Read to ME Challenge

The Read to ME Challenge is an opportunity to contribute to a child’s literacy growth by reading aloud to a child for at least 15 minutes a day. The Maine Department of Education has declared February the month to share #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME and post a photo or video on social media. The steps for taking the challenge can be found at Reading aloud to children is one of the most cost effective and highly beneficial methods of building children’s reading abilities. Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. Every day.

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Let’s Talk About It

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:00pm will be last meeting for the Let’s Talk About It book discussion. We will be discussing: W;t by Margaret Edson.

Please remember to return all of your books borrowed from the Maine Humanities Council by this date.

If you requested to join the Tuesday, March 27 book discussion of Being Mortal : Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, you can pick up the book at or after the Feb. 27th meeting.

Please note this is not part of the series provided by the Maine Humanities Council. The library is doing this one independently.

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.

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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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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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