April is National Poetry Month

Two limericks this week.
There is a Red Sox game today
But some fans can’t get to Fenway.
But with my radio near
Plugged into my ear.
I’ll be cheering them on in the old way!

By Toni Clark

There is a Red Sox game today
But some fans can’t get to Fenway.
Chris Sale will be pitchin’
And fans will be bitchin’.
How I wish I was part of the fray.

By Anonymous

It finally feels like springtime in Maine so the limerick prompt for this week recognizes that feeling. Finish the limerick and either leave it at the library desk or send to brehmeyer@liberty.lib.me.us by April 29th. The best poem(s) will be posted at the library and on the library webpage the following week. 

In springtime, according to plan
The fancies of every young man


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Juniper Quartet

Juniper Quartet of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra – Sat, April 29, 3pm at Walker School.

A wonderful musical event for children and families. Featuring music of Mozart, Copland, Frozen, Harry Potter, and more! FREE admission. Made possible by a grant from the Maine Public Library Fund.


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King Pirogi Concert

Saturday, May 13, 7:00pm

King Pirogi, a four-piece band featuring Tom Jamrog, Hank Lunn, Dave Kirkham, and Mo Kirkham, will entertain with their lively music. They have a mix of music with old-time polka as their centerpiece.

Many of you know Hank Lunn from his previous historical programs at the Library. For this fun event, Hank will sing and play drums, joined by accordion, bass violin, and saxophone musicians. And plenty of good humor!

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Wednesday Game Nights

Cribbage Night – May 3rd at 6:30

The cribbage players in the tournament had so much fun that they requested a monthly cribbage night at the library. This will occur the first Wednesday of every month. Bring your cribbage boards and cards and have fun playing. Novices welcome!.

Scrabble Night – May 10th at 6:30
Several people have asked about playing Scrabble. So we plan Scrabble Night the second Wednesday of the month to see if there is enough interest. Bring your Scrabble boards.
There was some interest in playing more Mah Jong and if folks want to get together on the third Wednesday (or a different time), please contact us. Are there other games or interest groups?

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Spring Fling Wallhangings


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Wallhangings made by members of Sheepscot Valley Quilters are on display at the library during the month of April.  The Sheepscot Valley Quilters meet at the library on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. from September to June. New members are welcome to join in September.  Click here for more information.

We hope these beautiful wallhangings will conjure up spring!

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Let’s Talk About It

For those who signed-up, the books are ready for you to pick up at the library so you can start reading.

Let’s Talk About It is a group for people who want to talk about books. The books and facilitator will be provided by the Maine Humanities Council in collaboration with the Maine State Library.

The program, The Mirror of Maine: The Maine Community in Myth and Reality, will meet Thursdays for five sessions. All sessions will begin at 6:30pm at the library for approximately 90 minutes. Our facilitator will be Mary Alice Brennan.

May 18 – A Maine Hamlet by Lura Beam (note date change)
June 15 – The Weir by Ruth Moore
July 20 – Wildfire Loose by Joyce Butler
August 17 – Twelve Journeys in Maine by Wesley McNair
September 21 – Empire Falls by Richard Russo

These books explore community life in Maine. What defines community? What values have been associated with community life in Maine, and how many of these values still exist today? What are the confinements or darker realities that exist in Maine communities? Learn more about the books and program.

People were required to sign-up to join this group by March 31st and books have been ordered. Please contact Barbara Worcester to see if there is still room available.

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Give I.T. – Get I.T.

PCsforMainePCs for Maine has nominated the Library for their Give I.T. – Get I.T. program in order to purchase newer and safer computers. We need new equipment in order to take advantage of the new circuit speed of 100Mbps. You can make a contribution to the Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library here.

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Knitting Donations

knittersJo Peavey reports that the Soup Kitchen says they have no more need for hats. I guess they are thinking spring will arrive sooner rather than later!

Sue Chapin delivered 8 hats to Walker School. The library will be collecting hats and mittens for Walker School and WaldoCAP once again in the fall.

Sue Pelletier is still collecting for Hats with Hugs. These hats for newborns or cancer patients are given to many hospitals in Maine as well as other states and countries.

Donations of yarn and needles can be dropped off at the library. Jennifer Gunderman from Liberty will deliver these to organizations assisting New Mainers transitioning to life in Maine.

Simple 2-needle mitten patterns: 3-4 yrs,  4-6 yrs., & 6-8 yrs.
A simple pattern for hats can be found here. ……………………………………………………………

Another Stockinette Watch cap pattern.

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! Read the rest of this entry »

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