New Hours

The library will now be open on Mondays from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Welcome to our new Volunteer, Julie Beckford, who will be starting at noon on September 18th. Stop by and say hello!

Book Discussion – Thurs. Sept. 21 at 6:30

Discussing Empire Falls by Richard Russo. This is the last meeting for the Let’s Talk About It series. Please remember to return all of your books.

Through-Paddling on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm
The first female through-paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail will talk about her adventures on the trail. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth will share a short, home-grown film about her 2006 trip as well as photos and stories of times along the trail since that epic paddle. Audience members will learn all about this amazing paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served


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Wool Applique

“Beyond the Windowsill” Click to enlarge.

During September, Hazel Kopishke of Washington, Maine, is exhibiting handcrafted wool appliqué items. All of the wall hangings, table runners, and pillows have an autumn theme, and some are for sale.

Hazel began working with wool after inheriting her mother’s wool stash from her rug braiding days.  After taking one braiding lesson, she now carries on the tradition of creating hand braided rugs for family and friends.  Combining wool and cotton in her wall hangings has become another passion.  Working from patterns or making her own creations keeps Hazel occupied. Hazel, a retired teacher, loves the handwork involved with the wool appliqué process.

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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 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
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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Knitting Donations

knittersSue Pelletier reports that so far 396 hats have been donated via Hats with Hugs. Knitters have donated at the Liberty Library, Waldo County Retired Teachers, and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast. Eighty hats will be donated at the Maine Retired Teacher’s Convention in May to be delivered to ninety hospitals throughout Maine.

Donations of hats are still being accepted.

A large bag of yarn and needles were given to Jen Gunderman who will deliver these to organizations assisting New Mainers transitioning to life in Maine. Keep those donations coming!

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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