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Mah Jong

Sun, January 26, 1pm – 3pm
Jane Liebler will lead a Mah Jong group. Game will be taught to new players. Experienced players welcome. Space is limited. Please REGISTER.

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We are transitioning to a new catalog and circulation system. Here is some IMPORTANT information you need to know to use MILS (Maine InfoNet Library System).

On January 14, Liberty Library will become the newest member of Maine InfoNet’s system for small Maine libraries, changing the library’s circulation software and catalog. When you ‘Search the Catalog’, you will immediately see the difference.

You will be able to access your personal library account. Just type in your name and your new 14-digit barcode number. To get that barcode number, use 2494900000XXXX but replace the Xs with your old 4-digit account number to the sequence. Clear as mud? Send me an e-mail or give a call for help.

If you had multiple names on your account, only the first name was transferred to the new system. Others can either request another membership or we can add a message to the record to allow others to borrow with that number. However, the account will only be searchable by the owner’s name. Continue reading

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Improve Your Computer Skills for Free

Tue, January 21, 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
This session is an informational session to discuss the course offering by National Digital Equity Center (NDEC).  An interest survey will be given that will help plan future sessions that will be tailored to the interest of the participants. For more info. NEDC

Following the NDEC session, there will be a demonstration about how to use MILS, the new library catalog, to search for materials at the library and do interlibrary loans.

Contact Louis Carrier or 207-259-5010 for more information about classes and to register so we can contact you if event needs to be rescheduled due to weather. Snow date: Jan. 22 @ 6:30.

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Binders Keepers Art Exhibit

Chelsea Porter is from Stockton Springs, Maine. She claims, ” As far back as I can remember I have loved to read. On a whim I decided to combine my love for reading  with my passion for crafting. I have come up with Binders Keepers Art, with which I get to create lasting keepsakes using recycled books to make folded books and book-related décor and accessories for bibliophiles of all ages!”

Chelsea uses patterns to create folded books, which tell what measurements to make on each page of the book, and then she goes back and folds each measurement to complete the design. Each book can take from about 3 hours to 40 hours to make, depending on how intricate the design is. She makes designs for weddings and holiday gifts, as well as taking personalized custom orders on Etsy from people all over the country. Items at the library are for sale with 20% sales to library.

Visit her Facebook page at,
Etsy page at,
and/or email her at for more information.

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Acrylic Painting Workshop

Sat, Jan. 25, 1pm – 4pm (Snow date Feb. 1)
The second workshop in the series of Making art is good for the body, mind, and soul will be an Acrylic Painting. The instructor will be Kristine Gorman. Our subject will be the Pemaquid Lighthouse. (See photo.) This workshop will be run much like a “Paint Nite” model. The class is FREE because we received a Maine Public Library Fund Program Grant, but registration is required. Limited to 16 people, age 12+. Refreshments will be available.


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The Penobscot River Paddling Trail

Tuesday January 28, 6:30pm
Cloe Chunn, retired high school and college teacher, is a naturalist, nature journal keeper, and Registered Maine Guide. She is a cofounder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Her book, Fifty Hikes in the Maine Mountains (W.W. Norton), has been a standard hiking guide for over 30 years. Exploring wild places, sharing them with others, and feeling her connection to Mother Earth, are what keeps Cloe happy.

Cloe, developer of the Penobscot River Paddling Trail, will give an illustrated talk about falling in love with the Penobscot River, developing the river trail, and researching the meaning of Indigenous names of some of the special places. This is sponsored by the Indigenous People History Study Group but anyone is welcome to attend. (Snowdate : Tue, February 4)

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Poetry Express

Listen to:

  • Paul McFarland reading “Nature” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Sunday, January 5.
  • Leigh Norcott reading reading “Apple” by Betsy Sholl broadcast on Sunday, December 8th.
  • Ellen Taylor reading her own poem “Just Beyond Hope” on December 1st.
  • Barb Rehmeyer reading ” Pearly Everlasting” by Linda Buckmaster broadcast on Sunday, November 10th.
  • John Twomey reading “Ants” by Lynn Ascrizzi broadcast on Sunday, October 27th.

These were broadcast on WERU. The Poetry Express performance was held at the library on September 23rd.

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Knits & Pieces

Many thanks for all of the hats, mittens and scarves that have been added to the basket this fall. We have taken a total of 41 pairs of mittens and 22 hats to Walker School and WaldoCAP Head Start Program. Many adult hats and scarves went to the Belfast Soup Kitchen and you also filled TWO large boxes with adult hats, mittens and scarves, warm coats, jackets and sweaters for Triad to be distributed to senior citizens in Waldo County who are in need of warm clothing.  Hats off to you all for your generosity!

We are still collecting small sized mittens for the Head Start children, so keep your knitting needles and crochet hooks working after the holidays so we can keep those small hands warm. The children and their teachers are so appreciative! If you are need of yarn for the mittens and hats, stop into the library and help yourself to some from the basket.

Simple 2-needle mittens: 3-4 yrs,  4-6 yrs, & 6-8 yrs.
A simple pattern for hats can be found here. Watch cap pattern.  Bear Hat 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 other crafts) 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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