MaineCat Offline

The MaineCat catalog will be offline for a few hours today, Wednesday July 26 starting at 11:00 AM. The exact length of time that it will be down is not known, but it is hoped to be only a few hours. For our patrons this will only affect interlibrary loan requests. The site should be back up and running later in the day. Try Minerva instead.

Lego Club

Mondays 6:30-7:30 – July 3-August 28th.  Ages 5-up. Elisha Schofield will be the coordinator.

ReadME This Summer!

Unknown Caller by Debra Spark & The Moth: 50 True Stories (more…)

July Exhibit

We are fortunate this month to have two exhibitors at the library:

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Kate Valleau moved to Liberty over twenty years ago and was one of the library’s first Volunteers. She usually gives away her beading jewelry, but this month she is selling them for two causes dear to her heart. The money will be split between the Liberty Library and the Dana Farber’s Jimmy Fund. Kate is walking a marathon in September with a goal to raise $1500. Having had Hodgkin’s disease in 1997 and a meningioma brain tumor in 2007, Dana Farber has been very good to her. Kate asks that you buy a little something for someone who loves libraries or who has been touched by cancer.


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Kate’s friend, Lori Taylor, lives in Searsmont. She has a degree in Art Education. Lori finds time to do art amidst her busy life with husband, two children, career, and a dog. The past several years, she has focused on Encaustic Wax painting because it results in a dreamy, soft, and visually mysterious pieces that draw viewers into the layers of wax. Nature is her inspiration. “My art is an extension of my heart, mind, and soul.” Lori’s artwork is also for sale, and she is donating a percentage of sales to the library.

Cedar for jewelry displays were donated by Duane Jewett, Dewey Lumber.

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Tess Gerritsen

Tuesday, August 1, 7:00pm 
Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen will be at the Liberty Library. Tess took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, she went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction and in 1987, her first novel, Call After Midnight, was published. It was just the first of 26 suspense novels that she’s written over a now-29-year writing career. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift,” which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Read the rest of this entry »

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Build a Better World

This summer’s reading theme is Build a Better World. Pick up a Summer Reading Calendar at the library or print the Calendar2017.

Every day that you read for at least 30 minutes, make a mark on that date on your calendar. You can read the book yourself or have the book read aloud to you. Return this to the library by September 5th. There will be prizes for everyone who has at least 40 days marked off.

Story Time – Thursday at 10:30am
Many of the Story Times this summer will connect with the Build a Better World theme. The books and activities are selected for children 3-5 years but older and younger are welcome. See schedule: StoryTimeSummer2017

Mark your calendars now for Mad Science – Engineering a Better World on Friday, July 21, 6:30 at Walker School. Captivating demonstrations and interactive experiments will inspire the next generation to think about how engineers design things to make the world a better place.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible by Revision Energy, Pieceworks, Inc., Mike Light’s Automotive, Liberty Graphics, Belfast Framers, Jen Spencer, Bob Price, and a grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Trust Fund.

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Silhouette Artist – Ruth Monsell

Curly head boyCocker SilhouetteSaturday, August 5th, 9:00am-1:00pm
The silhouette is an ancient art form, with its greatest popularity between the mid-18th and 19th centuries. Today silhouette artists are few and difficult to find. Ruth Monsell is one of the top silhouette artists in the country, and her work is in part an effort to keep the esteemed art form alive and available.
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Ruth will offer traditional, freehand cut silhouettes of children and adults at the library during the last pie sale of the summer. The live five-minute sittings are $30 per person for traditional, freehand cut silhouettes, which results in two mirror image silhouettes, with 5×7-inch mounts included. The artist will also happily create silhouettes of pets, infants, and loved loves not present from clear profile photographs. The silhouettes can be framed and treasured to be passed on to the next generation.

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Audiobooks SYNC

SYNCSYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads each week to listeners through the summer.

Download the free YA Novels from SYNC here »

Remember – grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing each week. While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

The SYNC program runs from April 27th – August 16th, 2017. Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET.

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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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