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Conscious Clutter Clearing

Conscious Clutter Clearing — Make Room in Your Head, Heart, and Home
Tue, July 23, 6:30pm
Too much clutter weighs us down, inside and out. Clearing one area of life naturally leads in clearing in others. This free workshop with Laurie Curtis, life coach and former personal organizer, will help open valuable space in your life to focus on what brings you joy.

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Arts at the Library!

Saturday. Aug. 3rd, 9:00-12:00
Along with the last Pie Sale for the season, the library will be holding a fine crafts sale. Several local crafters have purchased table space and will be selling their artwork at the library:

  • Betsy Levine – Handmade silver and gemstone earrings and a few other handcrafted jewelry items.
  • Joan Martis – Selling tote bags made from recycled sailboat sails as well as a variety of small notebooks, journals and cards made primarily from repurposed paper.
  • Kerry Black –  Table runners, potholders with heat resistant batting, and a number of other quilted items.
  • Maya Critchfield – Art and tools for the maker and mender: sewing kits, pincushions, artist smocks, prints, and more.
  • Brian Hurt – Wooden ware.
  • Barb Rehmeyer – An assortment of handmade crafts made by volunteers.
  • Sett Balise – Also for sale at Barb’s table will be pottery made by Sett Balise – locally made, handcrafted ceramics made with durability and functionality in mind.
Buy a special gift for someone. Or buy a little something for yourself. Whichever, please stop by and support these local artisans.

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Liberty Artists Group Show

“Gourd” Oil on panel by Kris Engman

Exactly ten years ago, Liberty artists exhibited their artwork at the library in July of 2009. Returning in July with new works are Alan Crichton, co-founder of Waterfall Arts, and long noted Midcoast arts teacher, commentator, and painter; Dianne Schelble, featured artist in Palette Magazine in 2018, whose paintings have been recently acquired by the U.S. State Continue reading

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Old Coots Give Advice in Liberty

Are you struggling with a problem and need some advice about how to deal with it? Old Coots will be offering advice on Saturday mornings at the Liberty Library throughout the summer beginning June 15. This program is based on a program where self-proclaimed ‘Old Coots’ offer life advice at a farmers market in Salt Lake City. The Old Coots in Liberty are volunteers, age 60 or older, who have a wealth of life experiences. They will be sitting outside the library, weather permitting, from 10:00am-12:00pm. You can tell them about your problem, get a free donut hole from J.A. Bakery and coffee, and get their advice. It’s probably bad advice but it’s FREE!

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Read ME 2019

This summer, we are joining libraries around the state in Read ME, a statewide program presented in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books. Two books —Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley (fiction) and After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry (nonfiction ) were recommended by Tess Gerritsen. Join the Facebook group.

  • Maine Calling will broadcast live from Bangor Public Library on August 29 from 1-2 PM and feature authors Tess Gerritsen, Susan Conley, and Sarah Perry.

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Quilt Raffle

It’s time for another quilt raffle! “Sunbonnet Sue Visits Maine” made by Sheepscot Valley Quilters in 2009 is revisiting the Liberty Library this summer. This like-new quilt has been donated to the library by Lorna Crichton in hopes it will find a new home. Tickets are $5 each. The drawings will be done at the Ice Cream Social on August 24th. This beautiful quilt is on exhibit at the library.


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Knits & Pieces

Even though it’s summer, we will still accept hand knit items to be distributed in the fall, so keep your needles and hands working when you are able through the upcoming months.  Smaller-sized mittens are most appreciated for Head Start and larger-sized ones for the Walker School.  They are so appreciated and keep the hands of our youngest residents warm! Hats, scarves and cowls are most appreciated for older Waldo county residents who are in need, and these are distributed through the Soup Kitchen.  We thank all of you so much for your efforts over the last few years.

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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