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Ice Cream Social

Saturday August 24, 6:30pm 
The library will be hosting an Ice Cream Social to say “thank you” to all our patrons who support us. At this free event, we will be serving ice cream with an assortment of toppings. Donations of toppings gratefully accepted.

This event will be held outside, weather permitting. Drawings for the Pick-A-Prize Raffle will take place inside afterwards. People will be able to purchase raffle tickets during the Ice Cream Social up until the start of the drawing. There will be a Door Prize which you must be present to win.

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Flower Arranging Workshop

Sat, September 14, 1pm – 4pm
The first workshop in the series of Making art is good for the body, mind, and soul will be a Flower Arranging Workshop taught by Debbie Dinsmore, former owner of Branch Pond Flowers and Gifts. During the afternoon, you will be creating a round fall arrangement and learn to make an armature for a holiday decoration. Flowers and some materials will be provided (see below). The class is FREE because we received a Maine Public Library Fund Program Grant, but REGISTRATION is required. Limited to 15 people, age 12+. Refreshments will be available.


Things to bring: flared vase that has a 3-inch opening, pint mason jar,  hand towel, bucket or pitcher (something that holds water), knife, scissors, cedar or pine boughs (if you have them), and any flowers from your own garden that you would like to include in your arrangement.

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Transparent Intentions

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During August, the library will feature a series of collages and mixed media artworks by Hugh Mahon. His “Transparent Intentions” is a series of abstract and nonobjective images which encourage a closer examination, revealing an insight into both the presentation and some of the subjects of his work.

Mahon is well known in the Livingston, New Jersey area as an art educator and fine artist in diverse media, including painting, drawing, mixed media, and collages employing found and recycled materials. He is an award winning set painter and designer. Mahon is a long-time summer resident of Liberty.


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Poetry Express

Register now for participation in the Poetry Express. Poetry Express is a competitive application program from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library. Their goal is to connect libraries and local poets in sharing Maine’s poetry with their community. Liberty Library is one of five libraries in the state to be selected this year.

We have partnered with Midcoast Conservancy in hosting Poetry Express event. We are hoping for participation from a strong cross-section from our community, age 12+. You do not have to reside in Liberty or Montville to participate.

When you register, you will receive a notebook of poetry and agree to:

  • Attend the Poetry Workshop with Ellen Taylor on Monday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8:00pm.
  • Participate in the public performance of the Community Poetry Reading on Monday, Sept. 23, 6:30pm.
  • Read through the notebook of poems and choose 3 for the Poetry Workshop and that you wish to share at the Community Poetry Reading.
  • Invite your family and friends to attend the Community Poetry Reading.

The poems were selected by Ellen Taylor, and Barb Rehmeyer. They relate to our theme of the Natural World/Autumn/Small Town Life. There are a limited number of notebooks. Please register by August 31st.

Sometimes poetry is the only form of language that can express the complexity and depth of our emotions.
~Mary Pipher

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Read ME 2019

This summer, we are joining libraries around the state in Read MEa 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.

  • Sarah Perry will be at several nearby libraries in August. Upcoming Events.
  • 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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