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Ice Cream Social

Saturday August 25, 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.

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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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, John Zavodny, will be provided by the Maine Humanities Council in collaboration with the Maine State Library. We will meet Wednesdays for five sessions. All sessions will begin at 6:30pm at the library for approximately 90 minutes.

Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients. A disease or a sick person? Health care professionals do not always focus on what is most important to the patient and the patient’s family. These classic 20th-century accounts of illness, death, and dying dramatically illuminate these complex issues.

  • Sep. 26 – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • Oct. 24 – The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Nov. 28 – The Plague by Albert Camus
  • Jan. 23 – The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Feb. 27 – W;t by Margaret Edson

For more information about the books and the program.

Please sign-up by September 1st to join so that we can order enough books and assure their is interest enough in the book group.

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A Collection of Aprons – 1940’s to Present

Mattie Locke, Augusta, ME, 1950s

Pat Jones, from Palermo, Maine, began collecting aprons after she inherited aprons that were sewn by her grandmother, Charlotte Sabin, in the Cape Cod area where she lived during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Pat recognized these aprons as a reflection of the culture during those years. She began collecting more old aprons with an eye to their varied uses and what they told us about the people who owned them and the times they lived in. Over the decades, they provide a window into our history.

During August, twenty-three aprons from Pat’s collection are on display at the library. Each apron has a story behind it. See if you can unveil these stories. Do they trigger any memories or stories about your family and the aprons that were part of their lives; how they used them; your memories of the people, their homes, their families, and their lives? If so, we would like to hear your stories and include them as part of this exhibit. Write them down, leave them at the front desk, or send them to us via email: Photographs welcome.

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Winner! Winner!

We are selling raffle tickets for two items this summer. Tickets for each item are $5.00. Winners will be drawn at the Ice Cream Social on August 25th. Both items are on display at the library.

1. Titled “The Colors of Maine”, this quilt is made of batik fabrics, machine pieced and machine quilted by Susan Chapin of Liberty.  It is 54″x72″. It brings to mind ferns, pine trees, goldenrod, purple asters, goldfinch, bluebirds, the waters of our ocean, lakes and ponds, blue skies……..everything that surrounds us!



2.  An Oak Ice Box replica made by Jon Dean of Liberty.

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An Eye For Lake St. George – Photo Cards

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Ten photos from the book, An Eye for Lake St. Georgehave been made into photo cards and are for sale at the library – package of 10 different cards for $20.  All net proceeds for all items will go to the Liberty Library.

Cards and paperback books are also for sale at the Liberty Graphics Outlet store.

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Read ME

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. This year Maine author Paul Doiron has selected two books by lesser-known Maine authors: River Talk,  a fiction book by CB Anderson, and Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town, a nonfiction book by Susan Hand Shetterly. We will keep you posted about author visits and facilitated book discussions around the state:

  • Facebook group.
  • The LIVE MAINE CALLING event at Maine State Library is on August 22. The show begins at 1:00 but folks should arrive around 12:30/12:45.

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Kindness Rocks

If you find a Kindness Rock, you may keep it, put it back, or rehide it. Please tell us where you found it and what was written on it by going to:

Please “Like” the page to follow how far the rocks travel. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can email the information and it will be posted. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to read the page.


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The Great American Read

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The Great American Read is celebrating ONE MILLION votes in the search for America’s best-loved novel! Continue to vote for your favorites today.

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Maine’s favorite book?
Maine Public Radio encourages you to vote in our Maine poll. They have created an easy mechanism for you to vote for your favorite book. Take the Maine poll HERE.  In the fall, they will announce the book that received the most votes here in Maine on Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio. Vote for your favorite!

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Knits & Pieces

We are accepting donations of hats, mittens and scarves. Thank you everyone for your donations.

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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