Memorial Day – Library Closed

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Stop by the Library during the Memorial Day Parade. Although the Library will be closed Monday, May 29th, we will be handing out popcorn in front of the library and you can choose a FREE book from our sale shelf!

Plant & Pie Sale – Sat. June 3, 9am-12pm

pieAs you are working in your garden this spring and have perennials to separate, please consider donating them to the Library Plant Sale. Annuals and houseplants accepted, too. This is also the first Pie Sale of the summer. What kind of pie will you make?

Silhouette Artist – Ruth Monsell

Curly head boyCocker SilhouetteThe 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.
We have the opportunity to have Ruth offer traditional, freehand cut silhouettes of children and adults at the library during the last pie sale of the summer on Saturday, August 5th, 9:00am. Ruth lives in Damariscotta so is requesting that we have at least 10 pre-paid sittings arranged in advance. 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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May Exhibit

Art work by students from Mount View Middle School will be on exhibit during May. There is a selection of art from 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in a variety of styles and mediums. The work represents the learning of students from across the RSU #3 district.




By Garrett Cullivan, 7th Grade

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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 (note date change)
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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Give I.T. – Get I.T.

PCsforMainePCs for Maine has nominated the Library for their Give I.T. – Get I.T. program in order to purchase newer and safer computers. We need new equipment in order to take advantage of the new circuit speed of 100Mbps. You can make a contribution to the Ivan O. Davis – Liberty Library here.

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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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