April – National Poetry Month

To celebrate National Poetry Month, a new poem will be posted each week in April. This is the last poem in April.

The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide. (more…)

Mystery Author of the Month


Meet Flavia de Luce: eleven years old and passionate about poisons, old churchyards, and chemistry. She has been described as “Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry.” Although the books are set in England, the author, Alan Bradley, lives in Canada. What’s a 70-year-old-man doing writing about an 11-year-old-girl in 1950s England? I don’t know the answer but his colorful books sure are entertaining.

Thanks to a recent generous donation, the library has the first 6 books in the series, and the short story, The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse, published only in eBook format is on the Nook. The recently published seventh book, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, is on our WishList.

Back 40 Bakehouse Exhibit


If you were at Soup Night last January, you will remember the tasty bread that Ray & Cindy Schofield brought to share. Good News! – in April our exhibit will be the “Artistry of Bread.” Posters and photographs of their soon-to-be-open business, Back 40 Bakehouse, in Montville will adorn the library walls. But perhaps the most delectable part of this display will be the bread that will be available for sample and purchase on Thursdays throughout the month. The bread will be available at the library from 10:00-6:00 on April 9, 16, 23 & 30th. We will do preorders of bread that you can pick-up and pay for on that day (cash or check only, please). On April 30th, the following breads will be available:

1. Liberty Levain – $5.00
2. Scarborough Sesame – $5.75
3. Rockport Rye – $5.75
4.China Ciabatta – $5.00

(See description of breads on the Preorder  form.)

Preorder here

There may be some extra loaves for sale at the library, but no guarantee. (We will not hold items that people neglect to pick up.)

Check the website or stop by the library each week for the next week’s offerings and to preorder bread.

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Frog Watch Monitoring Training

frogSaturday, May 2, 8:30am-12noon. Become trained to monitor Maine’s eight frog species as a citizen scientist with naturalist Larkspur Morton. The training is free. No expertise is needed. Registration is required at larkspurmtn@gmail.com. Co-sponsored by Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA).

Want to know the eight species of frogs and one toad in Maine? Click here. Then take the Public Quiz to see if you can guess which is which.

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Maine Readers Choice Award

mrca-labelThe finalists for the 2015 Award are:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Euphoria by Lily King
Redeployment by Phil Klay

The Liberty Library has the ten books on the 2015 Shortlist Maine Readers’ Choice Award. The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year. Maine readers can vote for one of the three finalists in September. The winner will be announced in October.

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Hats With Hugs

purplehatThank you everyone for the many lovely donations. Some hats have been delivered to Waldo County General Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center. But keep those needles clickin’ because we are still collecting hats

This is a pattern for a basic knit roll brim hat.  Use the pattern for Infant Size. You can also get a copy of the pattern at the library. Please use purple yarn for preemies and other colors for infants.  If you have questions, call Sue at 589-3123.

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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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Disc Cleaning

discWe have a disc cleaning machine to clean the library’s DVDs and CDs. If you have personal DVDs, CDs, or game discs that need a buffing, bring them to the library and Jen will clean them for you. We ask for you to pay $2.00 per disc to help cover the cost for the cleaning solutions required. Jen is at the library on Friday afternoons or you can leave them at the library for her to clean. Please leave $2.00, your name and contact information with the disc. We will do our best to improve your discs, but we will not be responsible if the enhancement does not fix the problem or for any damage to the disc.

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