Read to ME Challenge

The Maine Department of Education has declared February the month to share #ReadtoME. 15 minutes a day can transform a child’s life. The steps for taking the challenge can be found at maine.gov/doe/readtome/index.html The Library has joined the campaign so don’t be surprised if you are challenged. Why is reading aloud important? Find lots of reasons here. Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. Every day.

Feedback Needed

The Liberty Library wants to hear from you! We are planning for new programs at the library, and we would like your feedback. Please click on the button below.

You can also find this form in print at the Library, Town Offices, and various locations around town. Or you can email Barbara Worcester, Library Director, to tell her your thoughts at bworcester@liberty.lib.me.us. Thank you!

Maine Public Library Fund

Use the internet to I-file your 2016 Maine individual income tax return for free beginning January 23rd, 2017. Get a refund faster. File now, delay your payment until April 18th, 2017.
When doing your taxes, please make a contribution to the Maine Public Library Fund on your Maine income tax form schedule Charitable Contributions www.maine.gov/msl/tax.

 

Aging Well Survey

Aging Well in Waldo County is conducting a county-wide assessment of seniors in Waldo County (anyone age 50 and over).  Their goal is to learn about the assets and challenges of people over 50 in our county. The long-term goal is to find ways to address some of the needs as well as celebrate what is working to share with the 26 towns of Waldo County. Please consider taking the survey. All responses are private and anonymous. Contact in Liberty is Suzanne Pelletier 589-3123.

Beaver Ecology Talk

Special Story Time – Thursday, February 23, 10:30am (all ages welcome)
Beaver expert, inventor and entrepreneur Skip Lisle of Beaver Deceivers International will talk to kids about the indispensable ecological role beavers play in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and explain a little about how his beaver deceiver invention prevents beaver dams from being built where they can cause damage to roads and property. Co-sponsored by Midcoast Conservancy  www.midcoastconservancy.org

 

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cloudLibrary

On March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library will be launching a new e-book and e-Audiobook collection platform. The current system, Overdrive, will be turned off on February 28, 2017, and the cloudLibrary will be launched the very next day, March 1, 2017.

This transition will offer Maine readers a bigger selection of e-books and e-Audiobooks, including most of the digital titles that are already in our collection.

Please note that current holds within Overdrive will not be recreated in the cloudLibrary platform, and e-books and e-Audiobooks checked out via Overdrive will expire as of March 1. For more information, read the full announcement at: http://www.maineinfonet.org/downloadlibrary

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Birth, Death, and a Tractor

POSTPONED – Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm
Kelly Payson-Roopchand, author of Birth, Death, and a Tractor: Connecting an Old Farm to a New Family and owner of Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville, Maine, will be presenting at the library. Chronicling the history of seven generations, Birth, Death, and a Tractor is a reminder of the role small farms have played in our national and family histories, and a challenge to find innovative ways to re-connect our communities to this rich but threatened resource. Birth, Death, and a Tractor is an IndieFab Book of the Year Award Winner and Maine Literary Award Winner. Books will be for sale. Refreshments will be served.

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Braided Rug Exhibit

Rugs braided by Cindy Schofield will be on exhibit during February at the library. When living in Rhode Island, Cindy wanted to learn how to braid rugs. She met Ruth who taught her the art, and they gathered with other women every Saturday to braid. She has made numerous rugs of all colors, shapes and sizes which are usually on display at her home in Montville, but this month she has loaned them to the library. Cindy has provided thoughtful stories about each rug and some are also accompanied by photographs.  “Every rug has a story. Where was I when it was created? Who helped? Who gave? Why was it made? I love the stories.” The rugs are all made with love which seems apropos for a February exhibit. Ruth and others have passed away, but every Saturday the braiders continue to meet in Rhode Island. They are called “The Braiders of the Lost Art.”

 

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Books for Homebound

bookstackThe library is conducting a survey to see if there is interest in an outreach program to serve the homebound. Do you know an elderly person, new mother, someone temporarily incapacitated, or others who cannot get to the library? We’d like to deliver materials to them.

REQUEST SERVICE
For your own interest or for recommending someone else.

We will also need Volunteers to deliver materials. Please indicate your interest in Volunteering.

If you have questions, please contact Barb Rehmeyer or call 716-6157.

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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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Knit Knight

knittersNo Knit Knight in February since the second Tuesday falls on Valentine’s Day.

We have begun collecting hats & scarves for the Belfast Soup Kitchen.  In speaking with the woman who runs it, Jo Peavey discovered that they have a need for as many large hats, for both men and women, as we are able to give them.

Sue Chapin delivered 8 hats and 11 pairs of mittens to Walker School and 11 hats and 13 pairs of mittens to WaldoCAP Headstart program in January. Both places said to be sure and pass along how much they appreciate our donations, and they are very much needed! Sue Pelletier took three of the tiniest hats for Hats for Hugs. Mittens and hats are still being collected.

Donations of yarn and needles can be dropped off at the library. Jennifer Gunderman from Liberty will deliver these to organizations assisting New Mainers transitioning to life in Maine.

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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