Cookie Swap


Wednesday, December 20 at 12:00 at the Library

Bake one kind of cookie and end up with an assortment for the holidays. Bring approx. 3 dozen and a container to carry them away. Cookies should be homemade and delicious!

December Quiz

The music, customs, and stories about the season will be on the December Quiz.  Return your quiz with your name and phone number on it for a drawing on December 22nd @ 10:30 for a seasonal surprise. (Sorry the date in the Newsletter was incorrect.)

Let’s Get This Ball Rolling

We are collecting hats, mittens, and scarves for Walker School, WaldoCAP Headstart, Belfast Soup Kitchen, and “Hats with Hugs”. We collect yarn and needles for New Mainers transitioning to life in Maine.

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Holman Day

Holman Day

Holman Day, From a 1921 magazine

New date!

Rhymed Stories of Unplaned Human Natur’ Up in Maine: Holman Day
Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 pm

Peter Beckford will recite selections from the works of Holman Day, featuring the holiday poem “Dumphy, Our Family Man.” Vassalboro’s favorite son, Holman Day, wrote three widely read books of poetry published between 1900 and 1905. The tales are set on Maine farms, in the woods, on the coast, and in villages. The introduction to Up In Maine declares Day’s subjects, “may be rough, perhaps uncouth, but they are characteristic, picturesque, engaging, and lifelike.” In fact, you may recognize yourself. His poems open a window onto 19th century Maine for us, and they are alternately funny, sad, and philosophical. Refreshments will be served.

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Christmas Village and Wallhangings

In December, the library will be transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to two local exhibitors. Cindy Schofield has set up her Christmas Village. This is her Christmas Village Story:

A friend called one day and asked if I wanted her Christmas Village. I was thrilled! I thought of all the ways I would display it, how beautiful the village lights would look on a cold evening, how cozy and welcoming it would feel. A week later, she called to say her daughter wanted the village. I was so disappointed…

Unbeknownst to me, a week before Christmas my husband found an entire village in an antique store. Since it was so close to Christmas the shopkeeper had marked it 50% off! While I was at work, he spent the afternoon setting it up.  There were hundreds of pieces.  Lighthouses, churches, a school, fire department, families, children, and so many buildings! When I came home the house was dark, there was a fire glowing in the fireplace and the peaceful Christmas Village. What a wonderful sight and a wonderful feeling. I hope you will enjoy a small piece of my Christmas Village while it is on display at the library. Merry Christmas.



Jane Bourassa has shared nine of her Christmas wall hangings. When Jane retired in 2005 and her husband Bob and she moved back to Maine after 25 years in Virginia and California, she began making wall hangings. Her interest in quilting has evolved, and she finds wall hangings provide more “instant gratification!” Jane says, “I love decorating our home at Christmas time with the wall hangings.” All of us at the library are delighted she will share some of them with us this season.



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Health Insurance

It’s open enrollment season for health care, meaning if you get health insurance through the individual market, it’s time to sign up so you stay covered next year! All Maine citizens who need health care under the affordable care act should go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at to apply for coverage, compare options, and enroll.

2018 open enrollment period is November 1 – December 15.

For help, go to

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Mittens, Hats, Scarves, and Yarn

It is that time of year again! We are collecting mittens, hats, and scarves for Walker School, WaldoCAP Head Start, Belfast Soup Kitchen, and “Hats with Hugs”.

Items Recently Donated To …
Waldo County Triad: 11 hats, 2 mittens, and 2 cowls
Hats with Hugs: 3 hats
Walker School: 8 mittens and 4 hats

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.

We 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! Read the rest of this entry »

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