Take Your Child to the Library Day

TYCLDLogoSaturday, February 7, 10:30-11:30am at the Liberty Library

Take Your Child to the Library Day is a day to celebrate families at the library. It was launched in 2011 to raise awareness about the importance of libraries in children’s lives.

There will be a readaloud, Valentine’s Day crafts, and a snack. Fun for parents and kids of all ages. Please bring a child to the library to celebrate!

 

Spring Cleaning!

We are cleaning up our membership records. The state library recommends that libraries delete accounts that have not had any activity in the past three years. The problem with this is that you may be borrowing materials from the Download Library, which will not appear in our library records. (BTW – There were 359 downloads from the Liberty Library in 2014.)

So, if you are one of our patrons who download eBooks and audiobooks but you have not borrowed an item from the physical library, please contact us. We will make sure you are still included in our membership and still able to download books.To insure your account stays active, stop by the library and borrow an item periodically. Please let us know if your phone number, address, or email has changed.

Mystery Author of the Month

mysteryIf you can’t take a vacation to get away from these freezing temperatures this January, perhaps you can be an armchair traveler. Try one of the Mysteries that are set in a different countries, such as For the Dead by Timothy Hallinan (2014), set in Thailand.  Or one of Jo Nesbo’s Inspector Harry Hole novels set in Norway. Check out the myriad of other books and places to visit in the Armchair Traveler display at the Library and explore the world.

Maine Public Library Fund

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When doing your taxes, please make a contribution to the Maine Public Library Fund on your Maine income tax form schedule CP. Learn how here.

Filing your Maine individual income tax return is easier than ever with Maine FastFile electronic filing and payment options.Use the internet to I-file your 2014 Maine individual income tax return for free. Refunds in as little as 7 business days with direct deposit to your bank account – and only 14 business days or less with paper checks! 100% paperless, saves taxpayer dollars! File now, pay later. Delay your payment until April 15, 2015!

E-file and EZ Pay options also available. See above Online Services > Maine eGov.

Community Matters More

Bangor SavingsBangor Savings Bank is offering a way for you to show support for your favorite nonprofits during the month of February. Community Matters More will award total of 68 grants to non-profits, including the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 20 write-in vote recipients .The top vote-getting organizations in each region will each receive $5,000. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000.

Please vote and write-in Liberty Library. Voting ends Friday, February 28, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Doctor Kit

DoctorThanks to several generous donors, we have a new Discovery Kit at the library – a Doctor Kit. The kit contains a scrub shirt, stethoscope, Doc McStuffins Operation game, arm sling, skeleton model, DVD, books and more. The materials inside can help prepare a preschooler for a visit to the doctor or guide an intermediate child in learning how the the human body works. Books are included for young children who are becoming aware of their bodies and Amazing You! : Getting Smart About Your Private Parts offers a simple explanation of how babies are made.

This is the 10th Discovery Kit the library has available for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and independent learners in the community to borrow and share with family and friends. See the brochure for the other kits and their contents. Brochure1 (Page 1) Brochure2 (Page 2).

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Hats With Hugs

purplehatThe collecting of hats and mittens for Waldo Cap and Walker School has ended. Thank you everyone for the many lovely donations.

But keep those needles clickin’ because we have another project for you. Sue Pelletier is collecting knitted hats for Hats With Hugs in memory of her friend Shelley Vaughan who recently died of cancer. The hats will be given to the Waldo County General Hospital to be distributed to babies there.

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.  Sue will put some purple yarn in the basket for knitters to use. If you have questions, call Sue at 589-3123. Please help fill the basket once again with knitted hats.

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Quilt Exhibit

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The Sheepscot Valley Quilters are displaying their wall hangings at the library this month. Be sure to come by and see their unique and beautiful handiwork. Some wall hangings are for sale.

The quilting group meets at the library on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. from September to June. (See the ‘Calendar’ for meeting dates.) This is a small group of quilt lovers and makers – from beginners to advanced. Their meetings are low key and friendly and participation in projects is purely voluntary. This year’s projects include making a sunshine quilt or two for those in need of a hug, show-and-tell (always!), sharing ideas and hints, and just having a good time with good companionship while sharing what they love! Call Sue Chapin, 589-4863, for more information.

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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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