Another beautiful Maine summer is upon us. A great time to check out our Maine State Park Pass from the library and take your family on a little nature trip! The pass can be checked out for three days (pick up the day before your trip, return it the day after). It’s first-come first-serve, so ask at the desk and see if it’s in!
Speaking of outdoorsy things, June marked the installation of our little community garden! We have some vegetables and herbs planted, come check it out and learn a little more about gardening and the plants growing there. And if you’re just walking by, feel free to pluck some fresh herbs to put on your dinner or grab a tomato if one is ripe. We also have a lovely little bucket of herb packets at the front desk for people to snag!
For those who have been awaiting news of our book sales, we will be holding two this year. They will both be on Fridays, the first on July 15th from 1pm-6pm and the second on August 12th from 12pm-5pm. We are hoping to also have library book bags to sell while there, so you can buy a bag and fill it up with books! We will be accepting book donations the week or so before the book sale, so keep your eyes on our social media for specific announcements about that. After the book sales we are also planning on doing some upcycling book art activities with leftover books, so be on the lookout for those too, they are sure to be fun. And, of course, we hope to see you all at Summer Fest!
Spring is quickly approaching, and I for one am very glad that the snow is melting and the sun is still out when I leave work most days! What a relief to be able to leave winter behind us. And with the warmer weather also came the good news of cases dropping and restrictions easing, which means here at the library we are looking forward to being able to host some fun activities in the coming months!
One of these activities is going to be the annual plant sale, which will take place on May 7th this year. It’s sure to be a fun time, and a great opportunity to support the library (and buy some cool plants!) Anyone who is interested in donating some plants to this sale is welcome to do so, we will be accepting donations the first week in May before the sale that Saturday. We’re also launching the first “Maine Made in May” event, which will consist of pop-up local vendors that will be selling their products at the library each Saturday in May. So keep your eyes out for that as well!
Aside from fundraisers, we also have a couple author talks tentatively planned, and hopefully more events will be in the works as we get closer to summer. I also just purchased a Maine State Park Pass to loan out this year, so come check that out sometime after May 1st! If it’s very popular we’ll get another one. There are so many beautiful state parks in Maine. I have a few other things in mind to get for the library as well, so stay tuned and check out our social media to learn more as things happen.
I’ll sign off as usual with a book recommendation: The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier was an excellent book. It was kind of a thriller with some science fiction thrown in, and was pretty heavy on the psychological elements. I found it to be a fascinating read. It’s hard to explain without giving things away, but it follows a varied cast of characters on a flight that experiences something very strange. I would definitely recommend checking it out, it’s an immensely clever book that definitely caught my attention. It was recommended to me by a patron. Isn’t it wonderful to work in a place where you can get so many good book recs? I certainly enjoy it!
I hope you are all staying warm during this cold weather we’ve been having! We haven’t had a ton of snow yet this year, but the library does look beautiful in the winter. I managed to get this gorgeous picture of the library at sunset the other day.
As beautiful as this historic building is, it does require a lot of upkeep! I’m pleased to say that the repair of the children’s room ceiling and the back bathroom at the end of December went well, so that is one project checked off the list. We have a beautiful unblemished ceiling in the children’s room now. Our lobby is also full of new books, so definitely take some time to come check them out! Did you know that we have a reader’s advisory form available online? You can find it at this link, or under the “Services” tab on the website. If you’re looking for some suggestions of what to read, all you need to do is fill out the form and we will send you a list of books specifically suggested for you based on what you like to read! You can always also just chat with staff about what you like and ask for recommendations as well, we love to help people pick out books. And if we recommended a book and you don’t like it, definitely let us know! Knowing what you don’t like about a book is just as important as knowing what you do like about a book.
A book I read recently that I quite enjoyed was If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. My sister got it for me for my birthday last year, and I finally got around to reading it. It’s a literary thriller about a group of theater students studying Shakespeare. One of them is killed and there is a bit of a mystery surrounding the event. I don’t really read very many mysteries or thrillers, but this book was written beautifully and was quite an engaging read. The relationships between the characters was complex and it was interesting to watch everything unfold. Otherwise, I’m still working my way through Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series (on the most recent book now!) on audio. While it might seem like it’s taking me a while to get through these books, Rhythm of War, the one I’m on, is over 57 hours long! The book itself is over 1000 pages, so it takes a while to get through each one. They’re such excellent books though, I will be impatiently waiting for the next book in the series to come out once I finish this one. I'm sure many of you can relate to the painful wait times between books by authors you like!
I hope you’re all staying warm and safe this winter. I’m looking forward to seeing what new opportunities this year brings. We've got some fun ideas for things to do this year, so keep your eyes open! Our community garden is launching this summer, and we've got a few other things we're working towards. Warmer weather will open up a lot more options for us when we can do things outside comfortably, but if you need something to keep busy during the cold months remember we have a book group, writing group, and knitting/crocheting group regularly you could try out. And definitely let us know if you have any suggestions of other things you'd like to see at the library!