Goodbye to 2022
It’s the end of another year here at the library. And what a year it’s been! I’m glad we’ve been able to welcome so many more people inside the library this year and work our way back to some semblance of normal after the rollercoaster rides we’ve all been through these last few years.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and are looking forward to the upcoming new year. We certainly have been making some plans for 2023! Although we are just at the beginning of a cold Maine winter, it’s never too early to start thinking about starting some plant clippings so they’ll be ready for our spring plant sale. We’re also looking forward to reinvigorating our little community garden come spring, and we hope you’ll all be on board to help out, learn more about plants, and take home some fresh herbs or veggies when the time comes!
In the short term, let’s talk about things you can do inside until the weather gets better. Winter is an excellent time to take up a new hobby or craft, which is why I’d encourage anyone who is interested to come attend our knitting/crocheting classes Thursday nights! All skill levels welcome, even if you already know what you’re doing we welcome you to just come spend some time dedicated to your project in the company of others. We’re actually planning to combine our knitting/crocheting classes into a general craft night Thursday nights, so any crafter is welcome! We’ll have some projects and supplies available for all, or bring whatever you’re working on along! We hope this will be a great way for people to connect over the winter months.
That’s all I have for now, so I’ll leave off as usual with my recent reads. They are pretty seasonally appropriate, if I do say so myself. East by Edith Pattou is a YA fantasy book I read when I was younger, and I have been happily re-reading in preparation for winter. I have been listening to The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn, narrated by the wonderful Saskia Maarleveld, who does an excellent job as an audiobook reader. Like many of Kate Quinn’s other recent works, it is a World War II historical fiction novel. If you’re looking for suggestions on other wintery reads, I’d like to humbly suggest either The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden or The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, as both are wonderful books that really get me ready to weather the winter. Feel free to stop by and recommend other great winter reads, and I wish you all a happy new year!
Art and Mindfulness at the Library
Fall has come! The autumn colors were beautiful around the library this year, as they always are. It’s such a treat to live in a state as gorgeous as Maine.
It’s been a busy season here at the library. As many of you may have heard from social media or the Daily Bulldog, we welcomed a Little Free Art Gallery into our building. Find it in the Holman Room, and please feel free to take something or add something to the collection! This is a great way to share art amongst the community. Thank you to Meredith Mustard and Judy Tollefson for spearheading this project.
We also added a Western Maine Play Museum pass to our collection! Check it out at the front desk. It will admit a group of up to six people to the play museum. Remember that they don’t allow shoes, so make sure to bring socks with you! We hope this will be a nice perk for patrons, and encourage more families to go there and have fun together.
And please consider joining us for a one-time meditation workshop on Saturday, November 19th! Our former weekly meditation facilitator, Jack, will be coming back that day to introduce people to a variety of different meditation techniques. Meditation can be such a helpful practice for developing mindfulness and calm, something which I’m sure many of us could benefit from. So come join us that day and see if you can find a meditation technique that works well for you!
Finally, time to talk a little bit about what I’ve been reading–and I have read so many good books lately that it’s hard to recommend just one! Fairy Tale by Stephen King was amazing, I quite enjoy King’s fantasy works. T. Kingfisher is also a new favorite author of mine, I couldn’t recommend Nettle and Bone more highly, and What Moves the Dead and The Hollow Places were both excellent books. For audiobooks, Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr was excellent, and I’m currently listening to The Rose Code by Kate Quinn and loving it. I’ve been on a roll with picking good books lately, I hope you all have found some good reads as well! Always feel free to use our Readers Advisory form to get some personalized recommendations.
It's Officially Summer
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!
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