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.
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!