Summer is in full swing here at the library! If you haven’t had the chance yet I highly suggest taking a peak at the door on our old front entryway on Academy Street. It’s been refinished by local woodworker Mike Bennett, who did an excellent job. It looks so much better now! Preserving the historic nature of our beautiful library building can be a challenging task at times, so we’re always thrilled when we can check another task off our list and we’re always relieved when it’s done well.
We’ve got a number of different events coming up in the next couple months. First will be our Trivia Night tomorrow evening, August 24th, at 6:30pm. This will take place in the banquet room at the Homestead, and the theme will be Home, Sweet Home (local trivia focused on Farmington and Franklin County). This will be the first of hopefully many fundraiser Trivia Nights that the library will host, so come on by! If you win you might have the opportunity to choose the theme of our next Trivia Night, some cool library hats, or a library bag full of books.
We’re also looking forward to starting up our art shows again at the library. Phil Poirier will be our first artist, and his show will be opening on Wednesday, September 13th, at 5pm. Come on by and meet the artist, see some artwork, enjoy some light refreshments, and maybe buy some raffle tickets for the piece of art we’ll be raffling off. The raffle piece was just put on display in the library lobby!
In the fall we’re planning to welcome several authors who will be talking about their books. Dale Potter-Clark will be speaking about her book Escape from Bunker Hill on September 30th at 11am. Jeri Theriault will be coming in October to read from and discuss her new poetry book, Self-Portrait as Homestead on the 19th at 5:30pm. And finally, Ron Joseph will have a book reading and signing for his recently published Bald Eagles, Bear Cubs, and Hermit Bill: Memories of a Maine Wildlife Biologist on November 8th at 6pm. I’m so looking forward to all of these events, and hope to see some of you there!
Keep your eyes out for news of a possible upcoming board game night we’re thinking of starting up as well–and if you didn’t know that we had a board game collection available to check out, come on in and see what we have. We’re hoping to start up a puzzle swap sometime soon too!
We got some new book arrivals and I’ll finish with highlighting one I’m pretty excited about reading–Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher. It’s a tiny little novella but I am a huge fan of Kingfisher’s writing, so I’m looking forward to reading it and I highly recommend her other books that we have! Nettle and Bone was my favorite so far, but What Moves the Dead was a close second. She’s certainly worth checking out!
Hope you all have been enjoying some good books this summer! And remember you can sign up to get the Desk of the Director directly in your inbox (with higher quality pictures and better formatting!), as well as info and reminders on upcoming events, if you sign up here.