What's New at the Library

Post date: Nov 4, 2016 4:53:40 PM

It is Friday morning. The stitchers have gathered in the library to share stories of horses, sheep and hay. In between stories a few stitches are made. There are nibbles of the yummy pumpkin read that Glenda brought for the day. It is a nice change of atmosphere from other quiet times. It is the Friday ritual that reminds us that some of our community have left for warmer climates. We could be envious of them. But we are stalwart in our tolerance of winter. It is this weekly gathering at the library that fulfills a vision we see for the library--a gathering place for our small community.

The shelves are filling with some new titles. There is the latest Paul Doiron, The Widowmaker. The memoir by Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, promises to be a great read for anyone who is a fan. The Maine State Library delivers large print books every month. This month's selection includes some great mysteries and westerns. The juvenile and children's section has some new titles too.The Knights of the Borrowed Dark is anexcellent middle grade fantasy. We have also started a small graphic novel shelf. These books are a good choice if you have a reluctant reader.

The library is looking for volunteers. There are flyers around town that explain what we are hoping for. If you would like to be a friend of the library, please feel free to call the library at 652-2250.This is also a good time to remind folks that our craft fair is November 19th. We are still looking for donations for our table of baked goods and crafts to sell. We also need volunteers to set up on the Friday afternoon before the fair. Our display table theme is Hats and Mittens. If you have any new or gently used hats or mittens you would like to donate we will make sure that they go to someone who needs them.

Finally, I'd like to share a book I am reading. It is titled Public Library by Ali Smith. It is a collection of short stories which all touch on books and words in some way. In between the chapters are interviews with writers and thinkers about their life long relationship with libraries. The book was written in response to Britain's austerity after the financial crisis in 2008 which caused many state funded libraries to either close or revert to volunteer run organizations. I think we are lucky to live where we do. We live in a state where even the smallest town has a library and a community that supports it.

For this we are truly grateful.