Magazines! In The Library?!?!?!

Do you feel magazines are too expensive to subscribe to or to buy individually?  Here’s a reminder that you can borrow them for free at the Gardiner Public Library.  We have a selection of over 25 titles some of which are:  Antiques & Fine Arts, Consumers Reports, DownEast, Entertainment, Kiplinger’s, Money, Nation, People, Rolling Stone, Time, and Yankee.  Check them out !

Maine State Park Pass

Here is a reminder to our patrons that the Gardiner Public Library will once again be providing a Maine State Park pass for you to use free by checking it out with your Gardiner library card.  The pass goes out for three days on a first come/first served basis and allows a vehicle and all its occupants’ free access to a State Park in Maine.

 

Enjoy the warm weather now that it has arrived!

 

Museums

Maine has some other great art museums besides the Portland Museum of Art that are perhaps not necessarily on your radar.  For future planning, I would like to suggest an upcoming exhibit at the Bates College Museum of Art at the Olin Arts Center in Lewiston.  Beginning in June and running until October, Bates College Museum of Art will be featuring Maine’s own Dahlov Ipcar in a show that is drawn mainly from private collections.  Find out more about this exciting exhibit at the Bates College Museum of Art web site – http://www.bates.edu/museum/exhibitions/upcoming/dahlov-ipcar-a-life-in-the-arts/

 

 

Latest Snowfall In Maine

Yes, we are tired of it. Yes, it seems it will never go away.  But, have you ever wondered when was the latest recorded snowfall in Maine?

 This was featured on B98.5 FM Central Maine’s Country Radio Station’s website:

The latest recorded snowfall in Maine goes to Caribou, Maine, on May 25, 1974 they recorded 0.2 inches of snow.

So, if you do see some flakes tomorrow and your furnace kicks on, it’s nothing we can’t handle. We’re Mainers!

And this confirms it from the

National Weather Service

Late Season Snowfall across northern Maine

…2nd latest measurable snowfall on record at Caribou, Maine…

A cold upper low tracked across northern Maine during the early morning hours of May 23, 2015.  The air mass was cold enough that the precipitation that fell across far northern Maine fell mainly as snow. A total of three tenths (0.3″) of an inch of snow was observed at Caribou, Maine on May 23, 2015. This broke the previous record for May 23rd of a trace of snow observed in 1990.  It was the greatest snowfall ever observed so late in the season. It was also the 2nd latest measurable snowfall on record at Caribou. The all-time latest measurable snowfall was May 25, 1974 when two tenths (0.2″) of an inch of snow was observed.

Kill A Watt Energy Detectors

Do you remember…..

Did you even know…..

that the Gardiner Public Library has Kill A Watt Energy Detectors which were distributed to the public libraries of Maine several years ago?  These were a gift from Efficiency Maine which was a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.  Plug in the Kill A Watt Energy Detector at your home or office and find out exactly how much electricity each device is using.  Some of the biggest “energy hogs” in a typical home are the refrigerator, toaster, computer, coffee maker, space heater, lamps, TV, microwave oven, and air conditioner.  Now you can catch the culprits behind your high electric bills and discover how much they are costing you.

 

Check one of these devices out from the library …. and discover where your electrical charges are coming from!

 

 

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

One of my favorite holiday movies is Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck.  The story is about a famous food writer who lies in her column about living on a farm, raising her children and being a good cook.  In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can’t boil an egg.  When her editor insists she will spend Christmas entertaining him and a heroic sailor as a good publicity stunt, her job is on the line.

 

She quickly rounds up a cottage, husband, baby and cook before the guests arrive, but real trouble begins when ‘married’ Stanwyck begins to fall in love with the engaged navy man.

 

Check this fun film out from the Gardiner Library sometime.

 

What’s one of your favorite holiday movies?

 

 

Small Business Saturday

Hate the mad rush of going to the big box stores as you holiday shop during the weekend after Thanksgiving?  Remember the days of going “downtown” to do that shopping by visiting a row of different stores with different types of items on a smaller and more personal level?  Perhaps that trip in the past might have included coffee/tea/snack and a lunch at that local downtown.  It was fun, wasn’t it, and something you still remember.  Small Business Saturday on November 25th endeavors to bring back those days and emotions.  The blurb below tells about Gardiner Maine Street’s promo of Small Business Saturday here in Gardiner.  Check out their website.  Shop, eat, and socialize with your friends in downtown Gardiner that day and avoid the mad rush of the malls that put us under so much pressure….and in such a foul mood.

 Join us on Saturday November 25th to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday (locally known as Shop Local Saturday) is a national movement started by American Express in 2010 with a goal of encouraging shoppers to visit their local, small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We are planning to offer several shopping-centric activities to get you up and about visiting and supporting local businesses.

Grab some swag and free shopping bags at the Welcome Station during 10am to 2pm located inside Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, 269 Water Street.  Returning this year will be the Passport where each validated purchase from participating businesses earns you an entry for a prize raffle drawing.

Take advantage of Free Gift-Wrapping with several fun and classic holiday prints to choose from.  This is a fun event for shoppers and business owners alike, but also for the community. Stay up to date with Special Business Promotions by visiting our Facebook page and www.gardinermainstreet.org

 

 

Marsden Hartley

Do you know who Marsden Hartley was?  If you are interested in what Maine has contributed to the culture of the world, then you should know who he is even if you do not know yet.  Hartley was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1877 and died in Ellsworth in 1943.  His contribution to world culture?  Wikipedia calls him an American Modernist painter and says “he wanted to become ‘the painter of Maine’ and depict American life at a local level.  This aligned Hartley with the Regionalism movement, a group of artists active from the early- to mid-20th century that attempted to represent a distinctly ‘American art.’  He continued to paint in Maine, primarily scenes around Lovell and the Corea coast, until his death in Ellsworth in 1943.  His ashes were scattered on the Androscoggin River.

Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville is currently featuring an exhibition titled Marsden Hartley’s Maine which will run through November 12, 2017.  The museum’s web site at  http://www.colby.edu/museum reports that, “This exhibition will explore Marsden Hartley’s complex, sometimes contradictory, and visually arresting relationship with his native state—from the lush Post-Impressionist inland landscapes with which he launched his career, to the later roughly rendered paintings of Maine’s rugged coastal terrain, its hardy inhabitants, and the magisterial Mount Katahdin.

Hartley’s renowned abstract German series, New Mexico recollections, and Nova Scotia period have been celebrated in previous exhibitions, but Marsden Hartley’s Maine will illuminate Maine as a critical factor in understanding the artist’s high place in American art history. Maine served as an essential slate upon which he pursued new ideas and theories.  It was a lifelong source of inspiration intertwined with his personal history, cultural milieu, and desire to create a regional expression of American modernism.

The exhibition is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

Check out this exhibition for the unique style with which Hartley has been celebrated, for the man’s unique view of Maine and its inhabitants, and for the wonderful Colby College Museum of Art building and collection which have a splendor all their own.

 

 

Social Media at Gardiner Public Library

Did you know that if you follow  the Gardiner Public Library on Facebook that on Monday we post “Have You Seen This Movie Monday” which features the description of a movie that can be borrowed from the library?  Did you know that every Wednesday we post “Check It Out” which is a description of a book that can be borrowed from the library?  It’s a great way to have a recommendation delivered right to your electronical device.