Education Month at the Gardiner Public Library!

Education is our theme for September!  Those who are taking part in our “Year of Reading” we hope you read a book, watch a movie, listen to an item, read a magazine, that somehow pertains to education.  As you all know, we are VERY relaxed about the relationship of your item to our theme, so enjoy something today.  Our September sponsor is Gardiner Family Chiropractic, so thank them next time you have an adjustment!

Since “Banned Books Week” runs from September 30 – October 6 this year, we’re offering our readers a “deal” – read or listen to a Banned Book and get an extra chance for the drawing!
We would like to offer a HUGE thank you to our other sponsors!!!
January was sponsored by At Home Veterinary Care, in West Gardiner.
February was sponsored by Book It! the library’s used book store on Water Street here in Gardiner.
March was sponsored by the Community Wellness Center, in Gardiner.
April was sponsored by the Black Crow Bakery, in Litchfield.
May was sponsored by Lisa’s Legit Burritos, in Gardiner
June was sponsored by Kan 2 Kanvas, a local artist, Mario Del Rio, in Gardiner.
July was sponsored by Deb’s Ice Cream & Mini Golf, in Randolph.
August was sponsored by Dennis’ Pizza, in Gardiner.
Please come on in and join the fun!  We would love to have you participate in whatever way works for you.
If you know any Gardiner area business that would like to sponsor a month, give us a call at (207) 582-3312. 
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

Off on a trip . . .

When I set off on a vacation, particularly to a place I have never been to before, I enjoy borrowing travel books so I can have the lay of the land and major “hot spots” already in my mind.  The library has many volumes of travel books such as Fodor’s, Frommer’s, and Idiot’s Guides to help you plan and think about your trip way before you actually arrive and begin to make those decisions on the spur of the moment.

I was saved during my first trip to Disney World by these guides.  Without them I would have had no idea where to begin – from which hotel to stay at to which restaurant I might enjoy trying to which theme ride should be tops on my list.  I think I would have literally been wandering around for hours without a real goal just trying to make a decision.
If a trip is in your future – whether it be a cruise, a business trip, a trip to Gettysburg or to Disney World – stop by and borrow a travel guide.  It will make your trip so much easier.
BTW, my top picks for theme rides at Disney are Soarin’, any of the 3D movies, World Showcase Pavilions, Tower of Terror , and Expedition Everest.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

Summer Reading Wrap Up

Congratulations to all the children and young adults who participated in our Summer Reading Program “Dream Big Read”.  There were 126 of you who read an outstanding number of books between June 18th and August 4th.  Gift certificates, Sea Dogs vouchers, Old Fort Western passes and grab bag prizes were among the rewards.  Many children participated in our weekly story hour and craft times as well.  New fairy houses were built and taken to the Fairy Village to replace those destroyed by vandals earlier this year.


Great job everyone!
We are hoping to start a Lego Club later this year.  It will be held on Saturday mornings when the weather turns cold, and fall sports have concluded.
If anyone has gently used Legos (all sizes) that they’d be willing to donate please contact Charlene Wagner in the children’s room or call 582-6894.  We are also in need of small storage bins & medium size trays.
Thank you!
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Henna Happy Hour

A fun time was had by all who came to the Young Adult Room in the Gardiner Public Library on Tuesday, August 14th for a Henna Happy Hour. We did nails and Henna tattoos for a small group of young ladies for the first time here.  It was a fabulous time with plenty of great memories made in the library.  We had a wonderful crew of staff including Alyssa, Helen, Annie and Meryl helping me (Ginni Nichols, Young Adult Librarian) put on the event with food.  Pictures were taken and there was plenty of laughter. This event was such a success that we will be looking to schedule another Henna Happy Hour with more things to do for the evening. Keep an eye out for an upcoming hour with the Gardiner Public Library.
Another event that has become an annual one here at the Gardiner Library is the International Games Day @ your library coming up on Saturday, November 3rd. This is a time set aside to come and play different games at your local library. National companies sponsor this day by donating new games for the day to the libraries that participate. We can’t wait for this year’s event – game on!
Ginni Nichols (Young Adult Librarian)

August Celebrates Outdoor Fun


For those who are taking part in our “Year of Reading”, this month the theme is Outdoor Fun!  Read a book, watch a movie, listen to an item, pop in a music CD, read a magazine, that somehow pertains to the outdoors (yes, we are being very relaxed about the relationship of your item to our theme) and have your name entered for the August drawing!  This month’s sponsor is Dennis’ Pizza on Water Street here in Gardiner. They have generously donated a gift certificate for a large pizza to be won by a lucky user of the Gardiner Public library.

We would like to offer a HUGE thank you to our other sponsors!!!

January was sponsored by At Home Veterinary Care, in West Gardiner.

February was sponsored by Book It! the library’s used book store on Water Street here in Gardiner.

March was sponsored by the Community Wellness Center, in Gardiner.

April was sponsored by Black Crow Bakery, in Litchfield.
May was sponsored by Lisa’s Legit Burritos, in Gardiner
June was sponsored by Kan 2 Kanvas, a local artist, Mario Del Rio, in Gardiner.
July was sponsored by Deb’s Ice Cream & Mini Golf, in Randolph.

Please come on in and join the fun!  We would love to have you participate in whatever way works for you.
If you know any Gardiner area business that would like to sponsor a month, give us a call at (207) 582-3312.

Library “Seasons”


Have you ever wondered about the “seasons” within the Gardiner Public Library?  To the average visitor, it probably just seems as if we are a really busy library and just leave it at that.  However, if you look a bit closer, our ebb and flow changes with the season and we are just about ready to launch into our fall season!
No one wants to admit it, but we are all seeing just a peek of fall color as we drive along our roads.  The public school teachers who are one of our favorite visitors during the summer are walking just a bit slower and we tease them, “how many more days”?  They just sigh and grab a great summer read before their leisure time is taken over by the students.  Summer is ending and school will begin, it is the inevitable cycle!
Every morning we open the doors to a few dozen folks just waiting to enter and many of them are kids…kids looking to get their prize for a job well done during our Summer Reading Program or teens jostling to be the first to use the IPad today.  They have become our summer friends as they wondrously explore our collection of titles and are quite amazed at how “cool” our musical CDs really are once you actually look.  In a few weeks these children will go back to school and become afternoon visitors instead.  We will certainly miss them, but honestly, I will be happy that I no longer have to hear Justin Bieber looping away on how he wants to be my boyfriend!
Come fall though, we welcome back our senior citizens…where have they been all summer?  One can only guess, but I suppose, like me, they are trying their best to be outside during this glorious summer.  Gardens are in bloom, families are visiting and maybe, just maybe, they have all gone “to camp.”  But come the end of August, they will be at our doors waiting to come into the library.
When we open the doors in the morning this group of folks will greet us as old friends, jostle each other to be the first to use the IPad today and gaze at our collection of titles and often be amazed  at our “cool” titles…who knew the library had a copy of THAT book….Fifty shades of what???
So farewell our summer kids, do well in school and let us help you succeed and welcome back to our older patrons…the library is yours until just about 2:45PM.
Anne E. Davis, Library Director

Loving the movies……..

One of my favorite “reference books” is VideoHounds’ Golden Movie Retriever.  This book rates movies on DVD from a high of four bones to a low of no bones which merits a “Woof!”.  The index is great for accessing movies by actor, director, awards, and even category.  Looking for a movie that deals with Mistaken Identity?  How about Invasion of the Body Snatchers or  Seconds?   VideoHound has 4 columns of titles to keep you busy there.  Want to see something about a wedding from hell?  Head right to that category and see what’s available.  There you will find among others Niagarastarring Marilyn Monroe.  You can even get as narrow a search as Zombie soldiers, such as They Saved Hitler’s Brain.

While browsing through this book, keep in mind that through the Minerva system you have accesses to all other participating libraries and so can have almost any movie you can think of .
From VideoHound:
Niagara (1952)   During their honeymoon in Niagara Falls, a scheming wife (Monroe) plans to kill her crazed war-vet husband.  Little does she know that he is plotting to double-cross her.  Steamy, quasi-Hitchcockian mystery ably directed with interesting performances.
Seconds (1966)   An aging banker is frantic to escape his dead-end existence and accepts an invitation from a mysterious organization to give him a second change at life.  Through surgery, his is transformed into a handsome artist (Rock Hudson) with a new identity.  Uncomfortably living in Malibu, he soon finds out all his new neighbors are also “seconds” who are afraid he’ll betray their secrets.  He decides he wants out of his new arrangement and back to his former life but it comes at a very high price.  Eerie film manages to (mostly) overcome its plot problems, with a fine performance by Hudson.
And a small film that is a personal favorite of mine:
Strangers in Good Company (1991)  A loving metaphor to growing older.  Director Scott uses non-actors for every role in this quiet little film about a bus-load of elderly women lost in the Canadian wilderness.  They wait for rescue without histrionics, using the opportunity instead to get to know each other and nature.  Beautifully made, intelligent, uncommon and worthwhile.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

How Working at the Library Makes Me a Better Teacher

At the tender age of sixteen, I was hired as a “Student Aid” at my local library. I knew very little about libraries; the books I read, for the most part, were given to me by my teachers and friends. I enjoyed casually reading, but I was far too preoccupied with the business of my own existence to bother with due dates and late fees. I felt intimidation when I entered the building, never knowing what was a “good book” and what wasn’t. The transition from Children’s Room to adult stacks isn’t always easy. The sheer volume of choices made me insecure; I had no idea where to start.
When the director hired me, I felt as if I was entering an elite group. They didn’t hire many students and the work was far better than waiting tables or watching the playground. I worked after school four days a week and was home by dinner every night. I shelved books, assisted patrons, and didn’t have to change a single diaper – it was fantastic.
Working at the library helped shape the person I am today, the teacher I am today. I fell back in love with reading. I. Fell. Hard. In no time my intimidation was gone and I could navigate the fiction and non-fiction like a mouse in a literary maze. I was always reading something, adamantly refusing to carry a purse that wouldn’t fit a glossy hard cover. When senior year approached and I began to look at my options for life, I knew I had to keep living in this world of books. Even further, I wanted to help other people my own age develop the same love I had – from cynic to celebrator.
With this idea in mind, I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education: English. My goal was to help students embrace reading; they didn’t have to love it, but they had to be willing to try. The library taught me to accept all readers and find what worked for them; an invaluable lesson when working with generally disgruntled teenagers. To them, the idea of reading was fundamental and no pleasure could be derived from the process. They stared blankly at me as I whipped books off the shelves like a disillusioned maniac, preaching the wonders of literature. “Seriously,” I’d profess, with an ear-to-ear smile, “You’re going to like it. Trust me!”
Over time, I created a culture in my classroom. I found immense joy when a student told me they “didn’t mind reading that.” The expectation for reading was formed from my work at the library. The change I found in myself as a life-long reader I can now pass on to my students. The library welcomes me back each summer with open arms, a job at which I regularly use my unique combination of library/education experience to help students find books for summer work and fun. Without my first job at sixteen, I would not be the teacher I am today. I’m a firm believer in the potential the library shelves hold, and I intend on sharing that belief for the next thirty years.
 Alyssa Littlefield, High School English Teacher/Library Assistant

Maine Newsstand

Another wonderful addition to the Marvel Databases is Maine Newsstand.  I must say this one, as a “Maine-I-Ac” is fascinating.

When I open this database, it is set for a Basic Search, and the Full Text radio box is unchecked.  I search “Portland Head Light” with 22992 results.  The first link that I see is from the Portland Press Herald, dated Mar. 2, 2005.  Scrolling down the screen I see that the database indexes from 1993 – 2012.  I also see a place to Sort Results By, with choices of Relevance, Publication Date (oldest first), and Publication Date (most recent first).
Other options include
Publication Title – 7 Maine newspapers are included Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, Lewiston Sun Journal, Waterville Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal, Maine Times and Central Maine Morning Sentinel.
                Document Type – including News, FrontPage/Cover Story, Obituary, Article, Feature, Editorial, Commentary, Undefined, Review, Correspondence, Interview, Letter To The Editor andMarket Research.
                Subject, Company/Organization and Locationall have many, Many, MANY options.
I narrow my search by Document Type and choose to include only Front Page/Cover Story and Obituary.  The search is now only 948 articles.  Hmmm . . .  I sort the search by Publication Date (most recent first).  The first several articles are obituaries.  Out of curiosity I click on one.  I’m not completely sure why this obituary is part of my results.  The search terms are all highlighted in the article, but I only see the words Portland and Light.
                I go back and eliminate Obituary from my search, and now have 661 results.  The most recent article is from the Portland Press Herald, and dated Oct. 21, 2011.  Checking this article, I’m still not sure why my search terms are bringing it up.
(**Picture me smacking myself in the head**)
I fix my search criteria – adding quotation marks around the term “Portland Head Light”, the results are now 814 articles, and all of my filtering has been cleared.  Clicking on the first article, dated July 20, 2012, I find my search term highlighted – PERFECT!!!
Not wanting to bore you, I am having a great time trying several other search terms, as well as names. Sooo . . . Are you interested in a person in the news in Maine? Try a name search.  Are you interested in a specific place or attraction? Try a search.


Ann Russell, Technology Librarian