Gardiner Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd thru Sunday, November 26th. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

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

Enjoy Vacationland on us!

Enjoy Vacationland on us….with a little help from our friends! 

We (the staff of the Gardiner Public Library) would like to thank GEPTA (Gardiner Elementary Parent Teacher Association) for their generous donation to the library.  Because of their support and input, the library has purchased free or discounted passes to many of central Maine’s parks and museums.  All you need is a valid Gardiner Public Library card and a sense of adventure!
The following passes are available on a “first come, first served basis”.  Sorry we cannot take any reserve requests but we would be happy to hold them for a few hours if you call ahead.  Because of GEPTA’s generosity we are happy to offer passes:
Alfond Municipal Pool passes (Waterville)
The library also has passes to Fort Western in Augusta and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.  So plan a “staycation” on us!  The Gardiner Public Library is located at 152 Water Street, Gardiner and for more information call 582-3312.
Anne Davis, Library Director

Summer Reading Fun!!

The children and young adult Summer Reading Program Dream Big Read! Is underway!  This year the ONLY rules are that books must be at an individual’s reading level, and that they be checked out of the library overnight. – WOW how great is that??

Free choice for EVERY book recorded on an individual’s chart. 
For each completed book a reader or listener may choose a grab bag, with a limit of 10 prizes per participant.
We continue to have Preschool Story Hour on Tuesdays at 10:30 with a preschool craft.  This summer we have added a craft time for those ages six and up on Tuesdays at 3:00.  Our first craft were fairy houses which can be seen at Steamboat Lane located at Gardiner’s beautiful Waterfront Park.
For those who are taking part in our Year of Reading, this month the theme is Summer Fun. Read a book, watch a movie, listen to an item, pop in a music CD, read a magazine, that somehow pertains to . . . anything (yes, we are being very relaxed about the relationship of your item to our theme) and have your name entered for the July drawing!  This month’s sponsor is Deb’s Ice Cream & Mini Golf located at 132 Water Street in Randolph. They have generously donated something fun 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 local artist Mario Del Rio.
Please come on in and join the fun!  We would love to have you participate in whatever way works for you.

We’re having a SALE!!!

Are you ready for a great book sale?  Please plan on attending the library’s annual summer book sale on Saturday, June 23rd from 9AM-4PM.  Held during the Greater Gardiner River Festival, this renowned sale has something for everyone and, at very inexpensive prices!  Most books are a buck and kids books are only 50 cents.  You will find books, movies, music and some “one of a kind” items!
Monday, June 25th (10:30am-5:00pm) is sale day:  Buy a bag of books for a buck (a bag may hold up to 20 items). 
The book sale will be held in our beautiful Hazzard Reading Room on the main floor.  Please plan on using the garden entrance for Saturday’s sale.
The Gardiner Public Library is located at 152 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine.  Come support the library and get some great books!  All proceeds will be used towards purchasing new titles for the library.  Please call (207)582-3312 for more information.

Marvel – Kids Search

Another wonderful database provided in Marvel.

Kids Search is, as you may have guessed, geared toward the younger user.  It searches several sources at once. 

My first search was “elephant”, using the search bar on the first page.  This brought up over 1800 results!  Next I was given the opportunity to Filter Results By.  My choices were All Results, Magazines, Newspapers, Books & Encyclopedias, Animals, Biographies, Radio & TV News Transcripts, and Primary Source Documents. WOW! Where do I begin to filter??

I clicked on Biographies, and narrowed my search to 15 results, all of these being from electronic encyclopedias.  Scanning through the list, some of the articles give a Lexile number for those folks who need to know what reading level an article is written.  All of the articles happen to be available in Full Text, so clicking on an article brings up the entire article, and I was given the opportunity to Print, E-mail, Save, or Add to folder.  Adding to my folder saves the search for later, so if you are not connected to a printer, you can access the article easily.  Another option here is the Sort By option.  Clicking this drop down box gave me the choices – Relevance, Date Descending, Date Ascending, and Source.  I was also able to Narrow Results By Subjectand Publication.

Moving back to the previous page, filtering my results by Animal gave me 22 results.  These results also give Lexile numbers, and all appear to be Full Text articles, a couple with graphics.  I still had the Sort By options, but the Narrow Results By option is now only Subject.

Primary Source Documents was the next filtering tool I used.  Of the 15 articles, only 2 of them had Lexile numbers, all of them were Full Text articles, and as primary source documents, generally written as first person accounts.  A couple of these articles are Congressional Testimony, which adds an interesting bit to our research.  Here the Sort By options are still the same, but the Narrow Results By option is only Publication.

Photos was my next filtering choice.  Here we have over 300 thumbnail pictures of elephants, with description and source citation.  On this page, Sort By options have lessened, my choices are now Relevance and Title, and there are no Narrow Results By options.

This looks like a WONDERFUL resource for anyone needing information.  It may be titled Kids Search, but . . . . chronologically, I’m no “kid” and I will use this site!!

June is Art Month at the Gardiner Public Library!

Local artist, Mario Del Rio, a.k.a. Cuba, is sponsoring the month of June at Gardiner Public Library for our Year of Reading.

Mario, or Cuba as he says people know him, has donated at piece of his artwork for our June drawing.  Kan 2 Kanvas is the name of this new business venture for Mario.  His medium is spray paint and water in a spray bottle.  All of his art is as “green” as he can make it.  Mario uses recycled or found materials when he is creating – an example of this can be found at the library.  This particular “canvas” is actually the top of a T.V. table that Mario and his manager, Devon Tracy, re-appropriated for a new use.
Mario does custom art work as well – “anything from cell phone covers to cars” is how he puts it.  All of his works are what he refers to as “Astrological Spraypaint”.  Most – if not all – of his paintings are 3D, so if you have the glasses . . .
When asked, Mario suggested art as our theme, specifically “spray paint art”, “graffiti” or “urban art”.  All great ideas, but we are being as general about our theme as possible, so art it is!
Come on in, explore an item involving art in some way, and enter your name for our drawing!

Children’s Room isn’t for children any more!

This is for those adults who do not adventure up into the children’s room, thinking there is nothing there for them. Do I have an author for you!

Phillip Hoose is an amazing children’s writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He has a list of books that he have been published and one that stands out in the library world is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004). This book received the Lupine Award, an award given to an outstanding children’s book with a Maine connection.

Phillip Hoose has a new book coming out in July 2012 that explores another story about a bird referred to as the Moonbird. B95 is a shorebird that was banded in 1995. This bird has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years – hence its name. “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival,” says the Kirkus Review. The book includes photographs, source notes, bibliography and an index.

We anxiously await the arrival of Phillip Hoose’s book. Check his books online and reserve a copy or come into the library. We’d love to see you.

Book jacket illustrations found at Google Images.