Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading Program is starting in June. Here is a list of events and how to get your charts. Looking forward to seeing you all during the summer at the library were there will be plenty of things happen.

Gardiner Public Library
Summer Reading Program 2017
June 19th – August 18th

Every Tuesday

Story Hour @ 10:00AM
Crafts (ages 3-7 yrs) @ 10:30AM

Special Events

Monday, June 20th, 10:30-11:30AM
Magic Show with Conjuring Carroll
Space Limited! Call ahead to reserve!

Wednesdays (6/21-8/16)

9 Book – Inspired Movies!
1 movie/week
Hazzard Room
Wed: 10 am-12:30pm
Popcorn Included!

Tuesday, August 15th

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Drop off animals on Tuesday, August 15th
Pick up animals Wed., Thurs., or Fri. of that same week.

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Pick Up Tracking Charts & Sea Dogs Game Vouchers Any Time After June 12th…
Beginning August 4th
Turn in a Completed Chart for a Free Paperback!

Have Fun & Keep Reading!

Fall Events at the Library!

We still have a few more events associated with the Voices Of The Kennebec grant. 

Deb Gould will be here on Tuesday, October 11th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm to discuss her historical novel The Eastern, set in Pittston, Maine. 
Gay Grant will be here on Tuesday, October 25th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm to discuss her book Destination Unknown, a biography of a World War II evacuee.
There is still room available in the Writing Workshop with Brian Evans-Jones, to be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Call the library – 207.582.3312 – if you have any interest in a day of writing!
The final program associated with Voices Of The Kennebec will be held Tuesday, November 1st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.  This will be an evening of readings and sharing of literary works inspired by Gardiner, the Kennebec, and our place in Maine history!
On Tuesday, October 25th, from 10:00am – 11:00am, Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will be back!  Ms. Jenn does an amazing story time, and this will be a fun filled spooky hour of music and movement!
I’m not sure about you, but I am certainly looking forward to the second annual Real Ghost Stories evening here in the library!  We’ll be listening to the haunting tales on Thursday, October 27th 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Last year we had a Hazzard Reading Room full of people listening to and telling their own haunting memories of the Gardiner, Maine area.  Stories ranged from “The Castle,” to the library, to private homes in Gardiner, to a store in the greater Portland area.  If you are a bit shy about sharing your story publicly, I know Kelly – hauntedgardiner@yahoo.com – would be thrilled for you to share your stories with her.  Kelly will compile what she receives and share throughout the evening, anonymously if you prefer.
If you are searching for something fun and different, join us for the First Annual Discover Gardiner Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, November 5th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  An event hoping to encourage “Scavengers” to explore and engage with Gardiner’s past and present!  This event is a fundraiser for the library, so gather your team, and meet here at the library for check-in beginning at 10:00am on November 5th! Cost is $10 per individual adult, $5 for each additional team member and children under 12 participate free!  Registration information is available at the Main Desk on the Adult Level of the library!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

One hundred years ago, a letter arrived in Gardiner….

Written from Columbia University, the letter congratulated a Gardiner author on winning the Pulitzer Prize for biography.  The author, who compiled scrapbooks of her family life and day-to-day goings on, dutifully pasted the letter on the next available page in her Family Log and moved right along….

Neither she nor the letter made note of the fact that that she and her sister were the first women to win a Pulitzer.  In fact, as 1917 was the inaugural year of the most celebrated prize for literature, the event made little more than a tiny ripple in Laura E. Richard’s daily life.  No one yet understood just how monumental a moment it was  — nor just how often Gardiner and the Kennebec Valley region would come to celebrate future prizes and commendations for authors who called it home.

 

This week, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, we are proud to be kicking off a six-event program celebrating our place – in history, in geography, and (especially) in literature.

Join us in celebrating our region through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winners Laura E. Richards, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Robert P. Tristram Coffin.  Explore how history, family, and community stimulate great works of literature today.

Come hear the stories of how local authors — Pulitzer-Prize winner Barbara Walsh, Maine Literary Award winner Deborah Gould, and historical author, Representative Gay Grant — have come to create compelling works that transport readers through time and place.

See how place and history can enrich creative works.  Explore your own voice in putting words to the page at a full-day writing workshop and/or join us for the finale of our series.
See all the events explained below:

 

We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of the events.  Call us at 582-6890 if you have any questions.

We will also have some wonderful artifacts and photographs on display in the Hazzard Reading Room for the coming weeks — here’s are a few teasers:

L.E.R. compiled over a dozen Family/Home Logs covering half a century of life in Gardiner.  They include personal notes, local newspaper clippings, family photos, items of national relevance (e.g., a letter of congratulations from the Pulitzer Prize Commission, invitations to the White House from President Roosevelt, celebrations of Julia Ward Howe (L.E.R.’s mother)), and historical touchstones including WWI and Women’s Suffrage, among much else.
We will have some on display and others on hand for reference, research, and reverence.

 

 

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) grew up and created his first poetical works in Gardiner, Maine.  He self-published his first work, The Torrent & The Night Before, in 1896 (an original is shown here and will be on display).  He went on to earn three Pulitzer Prizes in poetry.

 

Summertime At The Library

We have had some wonderful summer events already and have more to come.

Summer Reading Program has started, and if you have not picked up your chart, please come in and pick it up. We have a chart for Readers and a chart for a Listeners. After August 3rd you will be able to pick up your free paperback book after filling up your chart. Teens have a different program where they get a ticket when they check out items.  Check with the YA librarian about this program.
Monday, June 27th, we had a Chewonki program here in the library which was “Owls in Maine”. We had a full house, and the children really seemed to enjoy the owls. 
Every Tuesday morning we have Story and Craft Time at 10:00-11:30 am. This has been a huge success this summer so far. Here is one of the crafts that has been created.
We are showing the Harry Potter movies in succession on Tuesday evenings from 5-7:30 pm and on Wednesdays 10 am – 12:30 pm. All 8 movies, in order: 1 movie per week. Popcorn is included.
Thursday, Aug. 4th from 10:00-11:15 am we have L.C. Bates coming to present “Life in Maine in the early 1900’s”. Weather permitting we will have part of this program outdoors in the garden.
Tuesday, August 16th at 11:30 am will be an Ice Cream social to end the Summer Reading Program.
Please come in, read and have fun!

Mystery in the Archives!

My name is Brian Files and I’m grateful to be asked to be a guest blogger on the Gardiner Public Library’s website.

 

Last weekend, the 23rd of April, I got the chance to perform a mystery show at the Library. I’ve performed all over this state in Mysteries and Improv shows. Some in small venues to small crowds, others were large venues with over 200 plus people in attendance. But this show was something special. Not only was it at a location that I cherish in my hometown, but I also wrote the script and produced the show. And it was a blast!

 

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The whole process started over a year ago when my wife, Deb Files, asked if a show at the library was something I thought possible. Time went by and I forgot all about it until she brought it up again during the winter. “Sure” I said, “sounds like fun.” And it was, but it was also a lot of time and work by not just myself, but all those involved.
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To give you an idea of the challenge we were up against: when I work for Mystery for Hire, we perform in convention halls, banquet rooms, large restaurants, and other places set up for large crowds and entertainment. This event was to be in a multiple storied building with multiple rooms…and I wanted to use them all. I also usually work with a group of professionals that have been in the business for quite some time. This time around, I was holding auditions, looking for local talent that could fill out the cast.

 

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Those I chose to cast were great! They were willing to go along with a show concept that was completely different to them.  And they trusted that the show would work, although some scenes were in different rooms and some were performed simultaneously in different locations! We met once a week for a month leading up to the day of the show. On the day of the show, we met 3 hours before the doors open to go over how the whole event would take place. They all performed beyond my wildest dreams!

 

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These type of events are not about perfection in lines or character development. It’s all about having fun. The audience tends to let things go, if the actors just keep rolling along. The more fun we tend to have, the more fun the audience has. Don’t ask me why, it just seems to happen that way.
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I have to thank all those that made this possible. Dawn Thistle for her immense knowledge of the history of the library (which I used for the basis of the show), Anne Davis for allowing me to display items and for letting me run rampant around a building she cares deeply for. The staff at the library for all their hard work on the night of the event. The Gardiner Library Association fundraising committee for giving me the go ahead in the first place. And to the cast- Cheryl Clark, Jonathan Price, Richard Becker, Julie Poulin, and Amanda Kinsey. They brought this show to life.

 

I also need to congratulate our winner of the Super Sleuth, Mary Ann Johnson! Her answer was spot on! The answer that made us laugh the most went to Representative Gay Grant, her idea of punishment for the crime was awesome (unless you’re Cheryl and Richard who would have to wear their costumes all the time AND clean the library)!

 

A special thanks goes to a person that couldn’t even be at the event. Robert LeBlanc made the aged documents that were on display for over a month. He also formatted all the paperwork. I wish he could have been there!

 

Finally, let me just say that getting to see something that you worked so hard at come to life was a thrill. I am so happy that those in attendance had a great time. It meant so much to have this event succeed. And to those that asked, Yes, we will be doing this again. I’m already working on the script.

 

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Photo Credit to Griffin Files, age 14

School Vacation Week at the Gardiner Public Library

We had a wonderfully full school vacation week here in the library. Story time & crafts were on Tuesday morning at 10:30, then a Bugs, Bugs, Bugs program & craft with L.C. Bates Museum in the afternoon funded by Crossroads Youth Center and through a generous grant received by the Maine Community Foundation.  Thursday was an Origami Fish Folding Workshop.  Each program had a great number of people in attendance.

Other things happening were Legos, as well as the train set, doll house, and Puppet Theater. We were so happy here with all the participation for each event. This is what every library dreams of doing during a week off from school.
So thanks to all who came and to all who helped with these events. A special thank you goes to Abby Gifford, Deb, Isabelle and Griffin Files, Upstream, Crossroads Youth Center, and Maine Community Foundation.
Here are some photos from this fabulous week.
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

 

L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
L.C. Bates Museum – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

 

 

Fold A Fish Origami Workshop

 

Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Fold A Fish Origami Workshop
Ginni Nichols, Children’s Librarian

What’s Going On?!?!?!

 

Over the next couple of weeks, we have several irons in the fire.
National Library Week is celebrated from April 10 – 16 this year.  We have a display of “library” related books for your perusal.
The ALA (American Library Association) theme for the week is “Libraries Transform Lives”.  As part of the promotional campaign, we have blank “speech bubbles” available for folks to let us know how a library may have transformed your life!  Next time you’re in the library, pick up one at the desk, and we’ll add it to our on-going display!
School Vacation week is fast approaching, and we have a couple of programs planned.  On Tuesday, the 19th of April, the L.C. Bates Museum is doing their “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” program in the Children’s Room. The program begins at 2:00, so please plan on joining us then!

 

On Thursday, the 21st, a local Origami enthusiast will present a workshop – “Fold A Fish”.  This workshop is geared toward those ages 5 and up.  If you’re like me, I would need the 5 year-old to help me understand the directions, though, perhaps your 5-year-old might need your assistance as well.  Join us in the Children’s Room at 10:30, and learn to “Fold A Fish”.
The Gardiner Library Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th, from 6:30 – 8:00.  My understanding is that there will be a brief business meeting, followed by a slide presentation by our Archivist, Dawn Thistle.  Dawn will highlight some of the library’s impressive Gardiner resources.  This meeting is open to all.
Last to mention, but certainly not the least – on Saturday, April 23rd we will host a “Mystery In The Archives”.  Perhaps you have noticed the display table in the Young Adult section of the library?  We have obtained two historic documents, perhaps a will? And ??? Or ???  These interesting artifacts are available for you to decipher, and learn a bit before the 23rd.  Take a few minutes the next time you’re here to look them over, and perhaps purchase a ticket for this fun and exciting evening!  Tickets are available at the Adult Circulation Desk at a cost of $30 per person.  Light refreshments will be available.  All proceeds from this event to benefit the Community Archives Room.
Oh, one more thing!  This isn’t an event with a specific day and time, but we are now the proud hosts of a “Coloring Station”.  Sometimes we all need a little time to sit quietly and color, so feel free to use the station in the Hazzard Reading Room.  Crayons, markers and colored pencils are available, as well as a variety of coloring pages.
Looking forward to seeing you at some of these great events!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian