Holiday Treats

Time for holiday treats!  I’m not a baker by any means, so when I thought about posting a recipe for cookies or bars I wanted to find something with few ingredients and limited instructions.  Bingo ! Marjorie Standish saves the day again.  Here is her recipe for Quick Party Bars which is featured in her book Cooking Down East.  Enjoy.

Quick Party Bars

1 stick margarine

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup flour

½ cup oatmeal

1 cup chocolate bits

Nuts

Cream shortening.  Add light brown sugar.  Add vanilla, egg and beat until light and creamy.  Add sifted flour, fold in oatmeal.  No baking powder in recipe.  Turn into buttered 8 by 8 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Place pan on rack to cook.  Then spread 1 cup semisweet chocolate bits, melted, all over top of baked bars.  Sprinkle chopped nuts on top.  Cool and cut into bars.

 

Children’s Events ~ February 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the

Children’s Room for the month of February.

Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will visit twice this month  ~

Tuesday, Feb. 5th and Friday, Feb. 22nd

We will have a story, songs and a craft at

10:00am for preschoolers.

Maine’s Amazing Mammals presented by LC Bates Museum on

Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 10:00am during school vacation week.

Art @ the Library on

Tuesday, Feb. 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

We will be making Valentines.

Story Time & Crafts every Tuesday at 10:00 am.

Babies Love Toddlers on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

Mrs. Claus Visits Gardiner

This month being the Children’s Librarian I had the honor of being Mrs. Claus for a few community events. I was Mrs. Claus in the Festival of Lights parade in Gardiner and reading to some students at Helen Thompson Elementary and Pittston Consolidated Schools.  It is an amazing feeling to be Mrs. Claus and to see all the happy faces on adults and children. I wish everyone could have this experience in their lifetime. So, I thought I would share some of the funny questions and comments that only children would ask Mrs. Claus.

How old are you Mrs. Claus? Oh I don’t know. You don’t know? No, I am too busy to have a birthday.

Are you married to Mr. Claus and where is your ring? Is Mr. Claus married to Mrs. Claus? I left my ring home.

Just in case you are real, tell Santa I want a cat or a dog. I will tell Santa.

How did you get here? It’s a beautiful day for a sleigh ride!

How many miles is it to the North Pole? Oh I am sorry, I don’t know that.

How many reindeer do you have and what are their names? I told them we have the 8 reindeer and their family members. Then I recite the names and the children join right in with the names.

Do you always wear that dress? No, but I always wear dresses.

How long did it take to get here?  Oh I am so sorry, I don’t know. I fell asleep on the trip here.

Are you real? Yes, I am a real person.

Do you believe in Santa? Yes,I believe in Santa.

Did you know we would see Santa today? One class, had seen Santa at the Polar Express showing at Johnson Hall. Yes, I had heard that Santa would be there.

How do you know all our names? I help Santa remember all your names.

And I was told many things that children wanted for Christmas to tell to Santa and I received many hugs.

We at the Gardiner Public Library hope you have a wonderful Holiday with family and friends.

Whose Service Do You Honor?

During the month of November, Gardiner Public Library staff and patrons, together, found a way to honor the military veterans in their lives.

We had stars available for everyone to add the name, military branch, years served, active duty, whatever we thought would be appropriate.

Of course, as a library we added some books and movies to the display.

Our goal was to have more stars than we had books or movies – from the picture above, it looks like we made it!

A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of the Veterans out there!

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

ART @ the Library

Have you seen our new program? With the help of local artist, Isabelle Files, and the children’s room staff we have started a program called ART @ the Library. Once a month on a Tuesday evening at 6:00 in the Children’s room we are doing an art project for all ages. The first event was September 26th, featuring origami. We had fun making animals, boxes, and other items. On October 24th we did apple and leaf printing. Our youngest attendees loved working with the paint, and we got very creative.

Painting at the library!

Leaf & Apples

Look at those beautiful apple prints!

Someone is embellishing their apple print!

On November 7th we did collages by cutting pictures out of magazines and making a poster with the photos. This was a fun and relaxing event with photos of animals being the hot commodity.

 

 

Animals for a collage!

Magazines – great for collage pictures!

Someone liked this owl for their collage

Completed(?) collage

It has been wonderful to see the adults working alongside the children on these projects. Come in and join us for the Tuesday, December 5th at 6:00 to decorate Holiday cookies and keep checking our Facebook page and calendars for our next ART @ the Library. If you have some ideas of some things you would like to do, just give us a call at 207-582-6894.

Happy Holidays!

H ~ Here Comes The Easter Cat
A ~ Animal Holiday
P ~ Presidents’ Day
P ~ Picture Book Of Hanukkah
Y ~ Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever

H ~ Hooray For St. Patrick’s Day!
O ~ Orange You Glad it’s Halloween
L ~ Long-Long’s New Year
I ~ Independence Day
D ~ Double Trouble Groundhog Day
A ~ April Foolishness
Y ~ Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree
S ~ Story Of Kwanzaa

Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

Christmas Movies

What’s your favorite holiday movie?  Is it White Christmas?  Love, Actually? A Christmas Story?  There are certainly many to choose from.  My ultimate favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationfrom 1989.  A synopsis from the library’s copy of VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever says, “The third vacation for the Griswold family finds them hosting repulsive relatives for Yuletide.  The sight gags, although predictable, are sometimes on the mark.  Quaid is a standout as the slovenly cousin.”  Now that doesn’t sound very promising, does it?  But no matter how many times I have seen it, I swear – every time that darned squirrel flies out of the tree and the family all screams and runs for their lives – I end up laughing with tears in my eyes.  The movie stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Johnny Galecki.

On the other hand – if I am feeling sentimental – the Christmas portion of Meet Me in St.Louis, the 1944 musical starring a young Judy Garland along with Margaret O’Brien, Marcy Astor, and Harry Davenport, is sure to bring a smile and a tear to the eye.
Try them both.  Enjoy.  And Happy Holidays.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

A Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I thought it might be fun to FEAST on a variety of books.

Run, TURKEY, run
All I know learned about animal behavior I learned in Loehmann’s DRESSING room
If MASHED POTATOES could dance
The SWEET POTATO Queens’ book of love
Lucky and SQUASH
A little story about a big TURNIP
The ugly VEGETABLES
The monster who ate my PEAS
Gimme cracked CORN & I will share
Buried ONIONS
Dry BEANS in the snow
CARROT in my pocket
Onions and GARLIC
APPLESAUCE season
In a PICKLE
OLIVE Kitteridge
44 CRANBERRY Point
Sharing the BREAD
CHESTNUT, hero of Central Park
The complete PEANUTS
Princess PISTACHIO and the pest
APPLE CIDER making days
CUSTARD and company
Lobster rolls & BLUEBERRY PIE
How to make a CHERRY PIE and see the world
PUMPKIN PIE
Clara Lee and the APPLE PIE dream
The Guernsey Literary and POTATO PIE Society
BLACKBERRY PIE murder
Operation MINCEMEAT
Welcome to the FAMILY
Four FRIENDS
The rules of LOVE & grammar
THANK YOU and GOOD NIGHT
If you missed the theme – Have a tasty Thanksgiving Day meal!

Thanksgiving Books and Movies

Check out these books and movies that have the Thanksgiving holiday at their core.
Books:
Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
An unlucky man in a deadbeat town in upstate New York, Sully must overcome numerous obstacles–a bum knee, terminal underemployment, and a not-too-helpful group of friends–as he copes with a new problem, his long-estranged son.

Weight of Winterby Cathie Pelletier
Dreaming of the history of the Maine town of Mattagash, a 110-year-old woman relives her own life and runs through the history of the town’s assorted residents, beginning with the season’s first snowfall and ending at Thanksgiving.

Cloud Nine by Luanne Rice
Having reopened her bedding shop, Cloud Nine, after recovering from a serious illness, Sarah Talbot rediscovers love when she meets former navy pilot Will Burke aboard a chartered flight while observing the autumn leaves of upstate New York on her way home for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
Autobiographical story of a boy who recalls his life with an elderly relative in rural Alabama in the 1930s and the lesson she taught him one Thanksgiving Day about dealing with a bully from school.
Movies:
Pieces of April.  (2003)  This is a great little film. In its own way, it highlights the trials and tribulations of holiday gatherings, from trying to make a good impression on your Significant Other’s parents, to making your first big dinner as a young adult. Family outcast April lives in a beat-up apartment in New York’s Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby. In order to spend some time with her dying mother, April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. While she frantically tries to complete the meal, the family drives in from Pennsylvania sharing less-than-pleasant opinions about April’s lifestyle.  Patricia Clarkson, who plays April’s mother, received an Oscar nomination for this role.
Hannah and her sisters.(1986) One of Woody Allen’s top 10 films, the story is book-ended by Thanksgiving dinners and is a nice remembrance of the Woody and Mia Farrow collaborations.  It’s an intimate look at three women and the relationships they have with each other and the men in their lives.  Michael Caine received an Oscar for his role as one of the husbands.
Home for the holidays.  (1995) A seriously underrated movie directed by Jodie Foster with terrific performances by Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, and a Polaroid-snapping Robert Downey Jr.   Claudia Larson is a divorced single mom who just lost her job and now has to fly home for the traditional family Thanksgiving in Baltimore. From the plane, she calls for reinforcements–and her brother Tommy makes it down from Boston with a little surprise: a handsome friend named Leo. Between dropping the turkey in their sister’s lap and a few fist fights on the front lawn, Claudia and Tommy recapture their childhood and Claudia and Leo explore the sweet possibility of romance.
Planes, trains, and automobiles. (1987)  An uptight businessman (Steve Martin) faces disaster after disaster as he tries to get back home in time for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner, and along the way is joined by an insane traveling salesman (John Candy) that will not leave him alone.
Nobody’s fool..  (1994)  Most movies that use Thanksgiving to set up introspective family drama follow a pretty basic formula, and ‘Nobody’s Fool’ doesn’t deviate much from that standard. It does, however, star Paul Newman and feature scenes of him bantering with everyone from Bruce Willis to Jessica Tandy to Philip Seymour Hoffman to Melanie Griffith, making it easily the coolest of the bunch.