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 monster who ate my PEAS
Gimme cracked CORN & I will share
Dry BEANS in the snow
CARROT in my pocket
Onions and GARLIC
OLIVE Kitteridge
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
Clara Lee and the APPLE PIE dream
The Guernsey Literary and POTATO PIE Society
Welcome to the FAMILY
The rules of LOVE & grammar
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.
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.
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.

Great Holiday Reads

Okay, let’s admit it, the holidays are very stressful.  Celebrants scramble through stores looking for the perfect gift knowing that as time gets closer to the holidays supplies dwindle and panic can set in!  The staff suggests taking some time for your self and yes, check out a good book to read.
As they say at all the retail spots, we have something for everyone but here, you can have it all for free!  Come on in and re-read a classic…when was the last time you read Gift of the Magi by O’Henry?  I know that we have all seen the great renditions of Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol but everyone should go back and read the original Charles Dickens tale; it is filled with wonderful characters and great ghosts using the backdrop of Victorian London.  After reading this story you KNOW what they mean when people say that a person is a great Dickensonian character.  You will also discover why Marley’s ghost had a handkerchief tied around his head and honestly, it is rather macabre!
Please, let’s not forget the great children’s classics.  Go now and read Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas…he is truly a mean one that Mr. Grinch!  Sometimes crying is a great stress buster too.  We can help you tear up by suggesting Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl; the story of a young girl who clearly never caught a break over the holidays.  There are many different versions of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and some have exquisite illustrations.  Come in and check them out (literally) and make that story part of your family’s tradition.
So, if reading does not defeat the panic that is building up all around you, you just may want to consider attending our Saturday workshop, Holistic Healing Energy with Jeannie Sullivan .  She can help you get your chakras aligned and your energy in balance and that will certainly alleviate your stress.
Whatever you do over the holidays please know that all of us at the Gardiner Public Library wish you great holidays to be spent with great friends and families and, when the year comes to an end, we will welcome in the New Year with some more great titles!
Anne Davis, Library Director

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2013 Holiday Gift Book Suggestions

Frequently patrons ask for book suggestions for holiday gifts.
Some of my favorites for our youngest patrons include:
If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!by Kim Norman




The Christmas Visitors by Karel Hayes


There Are No Moose On This Island by Stephanie Calmenson




Where Is Fred? by Edward Hardy


Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park


When Charley Met Grandpa by Amy Hest


Charming illustrations as well as attention holding stories make these books “winners”!

MARVELous Invitational Lesson 4 – Hobbies and Crafts



This week I am exploring the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center of the Marvel databases.  This sounds like fun! 
First I watch another short and wonderful tutorial about this resource.  I have to say that these tutorials have all been concise and extremely easy to follow!  A huge thank you to those who created these learning tools.
The home page for the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center is very colorful and attractive.  I have several choices or ways to search this database.  I can browse by general categories such as Arts & Craftsor Outdoors & Nature.  I am able to browse by Popular Sources such as Creative Costumes & Halloween Décor: 50 Projects to Sew & Craft or Knits for Men: 20 Sweaters, Vests & Accessories.  I also see Season & Holiday, as well as Kids’ Crafts.  WOW, what fun – Pintrest watch out – this is AMAZING!
Okay. I’m back – this database is truly one of those places I could get lost.  Just browsing is so much fun, but now on to a “Real” search.
Since I have been learning to read the Tarot, I type tarot in the search bar.  Eighty-two results!  Several on the first page look interesting.  The periodicals these articles range from Action Figure Digest to PolymerCAFE Magazine.  I check a few of the articles and see that a couple of them actually do have a bit about the Tarot, but many don’t. 
Next I try the Projectstab to see what this brings up.  Three fun articles about creating a fantasy type character.  Two of these projects are soft sculpture.  Neither appears to have anything specific to do with tarot, but fun to see.  The third project uses the Foolfrom the tarot deck as its inspiration for a wall hanging.
I check the other tabs – Periodicals and Reference Books – interesting information but not specific to my search term.  I was hoping for a bit of information on creating a tarot deck, or perhaps inspiration for a tarot reading, but no luck this time.
The Help button at the top right of the screen is an interesting feature.  Clicking this button, I find the usual help functions – how to search ; system requirements ; how to save results ; tutorial (I liked the one provided by the Maine State Library better than this one) ; etc.  I do discover that there is a Citation Styles area.  This will be extremely helpful when assisting folks needing to cite there sources!
Whether or not I have found what I was initially looking for, this is a wonderful database!  I know I will definitely be using this with some of our patrons in the future.