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

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.

What’s all the hoopla about HOOPLA?

You are in for a treat with the new service that Gardiner Public Library is providing.  Go to our newly updated website and look for the HOOPLA box on the right hand side of the page under Quick Online Links.  Register with your library card, and you can then stream movies and music from the site.  How cool is that?

Link to Hoopla.

 

YAfter School Program

Once a week the library listens for the sound of twenty or more middle-schoolers eagerly bounding through the doors of the library and heading for pizza in the Hazzard Room.  A bus from the Gardiner Area Middle School brings them down to socialize, do homework and experience the library in new ways.

While chatting with the students, I learned that they come for a variety of reasons but being able to chat with friends they don’t see during the school day is a big reason to come.  After the pizza is devoured, they roam the library and enjoy the freedom they have to visit the youth/teen room, the archives, the children’s room and anything the library has to offer.  
In the archives they’ve discovered the old yearbooks which show their parents and sometimes their teachers when they were in high school.  Piper from Pittston, with the help of Dawn Thistle, our archivist, discovered who had lived on the land where her house now sits in Pittston.  Upstairs in the children’s room, three girls were using the puppet theater to act out a novel they were assigned to read to ‘make our homework more fun.’  Who knew that Hemingway could be performed with puppets?!  
Another student told me it was ‘boring’ to go home alone as Mom didn’t get home from work until 4:30 and older siblings who have driving licenses weren’t around either.  They help each other with homework, use their devices unhampered and roam freely from room to room as they choose.  Several students have been coming for the three years the library has had this program to “see old friends and make new ones” and would come every day if there were a bus.  The library, not a bad place to hang out!
Diane Potter, Gardiner Library Association Guest Blogger