Gardiner Public Library is now open to the public Monday - Friday from 10 - 5. Our Pick-Up Window is open Mon. 10 - 5:25 ; Tues. 10 - 5:25 ; Wed. 10 - 6 ; Thurs. 10 - 5:25 and Fri. 10 - 5:25. Please call for details - 207-582-3312

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

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.

May is Music Month at the Gardiner Public Library

For those who are taking part in our “Year of Reading”, this month the theme is Music.  Read a book, watch a movie, listen to an item, pop in a music CD, read a magazine, that somehow pertains to music (yes, we are being very relaxed about the relationship of your item to our theme) and have your name entered for the May drawing!

This month’s sponsor is Lisa’s Legit Burritos on Water Street here in Gardiner. They have generously donated a gift certificate 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.

Please come on in and join the fun!  We would love to have you participate in whatever way works for you.

If you know any Gardiner area business that would like to sponsor a month, give us a call at (207) 582-3312.

April is Garden Month at the library.

For those who are taking part in our “Year of Reading”, this month the theme is Gardens/Gardening.  Read a book, watch a movie, listen to an item, read a magazine, that somehow pertains to gardens and/or gardening (yes we are being very relaxed about the relationship of your item to our theme) and have your name entered for the April drawing!  This month’s sponsor is the Black Crow Bakery in Litchfield. They have generously donated a gift certificate to be won by a lucky user of the Gardiner Public library.

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.

Please come on in and join the fun!  We would love to have you participate in whatever way works for you.

If you know any Gardiner area business that would like to sponsor a month, give us a call at (207) 582-3312.