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Gardiner Public Library Update

Are you a regular library user?

We certainly hope so!!!

And also, we welcome you back to the library.

As EVERY public space/business/event center/etc. etc. etc. in Maine has done, our plans of operation have changed, morphed, shortened, closed, opened again, etc. etc. etc.

Currently we are open five days a week – Monday thru Friday from 10am – 5pm for folks to enter the building and browse our collections.

Masks – masks – masks!  What do we do about the MASKS!?!?!?  As long as our visitors have been vaccinated, we welcome you to come in without your mask.  What a concept – we can see the smiles, and entire faces!!!

The Archives and the Children’s Room are both open, however, they are open by appointment only at this time.  Both spaces are asking visitors to wear masks as this time.  Each of these spaces are small enough and or working with visitors that currently are not able to be vaccinated.

One of the wonderful changes – NO MORE FINES!!!  Yes, we do indeed want our items back, we will still send out reminders of when items are due and/or late, but as long as the items are returned to the library, our patrons will not be charged late fees!  Color us excited!!!

Recently we had our first in person event.  Mr. Drew And His Animals Too entertained, and educated about fifty folks in our Children’s Room.  For various reasons, we required folks to reserve space to attend, and we had a full house.  Very exciting from our end!

There are some staff changes as well.  Our amazing Assistant Director, Scott Handville, is retiring after more than 40 years at the Gardiner Public Library!  What a truly remarkable legacy.  The things that have changed in that amount of time would probably fill several books!  We wish Scott a wonderful, relaxing “stress free” retirement!

A second imminent retirement is our extraordinary Director Anne Davis.  Anne has been at the library more than 30 years, and is currently searching for her replacement.  Anne is now, and has been several times during her tenure in Gardiner, the Acting City Manager.  She will be missed by everyone – library staff, and patrons, as well as every person employed by the City of Gardiner,

We will miss both of these key players at the library, but I’m sure we’ll meet them somewhere in Gardiner!  Perhaps we can play “Where are the library staff?” rather than “Where’s Waldo?”

Internally, we have shifted and morphed some positions as well.

Archivist, Dawn Thistle is our new Assistant Director.  Dawn hopes to be able to continue working in the Archives as well as spending a bit more time on the adult floor of the library.

Jess Betit is our new Young Adult Librarian.  Jess began as a volunteer five or six years ago, became paid staff about three years ago, and will now take over running the YA Area of the library. 

Ann Russell will continue as the Technology Librarian, adding cataloging to her current duties.

So far, Ginni Nichols, Bob Fagan and Marlene Patten have not changed their titles and/or duties, but with a new director joining us, we’ll just have to wait and see!

digitalmainelibrary – Books and Authors

It’s been quite a while since we had a Blog post discussing any of the Digital Maine Library databases, so I think it’s time for me to poke around a bit.

For those of us who are unaware, we can access many incredible databases that have been provided to all residents of Maine, with a valid library card.

From our (Gardiner Public Library) home page you can access the Digital Maine Library by clicking on the word DOWNLOADS on the bar beneath the library picture.

This next page (DOWNLOADS) shows the various databases that the Gardiner Public Library subscribes to.  Click on digitalmainelibrary.

From there scroll down the page to see what types of databases are available.

My choice today is BOOKS AND AUTHORS (GALE).

Clicking on this brings me to a new page – GALE BOOKS AND AUTHORS.

I see the page title, and below that is a search box.  I can search by TITLE, AUTHOR, SERIES or KEYWORD.  There is also a choice of ADVANCED SEARCH.

I admit it, I’m all about scrolling the entire home page first, looking at the book covers, noticing there are three carousels of book covers.  Currently, the carousel lists are – New and Updated Books and Season Picks: Books by Contemporary French Authors in Honor of Bastille Day (July 14, 2021) and Spotlight On: Ghost Stories for Teens to Read by the Campfire.

Along the left side of the page, I see Select A Genre.  If I’m looking for Horror Stories, or perhaps Biographies, this looks like a good place to start.

Below the picture of the open book and the book covers there is a bar with choices on the right side.  These include Browse Genres ; Author Search ;  Book Lists ; Search History and Get Link.

Hmmm . . . I click on the Browse Genres icon.  This takes me to a new page.  I see more colorful book covers, as well as several filters.

Along the left side the Select A Genre column has changed a bit.  I’m now given options.  The first being Fiction or Non-Fiction.  Below that option box are the same choices from the previous page, select a genre.  At this point the default is Fantasy Fiction.  Below that is an (all?) encompassing list of various Fantasy Fiction Genres.

I play around a little with changing the primary genre and each of these have an incredible number of secondary or sub genres. 

Very interesting!

Back to the Author Search choice.  This is located between Browse Genre and Book Lists. 

This takes me to a new page.  I see an Author Search bar.  Below this are limiters.  In the search bar I type King, Stephen (I am in Maine, and he is one of ours).  Clicking the search icon takes me to a new page.  There are three King, Stephens – a Novelist, an Economist and an Illustrator.  I also see birth and possible death dates of these individuals.

Each of the names is a click-able link.  Stephen King the novelist shows other names he is know by, or pseudonyms he has used in the past.

I click on Stephen King (American Novelist).  This new page gives me a list of his works, in chronological order from the most recent to his earliest titles.  On the right side of the page, there are several ways to filter my search.  Something to play with another time.

Back to the Book Lists choice.  This is located between Author Search and Get Link.

This takes me to a page of Award Winners.  WOW!  Every year I look for different book awards – and I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such an all-encompassing list!  The site tells me there are 495 Awards listed.

On this page, I click Expert Picks.  Another WOW – 222 lists of books.  These lists are in alphabetical order, but with list titles like – “New Adult” Romance Titles ; The Cold, Snowy Breath of Winter ; Ten Recommended Christian Western Romance Series and Holiday Sparkler! I’m not completely sure how useful this is, but lots of fun to browse!

The last choice here is Librarian Favorites.  More lists – 234 this time.  Another fun place to browse but not really usable, in my opinion.

The next choice beside Book Lists is Search History.  Clicking on this one shows me where and what I have actually typed into the search bar.  A great way to get back to something I “know I saw that – somewhere” when I don’t remember what search term I used on a website.

The last choice in the bar with Browse Genres and Book Lists is Get Link.  This is exactly what it means.  If you creating a webpage/Blog post the link has been created and you can pop it into your post.

As I have done here — Gale Books and Authors


New Items ~ July 2021


The damage by Caitlin Wahrer.  When a small town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own?  An edgy, propulsive read about what we will do in the name of love and blood.

The devil my dance by Jake Tapper.  A couple is asked by the Attorney General to look into a threat, which brings them into contact with the Rat Pack and the Church of Scientology.

The Drummers by Tricia Fields.  Police Chief Josie Gray’s life is complicated when sparks and bullets begin to fly after her small town in Texas is overrun by a community wishing to live “off grid”.

Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel.  Two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author, the other a nun, reconnect as one searches for the child the other gave up.

For the wolf by Hannah Whitten.  Here is a fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom.  But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

Golden girl by Elin Hilderbrand.  A Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

A good mother by Lara Bazelon.  A thriller about two young mothers, one shocking murder, and a court case that puts them both on trial. 

The guncle by Steven Rowley.  A warm and funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Hang the moon by Alexandria Bellefleur.  A rom-com about a homeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films.

Katharine Parr by Alison Weir.  A novel of Henry VIII’s sixth wife who manages to survive him and remarry, only to be thrown into a romantic intrigue that threatens the very throne of England.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley.  A genre-bending, time twisting alternative history that asks whether it’s worth changing the past to save the future, even if it costs you everyone you’ve ever loved.

The lady has a past by Amanda Quick.  An unlikely duo falls down a rabbit hole of twisted rumors and missing socialites, discovering that a health spa is a facade for something far darker than they imagined.

Legacy by Nora Roberts.  A novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat.

The maidens by Alex Michaelides.  A tale of psychological suspense, this weaves together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession.

Mary Jane by Jessica Blau.  A tender story about a 14 year old girl’s coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for – who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer.

The other Black girl by Zakiya Harris.  All about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City publishing.

The plot by Jean Korelitz.  A propulsive read about a story too good NOT to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Revival season by Monica West.  The daughter of one of the South’s most famous Baptist preachers discovers a shocking secret about her father that puts her at odds with both her faith and her family.

The seed keeper by Diane Wilson.  Spanning several generations, this follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

The siren by Katherine St. John.  When a Hollywood heartthrob hires his ex-wife to act in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secrets and unravel years of lies.

Something unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova.  An overwhelmed new mom discovers unexpected parallels between life in 21st century America and her grandmother’s account of their family’s escape from the Nazis.

The sweetness of water by Nathan Harris.  Two brothers freed by the Emancipation Proclamation hope to reunite with their mother while the forbidden romance between 2 Confederate soldiers causes chaos.

That summer by Jennifer Weiner.  Daisy receives emails intended for a woman leading a more glamorous life and finds there was more to this accident.

Wendy, darling by A.C. Wise.  Neverland is more nightmare than dream.  This rich tale of memory and magic is sure to resonate with fans of re imagined children’s stories.

While justice sleeps by Stacey Abrams.  A gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.


The father (2020) starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman

Another round (2020) starring Mads Mikkelsen

Minari (2020) starring Steven Yeun

Judas and the Black Messiah (2020) starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield

The Rose Tattoo (1955) starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster


The Appalachian Trail by Philip D’Anieri.  The history and fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring the Appalachian Trail to life over the past century.

Beyond by Catherine Wolff.  How humankind thinks about heaven.

The bomber mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.  A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.

The divine language of coincidence by Sophia Demas.  Sophia examines the events in her life that at first seemed to be a series of coincidences, but upon further consideration were building blocks of the miraculous.

Downeast by Gigi Georges.  This follows 5 Maine girls as they come of age in one of the most challenging and geographically isolated regions on the Eastern seaboard – Washington County.

Facing the mountain by Daniel Brown.  This highlights the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation during World War II:  the Japanese-American army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

Finding the mother tree by Suzanne Simard.  An ecologist describes ways trees communicate, cooperate, and compete.

How the word is passed by Clint Smith.  A powerful and diligent exploration of the realities and ongoing consequences of slavery in America.

Killing the mob by Bill O’Reilly.  The author turns legendary criminals and their true-life escapades into a read that rivals the most riveting crime novel.

111 Places in Boston that you must not miss by Kim Windyka.  A fun tour guide to some unexpected sites.

Persist by Elizabeth Warren.  The senior senator from Massachusetts shares six influential perspectives that shaped her life and advocacy.

Total Olympics by Jeremy Fuchs.  Every obscure, hilarious, dramatic and inspiring tale worth knowing.

What happened to you? by Bruce Perry.  An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.



Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington

The most beautiful thing by Kao Kalia Yang

Every color of light by Hiroshi Osada

Ritu weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar

A stopwatch from Grampa by Loretta Garbutt

We are the gardeners by Joanna Gaines

Be who you are by Todd Parr

Out of nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Peace by Margaret McNamara

This way, Charlie by Caron Levis

Balloons for Papa by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Trying by Kobi Yamada

Big feelings by Alexandra Penfold

The world made a rainbow by Michelle Robinson

My day with the panye by Tami Charles


Most wanted : the revolutionary partnership of John Hancock & Samuel Adams by Sarah Jane Marsh

Gone to the woods : surviving a lost childhood by Gary Paulsen

Becoming a good creature by Sy Montgomery

Race through the skies : the week the world learned to fly by Martin W Sandler

World of glass : the art of Dale Chihuly by Jan Greenberg

A small history of a disagreement by Claudio Fuentes

Explore Native American cultures! with 25 great projects by Anita Yasuda

Exquisite : the poetry and life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

The everything kids’ basketball book : the all-time greats, legendary teams, today’s superstars — and tips on playing like a pro by Bob Schaller

This book is anti-racist : 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell

Jim Trelease’s read-aloud handbook Edited and Revised by Cyndi Giorgis

Making a difference : using your talents and passions to change the world by Melissa Seymour

Wow in the world : the how and wow of the human body : from your tongue to your toes and all the guts in between by Mindy Thomas

Rainbow revolutionaries : 50 LGBTQ + people who made history by Sarah Prager

Who Is RuPaul? by Nico Medina

Hello, Earth! : poems to our planet by Joyce Sidman

Little people, big dreams : RuPaul by Maria Vegara

Little people, big dreams : Zaha Hadid by Maria Vegara

When Cloud became a cloud by Rob Hodgson

Osnat and her dove : the true story of the world’s first female rabbi by Sigal Samuel

Little libraries, big heroes by Miranda Paul


Elmo’s world : things Elmo loves by Sesame Street

The magic school bus rides again. All about Earth! a Netflix Series

The magic school bus rides again. Blast off! Featuring Kate McKinnon

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood : Mister Rogers meets new friends collection 30 classic episodes from 1979-2000

Paw patrol. Dino rescue : roar to the rescue by Nickelodeon

Soul by Disney Pixar

Tom & Jerry : the movie by Warner Brothers

Raya and the last dragons by Disney

The Croods : a new age by Dreamworks

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

Travel New England

T ~ There Goes Maine!
R ~ Rhode Island
A ~ Apples Of Maine
V ~ Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer
E ~ Eat Local Cookbook
L ~ Life And Death In The North Woods

N ~ New Hampshire Facts And Symbols
E ~ Eastern Wildflowers
W ~ Weatherbeaten

E ~ Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms Of New England And Eastern Canada
N ~ Northern Frights
G ~ Gardening Month By Month In New England
L ~ Little-known Mysteries Of New England
A ~ Along The Rails
N ~ Night The Sky Turned Red
D ~ Detective In The Dooryard

Margaret C. (Peg) Shaw Memorial Garden

The next few weeks would be a great time to take a short stroll through the Margaret C. (Peg) Shaw Memorial Garden. 

The bank of peonies in front of the steps are fully budded and should open for a colorful display within the week.  

The vintage white rose to the left of the steps is covered in blossoms and buds, and the mountain laurel on the opposite side is in full bloom. 

One of the original plantings, a small blossom single petal pink rose is covered in tiny blooms that will leave clusters of lovely orange/pink rose hips later in the season. 

Across the path and abutting the parking lot are some of the newer plantings: budded climbing roses, astilbe, red huechera, and assorted hosta. 

Just ahead, as the path turns are bleeding heart and blue hosta in front of the abor vitae. 

Of course, the rose garden centerpiece in front of the armillary sphere will hopefully bloom repeatedly through the summer. .

Later this summer look for the tree hydrangea, bush hydrangeas, hibiscus, and the three Rose of Sharon bushes to provide late season color . 

All are a work in progress as we try to hold true to the original garden plan as it grows and changes light and space.

Margaret Barter and Joan Vining



New Items ~ June 2021


Basil’s war by Stephen Hunter.  A swashbuckling British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending the Second World War

Breakout by Paul Herron.  A corrections officer and an ex-cop are fleeing a hurricane, but their only hope of survival is a maximum-security prison where they face new untold dangers.

The devil’s hand by Jack Carr.  James Reece is given a top-secret CIA mission.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto.  This story is filled with mistaken identity, a gaggle of intoxicated groomsmen, five lovably hilarious sisters, and slapstick humor that is full of absurd hi-jinks.

Fast ice by Clive Cussler.  Kurt Austin races to Antarctica to stop a chilling plot that imperils the entire planet.

Good company by Cynthia Sweeney.  The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.

The good sister by Sally Hepworth.  Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

Great circle by Maggie Shipstead.  The story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life – at any cost.

The happiest girl in the world by Alena Dillon.  A gripping novel about a young woman’s dreams of Olympic gymnastics gold – and what it takes to reach the top.

Hour of the witch by Chris Bohjalian.  A young Puritan woman – faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul – plots her escape from a violent marriage.

The man who lived underground by Richard Wright.  This resonates deeply as a story about race and the struggle to envision a different, better world.

Margreete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse.  This is a novel set on the coast of Maine during the 1960s, tracing the life of a family and its matriarch as they negotiate sharing a home.

Northern spy by Flynn Berry.  The sister of a BBC producer may have joined the Irish Republican Army.

Ocean Prey by John Sandford.  Fan favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case.

Oslo, Maine by Marcia Butler.  A moose walks into a rural Maine town.  At the same time, Pierre, a brilliant 12 year old, loses his memory in an accident. 

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.  A lone astronaut is on a desperate, last-chance mission to save the earth from disaster.

Raft of stars by Andre Graff.  Two young boys think they’ve committed a crime, so they flee into the woods of Wisconsin.  Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

The Russian by James Patterson.  Investigating a trio of murders in 3 major US cities against a backdrop of his impending nuptials, Michael Bennett risks getting caught in a deadly trap set by a particularly elusive killer.

Secrets of happiness by Joan Silber.  When a man discovers his father in NY has long had another secret family, the interlocking fates of both families lead to surprise loyalties, love triangles, and a reservoir of inner strength.

Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn.  Grounded in biographical fact, this is a portrait of a young man devastated by World War II on his way to becoming the mythic figure behind a novel that has marked generations.

Sooley by John Grisham.  Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a civil war-ravaged South Sudan.

Sunflower sisters by Martha Kelly.  During the Civil War, two sisters join the war effort together while two other sisters are enslaved on separate plantations.

2034 by Elliot Ackerman.  A chilling thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034 – and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

Win by Harlan Coben.  Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the FBI for decades.


At any cost by Rebecca Rosenberg.  Here is unraveled the twisted story of Rod Covlin, whose unrepentant greed drove him to an unspeakable act of murder and betrayal that rocked New York City.

Broken horses by Brandy Carlile.  The Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won success.

Come fly the world by Julia Cooke.  The jet-age story of the women of Pan Am; women who wanted out and wanted up.

Don’t call it a cult by Sarah Berman.  This is the definitive look at the NXIVM cult, which victimized dozens of women for more than a decade.

Finding Freedom by Erin French.  From the owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, this is a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up.

Get good with money by Tiffany Aliche.  Ten simple steps to becoming financially whole.

The gospels: a new translation by Sarah Ruden.  A remarkable and accessible new translation of the Gospels.

The haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale.  A true ghost story that happened in England.

I’m in Seattle, where are you?  by Mortada Gzar.  An exquisite story of life and love lost.  This conveys the author’s deep desire to reunite with his lover.  It’s hard to put down and difficult to forget.

Learning to pray by James Martin.  With his guidance, interested readers may see prayer as both the most natural yet transcendent thing in the world.

Little and often by Trent Preszler.  The founder of Preszler Woodshop discusses his long-time estrangement from his father and how he overcame the grief and loss of his father’s death through a carpentry project completed with inherited tools.

Nuclear folly by Serhii Plokhy.  A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse.

Rock me on the water by Ronald Brownstein.  1974 – the year Los Angeles transformed movies, music, television, and politics.

This is the fire by Don Lemon.  In this vital book for these times, a reporter for CNN brings his experience to today’s most urgent questions:  How can we end racism in America in our lifetime?

Three ordinary girls by Tim Brady.  The true story of 3 fearless female resisters during WW II whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.  It also made them the underground’s most invaluable commodity.

The triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty.  The definitive bio of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century.

Wild + free nature by Ainsley Arment.  25 outdoor adventures for kids to explore, discover, and awaken their curiosity.

World travel by Anthony Bourdain.  A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by the writer, TV host, and relentlessly curious traveler.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

May Is National Correct Posture Month


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Posture is how you hold your body.

There are two types different types of posture: Dynamic and Static.

-Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, like when you are walking, running, or bending over to pick up something.

-Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, like when you are sitting, standing, or sleeping.


Poor posture (such as slouching or slumping over) can affect you head to toe, contributing to a number of problems:

Cause neck, shoulder, and back pain

Cause headaches and jaw pain

Cause knee, hip, and foot pain

Decrease your flexibility

Affect how well your joints move

Cause Shoulder pain and impingement

Affect your balance and increase your risk of falling

Make it harder to digest your food

Make it harder to breathe

Misalign your musculoskeletal system

Wear away at your spine, making it more fragile and prone to injury


  • Be mindful of your posture during everyday activities, like watching television, washing dishes, or walking
  • Stay active. Any kind of exercise may help improve your posture, but certain types of exercises can be especially helpful. They include yoga, tai chi, and other classes that focuses on body awareness. It is also a good idea to do exercises that strengthen your core (muscles around your back, abdomen, and pelvis).
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight can weaken your abdominal muscles, cause problems for your pelvis and spine, and contribute to lower back pain. All of these can hurt your posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. High heels, for example, can throw off your balance and force you to walk differently. This puts more stress on your muscles and harms your posture.
  • Make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height for you, whether you’re sitting in front of a computer, making dinner, or eating a meal.


  • Stand up straight and tall
  • Keep your shoulders back
  • Pull your stomach in
  • Put your weight mostly on the balls of your feet
  • Keep your head level
  • Let your arms hang down naturally at your sides
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart


So many of us spend a good deal of time sitting – either at work, at school, or at home. It is important to sit properly, and to take frequent breaks:

  • Switch sitting positions often
  • Take brief walks around your office or home
  • Gently stretch your muscles every so often to help relieve muscle tension
  • Don’t cross your legs; keep your feet on the floor, with your ankles in front of your knees
  • Make sure that your feet touch the floor, or if that’s not possible, use a footrest
  • Relax your shoulders; they should not be rounded or pulled backwards
  • Keep your elbows in close to your body. They should be bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Make sure that your back is fully supported. Use a back pillow or other back support if your chair does not have a backrest that can support your lower back’s curve.
  • Make sure that your thighs and hips are supported. You should have a well-padded seat, and your thighs and hips should be parallel to the floor.


You can take a posture test at home without any equipment. You will need someone’s help to take a measurement with a ruler or tape measure.

First, stand against the wall, with the back of your head touching the wall. Place heels 6 inches out from the wall.

Your buttocks and both shoulder blades should be touching the wall. Have someone measure the space between your neck and the wall. Also, measure the distance between the wall and the small of your back.

Both these measurements should be less than 2 inches. If the measurement is greater than 2 inches, you likely have poor posture and a curved spine.

There’s an app for that.

New Items ~ May 2021


Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.  The flightiest of the Brown sisters crashes into the life of an uptight B & B owner and has him falling hard – literally!

The Affair by Danielle Steel.  A French author’s extramarital affair affects various member of his wife’s family.

All the cowboys ain’t gone by John Jacobson.  The main character is an old fashioned hero worth rooting for with much Indiana Jones-style derring-do as he travels from Texas at the turn of the century to join the French Foreign Legion.

Cloudmaker by Malcolm Brooks.  A soaring novel set during the summer of Amelia Earhart’s final flight, a tale of American ingenuity and optimism set against the backdrop of a deepening Great Depression.

The consequences of fear by Jacqueline Winspear.  Maisie Dobbs uncovers a conspiracy with devastating implications for Britain’s war effort during the Nazi occupation of Europe.

Danger in numbers by Heather Graham.  Deep in the Everglades, an eerie crime scene sets off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed, and deadly secrets.

The drowning kind by Jennifer McMahon.  A chilling novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline.  Three people involved in a love triangle find everything they hold dear is tested as Mussolini’s power grows and laws change in Rome.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel.  A story of a family occupying two different countries, Columbia and the United States.

The Kaiser’s web by Steve Berry.  A newly discovered dossier from World War II might change the course of Germany’s upcoming elections.

Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.  An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14 year old girl.

The ladies of the secret circus by Constance Sayers.  A magical story spanning from the jazz age in Paris to modern-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus.

The lamplighters by Emma Stonex.  A gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast – and about the wives who were left behind.

The last bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.  Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, a woman discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed – a force that triumphs over even the darkest night of the war.

The lost apothecary by Sarah Penner.  An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.

The lost village by Camilla Sten.  In 1959, 900 villagers disappeared without a trace.  How can an entire village full of people just…vanish?  This delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint.   As the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills.

Meet me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher.  Marin Cole has never:  seen the ocean, climbed mountains, taken a risk in her life.  But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.

Never far away by Michael Koryta.  Placed in witness protection in remote northern Maine, Leah risks exposing herself to the dangerous forces of her past when her homesick children run away.

The nine lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas.  This explores 9 possible outcomes when a woman who has never wanted children marries a man who gradually decides he does.

Of women and salt by Gabriela Garcia.  The daughter of a Cuban immigrant take sin the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE and seeks to learn about her own family history.

The other Emily by Dean Koontz.  Haunted by the unsolved disappearance of the love of his life a decade earlier, a writer visits her suspected killer in prison before meeting a woman who uncannily resembles the person he lost.

Other people’s children by R.J. Hoffmann.  A riveting novel about a couple whose dream of adopting a baby is shattered when the teenage mother reclaims her child.

The phone booth at the edge of the world by Laura Messina.  Two bereft people find themselves seeking a garden at the top of a hill in Japan, where a disconnected phone allows the grief-stricken to send their voice into the wind as they talk to those they have lost.

The red book by James Patterson.  This puts the characters through hell in a story that’s top-drawer crime fiction.

Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman.  Alex Delaware is traversing the forbidding place known as L.A. and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.

What’s mine and yours by Naima Coster.  The integration of a North Carolina school ties together a pair of seemingly unconnected families for two decades.


Wonder Woman 1984  (2020) starring Gail Gadot and Chris Pine

News of the world (2020) starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) starring Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson

The snake pit (1948) starring Olivia de Havilland

The enchanted cottage (1945) starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young


Birds of Maine by Peter Vickery.  This offers a detailed look at the state’s birds – from the Wild Turkey to the Arctic Tern – with info on migration patterns and how Maine’s geography and shifting climate mold its birdlife.

Fears of a setting sun by Dennis Rasmussen.  The surprising story of how the Founding Fathers came to despair for the future of the nation they had created.

Fourteen (talks) by (age) fourteen by Michelle Icard.  The 14 essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead.

The hill we climb by Amanda Gorman.  The poem read on President Biden’s Inauguration Day by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

Lady Bird Johnson by Julia Sweig.  A look at the policy initiatives and the leadership style of the first lady during her time in the East Wing.

Restoring your historic house by Scott Hanson.  The complete comprehensive guide for homeowners on how to accommodate contemporary life in a historical house.

Sensitive is the new strong by Anita Moorjani.  The power of empaths in an increasingly harsh world.

Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel.  The history of the controversial 1969 Oscar-winning film that signaled a dramatic shift in American popular culture.

Sidelined by Julie DiCaro.  This is a sweeping takedown of misogyny in America’s sports media and professional leagues.  It’s all about sports, culture, and being a woman in America.

Wait, I’m working with who?  by Peter Economy.  The essential guide to dealing with difficult coworkers, annoying managers, and other toxic personalities.

Where we find ourselves: the photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922.  These are interesting on so many levels and is Americana at its most compelling, real buried treasure brought to life.

Winter pasture by Li Juan.  A warm portrait of stark, strenuous lives in remote China as a woman journeys with a family of herders in winter.  It’s a rare look at a disappearing world.

The women of the Bible speak by Shannon Bream.  They lived timeless stories – by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.

Children’s Books


Birdsong by Julie Flett

Curious George goes swimming by Margret Rey

Granddaddy’s turn : a journey to the ballot box by Michael S. Bandy

I am perfectly designed by Karamo Brown

I promise by LeBron James

Love you forever by Robert Munsch

Northbound : a train ride out of segregation by Michael S. Bandy

Spring stinks by Ryan Higgins

V is for voting by Kate Farrell

Vote for our future! by Margaret McNamara

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your house, my house by Marianne Dubuc


Alone in the woods by Rebecca Behrens

Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Clean getaway by Nic Stone

Loretta Little looks back : three voices go tell it! by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

Wings of fire : the dangerous gift by Tui Sutherland


The Great bunk bed battle by Tina Kugler

Hilo. Book 7, Gina the girl who broke the world by Judd Winick

History Comics. The Challenger disaster : tragedy in the skies by Pranas Naujokaitis

History Comics. The Great Chicago fire : rising from the ashes by Kate Hannigan

History Comics. The Roanoke Colony : America’s first mystery by Chris Schweizer


Beginner’s world atlas by National Geographic Kids

Buzzing with questions : the inquisitive mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington

Dinosaur lady : the daring discoveries of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist by Linda Skeers

The great bear rescue : saving the Gobi bears by Sandra Markle

Heartbeat by Doe Boyle

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Insects by the numbers : a book of infographics by Steve Jenkins

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean : Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea by Josie James

Student World Atlas by National Geographic

National parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber

The national parks : discover all 62 parks of the United States by Stefanie Payne

Space : a visual encyclopedia by DK

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton

William Still and his freedom stories : the father of the underground railroad by Don Tate

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


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 What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence refers to sexual activity when consent in not obtained or not freely given. The term sexual violence can refer to any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression. Sexual violence impacts every community and affects people of all races, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, socioeconomic and age groups. 

 Sexual Violence Statistics

Sexual Violence Myths & Facts

There is a lot of information (and misinformation) that circulates about sexual violence and the people affected by it. The following myths are common and can impact survivors of assault or abuse, as well as the behavior and effectiveness of friends, family, medical, social service and law enforcement personnel. This will help clarify some of the most common myths.

Myth: Sexual Assaults are not that common.

Fact: There is an average of 433,648 victims ages 12 or older of rape and sexual assault each year in the U.S. This means 1 sexual assault occurs every 73 seconds.

Myth: Only women are victims of sexual assault/Men cannot be sexually assaulted.

Fact: A victim of sexual assault can be of any age, race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. According to RAINN (The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network), one in ten victims of sexual assault is male, and three percent of American men are victims of rape or attempted rape.

Myth: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.

Fact: Most sexual assaults and rapes (8 out of 10 in fact) are committed by someone the victim knows, or is acquainted with. Only about 19.5% of sexual assaults/rapes are committed by someone completely unknown to the victim.

Myth: A person cannot be sexually assaulted by their partner or spouse.

Fact: Sexual assault can be committed within any type of relationship, including in marriage, in dating relationships, or by friends, acquaintances or co-workers.

Myth: Sexual assaults most often occur in deserted areas like garages, stairwells, or wooded areas. 

Fact: The majority of assaults occur in places ordinarily thought to be safe, such as homes, cars and offices. 55% of rape or sexual assault victimizations occur at or near the victim’s home, and 12% occur at or near the home of a friend, relative, or acquaintance.

Myth: If a person is aroused s/he is assaulted, then it is not really sexual assault.

Fact: Arousal and/or an Orgasm does not mean that someone “enjoyed” the sex, or that they wanted it. Arousal and/or an Orgasm can be a natural biological reaction that someone can’t control; it does not mean that forced or coerced sexual activity was consensual and often this is used to silence the survivor.

Myth: If a victim of sexual assault does not scream or fight or has no injury, it could not have been a sexual assault.

Fact: Submission is not consent; lack of a “no” does not mean “yes”.  There are many reasons why it may not be “safe” or possible for someone to physically resist or fight back. – Many survivors experience something called tonic immobility or a “freeze response” during an assault where they physically cannot move or speak.

Myth: It’s only considered “forced” when there is some form of violence.

Fact: Force is: blackmail, emotional coercion, manipulation, threats, intimidation, the use of alcohol and drugs, the use or display of a weapon, physical battery or assault, immobilization or restriction and any combination thereof.

Myth: People that have been sexually assaulted will be hysterical and crying.

Fact: Survivors of sexual assault elicit a range of emotional, physical, and mental reactions to the trauma of being sexually assaulted, including not having any reaction at all. Each victim will respond differently.

Myth: Sexual assault is caused by lust or uncontrollable sexual urges and the need for sexual gratification

Fact: While some offenders do seek sexual gratification from the act, sexual gratification is most often not a primary motivation for a rape offender. Power, control, and anger are more likely to be the primary motivators.

Myth: Sexual assault is provoked by the victim’s wearing revealing clothing, behaving provocatively, or drinking/using drugs.

Fact: Sexual assault is NEVER the victim’s fault, and has nothing to do with their actions, behaviors, or by the way they dress. Sexual assault is a violent attack on an individual, not a spontaneous crime of sexual passion.  No one “asks” for or caused their assailant to commit a crime against them.

Myth: People who commit same-sex sexual assault must be homosexual.

Fact: Sexual assault is about power and control and happens regardless of sexual orientation. Forcing sexual acts is one tactic an offender can use to dominate, humiliate, and exert power over another person regardless of that person’s gender. It can occur in same-sex and heterosexual relationships and victims of sexual assault can be any gender. In one study, 98% of men who raped boys reported that they were heterosexual.

Myth: Being sexually assaulted by someone of the same gender can make a person gay or lesbian.

Fact: The assault is typically not based on the sexual preferences of the victim or rapist, and therefore does not necessarily change the victim’s sexual orientation.

Myth: People with disabilities are at low risk for sexual assault.

Fact: People with disabilities are victims of sexual assault twice as much as people without disabilities.

Myth: Sex workers cannot be raped because they are selling sex.

Fact: Sex workers have the right to give and withhold consent to any sexual activity, and therefore, can be assaulted or raped just like anyone else.

Myth: A lot of victims lie about being raped or give false reports.

Fact: The incidence of “false reporting” is estimated at 2-6%. Reporting a sexual assault is not easy, and most sexual assaults are not reported. The false report rate is no greater than the false report rate for any other felony.

Myth: Getting help is expensive for survivors of assault.

Fact: Services such as counseling and advocacy are offered for free or at a low cost by sexual assault service providers.

Myth: There is nothing we can do to prevent sexual violence.

Fact: There are many ways you can help prevent sexual violence including intervening as a bystander to protect someone who may be at risk.

FACT: It is NEVER the victim’s fault.

 What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you may have many mixed emotions. You may also ask yourself many questions. All reactions are valid.

 Steps to take after a sexual assault.

After a rape/sexual assault, it’s hard to know how to react. You may be physically hurt, emotionally drained, or unsure what to do next. You may be considering working with the criminal justice system, but are unsure of where to start. Here are some steps you can take…

  • Address your immediate safety. Get to a safe place/Call 911 or other local emergency personnel.
  • Call someone. No matter how late it is, you should not be alone. Call a trusted family member or friend. You can also contact an advocate from a local crisis center. (You’ll find a list of hotlines/helplines below.)
  • Consider your medical options – Remember, the choice to seek medical treatment is yours alone. Many survivors may be reluctant to pursue medical attention in the immediate wake of a sexual assault. It is ultimately up to you to decide what to do in accordance with your own physical, psychological and emotional needs. Please keep in mind that you do NOT have to report what happened to the police to receive medical attention.

Although the choice is yours, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention from a private doctor, clinic, or hospital emergency room for treatment of any injuries (including internal injuries of which you may be unaware), as well as preventative medication for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

  • Consider getting a sexual assault examination or “rape kit.” This preserves potential DNA evidence. If you decide that you do want to proceed with official charges, this evidence will be invaluable.

If the assault occurred within the past 120 hours (5 days), you can receive a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, also known as a ‘rape kit.’ During the exam, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will collect patient history and information about the crime that occurred, and collect physical evidence, including photographs of injuries.

Try not to not shower, bathe, eat, drink, smoke, change clothes, or use the restroom if at all possible. This is important to preserve evidence. If possible do not change your clothes, if you already changed, put your clothes in a clean paper bag (not plastic bag) and bring those clothes with you to the hospital.

You don’t have to decide right away if you’re going to talk with the police about what happened or press charges against the person who assaulted you. If you choose not to report to police right away, the evidence collected during the exam will be kept in an anonymous rape kit, which is called an Anonymous Report or Jane Doe Report. The evidence collected will be stored for one year, to give you time to decide whether you want to report the crime.

  • Find mental health support. A sexual assault service provider or your local crisis center can connect you with professionals skilled in this area of support.
  • Figure out your next steps: A sexual assault service provider can help answer any questions you may have. They can also connect you with resources you may need, including legal options.

Remember, the sexual assault was not your fault and you are not alone.

 Where to go for help:

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse, you don’t have to go through it alone. The websites and hotlines listed below can help!


National Sexual Assault Hotline: National hotline, operated by RAINN, that serves people affected by sexual violence. It automatically routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. The hotline operates 24/7.

Hotline number: 1-800-656-4673

National Street Harassment Hotline: Created by Stop Street Harassment, Defend Yourself, and operated by RAINN, the National Street Harassment Hotline is a resource for those affected by gender-based street harassment.

Hotline number: 1.855.897.5910

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: NSCRV provide supportive services to victims of sexual assault: mental health support, advocacy, accompaniment during medical exams and law enforcement interviews, education, follow-up services, and referrals to other resources.

Hotline Number: 1-877-739-3895

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault Helpline: MECASA is organized to end sexual violence and to support high-quality sexual violence prevention & response in Maine communities.

Helpline number: 1-800-871-7741

Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline: This is a 24-hour crisis hotline where callers can speak with a trained crisis clinician who can connect them with the closet crisis center.

Hotline number: 1-888-568-1112

National Domestic Violence Hotline: NDVH’s advocates are there to listen without judgement. They are there to help you begin to address what’s going on in your relationship. Their services are always free and available 24/7.

Hotline number: 1-800-799-7233

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: The NTDAH’s peer advocates are reachable by phone, text and online chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hotline number: 1.866.331.9474

Text: LOVEIS to 22522

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After Silence: On this Web site, you will find a support group, message board, and chat room for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.

The National Center for Victims of Crime: The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. They are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: This site offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence (including a large legal resource library) for survivors, friends & family, and advocates & educators.

The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website:  The NSOPW is an unprecedented public safety resource that provides the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. Users can search the state, territorial and tribal sex offender registries all in one place.

Victim Connect Resource Center: The VCRC website is a place where victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. Victims can find information and connect with resources, craft their next steps, and access referrals.

Sexual Assault Resource Guide: Healthline covers a wide range of information including what is sexual assault, what is consent, what is force, how to make a police report, how to find medical care, how to get legal support, how to find mental health support, and more.

 References/Source Information:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (Rainn)