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Battle of the books!!

Did you know that such a war could be waged?  Well, the siege is over and the clear winners of the battle are the students of Pittston Consolidated School. 
Over the last two weeks, I had the pleasure to judge the third annual Battle of the Books that pitted teams from the 4th and 5th grade classes at the school.  Each team spent hours reading, dissecting, researching and pondering, 5 young adult titles.  On the day of the competition, they were battle ready with styling hats and colorful tees.
The judges tried to be as prepared by reading the books and learning to arbitrate through any controversy.  We read stories about the sinking of the Titanic, a biography of a real hero of the West, a poignant story of a very loyal dog, a fantastical yarn about an excellent pie maker and a colossal story of intrigue.  Through 2 days of competition, the battles were tight and no clear winner emerged.  As the final teams squared off, the room tensely braced for the action.  Points flew back and forth and when the dust settled, The Book Burglars emerged victoriously!
At a time when our community scrambles to support the schools that educate our children and wonder about state “grades”, I am so proud to have been a part of this wonderful program that keeps kids reading and allows them the ability to soar with their imagination…way to go staff, students and teachers of Pittston Consolidated School!
Anne Davis, Director of Library and Information Services

Ghosts in the Library?!?!

On Sunday, April 14, 2013, we had a local group investigate the library for paranormal activity!  What did they find???
Sunday evening, I met Roger and several members of his team here at the Gardiner Public Library.  They carried in several pieces of equipment, including Infrared cameras, EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recorders, EMF (electro magnetic field) meters, cameras – both still and video – a laser grid, as well as the more mundane flash lights. 
After a fairly quick tour of the building, with a bit of history, and a bit of discussion about where and when activity might occur, Roger and his crew set up their equipment.  Infrared cameras were set up on each floor.  Someone adjusted a book here or there, hoping I guess, that a spirit might either push it back on the shelf or off the shelf (neither of these things happened, by the way!)
Next, we divided up into two teams.  One team went up to the Children’s Room, and the other went down to the Community Archives Room.  I was in the downstairs group.  We settled around the tables; lights in the room were all off.  Some of the team members had cameras and took pictures.  The team leader set up EMF meter on the table, and, using a head set, listened to the EVP recorder.  Members of this group attempted to make contact with whatever energies were there and available.  Some of the questions were very general, asking for knocks as answers.  I didn’t hear any specifics, but the team leader thought he heard response through the EVP recorder.  I do know that a couple of times, I got extremely cold!  The EMF meter was passed around me, and the numbers changed significantly!  YIKES!
Once the meter numbers were shown to have changed, the team leader began to carry it around the room for a bit.  He got several number spikes as he wandered. I asked about different former staff members, and one or two caused the numbers to fluctuate.  We tested this for a bit more, than moved on.
Both teams met on the main level of the library and discussed what we had observed.
Next we switched floors.  My group noticed that there is quite a bit of “white noise” in the Children’s Room – from the ticking of the clock, to the heating system, to the street noises.  A picture book and the train were set out to entice any energies interested visiting with us.  I am interested to hear what was discovered once all of the evidence has been revealed!
We re-convened in the Hazzard Reading Room for a session with the entire group.  The EMF meter was in the center of the room, and the numbers fluctuated quite a bit, but further investigation showed the fluctuation occurred the higher in the room that the device was held.  I’m not sure what that means, but I certainly found it interesting.  We stayed in there for a bit, asking questions.  The person using the EVP recorder felt that he heard some responses, but again, the evidence needs to be reviewed.
Stay tuned – we hope to have a program in the not too distant future, revealing all!!!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

Summer Reading Wrap Up

Congratulations to all the children and young adults who participated in our Summer Reading Program “Dream Big Read”.  There were 126 of you who read an outstanding number of books between June 18th and August 4th.  Gift certificates, Sea Dogs vouchers, Old Fort Western passes and grab bag prizes were among the rewards.  Many children participated in our weekly story hour and craft times as well.  New fairy houses were built and taken to the Fairy Village to replace those destroyed by vandals earlier this year.


Great job everyone!
We are hoping to start a Lego Club later this year.  It will be held on Saturday mornings when the weather turns cold, and fall sports have concluded.
If anyone has gently used Legos (all sizes) that they’d be willing to donate please contact Charlene Wagner in the children’s room or call 582-6894.  We are also in need of small storage bins & medium size trays.
Thank you!
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Henna Happy Hour

A fun time was had by all who came to the Young Adult Room in the Gardiner Public Library on Tuesday, August 14th for a Henna Happy Hour. We did nails and Henna tattoos for a small group of young ladies for the first time here.  It was a fabulous time with plenty of great memories made in the library.  We had a wonderful crew of staff including Alyssa, Helen, Annie and Meryl helping me (Ginni Nichols, Young Adult Librarian) put on the event with food.  Pictures were taken and there was plenty of laughter. This event was such a success that we will be looking to schedule another Henna Happy Hour with more things to do for the evening. Keep an eye out for an upcoming hour with the Gardiner Public Library.
Another event that has become an annual one here at the Gardiner Library is the International Games Day @ your library coming up on Saturday, November 3rd. This is a time set aside to come and play different games at your local library. National companies sponsor this day by donating new games for the day to the libraries that participate. We can’t wait for this year’s event – game on!
Ginni Nichols (Young Adult Librarian)

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.