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What’s Happening In The Library

As we roll into fall, school starting, apple picking, falling leaves, etc. etc., I took a few minutes to reflect on how busy we were over the summer months.

And it has been a busy summer here at the Gardiner Public Library.  We had 18,793 people walk through our doors. That’s up from 16,489 last summer between June 1stand August 31st.  735 people attended 59 different programs in 2016.  That’s up as well – 683 people attended programs during the summer of 2015.  I wish I could give you accurate statistics about the Summer Reading Programs – both children’s and young adult – but I don’t currently have access to those figures.  From my perspective at the Adult Circulation Desk, I will say that there were definitely many more Young Adult participants this year!
So, what will we be doing this fall?  We have a variety of events in the offing.  Local author, Anne Valley is offering a journaling class – More Joy, Less Stress – journaling for perspective, peace and prosperity.  This is a six week class, on Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 12:30pm, beginning Tuesday, September 6th.  Registration is limited, but there are still a few spaces available.  Give us a call to reserve your spot – 207-582-3312.
Miss Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will be here for Story Time & Crafts on Tuesday, September 13th.  Join us then with your little one to learn more about good nutrition!
Tuesday, September 13th begins an eight week series – Voices of the Kennebec.  Over the eight weeks we will host several local authors, as well as a writing workshop.  Please join us on September 13th, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm as we welcome Gay Grant discussing hometown Pulitzer Prize winners Laura E. Richards, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Robert Peter Tristram Coffin.
In October we are planning another ghost story event.  Thursday, October 27th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm we will host our community in recalling local ghost stories.  If you have a story to share, please email Kelly at hauntedgardiner@yahoo.comand she will gladly add your story to her collection.
Don’t forget – Story Time and Crafts every Tuesday from 10:00am – 11:00am, and Babies Love Babies every Friday from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Children’s Room!
We also have two different book discussion groups that meet monthly.  The Paranormal group meets the first Tuesday of the month, and our more literary group meets the third or fourth Tuesday of the month.  Each of these groups meet from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
Fall is still young, and I’m sure we will add several events as we discover them.  Keep your eyes open to posters in and around Gardiner, and we’ll see you in the library!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian


The value of the public library is often underestimated, especially with regard to the impact on education. Specifically, the public library plays a major role in helping children learn to read, as well as develop reading skills and comprehension.
For example, the Children’s Room here at Gardiner Public Library offers a wealth of knowledge. The Children’s Collection is a vast assortment of print (as well as books on CD) which allows children to be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction. Having such a vast collection contributes to student success beginning at an early age.
Another advantage of the Children’s Room at GPL is our summer reading program, which helps children increase their reading achievement, as well as keeping them from losing progress made during the school year.
Even pre-schoolers can take advantage of the Children’s Room throughout the year by attending Story Hour. Listening to an adult model good reading is a wonderful way to spark children’s interest in reading.
Having access to a wide variety of books is so important to children’s literacy development. Please come visit the Children’s Room at GPL, and bring home an exciting stack of books for your child to delve into!

Treats In The Library!

We have had a very busy month here in the library!

When I sat down to write this blog post, my plan was to only mention the various programs and events that happened in the Hazzard Reading Room.  Believe me there were several well attended events, but I would have missed several more, and the more included over 600 people!!!
During the month of October there were at least 20 programs that the library sponsored or participated in, 18 of them were here at the library.  What types of programs you ask . . .
We participated in the Harlow Gallery’s Art In Home event.  This event happened the first weekend in October.  We had a chance to show off some of our collection.  The stage curtain in the Children’s Room was down for viewing, several Carol Bates paintings were displayed, the Ice Man sculpture by local artist Nicolas Genovese, as well as several items from our Archives collection.


We held two separate author events.  Local author Paul Betit was here discussing his three books – Phu Bai, The Man in the Canal and Kagnew Station.  We also hosted a publication party in honor of Gay Grant’s new book – Destination Unknown.
We benefitted from the help of a dozen Gardiner Area High School students as they participated in the Day of Sharing.  This wonderful project helps area locations in many ways, and we are lucky to have these students join us, doing things like raking leaves, washing windows, moving books, and many more!
The library hosted two Local Candidate Forums.  These two events took place at Gardiner City Hall, and were well attended!
The Children’s Room hosted a Pre-K visit from one of the local schools.  This is a great way to introduce the littler ones to what we do!
We hosted a lovely wedding ceremony in the Hazzard Reading Room.  What a pretty space for a small intimate wedding.
 Close to 400 Trick or Treaters visited us as part of Gardiner Main Street’s Halloween Event.  WOW – 400 costumed folks entered the library!
We also had our usual monthly programs which included four Story Hours in the Children’s Room, four Thursday afternoon Teen Times and three different book discussions.
Whew!  That’s 20 programs in a 31 day month.  We are closed on Sundays, so 20 programs in 27 days!  Almost one per day, sounds like we are a busy, hub of activity here in Gardiner, Maine!

Saturday at the library!

The Gardiner Public Library is a great place to spend your winter!  The library staff wants you to spend some time enjoying the great programs we have booked.  Last Saturday the library was bustling in all the rooms.  We had Story Hour up in our Children’s Room.  We offer Saturday Story Hour the first Saturday of every month and Babies Love Babies Play Time every Friday from 10-11AM.  We had a Henna Happy Hour in our teen section and we also scheduled a Fireside Chat with State Representative, Gay Grant.  Look for more of these chats in the future.
Are you looking for ways to meet other caregivers?  Come join us every Tuesday morning for Tuesday Story Hour (10:30-11:00AM) followed by a craft time with Missy.  Have you just read a great book and wish to talk about it?  Join our Book Discussion Group that meets 6-7PM on January 22nd as they discuss The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.  Are you researching your family and need some help?  Join our Genealogy Meet Ups in our Community Archives Room on 1/22 and 1/24 from 11AM until 1PM.  We even have laptops that you can use!
Don’t hunker down at home waiting for spring to appear….come join us at the Gardiner Public Library.  We love seeing everyone and we are still able to recommend a great book for you to read!
Anne Davis, Library Director

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

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.

From the Children’s Room

Several months ago the Children’s Room started a
1stSaturday of each month story hour.
Time 10 AM to 10:30AM
New books are introduced with an old favorite added in now & then.
Come join us June 2nd for our next Saturday story hour.
The American Library Conference has been held in New Orleans several times in the past so when I read a review for a book about Jean Lafitte, the hero of New Orleans I was curious.
Jean was raised by his Jewish grandmother after his mother died and from her he learned how their family suffered for practicing their faith at the hands of the Spanish government.
He vowed to become a pirate and capture all vessels flying the flag of Spain.  Although a biography for younger children,  Jean Lafitte: the Pirate Who Saved America by Susan G. Rubin, packs a great deal of history in its 47 pages.  I learned fascinating facts about the War of 1812 and the pirates who saved New Orleans.  Hopefully ALA will be held there again!
Book jacket illustration was found a Google images.