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Labor Day Party at Marianmade Farm to Benefit Wiscasset Library

You are invited to a party on Labor Day that will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a lively band, and a silent auction of many valuable items. In addition, each party goer will be given a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 certificate for dinner at the Little Village Bistro, donated by the restaurant.

The Bands for Books event takes place from 5-7 pm Monday September 3, at Marianmade Farm, a picturesque lavender and flower farm and wedding site, on the Sheepscot River in Wiscasset. It’s the fifth year Friends of the Wiscasset Library have held this event to raise funds for projects to keep the historic 1805 library building in good shape — such as painting, heating, and roof work.

Highlight of this year’s silent auction will be a set of books donated and autographed by local author Lea Wait from her Maine Needlepoint Mystery series, including the seventh book in the series, which is not scheduled for publication until the end of October. In addition, the auction will include two cases of wine, an airplane ride over coastal Maine, original paintings, framed prints, pottery, a picnic basket stuffed with goodies, a homemade cake and other items.

The lively and talented band The Salty Dogs will once again play rock-and-roll music from the 1950s to the 1980s – so get your dancing shoes ready.

Generous local sponsors include Ames Hardware, The First National Bank, First Federal Savings and private patron Jenn Spaur.

Tickets for the library fundraiser are $20 ahead of time and can be purchased at the library at 21 High Street in Wiscasset. Tickets also can be purchased for $25 at the event itself, located at 155 Federal Street in Wiscasset.

For more information call Wendy Ross on 882-7060.

Book store promises romance

Calling all avid readers and passionate Romance novel enthusiasts. The Wiscasset Public Library Second-Hand Prose Used Book Room has just received a very generous donation of 100 plus Romance paperbacks for your summer reading pleasure. 

Stop by during Library hours and see for yourself the fabulous, mint condition collection of well known Romance authors including Debbie Macomber, Fern Michaels, Laura Moore, Nora Roberts, Sherryl Woods and Susan Wiggs, just to name a few. You will definitely leave with a book or two, a couple or trilogies or maybe a complete collection for yourself or for gifting. Tell your friends and come clear the shelves as there are more Romances coming.


Friends recommend

Friends of WPL met on May 18 to share book titles. Recommended as great reads are:
Hadley, Tessa      The Past
Lord, Cynthia      Touch Blue
Ng, Celeste          Little Fires Everywhere
Reich, Robert      The Common Good
Roy, Arundhati   The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Wait, Lea              Uncertain Glory

At the meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2018 all members will read Susan Meissner’s novel A Fall of Marigolds. The book discussions are free and open to the public.

Summer Hours begin

Summer hours run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The Library will be open:
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Secondhand Prose Used Book Room is open during all Library hours.
The Jane S. Tucker Archival and Genealogical Room is open until one-half hour before closing each day.
Public Access computers are available until fifteen minutes before closing.

Wiscasset Public Library Brick Project

Are you interested in supporting the Library in a meaningful way? Wiscasset Public Library is preparing its brick order for 2018.This is a beautiful, thoughtful way to honor a loved one, share a meaningful quote or create a lasting memory. When you purchase a brick it becomes a permanent part of the patio and walkway.

To purchase a 4×8 inch brick simply bring $100.00 with the text you wish engraved. The brick can have three lines with up to twenty spaces in each line. Spaces between words count as a space. To purchase an 8×8 inch brick, simply bring $200.00 with the text you wish engraved. These bricks have up to six lines with up to twenty spaces per line. Text is all capitals and centered on the brick. To make it easier to check your wording, templates of the 4×8 and the 8×8 bricks are available at the Library.

While many bricks have the names of individuals, some are engraved with a short quote or saying. Visitors are seen to spend time reading the bricks and enjoying the area.

The 2018 order will be sent out on June 29.

WPL Used Book Room price changes still a great bargain.

The Used Book Room (UBR) committee selected May 8 at 10 a.m. on which to spring clean the used book room (UBR). They are dedicated to keeping this area fresh and welcoming for the public. Twenty-three volunteers of the Friends of WPL have offered to help by staffing the sale, cleaning the space and shelving books.

The group is also planning to staff the UBR this summer. The UBR is open during all Library operation hours but will be staffed by Friends on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The decision was made to increase the price of hard cover and trade paperbacks beginning May 1, 2018. Audios and videos remain priced at one dollar. Mass Market paperbacks will remain priced at one dollar. Trade Paperbacks (larger size paperbacks) will increase to $2.00 and Hard Covers to $3.00. There is a rolling cart of culled books now in the UBR that are on sale for a donation to the Library.

Come in and browse the shelves for some wonderful deals on clean books at better than reasonable prices.

Free Ancestry and more at WPL

This is a reminder the public has access to free databases at Wiscasset Public Library.

When using a computer that is online through the Library’s Wi-Fi, individuals can login at Ancestry Library and use the site for free.

There are also many databases and full text magazines and articles available online through Marvel for patrons to use at no charge.

Come in to search your family history or research the thousands of online resources at the Public Library.

Did you know about Second Hand Prose Used Book Room?

Did you know?

The Friends of Wiscasset Library’s Used Book Room is open year round, whenever the Library itself is open! While members of the Friends staff the room several days a week during the summer, opening the door to the lovely patio outside, the room is also always accessible from inside the Library. Customers are free to browse for treasures in the beautiful new and newly lighted room downstairs, and pay for their purchases at the Circulation Desk. Following on a very successful Christmas sale and Christmas shopping event for children in December, we find that we have some really wonderful large or mint condition books that we are now featuring on the shelves below the display case in the Lobby. Priced at a fraction of their retail price, these books make wonderful gifts, or additions to your collection or coffee table. Prices remain unbelievably low in the Used Book Room itself ($1.00 for paperbacks and $2.00 for hardcover books), so please stop and take a look at our upstairs display, and spend some time in our quiet and cozy Used Book Room as well. All funds raised by the Friends go to support the Library and its many fine programs.

Donors and Volunteers Make A Difference

Dear Donors and Volunteers of the Wiscasset Public Library,

Each year the Library Board of Trustees sends out an annual appeal letter asking patrons to help fund Library services. And each year donors open their hearts and wallets to give.

Because of your contributions, the October storm in mid-coast Maine that took down over one thousand telephone poles and an innumerable number of trees in our area did not harm the Wiscasset Public Library even though the Library property has several tall maple trees with high and wide canopies.

The reason, this year the Library was able to hire an arborist to assess the health of the trees on the property. He found that almost all of the trees needed to be pruned and five trees were so decayed that they had to be removed.   The library was able to pay for this project thanks to your generosity.

A few years ago, one of those maples, eight feet wide at the base, dropped a trunk through the Library roof, cracking a rafter and luckily missing the book stacks.

The November storm arrived in Wiscasset, the wind howled, trees fell, branches snapped all over town except on the Library property. Our beautiful, stately trees with their fresh pruning stood tall and strong and left no damage behind.

Your generosity protected the Library building, its collection and the surrounding properties from damage. Since there was no damage, the Library was able to open as soon as power was restored and to remain in service to patrons. Your donations made a real difference to the Library and so to the entire Town of Wiscasset.

This year several individuals volunteered their time to complete tasks in the Library. Checking shelves to assure that items are in the correct order and easy to find; shelving returned books; cleaning books of dust and freshening each room; processing labels and covers onto new books; assisting patrons with computer sign-in and use; running the circulation desk; and even cataloguing new items into the collection. All of this time was given in service as a gift to the public. Some of these volunteers came as Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library and some as patrons. All came, served and gave of themselves to keep the Library a welcoming place for the entire community.

Thank you, donors and volunteers, for your continued support.

The Trustees and Staff of the Wiscasset Public Library.