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Mainers on the Titanic with Mac Smith at WPL

Wednesday, July 17 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Wiscasset Public Library

Mainers on the Titanic traces the stories of passengers on that fateful ship who had ties to Maine. Many of them were wealthy summer visitors to Mount Desert Island, but there were many other residents of the state aboard as well. Their tales are retold in a lively way here, along with the sinking-related events in the state at that time. Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really happened to their loved ones aboard and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking, rescue, and arrival back in the country, and, for those who did not survive, their final coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s a unique and fascinating addition to the Titanic story and to Maine history.

About the author: A Navy veteran of the First Gulf War and former news reporter for the Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead. This is his first book.

Wiscasset Public Library Used Book Room Sale!

Join us Saturday, June 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for half priced books in the cooking, decorating, gardening, and craft book sections! The room will be staffed if you have any questions.

If you can’t make it for the sale, feel free to stop by any other time! We have a wide selection of books, from our kids’ section to our poetry books, fiction, and non-fiction sections. Priced from as low as $1.

Used book stores offer an affordable way to uncover exciting books you didn’t know you needed. So visit Wiscasset’s Used Book Room to support your local library and discover your next literary adventure.

Located at: 21 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578

Used Book Room open when the library is open!

(Please use the front or side entrance on the day of the sale.)

Aiding the environment supports WPL

Wiscasset Public Library (WPL) has been selected to be the benefitting non-profit to receive a donation through the Give Back Where It Counts Reusable bag program at Shaws grocery store in Wiscasset.
During the month of July, Shaws will donate $1 to WPL every time someone purchases a $2.50 reusable Give Back Where It Counts bag. That’s right! Each bag purchased will benefit the Library.
It is very simple. Go to the store and purchase a reusable bag or maybe even two. At the end of the month Shaws will send the Library the donation. People who purchase a bag will be aiding the environment by reducing the use of single-use bags and making donation to the Library at the same time.

Go to the source for internet information

WPL Saturday hours are 10 am to 2 pm. all year round.

The internet is not always accurate. So many of us have become dependant and almost addicted to looking for our information on the internet that we forget that the information on the internet is not always updated in a responsible or timely manner. A few patrons have advised me that there are places on the online that list WPL Saturday hours as 9 am to 2 pm. It also lists the Library as closed on Saturdays during the summer. That was true at one time. Those hours changed effective January 1 2019. I wrote to Google and Bing with corrections a few months ago but those corrections have not been made as yet.

Please keep this example in mind when you search the internet for anyhting. If you want to be sure of accurate and up-to-date information go to the source as often as possible. Although using a web browser and checking the search engines can be helpful, visiting a businesses website will probably give you better information. This is especially true when looking for medical advice, legal issues, financial information, etc. Browse the source and get resutls you can trust.

Friends share titles

WPL Friends book discussion group met today to share titles of interest. Try one of these title that were shared today.
The Friends recommend :
One Goal by Amy Bass
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
Revolution of Maria M by Janet Fitch
When All Is Said by Anne Griffin
My Sister’s Keep by Jodi Picoult
Musings of the Woodland Poet by William E. Priest

Friends Recommend:

Personal History by Katherine Graham

The Curious Lobster by Richard W. Hatch

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Antarctica by Claire Keegan

The Conspiracy by Kat Marhn

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Justice and Mercy by Lea Wait

Educated by Tara Westover

Book Discussions at the Wiscasset Public Library

The Friends of the WPL host a monthly book discussion on the third Friday at 10:15 in the Library’s Fiction Room. This Thursday, April 19, the Friends will have a book share. Everyone brings something that they have read and share it: talk about the book, read a selection from the book, or bring something to share about the author.

On Friday, May 17, the Friends will do another book share.

On every third month, there will be a common read. On Friday, June 21, everyone will have read A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Kline’s book is a fictional memoir of the relationship between artist Andrew Wyeth and Christina Olson. Wyeth used Christina as the model for many of his works of art, including Christina’s World. The group will also have the chance to visit the Olson House. Come to the April meeting for more details.

Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library Support Children’s Room

Everyone probably knows by now that the Friends of WPL have a major fundraiser for the Library called Bands for Books. Last year the Friends agreed to do something special in the Children’s Room with the proceeds. They decided to replace the 20+ year-old carpeting in the Children’s Room. This is huge.

In April the Library will replace that carpeting with carpet tiles. Everything in the room needs to be removed during the process. The only logical space to put the items was the Used Book Room, located next to the Children’s Room. Unfortunately, this means that the book sale room will be closed on Saturday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 30. Carpeting will be installed that weekend.

What else have the Friends done to help the Library? In just the last two years, Friends replaced the ceiling lights with the more efficient and brighter LEDs in the Non-Fiction and Children’s rooms. The Friends also support programs and activities at the Library including; annual funding of the Children’s Room Summer Reading Program, along with other programs, both in the adult section and the Children’s Room. The Friends also give money to copier fees, Spring cleaning and the Maine Street Page of the Wiscasset Newspaper. In addition to replacing the carpet this year, the Friends were able to allocate just $2,700.00 for these purposes.

Friends Book Group met on February 15 to share titles

Friends Recommend:
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Two Loves by William Trevor

The next book group meeting will be held on March 15, at 10:15 am. The group will meet to discuss Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

Wiscasset Public Library hosts
Fundamentals of Integrative Nutrition with Julie Mitchell
Part 2
Julie Mitchell is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach returns for a second time to share her knowledge and passion for matching your diet to your body.
Call 207-882-7161 for more information.
This program is free and open to the public.