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Rogers to Discuss Her Writing at Wiscasset Library March 22

Loocal author Morgan Callan Rogers will be at the Wiscasset Public Library

Wednesday March 22 at 4:45 pm to discuss her debut novel “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea” –  the story of a spirited young girl growing up in a Maine coastal village. It was the chosen March reading for the library’s book group, who invited the author to attend. The public is also welcome.

The novel was published to critical acclaim in 2012 in the US, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Australia.  In 2015 Rogers published a sequel, “Written on My Heart,” that continues the story of Florine Gilham into marriage and adulthood.

Rogers, who grew up in Bath, is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and of its Stonecoast master of fine arts in creative writing program. In addition to writing fiction, she has had many jobs including librarian, secretary, editor, actress and singer. She now works as a reporter for the Boothbay Register.

So mark your calendar for March 22 to come to this special event to meet the author and join in the discussion.

Storm closing

The Library is closed today (March 14, 2017) due to the incoming storm.

It looks like Winter is not done in the beautiful state of Maine and is giving another chance to stay at home with a good book. We will reopen when weather and conditions permit.

The programs that were originally scheduled for tomorrow, Town Talk and local author Morgan Callan Rogers’ talk and book discussion, have been moved to Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

MILS is here!

WPL staff and trustees are happy to announce that the Library has joined MILS circulation system.

What does that mean for patrons? Visit our card catalog to see the Wiscasset Public Library collection. Click on view all and see the collections of all 10 libraries on MILS. If a patron wants to borrow from the other libraries, sign into your account and request the item be sent to Wiscasset for you. Interlibrary loans just got very easy. After signing into MILS, you can also check your record, see what you have checked out and renew items.

Come in and ask a librarian to help you learn the new system. It is very exciting to be able to offer so many items and options to the patrons.

Town Talk returns to WPL

Town Talk will continue on Wednesday March 22 at 3:00 at the Wiscasset Public Library. After the first Town Talk in February it was evident that there is lots more to talk about. This informal gathering of community folks revealed that there is a great interest in the sharing and hearing of our stories and history.
Connie McLeod Dalton brought with her a collection of fabulous pictures and a scrap book that she shared and then donated to the Wiscasset Public Library. Steve Christiansen shared copies he had made of documents from the Library’s Archival Room.
This next Town Talk will include a discussion of Wiscasset’s Fire Society, of which few have a clear understanding of this historic association.
You may have questions, you may answers to questions or you may want to just listen. Town Talk is an opportunity for sharing information… before it is too late to ask those individuals with that particular information. Come see what the Talk is all about.

Staff Training Day

NOTICE: The Library will be closed all day Tuesday, February 28, 2017 while the staff is trained in use of MILS, the new library management system. The new system will allow patrons to log in to their account at home, check their account status, order interlibrary loans and have access to all of the materials owned by the libraries on MILS. 

Important Notice to Download users on Overdrive

The Download Library is moving to the cloudLibrary on March 1, 2017!

On March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library will be moving to a brand new e-book and e-Audiobook platform called cloudLibrary. This will replace the Overdrive platform being used now.

Our current system, managed by Overdrive, will be turned off on February 28, 2017 and the cloudLibrary will be launched the very next day, March 1, 2017.

Once the system is live on March 1st, simply download the app for your device by going to: http://yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/how-it-works or go to http://download.maineinfonet.org and follow the links to login via your library.

With this transition to the cloudLibrary the Download Library will continue to offer readers nearly all of the current collection of over 10,000 digital titles that are already in the Download Library plus new titles and additional copies of popular titles.

The cloudLibrary will offer patrons an App-based user experience that makes it easier to download eBooks and e-Audiobooks. The cloudLibrary App highlights the best and freshest titles in our collection, and also allows for patron customization.

Users of Kindle devices should be advised that the Kindle Fire works with the cloudLibrary, but e-ink Kindles do not.

Below are some important dates for you to know, a list of Questions & Answers, and other helpful information.

Dates to Remember Last Day for Overdrive: February 28, 2017 Launch of the Maine InfoNet cloudLibrary: March 1, 2017

Important Questions & Answers:

How do I use the new cloudLibrary system?

The cloudLibrary system is best experienced through the cloudLibrary App. Simply go to http://yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/how-it-works and follow the directions!

You can download the app, called cloudLibrary, in the Playstore for Android devices, the App Store for Apple/ iOS devices, and the Windows Store for Windows devices. For Kindle Fire devices go to http://yourcloudlibrary.com and click on the “available on Kindle Fire” link on the right side of the page.

You can also access the cloudLibrary system using a browser by going to http://download.maineinfonet.org and logging in by selecting your library from the list provided and logging in with your library card.

What if I check out an e-book in Overdrive on February 27, how many days do I have to read?

You will have one day to read the e-book because all checkouts made through Overdrive will expire February 28th, 2017.

How much time will I have to listen to an e-Audiobook if I check it out on February 27th?

On most devices you will have one day to listen to the e-audiobook because all checkouts made through Overdrive will expire February 28th, 2017.

Will my current checkouts in Overdrive transfer to the new system on March 1st?

Checkouts that exist in Overdrive on February 28 will not transfer to the new system. However, on March 1st you can check out or place a hold on titles using the new cloudLibrary app.

Will my holds transfer to the new system?

Holds will not transfer to the new system. You should place a new hold in the cloudLibrary by downloading the app and logging in on March 1st.

I requested a title to be purchased in Overdrive. Will that transfer to the new system?

Patron requests to purchase a title(s) will not transfer to the new system. You may want to place your new request in cloudLibrary on March 1st.

What devices are compatible with the cloudLibrary app?

What devices work

    • Tablets
    • Laptops
    • Smart Phones
    • Nook readers
    • Kobo eReaders
    • KindleFire
    • Desktop computers
    • Iphones, Ipads, Ipod Touch
    • What devices do not work:
    • eInk Kindles
    • Ipods
    • Mp3 players that do not support appsUnfortunately, no. Amazon does not support the ePub format used by the cloudLibrary platform.The cloudLibrary support site is located at: http://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/support There you can download a cloudLibrary User Guide, watch how-to videos or search for other help topics.Maine InfoNet and the Maine InfoNet Board of Directors are continuously looking for opportunities to provide better services at a better value for Maine libraries. The existing Download Library received regular criticism that the system was too difficult to use. The cloudLibrary is app-based and has a simpler process to check out and download titles. Libraries in Maine that have offered both systems say the cloudLibrary is much easier for library patrons to use. Additionally, the cloudLibrary will allow more Maine Libraries to participate in the Maine InfoNet Download Library. Under the old platform, many types of libraries were not allowed to participate due to limitations imposed by Overdrive. Now, by switching to the new cloudLibrary, any library wishing to participate will be allowed to join. Allowing more libraries to join and participate in the Download Library translates directly into more people in Maine reading and more content being purchased – a great thing for all of us.
    • Why is this switch being made?
    • How can I get help once the cloudLibrary goes live on March 1st?
    • Will I be able to use my Kindle eInk reader?

Any Time Story Time with Joan

Any Time Story Time with Joan. Any time that Joan is on duty is a great time to bring in your children to hear a story, sing a song or create a project. Every Story Time is different. Joan will have some books and a craft ready.

If you are concerned about Joan’s hours, call the Library at 207-882-7161 and we can supply you with her schedule for the week.

Program – Women in the American Civil War

Women in the American Civil War

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Please join us in March for this talk to honor Women’s History Month presented by Dr. Elizabeth D. Leonard, the John J. Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College.

Women were the backbone of both Civil War armies: they supplied clothes, food, nursing and even doctors, messengers, espionage, spies, and disguised as men, soldiers. Dr. Leonard will tell us the story of women’s support for and involvement in the Civil War, and what their war work meant for the nation’s, and women’s own future.

Dr. Leonard is the author of several books, including her most recent work, Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky, which won the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

No charge. Light refreshments will be served.

Second Hand Prose Used Books

Exciting news! The used book room is open for business.

The Friends of the Library are very excited with all of the changes in the used book room. This is now a warm and welcoming space for book lovers to browse. It is hoped that shoppers will visit and read as you enjoy the surroundings before you buy .

Thanks to all of our patrons who have waited so patiently for this re-opening. We appreciate your understanding.