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“Nature-themed Mysteries & Thrillers and … Truth”

                    Presented by Author Sandra Neily

 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “fiction reveals truth that reality obscures,” and he might have been right about the novel “Deadly Trespass.”

Debut author Sandra Neily offers readers both entertainment and discovery. “I wrote this book to take people who love Maine (those who know its woods well and those who don’t) on a field trip into a world at risk. I wanted to create a story that urged readers on from page to page, so they’d arrive at the last page, feeling like they had pitch on their hands and a clear view of what might be lost.”

Join award winning author Neily at the Wiscasset Public Library as she shares her novel “Deadly Trespass,” and how she and other authors have crafted story telling around urgent and timely stories that feature our natural world. Neily won a national Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, was a national finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s “Rising Star,” contest, and recently was a fiction finalist in Maine’s “Joy of the Pen” competition.

A native of East Boothbay, she’s been a Registered Maine Guide, the Director of the Maine Conservation School, and Maine Audubon’s Outreach Coordinator. Sandra reads passages from “Deadly Trespass,” (reviewed as “…a beautiful book that brilliantly captures the battle to conserve Maine’s mythical woods…”) and shares her own list of outdoor based mysteries and thrillers and the issues they illuminate. She hopes guests will bring their favorite out-door fiction to help grow her list.

This lecture has been made possible by the Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library. No charge to the public. Light refreshments available.

“Production Soldiers and Kitchen Commandos: The World War II Homefront.” at WPL

In recognition of Veterans Day, The Wiscasset Public Library will present a program by Peggy Konitzsky, Site Manager in Wiscasset for Historic New England, on Wednesday, November 8 from 5.00 to 6:30 p.m. She will deliver her presentation, “Production Soldiers and Kitchen Commandos: The World War II Homefront.”

Peggy will talk about the war’s impact on our local communities and efforts made to support of the war. Many local men and women joined the armed services, leaving those left at home to deal with the requirements of the war effort, including the effect of blackouts, rationing and shortages on households and local businesses.

Following the presentation, there will be time for comments, sharing of remembrances and questions. All are welcome and a special invitation to our Veterans during this community’s acknowledgement of their service. This program is offered by the Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library

Story Time Returns to WPL

Children’s Librarian, Laurie Ridgway announces that Story Time is returning to Wiscasset Pubic Library. Story Time will be offered three times during the week until Miss Laurie finds the class that works for the majority of children.
The schedule will be as follows or CR Program schedule:
Wednesday October 25 and every following Wednesday at 10:30 AM – Story Time for ages birth to 4+
Tuesday November 7 and every following Tuesday at 3:30 PM – Story Time for ages birth to 4+
Thursday October 27 and every following Thursday at 10:30 AM – Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time for ages birth to 2 years.
Please note that the Tuesday and Wednesday Story Times are the same theme and titles.
Miss Laurie will also be starting new Lego Club on Fridays starting on October 27 at 3:30 PM
Look for Hand Sewing 101 and Holiday Crafts in December!

New Lego Club starts at WPL

Hello Wiscasset Library Patrons.
Thank you for all the warm greetings. I feel very welcome here. I would like to start a Lego Club for our youngsters so am requesting from you if you have extra blocks collecting dust somewhere in your home that you would consider donating them to the Wiscasset Public Library Children’s Room.
The first Lego Club will occur on October 27 at 3:30 PM.
Thank you! Laurie Ridgway, Children’s Librarian.

Wiscasset Public Library Receives Donation from Healthy Lincoln County

Wiscasset Public Library has received a donation of several books to help parents raise their children free of substance abuse.

Library Director, Pam Dunning and Healthy Lincoln County Coordinatior, Patricia Buck-Welton at the donation display.

Healthy Lincoln County has entered substance abuse partnerships with several area libraries’ Their mission is to strengthen communities to support alcohol and drug free youth. They are doing this by providing resources to parents. The books have been donated and are now available for check-out from Wiscasset Public Library. Look for this collection in the display case at the front circulation desk.

Titles are:

100 Tips for Parent Raising Drug-Free Kids b Aletha Solter

Anxious Kids Anxious Parents: 7 ways to stop the worry cycle and raise courageous & independent children by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons

Building Resilience, I Children and Teens: Giving kids roots and wings by Kenneth Ginsburg, with Martha Jablow

Buzzed: the straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder and Wilkie Wilson

College Success Guaranteed: 5 rules to make it happen by Malcolm Gauld

Get Out of My Life, but First Can You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall by Anthony Wolf

Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens + teens by Laura A. Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt

How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: the straight dope for parents; What kids don’t reveal and what parents need to know by Joseph Califano Jr

I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up: What to say and not say when parenting teens by Anthony E. Wolf

NutureShock: New thinking about children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend: how every adult can change kids’ lives by Peter Benson

The Parent’s 20-minute guide: a quick guide for parents about how to help their children change their substance use

Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s guide for teens and kids by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons

Positive Discipline: the classic guide to helping children develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and problem-solving skills.

The Price of Privilege: How parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of discontented and unhappy kids by Madeline Levine

Sparks: How parents can help ignite the hidden strengths of teenagers by Peter Benson

Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to keep them talking to you and how to hear what they’re really saying by Michael Riera

The Teenage Brain: a neuroscientist’s survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults by Frances Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt

Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers by Michael Riera

What Adults Need to Know about Kids and Substance Abuse: Dealing with alcohol and other drugs by Katherine Sadler


A Bridge of Firsts – The building of the Wiscasset bridge

Revisit the building of Davey Bridge linking Wiscasset to Davis Island, Edgecomb in photographs taken by journalist Phil Di Vece of Wiscasset. Costing over $8.5 million to build over a two-year period from 1981 to 1883, it was the first bridge of its kind constructed in Northern New England. It’s made up of 318 steel-reinforced concrete segments each weighing 40 tons held together by steel cables running within it post-tensioned to 846,000 pounds. Following its completion it was dedicated by Governor Joseph Brennan on Sept. 28. 1986 to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Donald E. Davey who gave his life in the line of duty on June 30, 1984.

Local author and reporter Phil Di Vece will present the information and photographs that he had gathered as a reporter during that period of construction of the Davey Bridge. His talk and pictures will show the progress of the project as well as insights to the impact to the community. This Friends’ of the Wiscasset Public Library program will be on Wednesday October 25 at 5:00 in the Fiction Room of the Library

Phil Di Vece earned a B.A. in Journalism studies at Colorado State University and a M.A. in Journalism at the University of South Florida. From 1980 to 1995 he owned and published a weekly newspaper, The Wiscasset Times, based in Wiscasset, where he continues to live and write. He is a former selectman for the town of Wiscasset, and is a Trustee of the Wiscasset Water District.

Mr Di Vece has a knack for colorful storytelling. His books “Wiscasset and Its Times” and “More Wiscasset and It’s Times” take the reader on journeys through the storied past of Lincoln County’s Shire Town.

Greetings Book Group members.

At our September meeting we had a very lively discussion about  Bill Roorbach’s novel The Remedy for Love.  It was lively because the members had a variety of reactions to it and were open to sharing their thoughts.  Members agreed that it was a very enjoyable gathering. We thank Margaret Holden for recommending the book and leading the discussion.

Our next meeting is coming up soon. We’ll gather on Friday October 20 at 10:15 for a book share session. I hope everyone will come to share impressions about their current book choices.

The group chose a non-fiction work for our December 15 meeting.  We will be discussing The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.  Bryson is known for his humorous travel books especially those set in Great Britain.  ” The Road to Little Dribbling is a loving and hilarious – if occasionally spiky – valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country- Great Britain”. Our library has the book as well as many others by Bill Bryson. We hope that this book choice will encourage a lighthearted meeting during the holiday season!

Thanks and Happy Reading!

Wiscasset Public Library announces King Foundation Grant

Wiscasset Public Library is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The King Foundation has generously granted the Library $25,000 to purchase a metal roof. The roof will be one and one half inch standing seam with24 gauge steel construction.

This is the third grant Wiscasset Public Library has received from the King Foundation. The Library was granted $25,000 in 2004 to upgrade the electronics and install a new network throughout the building. In 2007 The Library received $50,000 that enabled it to repoint the brick and paint the exterior, replace several windows and a list of other repairs that were needed at the time. This third grant brings the total to $100,000.

The generosity of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is well known to libraries around the state. Wiscasset Public is extremely fortunate and grateful that King Foundation has been so supportive to the Library’s needs and the needs of our patrons.

This grant was sought in keeping with the Library’s ongoing efforts to seek outside funding of capital projects in order to minimize requests for town funding.


Meet the New Children’s Librarian for Wiscasset Public Library

Hi, my name is Laurie Ridgway, or Ms. Laurie to the younger set. This October I began my new job in Maine but before this I was a librarian on the eastern shores of Long Island, New York. There, I was working with teens but now I am looking forward to meeting the local Wiscasset young people. I cannot wait for this bright, big, children’s room to be filled with the sound of excited readers.

Recently my husband retired, sold his locksmith business, and moved to our house in Woolwich. We wanted to live here because it is beautiful and quiet and we have family in the area. But unlike my husband I am not ready to retire! (I must be too young.)

Besides working with children I am an avid reader, love the outdoors, the ocean, and gardening. While inside I quilt, knit, and work the Sunday crossword. I grew up in rural, upstate New York and find Maine feels like home to me. Come in and say hello, I would love to meet all of you.


Town Talk takes a turn into the unknown in October

Bumps in the night? Unexplained sounds and feeling? Peculiar behavior of family pets? Is your house haunted? Is a neighbor’s? Real witches? Do you have stories to tell?

“When shall we meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?”

On Wednesday October 18 at 3:00 Town Talk will be an opportunity to share stories, beliefs and feelings of the phenomena of spirits. Stories of local haunted homes have festered for years in Wiscasset. True or just local myths?

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Conjure up some time and join this not so live-ly discussion. Town Talk takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3:00 in the Library’s Fiction Room. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library. Come join the Town Talk.

A prize for identifying the included quotes will be given. Retired English teachers are ineligible to win!