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Children’s Christmas Sale – Saturday, December 8 from 9 am to 2 pm

Hey Kids, Don’t forget that the Children’s Christmas Sale in the Wiscasset Public Library Used Book Sale Room, part of the Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, is coming up next week! Saturday, December 8 2018 from 9 am to 2 pm. Mark your calendar.

Have Mom or Dad bring you in so you can do all of your Christmas shopping at very reasonable prices. Remember, this shopping is just for kids. Books for all ages, travel mugs, jewelry, CDs, puzzles, videos adn much more. Gift wrapping is free.

James Crowley will be here at 10 and 11:30 am to sing the Grinch Song ala the Boris Karloff original.

Fritz the Reindeer Dog will be here for picture opportunites.

This is a Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library event. You do not want to miss it.

Friends book share titles

Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library met to share some interesting titles.
The Friends recommend:
Days without End by Sebastian Barry
The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
The Fallen by David Baldacci
Everyman by Philip Roth
Educated by Tara Weston

Special Book Sale at WPL



The Friends of Wiscasset Library operate a Used Book Room in the Library building, which is open to the public any time that the Library is open. The room has been completely renovated over the last three years, and is now a bright, cheerful place to shop for wonderful bargains. On Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th, the Friends are going to hold a “clear the shelves” sale, offering all books and other materials at a staggering 50% discount!   Many of these books are in pristine condition and very recent releases, and would make wonderful Christmas gifts. Current prices of $3 for hard cover books, $2 for trade paperbacks, and $1 for mass market paperbacks will be slashed in half, and a large collection of novels which have been priced at 4 for $1 will also be half price.

Reducing the inventory in the Used Book Room will provide much needed space for our annual Children’s Christmas Sale on December 8th, when the Friends will offer area children a wonderful selection of minimally priced gifts for their parents, siblings, and other loved ones.

The First Congregational Church will hold their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13th, from 10 to2, so stop there for some bratwurst and sauerkraut, and then stroll over to the Used Book Room for some fantastic bargains. Hours of the Used Book Room Library sale will be 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, October 12th, and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 13th.

All proceeds go to support the Wiscasset Public Library and its programs.

Memoir Writer Phyllis Chinlund at WPL

Author Talk on Love, Art and Dementia at Wiscasset Library Sept. 26

Author, filmmaker, and geriatric social worker Phyllis Chinlund will talk at the Wiscasset Public Library at 5 p.m. on Wednesday September 26 about her long marriage to photographer Ray Witlin, and the struggles they went through as he developed Alzheimer’s.

Signed copies of her memoir, “Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia,” will be for sale at the event.

In the book, she describes the difficult days of the onset of Alzheimer’s and how they got through them as the disease progressed. Moving from Manhattan to Maine, she writes, made life possible. Her memoir is a vivid portrait of a 30-year marriage and a testament to the endurance of love in the face of devastating mental and physical decline.

In her presentation she will read passages from her memoir, will show some of Ray’s work and will take questions from the audience.

The memoir has received wide praise from medical professionals and authors.

The event is free and open to the public. The Wiscasset Public Library is located at 21 High Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578. For questions call the library on 882-7161.

Labor Day Party at Marianmade Farm Benefits Children’s Room at Wiscasset Library

Friends of Wiscasset Public Library have once again produced an excellent evening that combined fun with fundraising. The proof is in the pictures that this is a very fun event. All funds raised benefit Wiscasset Public Library. This year’s success will be used to improve the Library’s Children’s Room. Dancing, talking and laughing together as you contribute to a special cause is always rewarding. Don’t miss your chance when it returns next year to have a wonderful evening with a great group of Friends.





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.