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WPL and First Congregational Church partner for next Town Talk

Last month’s Wiscasset Public Library’s Town Talk featured the sharing of recipes and cooking. April’s Town Talk, to quote Phil Device Wiscasset Newspaper article “will be even more fun when some of these favorite dishes are made and shared.”
On April 18 Town Talk will be held in Fellowship Hall at the Wiscasset First Congregational Church across the street from the Library. The Church and Rev. Josh Fitterling are graciously offering that facility that includes a kitchen for this special Town Talk. Please note that the time has been changed and is 3:30, not the usual time.
Town Talk takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and will return in May to the Wiscasset Public Library at 3:00 in the Library’s Fiction Room. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library. Come join in the Town Talk.

Wiscasset Public Library Children’s Room April Schedule

Story Time
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, rhymes, finger plays, songs and more

Sew Together
Saturdays, April 7 and 21 at 1:00 to 1:55 p.m.
In a fun, supportive atmosphere we will learn hand sewing basics.

Lego Club
Wednesday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.
If you like to build with Legos come join the club

Rainbow Cloud Craft
Thursday, April 12, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Ages 2 – 5, siblings welcome

Beaded Umbrella Craft
Thursday, April 19, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Ages 5 – 8, siblings welcome

Board Games at the Library
Wednesday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m.

All are welcome, we have Candy Land, Sorry, Go Fish, Crazy Eights and lots of fun

Cherry Blossom Painting

Thursday, April 26, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Ages 9 – 12

Saudi Women: Change & Challenge Program

The Wiscasset Public Library Presents

Saudi Women: Change & Challenge

by Kay Hardy Campbell Wednesday, March 28, 2018 ~ 5:00 PM


Author and Middle East specialist Kay Hardy Campbell will discuss changes currently facing Saudi women, as well as her new novel, A CARAVAN OF BRIDES, set in Saudi Arabia.

FMI contact Wiscasset Public Library on 882-7161. Light refreshments served.

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.

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 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.