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Build a Better World Schedule of events

 “Build a Better World” 2017 Summer Reading Programs for Children

June 20 – July 7: Registration for Summer Reading Program and pick up your start-up information.

June 27 at 10:00am: Marigold planting with Wiscasset Garden Club at WPL.

July 11 at 10:30am: Matt Loosigian – Sing, Play, Dance along with magical, funny songs about ecology at WPL.

July 18 at 10:30am: Wind Over Wings brings magnificent wildlife birds to WPL.

July 26 at 10:30am: Castle Tucker Family Day – Story Time and Summer Games for the family at Castle Tucker. Pick up your event ticket at the Library before going to Castle Tucker for the event.

August 9 at 10:00am: Chewonki Foundation presents their BBW “Biomimicry” program at WPL.

August 10: Last day to submit reading logs to complete program.

August 11: Winners’ names drawn and notified about their prizes.

Important Note: Pre-registration is required for all programs. Visit the Library or call 207-882-7161 to add your name tot he program lists.

“Build a Better World,”

“Build a Better World,” the Summer Reading Program at Wiscasset Public Library, starts in 11 days!!  Be a Builder – Read –  make houses and gardens, learn about all kinds of wood, work with clay, sing and dance, visit with exotic birds, visit a castle, and see a brand new Chewonki Program!

Sign up starts on June 20 – Come and have fun this summer at Wiscasset Public Library!

Friends of Wiscasset Library Planning Fourth Bands for Books Fundraiser in September

For the fourth year, Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library are planning a fun-filled evening to raise money for the Library. The Bands for Books event this year will take place on Sunday September 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Seafield Farm, a lovely and picturesque property in Wiscasset owned by Katharine Martin-Savage.

The event will feature live music by the Salty Dogs, with dancing encouraged. Sarah’s Café will provide food and a cash bar, and Leavitt and Parris of Portland and Marianmade Farm of Wiscasset will provide a large tent under which many of the festivities will take place. There will also be a raffle for a number of wonderful items including a sculpture, flower arrangements, a case of wine, and an airplane ride over coastal Maine.

Three area banks with branches in Wiscasset, First National, Camden National and First Federal Savings, are sponsoring the event along with Ames Hardware, Levitt and Parris and Ideal PortaJohns.  Other sponsors include Jenn Spaur and Katherine Martin-Savage.

The event committee chaired by Michelle Peele, includes Kate Curran, Cynthia Davis, Judy Flanagan, Katherine Martin-Savage, Wendy Ross, Jenn Spaur, Crissy Swartz, and Linda Winterberg.

The September party is the Friends of the Library’s largest event of the year and all of the proceeds go to the Wiscasset Library. Former contributions have been used for new lighting, a remodeled Used Book Room, and for upgrades in heating, air conditioning and carpeting. The Friends of the Library supports summer reading programs, as well as informative community programs and a book study group.

So, mark your calendars, get ready to have some fun, and take home some wonderful raffle items while helping the library.

For more information call Michelle Peele after 5 p.m. on 207-687-8212

Author speaks at next Friends book talk

The regular meeting of the Friends of the Library book group will take place on Thursday, June 15 at 10:15 in the Fiction Room of the Wiscasset Public Library. JaJa Martin will discuss the book she co-authored with her husband, Dave. The book, Into the Light, is an account of the three year voyage that the Martin family ( Dave, Jaja and their three young children) took to the Arctic on the twenty-five foot day sailer Direction.The public is invited to attend. The book group meets once a month usually on the third Friday at 10:15. Join us for interesting talk about books and bring some suggestions for books you’d recommend to others.

In memory of Robyn

Wiscasset Public Library Staff and Trustees mourn the recent passing of Robyn Lyon.

Robyn was an assistant librarian for over twenty years before she retired in 1996. She continued at the Library as a volunteer until 2015.

Robyn was a real asset to the Library and the community. She will be sorely missed.

Email from Friends

The Friends of Wiscasset Public Library would like to keep you informed with a copy of our bi-monthly newsletter and information on upcoming programs and events.

If you would like to receive this information by e-mail, please let us know by replying to with your e-mail address.

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Your email address will be kept confidential and used strictly for the purpose of sharing information from Friends of Wiscasset Public Library. Thank you for your interest and support.

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.

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: or go to 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 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 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 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: 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.

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.