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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!

Prizes awarded to Summer Readers

“Build a Better World,” the Summer Reading Program at Wiscasset Public Library, ended on August 10th. Children who finished the program had their names entered in age/grade level drawings for prizes. Winners were Fern Chapman 0-3years old, Thomas Gillespie and Clara Charbonneau 4years/Pre-Kindergarten, Leah Gillespie and Brandon Seigars for Grades 1 & 2, Maisy Charbonneau and Aiden Kary for Grades 3 & 4, Wesley Charbonneau and Julia Truesdell for Grades 5 & 6, Ezra Charbonneau for grades 7 & up. Grace Greene won our special “Builder’s Prize” for measuring and guessing the number of bricks in the patio and walkway outside of the Used Book Room. Congratulations and a special thank-you to everyone who participated and made this another wonderful summer at the library!!
Pictures show :Julia Truesdell, 6th grade winner in the Wiscasset Public Library Summer Reading Program, shows her prize of a $25.00 book store gift card the Charbonneau family readers who all won prizes in the Wiscasset Public Library Summer Reading Program!

Wiscasset Public Library offers 6 weeks of Chair Yoga

Beginning Tuesday, September 12, and continuing through Thursday, October 19, 2017, Wiscasset Public Library will be offering a free Chair Yoga class from 9:00 to 10:00 am in the Reading Room of the Library.

Chair Yoga is a gentle easy introduction to the practice that will allow accessibility to the benefits of the poses to people of all ages and abilities. This class will be particularly beneficial to individuals with limited range of motion and balance issues. Participants will need to come in soft clothes that allow movement and a towel or strap to assist reaching. Yoga is practiced with bare feet. Participants will be seated in a chair but you will also be walking and standing at the chair. Bare feet allow one to fully ground down through the feet and make them more active.

The class will be taught by Pam Dunning, a Yoga Alliance certified RYT200 teacher. Pam also has experience teaching Yin and Hot power yoga.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Please call the Library at 207-882-7161 to have your name added to the list.


READ ALL ABOUT IT! WPL Town Talk Continues

Local newspapers will be the subject of the next Town Talk. The Wiscasset Public Library will host this Town Talk on Wednesday September 20th at 3:00. Contacts have been made to several folks who have special interest in this topic. A former owner and report, a collector of old articles and a former paperboy have all been invited to come and share stories and information on the topic. Newspaper help us to review, learn and enjoy events our past. If you have papers or articles, please bring them to share.


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. If you have family stories, pictures of events, organizations, schools, athletic teams or other aspects of our collective histories, you are encouraged to come and share during this informal gathering.

Chewonki at WPL

Chewonki’s summer program,  Biomimicry, will be presented on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00am at the library.  Come and see a wonderful program  about how nature can inspire us to Build a Better World.  Meet some live animals that offer us creative solutions to future problems. Call the Children’s Room at the library for more information. See you then!