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Upcoming programs and events

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.

What’s happening at WPL?

Wiscasset Public Library in January – Come in and join us for all the fun. All programs are free and open to the public.

January 17 at 3p.m.—Town Talk
January 19 at 1-:15 am—Book Discussion
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am—Chair Yoga
Children’s Room:
Saturday January 13 at 11 am—Mother Goose Story Time
Wednesday January 17 at 3:30 pm—Lego Club
Friday January 19 at 3:30 pm—Craft Time
Friday January 26 at 3:30 pm—Board Games & the Library
Saturday January 27 at 11 am —Sew Together
Wednesday January 31 at 3:30 pm—Lego Club
Thursdays at 10:30 am—Story Time for 1-year-old and above

January 2018 Town Talk

The Wiscasset Public Library will host the next Town Talk on Wednesday January 17 at 3:00.

This winter session will include looking at copies of Charlie Knight’s journals/diaries. Knight, a Main Street village businessman, kept daily records during the years from 1880 through 1930. These include interesting information of the Wiscasset village in that era, as well as fascinating reports on the snow fall and cold that impacted the lives during this 50 year period.

Town Talk takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 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.

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.

“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.