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Friends Recommend:

Personal History by Katherine Graham

The Curious Lobster by Richard W. Hatch

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Antarctica by Claire Keegan

The Conspiracy by Kat Marhn

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Justice and Mercy by Lea Wait

Educated by Tara Westover

Book Discussions at the Wiscasset Public Library

The Friends of the WPL host a monthly book discussion on the third Friday at 10:15 in the Library’s Fiction Room. This Thursday, April 19, the Friends will have a book share. Everyone brings something that they have read and share it: talk about the book, read a selection from the book, or bring something to share about the author.

On Friday, May 17, the Friends will do another book share.

On every third month, there will be a common read. On Friday, June 21, everyone will have read A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Kline’s book is a fictional memoir of the relationship between artist Andrew Wyeth and Christina Olson. Wyeth used Christina as the model for many of his works of art, including Christina’s World. The group will also have the chance to visit the Olson House. Come to the April meeting for more details.

Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library Support Children’s Room

Everyone probably knows by now that the Friends of WPL have a major fundraiser for the Library called Bands for Books. Last year the Friends agreed to do something special in the Children’s Room with the proceeds. They decided to replace the 20+ year-old carpeting in the Children’s Room. This is huge.

In April the Library will replace that carpeting with carpet tiles. Everything in the room needs to be removed during the process. The only logical space to put the items was the Used Book Room, located next to the Children’s Room. Unfortunately, this means that the book sale room will be closed on Saturday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 30. Carpeting will be installed that weekend.

What else have the Friends done to help the Library? In just the last two years, Friends replaced the ceiling lights with the more efficient and brighter LEDs in the Non-Fiction and Children’s rooms. The Friends also support programs and activities at the Library including; annual funding of the Children’s Room Summer Reading Program, along with other programs, both in the adult section and the Children’s Room. The Friends also give money to copier fees, Spring cleaning and the Maine Street Page of the Wiscasset Newspaper. In addition to replacing the carpet this year, the Friends were able to allocate just $2,700.00 for these purposes.

Friends Book Group met on February 15 to share titles

Friends Recommend:
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Two Loves by William Trevor

The next book group meeting will be held on March 15, at 10:15 am. The group will meet to discuss Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

Wiscasset Public Library hosts
Fundamentals of Integrative Nutrition with Julie Mitchell
Part 2
Julie Mitchell is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach returns for a second time to share her knowledge and passion for matching your diet to your body.
Call 207-882-7161 for more information.
This program is free and open to the public.

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

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.