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Upcoming 2019 Library Events

All Wiscasset Public Library programs are free and open to the public.

Friends of Wiscasset Public Library Book Share

The Friends will meet on Friday, February 15 at 10:15 a.m. to share titles. Come in a join the discussion to hear about what everyone is reading. This is a great way to find your next read.

Friends of Wiscasset Public Library

Cabin Fever Sale

Winter got you down? Come to Second Hand Prose Used Book store, located in Wiscasset Public Library, on Friday, February 22 from 10am to 5 pm and Saturday, February 23 from 10am to 2pm for terrific deals on used books. The already low prices even more attractive during this “Buy One, Get One” sale. That’s right. Two books for the price of one.

Cash and checks accepted.

The Friends will be serving complimentary hot chocolate and yummy cookies during the sale.

Phyllis Chinlund Wednesday, February 20 at 5:00 p.m.
You are Invited to join Phyllis Chinlund, Author of Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art and Dementia for the opening of an exhibition of photographs by her late husband Ray Witlin.
A Quest for Photojournalism
5:00 Wednesday February 20
Wiscasset Public Library
21 High St., Wiscasset Maine
Witlin’s life and career were defined by a quest to create his personal brand of photojournalism, a quest that ultimately led him on a multi-media exploration of 55 countries.
At 5 p.m. on February 20th Phyllis Chinlund will kick off the exhibit with an illustrated talk about Witlin’s work in the context of photojournalism.
The exhibit will be on display in the library’s Fine Arts Room from February 20th until the end of March.



Friends of Wiscasset Public Library Book Discussion

The Friends will meet on Friday, February 15 at 10:15 a.m. to discuss Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. Come in and share your opinions of the title and hear what everyone else has to say.


Pursuing A Dream: A Wandering Executive’s Journeys into The Philippines

Wednesday, April 3 at 5:00—6:45 p.m.

A video account with live narration by the author


Can you imagine how humanity could live without smartphones? Without technology? Beyond electricity? An inquiring James Nelon wanted to know. He roamed Southeast Asia for a year in quest of just such a people, seeking examples of society very different from his Midwest upbringing. He found what he pursued. Nelon photographed and described the lifestyles, habits and outlook of remote people thriving in simple communities. The Iban in the mountainous interior of Borneo; the Badjao dwelling in over-water huts in Tawi-Tawi; the Batak living out their dreams on Palawan Island: these stories – and many others – illustrate individuals and families half-way around the world who happily live with few burdens commonplace to us in our modern society.

In his quest for a different world, he found captivating, charismatic peoples and societies. In his books, he describes what he discovered through dramatic dialogue and captivating photographs. He wandered where double translations of language were the norm. He slept on whatever was offered in huts provided by his curious hosts, eating whatever they provided. His writings and photography vividly convey a tale of happiness, inquisitiveness, and acceptance by strangers in remote lands. Two books and accompanying videos relate his experiences in Indonesia and the Philippines. He became convinced that the core spirit of people remains indomitable. And his vivid stories of his journeys are timeless in their character, seeking to place the listener firmly in the location, drawing in the reader to believe in and experience the universal oneness of humankind.




2019 Trustees meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees will be held on  the third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.. Trustees reserve the right to cancel any meeting for which there is no outstanding business or to change the time and date to accommodate the ability for all Trustees to be able to attend the meetings..


Friends Book Discussion Group

The Friends of the Library hold a book discussion on the third Friday of each month at 10:15 a.m. in the Library’s Reading  Room.  The discussions are either based on the group sharing a single book or everyone bring a favorite book to talk about. This is a great way to learn about new titles and new authors. It is also an excellent way to spend a Friday morning. Newcomers are always welcome to join the fun and attend the meetings. Meetings are free and open to the public.


2019 Friends meetings
Regular meetings of the Friends will be held on  Mondays January 14, March 11, May 13, July 8, September 9 and November 11. Refreshments served at 9:30 am and meeting held at 10 am.