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Upcoming programs and events

The May Book Group attendees were few but the discussion was lively nonetheless.  

We selected The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester as the June common read.  The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary — and literary history. The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. (

May Recommendations
Prime of Life by P.D. Beckendam
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Walden Johnson
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

Our next meeting is on June 24th at 10:15. We plan on meeting on the library’s back lawn.

Friends talk about Books

The April Book Group attendees were few but that did not hamper the discussion. Once again, we covered several topics, some of which were related to books 🙂 At one point we talked about lesser-known Maine children’s authors of note. Lucia recommended Ashley Bryan’s Freedom Over Me (Newberry Honor book). Janet suggested Lea Wait’s Seaward Born.

April recommendations
Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz (2002 Nobel Prize winner)
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (#6 in the Kenzie and Gennaro series)
The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
Final Mission: The North Woods by Joseph R. Wax
Ernie’s Ark: The Abbott Falls Stories by Monica Wood
We have only received a few nonfiction suggestions for our group read in June. The members at the April meeting agreed that the top contender so far is Jon Meacham’s His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, recommended by Elaine Pew. If you have a suggestion, please email us at We will be choosing our nonfiction book at the May meeting.

Book report from the Friends Book Group

Hello Book Group,

Our discussion started with a “Thank you!” to Pam Dunning and the staff of WPL. Wendy commented on the excellent selection of new titles that have been available at the library. I would second that comment. We are very appreciative of the ability to acquire an endless supply of great reading material.

Thank you to Linda B., Lucia , Linda K., Elaine , Sue , and Wendy for presenting books for today’s meeting. The summaries and ensuing discussion were very interesting. It is always a pleasure to discuss books with other bibliophiles. These are the titles suggested at the February meeting (listed by author):

Mr. Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium by Victor H. Green (nonfiction)

The Searcher by Tana French

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini

The Bridge of Years by May Sarton

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin (nonfiction)

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor (nonfiction)

Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay by Julie Zickefoose

Our next Zoom meeting will be on Thursday, March 18, at 10:15 am. The meeting announcement and Zoom link will be sent out beforehand. We hope you can join us.


Tracy and Stephanie

InterLibrary Loans Reopen at WPL

It’s official. Interlibrary Loan reopens on Monday July 13! Many libraries, including Wiscasset Public Library, have agreed to start the process. WPL staff are excited to be able to bring this back for you.
Remember, this is the leading edge of start-up. Not all libraries nor their collections are available. Please be patient. If you are having any trouble at all placing your request, call us at 207-882-7161 or email and we will help you.

WPL Closes in Interest of Public Health and Safety

To the Wiscasset Public Library community,


Following public health guidelines, we are closing the Library until further notice. The current threat from the pandemic is too severe to be ignored.


We will continue to watch as events unfold and make decisions on reopening when it is safe to do so. We are intent on doing what is best and safest for our patrons and staff.


  • If you have items checked out, please, keep them until we reopen. We do not charge late fees and all libraries understand that there is no way to return their items at this time.
  • There will be no interlibrary loans processed until the Library can reopen.
  • We will be monitoring the email and telephone messages. Leave a message and a librarian will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • The Library will not be accepting any donations until after the pandemic has run its full course and public safety is no longer at risk.
  • We will keep you updated via social media, our website and news articles. Programs and services will be rescheduled to the best of our ability.
  • Take advantage of the Digital Maine Library for your information needs.
  • Use the Maine Downloadable Cloud Library for free e-books and audio books.


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2020 Board of Trustees

2020 Wiscasset Board of Trustees

Front row: Betsy Kyle, Linda Belmont and Tracy Joyce. Back row: Greg Uthoff (Secretary), Sherri Dunbar, Richard Litz (President), Sally Gemmill (Vice President), Sandra Crehore, Linda Bleile, Cheryl Rust and Tom Boudin (Treasurer).


Friends of WPL book group changes.

The Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library Book Discussion group has made a change for the 2020 season. We will be meeting on each third Thursday of the month at 10:15 in the Fiction Room. We meet in the Fiction Room at the library every month.

 On Thursday, January 16 we will be discussing One Goal by Amy Bass. This book is a non-fiction story of how the Lewiston High School overcame all odds to win the state soccer championship.

 Please consider joining us this year. If anyone wants to be on the Book Discussion Email List, please let me know at