Library News

August  2016 Library News

Nancy Jordan

The big news at the Library is the successful celebration of Art and Soul on July 16th this year. We made the most money ever, and everyone who came seemed to have a good time, as well as spending a lot of money. We had a huge, hardworking crew that helped pull it all off. For the second time, we held it at the Learning Center and to get ready, Deb Fuller painted the outside steps. With Penny Murley, she cleaned up the landscaping and planted new flowers along the entrance path. Thank you, Deb and Penny.

I want to thank especially the volunteers who headed up each part of Art and Soul. Nancy Noble, along with Tammy Hohn, was in charge of the Book Sale. Annie Donovan and Barbara Johnson organized and manned the food table. Paula Johnson and Patti Temple, as well as Annie Donovan, were the inspiration and the hard workers behind the incredible baskets that were raffled off. And Carolyn Gaudet was in charge of the Silent Auction and had indispensable help from Towanda Brown and Amber Cilley. At the risk of forgetting someone, I will simply send sincere thanks to all the many, many others who helped getting ready for the big day, who worked all day Saturday at the events and into Sunday cleaning up, especially making sure all the books were shipped off island and made it to Goodwill. A huge thanks to the people and organizations who donated the raffle baskets: I think it’s unanimous that they were spectacular.

Other big news at the Library/Learning Center is the installation of the elevator that will give handicapped access to the basement, leading to many possible uses for that space. The main entrance, the Dodwell Gallery and the Large Meeting Room will pretty much be unusable for August. Please excuse the disruption, and use the doorway to the far left. If you are unable to do stairs, please call the library ahead of your visit, and the volunteer on duty will try to make arrangements that will let you use the main entrance.

If you haven’t seen John Burke’s sculpture display in the small case, don’t miss it. John’s art is made entirely of found and recycled materials and is great fun to look at all the detail. He changes it often, so a second look is a good idea!

As usual, the library is full of exciting and informative books, a great variety of materials to appeal to almost everyone. Our collection of children’s books gets rave reviews. If you can’t find what you want, please ask a volunteer who will make sure it’s ordered for you from Inter Library Loan. My favorite books recently have been Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, and Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Patrons like Spain in our Hearts, the new book on the Spanish Civil War by Adam Hochschild, and Miller’s Valley by Anna Quinlan.

The Library is sponsoring the showing of the documentary “She’s beautiful when she’s angry’ on August 3 at the VFW at 7pm. It’s about the women’s movement of the 1960’ and 70’s. Once you see it, you’ll realize how much we women take for granted today that we didn’t have just that short time ago. Alix Shulman is in the film and will be leading a discussion afterwards with question and answers. Please join us for the eye-opening evening.

The Library is also sponsoring a 3 week book discussion group led by Jean Murley. The book is ‘Picking Cotton. It will be at the library and starts Aug. 2nd. Please call Penny Murley for more information, even if you are starting late.

Will the person who has the new DVD, “Joy”, please return it to the Library. Several patrons are asking for it, but it seems it walked out of the library without being checked out. We’ll really appreciate its return.

The Library Board will hold its annual meeting on Saturday morning, August 13, at 9:30am. It’s open to the public. On the agenda is the appointment of a new Library Director and a new Dodwell Gallery Curator for a year. At its June meeting, Alanna Rich was appointed Children’s Librarian for a year. We welcome her and look forward to her enthusiasm with our island students.

And finally, please remember to thank a volunteer librarian when you see one! We are so proud that our library is run entirely by volunteers, a dedicated and enthusiastic crew without whom the Library wouldn’t exist. Thank you all.

June  2016 Library News

Nancy Jordan

All of us at the library are looking forward to seeing our usual patrons as well as new ones, as we begin thinking of a summer full of good reading. We’ve purchased several boxes of new books, oh so many good new books!, in the last few weeks. I can’t even begin to list them all, but the first few that come to mind, either that I’ve read or that I ‘m anxious to read, include:

   The Nest Cynthia Sweeney
   Alice and Oliver Charles Bock
   Fool me Once Harlan Coben
   Lilac Girls Martha Kelly
   Most Wanted Lisa Scottoline
   Extreme Prey John Sanford
   Britt-Marie was here Frederik Backman
   And then there’s non-fiction…
   Paper: Paging thru History Mark Kurlansky
   Lab Girl Hope Jahren
   Valiant Ambition Nathanial Philbrick
   Pit Bull Panic Bronwyn Dickey
   And 3 or 4 new cookbooks…

And oh so many more. Here’s to Happy Reading!

New movies for your entertainment include ‘Joy’, ‘the Revenant’, ‘Son of Saul’, ‘Concussion’, ‘the Danish Girl’, ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’.

If you haven’t seen the Bunny Hop display in the small case, don’t miss it. Nancy Noble’s lively and whimsical photos and artifacts tell the story of this part of Long Island.

It’s a good time to remind everyone that this summer, July 16 from 10-2, is the Library’s bi-annual Art and Soul Festival. It will be at the Learning Center as it was 2 years ago and will feature many of the same events, such as a huge book sale, a food table laden with sweet and savory treasures from our island cooks, a silent art auction of gems dug out from island attics or donated by island artists, and a raffle featuring many enticing baskets It’s never too early to be looking for art to donate. Carolyn Gaudet is the contact for art donations, Toadknoll@comcast.net Watch for more information on the library website, the Listserv and around Town.

And if anyone would like to volunteer to work on the donated books to get them organized for Art and Soul, (at the moment we don’t need any more books, thanks to all of your generosity so far), please contact Nancy Noble at G.M.Urban1@gmail.com or Tammy Hohn tomtam1997@yahoo.com.

The Library will be sponsoring at least 2 other events this summer, besides Art and Soul. One is a documentary about the Women’s Movement followed by a question and answer discussion where we’ll explore what is was like to be a woman in the 60’s and how much our lives have changed since then. The other will be a four week-long book group discussion. Both events are covered in more detail elsewhere in this newsletter.

Many thanks to the volunteers, new and old, who stepped up last winter to keep the library open and to all our summer volunteers that will greet you with a smile during this summer season.

And finally, it’s sad but true. Big changes are coming to our Library. There will be 3 volunteer leadership openings at the Library in the next couple of months. Nancy Jordan is retiring as Director, and Carolyn Gaudet is retiring as the Dodwell Gallery Curator. Katie Norton volunteered as Children’s librarian this winter with Alanna Rich’s help, but won’t be able to continue, so we will also be looking for a Children’s librarian. If you are interested in more details for any of these positions and a complete job description, please contact Nancy Jordan, and/or send a letter of intent to her at the library or by email, njordan@long-island.lib.me.us

Library Director

The person holding this position will be responsible for all the day-to- day operations of the Library from recruiting, supervising and scheduling volunteers, to selecting and ordering books and planning events, as well as everything else in between.

Dodwell Gallery Curator

The Curator plans and schedules 6 or so art shows a year at the Dodwell Gallery. The Curator is responsible for planning exhibits with artists, hanging shows and taking them down, arranging artists receptions, publicity, and anything else needed to make each show a success. This person reports to the Library Director, but has artistic freedom as far as the content of the shows. The Curator is limited only by their own creativity and by respect for the young age of a significant portion of the Gallery patrons, since the school students are in the Gallery daily. Traditionally, the March show is reserved for student art, and is the responsibility of the school art staff, instead of the curator.

Children’s Librarian

This person has full responsibility for the library program for our youngest patrons, with a focus on the Long Island School students during the school year. Programs include at least 2 story hours for different age groups on Friday mornings, (or at a time to be worked out with the teachers). Responsibilities include keeping the children’s collection current, and collaborating with the school staff for purchasing materials and coordinating programs. The Children’s Librarian must love books and be able to encourage a love of books and reading in our young patrons.

Foreign Film Night Coordinator

And after several years of running the Library’s successful film nights, Bill Loafman and Jasmine Isobe will not be able to do so this summer. We would hate to see this loved program drop by the wayside, so if anyone can step in this summer, please let me know. Film choice and deciding on dates and times is up to you.

February  2016 Library News

Nancy Jordan

What a crazy winter the island is having.  I wouldn’t be surprised if January breaks records for the warmest January on record and for the least precipitation.    But there’s been plenty of good reading weather, and movie watching days.  So come on up to grab some of the great books you’ll find there.

During the rest of the winter, when and if inclement weather is looming, the library will be closed at the discretion of the volunteer on duty.    Call ahead if you are in doubt.  Please remember, if a volunteer isn’t comfortable driving and closes the library, but school is open, the school staff is always willing to let you in if you want to use the library.  Just ring the doorbell at the breezeway doors.

I’m going to recommend once again “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande.  If you haven’t read it yet, please do.  It’s so well written it’s easy to read, and is just full of useful information and things we all should be thinking about.  Erin Love highly recommends “American Catch” by Paul Greenberg.  The best book I’ve read in the last few weeks is “Americanah” by the highly esteemed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, a novel about a Nigerian living in both Nigeria and the United States.  In the meantime, new books and DVD’s are arriving all the time.   New books just in include Sarah Graves newest Maine mystery, ‘the Girls she Left Behind”,  Chris Bohjalian’s newest  “the Guest Room”  and “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout. 

New movies in include ‘As it is in Heaven’, ‘Woman in Gold’ and ‘

The exhibit in the display case is changing.  Thanks to Sue Hemond for the wonderful winter display about Santa’s Village in NH.  And now Erin Love and Nancy Noble have created the new one about Bunnies, specifically the Bunny Hop Road.  If anyone has any anecdotes, pictures or information on its history, please let Nancy Noble know.

It’s a good time to remind everyone that this summer is the Library’s bi-annual Art and Soul Festival.  It will be at the Learning Center as it was 2 years ago and will feature many of the same events, such as a huge book sale, a food table laden with sweet and savory treasures from our island cooks, a silent art auction of gems dug out from island attics or donated by island artists, and a raffle featuring many enticing baskets.  Between now and July 16, our creative volunteers will probably come up with at least one more fun event.  It’s never too early to be looking for art to donate.  Carolyn Gaudet is the contact for art donations, Toadknoll@comcast.net  Watch for more information in the April newsletter and on the library website.

Right now the library could use volunteers for the following jobs.  The first is to alternate on Monday nights with Nancy Jordan, 6:30 – 8.  And for the month of March roughly, I need someone to take every Monday night as I will be on vacation.   njordan@long-island.lib.me.us

And if anyone would like to volunteer to work on the donated books to get them organized for Art and Soul, (at the moment we don’t need any more books, thanks to all of your generosity so far), please contact Nancy Noble at G.M.Urban1@gmail.com or Tammy Hohn tomtam1997@yahoo.com

Many thanks to the volunteers, new and old, who have stepped up this winter to keep the library open. 

November  2015 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Like on the rest of the island, off season quiet has fallen on the library. It’s a busy shift if 5 or 6 patrons show up! But it’s a warm and cozy place to spend a little while, whether in the morning or evening, and to browse for a good book, find a movie, or read the paper. The Gallery is full of Ben LaMontagne’s photographs, a stunning and bittersweet show. Our computers and the Internet are always available. Don’t forget to check out the Santa’s Village display in the glass display case between the library and the small meeting room, a cheerful seasonal display thanks to Sue Hemond and her family.

During the winter months, with inclement weather looming, the library will be closed at the discretion of the volunteer on duty. Call ahead if you are in doubt. Please remember, if a volunteer isn’t comfortable driving and closes the library, but school is open, the school staff is always willing to let you in if you want to use the library. Just ring the doorbell at the breezeway doors.

In the meantime, new books and DVD’s are arriving all the time. A few are worth mentioning, that I hope will pique your interest: Best sellers include Michael Connelly’s The Crossing, Kate Morton’s The Lake House, The Martian by Andy Weir, and All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani. Non-fiction lover’s will find several new ones including American Catch: the Fight for our Local Seafood by Paul Greenberg, It’s a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson, Destiny and Power: George H. W. Bush by Jonathan Meacham, and Between the World and Me (an African American’s letter to his son, so beautifully written) by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Peter LaMontagne highly recommended On Writing by Stephen King. And finally, two books on food and cooking: Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year, and Kate Christiansen’s How to Cook a Moose. A not-so-new one that we’ve just added to shelf is Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama. If anyone has read any of these books,

or any others that stood out, I would love it if you wrote a short review for this next newsletter or for the list serve series “The library suggests…”

The movies that were shown at Foreign Film nights the last two summers, thanks to Bill Loafman and Jasmine Isobe, have been ordered for your winter viewing pleasure.

Thanks to everyone who has donated books for the Art and Soul Book Sale next summer. It will be a good winter’s project for our volunteers to begin to sort and organize them. Please no more for now: we’ll let you know in the spring if we think we need any more. And if anyone would like to volunteer to work on the donated books, please contact Nancy Noble at G.M.Urbanl@gmail.com or Tammy Hohn (tomtam 1997@yahoo.com).

Please remember, we cannot use Readers’ Digest condensed books, or VHS movies. DVDs are always welcome.

Nancy is looking for a volunteer for Monday nights to share that shift with her. If you’d like to spend a quiet Monday evening from 6:30-8. p.m., every other week, or even less would be fine, please email or call her. njordan@long-island.lib.me.us

 

October  2015 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Fall is here with spectacular weather and a blood moon, complete with eclipse, to celebrate. The island is quieter, the apple trees are laden and the air perfumed with that fall smell of ripe apples. I hope you’ve found some good ones and are enjoying Long Island apple pies and apple sauce.

Meanwhile, the library has said good-bye to our summer volunteers, most of them anyway. Lexy Steele was our student volunteer this summer working Tuesday mornings. Thank you, Lexy. Katie McGarry, Bette Jane and Wayne Fitzgerald were our other new summer volunteers. This fall we’ll welcome Katie Norton as our Children’s Librarian, and Alanna Rich for Friday mornings, and Maura Johnson on weekends. Thanks to you all. Our volunteers are the heart of the island.

The Library Board decided on only one schedule change for now. The morning hours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday will be 9:30 – 11:30 starting October 13th.

The Board also confirmed that Art & Soul will be the third Saturday in July next summer, July 16th. Watch for another thrilling silent art auction, more spectacular baskets on raffle, a huge book sale, and many other interesting ways to support the Library.

More new books to read before you get too busy with holidays. We have 3 new Maine books: Paul Doiron’s The Precipice, James Hayman’s The Girl in the Glass, and Jon Keller’s Of Sea and Cloud. The first two are mysteries, as are The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny and X by Sue Grafton. Everyone’s been asking for Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, and The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George—they’re here, too. If you want a real thriller, set with the Internet as the background, try Second Life by S. J. Watson. It starts a little slowly, but soon grabs the reader. I had to stop reading at one point and take a break it was so tense. And the ending—I never suspected. For a total contrast, try The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. A hauntingly beautiful book set in Malaya during WWII, explores the complicated cultures of that part of the world and what

happens to relationships during war.

We have so many good books, something for everyone, new ones and old favorites, or recent books that you just haven’t gotten to yet. I can think of so many…. Come on up and browse. And please let me know of any titles the library should buy, including good movies.

June  2015 Library News

Nancy Jordan

It’s a busy time for the library getting the summer
schedule of volunteers set up, thinking about possible
library events, the summer story hour, and other
book-related things. We’ve added a lot of new books
and a few new DVDs this spring, and plan to order
more in early summer. It’s a great selection, so don’t
miss it.

The Library is hoping to be able to staff the same
hours as the last few summers, but we are looking for
a few new volunteers. I especially need a volunteer
for Tuesday mornings, every other week, from 9:30 —
noon. Saturday and Sunday volunteers are always
welcome. The more we have, the less each of us have
to work on a weekend during what we hope is a
beautiful summer! Please call or email Nancy
Jordan, 766-3396 or njordan@long-island.lib.me.us
Many thanks to Norm Boulay who has worked many
Saturday mornings since February or so, and to Katie
McGarry, a new island resident who will be working
occasional weekends this summer.

Mark your calendars for Summer Story Hour.
Starting at 9 a.m. on July 10th (a little later than
usual due to all the school snow days from last winter
and due to Wharf Street Festival on Friday July 3rd)
and running through August 21, Marci Train will be
hosting the Story Hour starting at 9 a.m. She’s
planning an author visit or two, to be announced later
on. Bring the kids, the grandkids, your young visitors,
and any other stray kid you can snag along the way
and plan for a good time!

Alanna Rich wants to let you know about the
following book:
I discovered a great book at our local library.
Adventure, Play, Peace. Insights and Activities for
Social – Emotional Learning and Community Building
with Young Children ~ by Nancy MacPhee Bower.

The author is a friend and neighbor to one or our library
volunteers, Patty Temple. Nancy donated a signed
copy of her latest book to our library, and I was lucky to
stumble upon it. I recommend this book to parents and
teachers because it’s simply an inspirational guide full
of useful ideas.

We got to see the concepts of Adventure, Play, Peace in
action when Nancy MacPhee Bower visited Long
Island School recently. It was a joy to witness her work
with our school children during Gym class. The theme
for Adventure Play that day was “Kindness.” The
children were paired up with new buddies with whom
they might not usually choose, and Nancy taught them
a new game called, “When Pigs Fly.” The partners
were then faced with the challenge of working it out
and launching a stuffed critter into the air with a net and
trying to catch it. Great book and a great time! Thank
you Long Island School for allowing time for Nancy to
work with our kids. Thank you Patty Temple and
Nancy Macphee Bower for getting it together. Peace.
~Alanna Rich

Other new books at the library include The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah (a real favorite), The Steamboats of
Casco Bay, Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, Frank: A
Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex
Marriage by Barney Frank, Black River by S.E. Hulse
(a first novel), and the 3 finalists for the Maine
Readers’ Choice Award: All the Light We Cannot See by
Anthony Doerr, Euphoria by Lily King, and
Redeployment by Phil Klay. There are oh, so many
more, so make an excursion to the Library soon and
see what you can find.

General Library Information
Long Island Learning Center:
Located at the Long Island School, with the main
entrance on Gorham Avenue, the Library has an
excellent selection of books for children, teens, and
adults. New books arrive throughout the summer.
Public Access Computers with an updated, high speed
T2 lntemet connection of 20mgs., FAX
(207-766-2530), and copier are available. Newspapers
available include the Portland Press Herald and
daily, and the Maine Sunday Telegram and the NY
Times on Sunday. Long Island patrons can request
books from InterLibrary Loan, and ebooks and audio
books are available free of charge thru the Maine
State Library. The Dodwell Gallery is open during
library hours. Starting on July 10th and running
through August 21, the Summer Reading Program is
on Friday mornings at 9:00 followed by a craft. All
are welcome to attend. Call 766-2530 to learn more.
Watch our website http://library.long-
island.me.lib.us. for special events throughout the
summer. You can also get to the website by going to
townoflongisland.us and clicking on the library link.
The library is open every day of the week this
summer including Sunday.

Mon-Tue-Wed 9:30-12:00 6:30-8:00
Thu 2:00-5:00
Fri-Sat 9:30-12:00
Sun 1:30-1:30

Remember, you can put any book or movie on reserve
if it is out when you look for it. You can do this by
phone also.

A reminder that the Library is looking for a new
volunteer, a Children’s Services Director. If you love
children’s books, have fun being with children, and
enjoy reading out loud, this is just the volunteer
opportunity for you! Please check the website for more
information or call (766-3396) or email Nancy Jordan,
njordan@long-island.lib.me.us .

March  2015 Library News

Nancy Jordan

 

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”  Ray Bradbury

Who has seen the Student Art Exhibit in the Dodwell Gallery? It’s getting rave reviews. If you haven’t seen it, there’s still time. (and don’t forget to look up high) The show will be hanging through the month of April. Many thanks to Towanda Brown and all the Long Island School Students for providing this exciting bunch art work for the Community to enjoy.

There’s another cool exhibit at the Library. Thanks to Nancy Noble, Brad Brown and the Historical Society there is a very informative photography exhibit in the glass case between the Library and the small meeting room. Be sure to spare some time to enjoy this one too.

New Movies at the Library since the last newsletter include: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Red Tent, The Giver, and Birdman. There are more coming in every few days as they are released for sale. So keep an eye out. I checked last night, and almost every movie that has come in this winter was out to patrons! Remember, you can put any book or movie on reserve if it is out when you look for it. You can do this by phone also.

What a wonderful and eclectic bunch of books came into the library at the end of March. Some of them are very different like Aquarium by David Vann, Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie, and The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by Keija Parssinen. The non-fiction readers among you will want to check out Summit Bretton Woods1944 by by Ed Conway, or the Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids who are grounded, generous and smart about money by Ron Liever or Dead Wake by Erik Larson and It’s what I do: A photographer’s Life by Lynsey Addario. There are many more, all of which will show up on our website http://library.long-island.lib.me.us/ under the new acquisitions tab. Most of these will have links to brief descriptions.

A reminder that the Library is looking for a new volunteer, a Children’s Services Director. If you love children’s books, have fun being with children, and enjoy reading out loud, this is just the volunteer opportunity for you! Please check the website for more information or call (766-3396) or email Nancy Jordan, njordan@long-island.lib.me.us .

 

February  2015 Library News

Nancy Jordan

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”  Ray Bradbury

Have you been enjoying the Library’s recent postings on Chris McDuffie’s Listserv called ‘The Library Suggest’? I know one patron came in looking for ‘The Paying Guests’ that had been featured on 12/21/14. Last week Nancy Noble contributed her suggestions, and I have some from Bette Jane Fitzgerald also that haven’t been ‘suggested’ yet. Watch for them. Please feel free to send me your suggestions.

I want to apologize for the spotty Library closings in January. Cynthia Ross who, with Laurie Brayley, has been manning the Library on Monday mornings for years and years is out with hip surgery and won’t be back til spring. We miss them! I’ve had trouble communicating with their volunteer replacement, resulting in several Monday mornings with no coverage. We’ve also been closed a number of evenings unexpectedly, mostly due to weather. During the winter, the Library will be closed, at the discretion of the Volunteer on duty, during inclement weather. It might not seem that bad, but some of our volunteers don’t like to drive with messy roads (or are reluctant to walk to their cars if the walkways are icy). The library will be closed mornings when school has been cancelled.

The library is planning to start a Facebook page, that will help patrons know before they set out that the library has an unscheduled closing. Watch for news of the launch of that page.

After many years, at least 8, Patty Temple is resigning from her volunteer position of Children’s Librarian at the end of the school year. Patty has done an incredible job with our students, regularly running two story hours a week, keeping up with their reading interests and exploring the world of children’s literature, resulting in our top of the line children’s collection. She’s also helped Marci Train with the Summer Program. Thank you, Patty, for an inspired job. But that means the Library is looking for someone who would be interested in this volunteer position. It could be shared between 2 people, and we do have people who can fill in. Please contact Nancy Jordan by phone (207-766-3396) or email (njordan@long-island.lib.me.us ) for more information.

Duties include:
I) Be familiar with the Children’s collection. This includes Juvenile, Youth and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction titles.
II) Be available for Friday morning Long Island School class time and plan for reading to the two classes. 
        a.  Read to the Pre-K to Grade 2 class and help them choose books to take home.
        b.  Read to the Grade 3-5 class and help them choose books. Also familiarize them with library organization and services.
III)    Collection Development
        a.  Choose youth and juvenile titles for purchase to keep the Children’s collection up to date and to meet the needs of the Long Island
        b. Pay particular attention to award winning books, Maine Authors and the Maine Student Book Award List titles.

A reminder about Tech Tuesday, every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8, when Curt Murley will be at the library to help you with your computer problems. Bring your laptop in, or bring a detailed description of what’s wrong with your desktop. He can also help you with new software, or with learning how to do something, like use a scanner. If you need tax forms, or online tax help, or help signing up for Heath Care, he can show you how to access those government services. A lot of government forms are now only available online, so if you have trouble accessing necessary forms and services, Curt will be able to help you on Tech Tuesdays.

Here’s a fun thought to leave you with. If browsing the library’s shelves, or reading the weekly ‘The Library Suggests’, doesn’t turn up a book that interests you, try this website, what shall I read next:

http://whatshouldireadnext.com/ It was spot on when I tried 2 or 3 books I’ve liked recently 1)recommending books that the library has! And 2) recommending books that I’ve read and liked. But on my last try, I didn’t know about any of the recommendations. That might be a good thing. It might be a good source of information for book orders.

Here’s to good reading this winter!

December  2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

In the spirit of Mr. Bradbury’s quote (author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles), the Library is going to start a new feature this winter and spring. At least once a week, more often if the moods strikes, we will publish through Chris McDuffie’s listserve and on the Library website, a suggestion or two for good reading. It will be called “The Library Suggests. . .” It might also include a noteworthy DVD new to our shelves, or a display within the library, or even an upcoming event. Nancy Jordan will start off with the suggestions, but the hope is that Library Volunteers will jump in and suggest their favorite reads, followed by patrons far and wide. How interesting to hear what Long Islanders in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire and elsewhere are reading when they aren’t on the island!

The Library is full of interesting, fun, serious and funny material to help get us through the long, cold, dark months ahead. So many books, so little time (there is actually a book by that title, in your library!). We invite you to come up and see what you can find. We are open every day of the week, for at least 2 hours a day/evening. Our volunteers will be glad to help you find just the right book or DVD.

New books on the shelf include The Remedy for Love by Maine author Bill Roorbach (he also wrote Life among Giants and Travels with Juliette, a memoir); The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks; 4 Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr, and In a Rocket Made of Ice by Gail Gutradt, a memoir of one woman’s experience in an orphanage in rural Cambodia.

New-to- the-library DVDs include the Interns, Hospital, Murphys War, St. Valentines Day Massacre and many others. All of our new DVDs have been donated. They are much appreciated.

There is a new exhibit in the glass case in the small meeting room: SNOWMEN! It will entertain you while you are in the library, thanks to Penny Murley. Also in the small meeting room is an exhibit of
the Teague Family at Fort McKinley that you will find interesting. If you haven’t seen the quilt exhibit in the Dodwell Gallery, now is the time to see that.

Periodicals to browse include The New Yorker, the Smithsonian, WebMD, and MOFGA ’s Organic Gardening and the Portland Press Herald.

During the winter, the Library will be closed, at the discretion of the volunteer on duty, during inclement weather. It might not seem that bad to you, but some of our volunteers don’t like to drive with messy roads (or are reluctant to walk to their cars if the walkways are icy). Call ahead if you aren’t sure. The library will be closed mornings when school has been cancelled.

Here’s to good reading this winter!

October 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Library Volunteers are looking forward to serving Long Islanders this fall and winter with their book and computer needs. As always, we will have a selection of current best sellers and other great new books of note, as well as many oldies but goodies that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten to yet. We have the fastest intenet seryice on the island, for use with your devices or ours. Curator Carolyn Gaudet has a lot of artwork planned for showing at the Dodwell Gallery this fall and winter.

Curt Murley will be on hand Tuesday evenings to help with computer problems. Patty Temple will be providing book services and story hours for our students. The Library thanks both of them for all they do for the Library and its patrons. Until further notice, the Portland Press Herald will be available every day, and the NY Times on Sundays.

We want to thank Bill Loafman and Jasmine Isobe for once again providing Foreign Movie Night this early fall. It’s a great program, appreciated by all. If you missed it this fall, watch for announcements late next summer!

I will be placing a new book order shortly. Suggestions are appreciated for books that you would love to read, or that you have read and think others would enjoy. Please let me know. You can leave your ideas at the library for me, or email  me at njordan@long-island.lib.me.us . I’ll also be working on a new DVDorder. Again, suggestions welcome.

Maine Readers chose The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt as the best book published in 2013. If you haven’t read it, it’s at the Library. We also have her first 2 books, My little Friend, and A Secret History.

Many of you may have seen the article in the Sunday Telegram (September 28, 2014) about the threatened demise of small, rural libraries in Maine. One library, Cherryfield, hasn’t bought a new item in two years. Reading about other small libraries woes, I am so thankful that Long Islanders support their Library financially, and with great enthusiasm. We are so lucky to have such a strong group of volunteers that enjoy working in the Library and for the most part keep it running smoothly.

As the article says, in most small towns, the library can be the center of the community, and is the only public space in town where people can go that isn’t a church or a government building. Not all of our services are located in the Library itself.

  • We can obtain just about any book you want through Inter-Library Loan. Just call us.
  • If you prefer reading electronically, all you need is your Patron ID # and an Internet Connection to use the state downloadable e-book and audio book site. A library volunteer can provide your ID # during Library Hours. Then go to http;//download.maineinfonet.org to use the state site. The instructions are easy to follow. All downloads are FREE!
  • Our website links to many on-line data bases that have information that is not easily found on the commercial internet. http://library.long-island.lib.me.us/ You’ll find the library schedule there also, as well as new acquisitions and things that are going on at the library.
  • Don’t forget to check out the library blog. Here’s the link: http://liclblog.long-island.lib.me.us

 

August 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

The Library and Learning Center were hopping on Saturday, July 19th. islanders were scrambling to buy raffle tickets for the gorgeous baskets arranged by Mary & Liz McAleney, Kyla Dolan, and Sophia Longcare. Ticket sellers were Julie Evans, Will Keith, Julie Drake and several other helpers. Other visitors were quietly perusing the tables loaded down with books of all kinds, collected and lugged upstairs by Nancy Noble and her able crew, hoping to find unusual titles or good beach reading.

Absolutely delicious and tempting food was disappearing from the Food Tables, manned by Barbara Johnson and her crew of small Johnsons (Riley and Hazel helped by Natalie and Aran) as soon as it was delivered by volunteer chefs.

Art lovers were thoughtfully examining the 60 pieces of artwork on the walls in the Dodwell Gallery, pieces donated by islanders and hung by curator Carolyn Gaudet, wondering if it was more advantageous to bid on their choices then, or to return just before the deadline of 2 p.m. And in the very back room of the Library,  Throngs ooh-ed and ah-ed over the Baubles, Beads and Bling display, a usedjewelry sale that was the brainstorm of Annie Donovan and Paula Johnson. When the fog horn blew at 2 p.m., signaling the end of bidding on the art work, and the drawing of the raffles, the Learning Center was packed with at least 100 anticipating a win of one kind or another. The Library extends its sincere thanks to all of you who volunteered  any hours to make ART & SOUL the huge success that it was, the biggest yet. And to all of you who  donated jewelry, books, artwork, food, and the many exciting things for the Raffle Baskets. And to Hannah Holt for helping out at the Library desk during the busiest times. It is truly a community library, all services and books made possible by the community! Thank you all so very much for your contributions, and to all of you who came, had fun, and left with your pocketbooks a little lighter. Congratulations to all the raffle basket winners and to the new owners of new art work.

I can’t rave enough about the wonderful selection of books available at the Library this summer.  I have read so many that I really liked that I have trouble choosing when patrons ask for a recommendation. Come on in and peruse the shelves of new books just inside the door-—you’re sure to find something you will like.  Patrons have recommended to meTransAltlantic by Colum McCann, Delicious by Ruth Reichl, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address by Michael Gross, among others.

Books your teenager will be interested in include the Lunar Chronicles’ Cinder and Cress and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer andRise of the Wolf and Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling, as well as Divergent.

Two new books by Maine authors you might want to try are Euphoria by Lily King of Yarmouth and Paris was the Place by Susan Conley of Portland.

Remember: If you’re planning on using your e-reader this summer, you can download popular and classic titles from the State Library service. All you need is your Patron ID # and an Internet Connection. Any volunteer will provide your ID # during Library Hours. Go to  http://download.maineinfonet.orgto use the state site.  The instructions are easy to follow. This site had downloadable e-books also. All downloads are FREE!

It’s getting close to time to vote on The Maine Readers’ Choice Award that has been narrowed down to 4 titles: The Golem and the Jinni, Goldfinch, Benediction, and TransAtlantic. The Library has them all, including the 6 that didn’t make the last round. If you’ve read any of them and want to vote, here is the place! www.Mainereaderschoiceaward.org (This award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year.)

And finally, remember, Tuesday night is Tech night where Curt Murley will help you with any and all computer problems. AND remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours. Hope to see you there! Check out our website for schedules and new books and other events. http://library.long-island.lib.me.us.  This site has recently been updated with a collection of useful links for library users that you will find helpful.

June 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Is it summer yet? We’ll continue to hope! In the meantime, the Library is gearing up for a busy season. Lots of new books and some new movies await your pleasure. More books are on order all the time. As usual, the Portland Press Herald will be there 7 days a week and the New York Times on Sunday. (We’ve given up on the Boston Globe, very sorry, but their delivery system is just not dependable). The New Yorker, the Smithsonian, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners and several other periodicals arrive regularly. Remember, we have a selection of music CD’s, audio books and a collection of books about Maine and written by Maine authors, as well as many classic books, and books you’ve always meant to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we can order it through Inter-Library Loan. We always welcome suggestions of books to purchase.

If you’re planning on using your e-reader this summer, you can download popular and classic titles from the State Library service. All you need is your Patron ID # and an Internet Connection. Any volunteer will provide your ID # during Library Hours. Go to http://download.maineinfonet.org to use the state site. The instructions are easy to follow. This site had downloadable e-books also. All downloads are FREE!

If you’re looking for a recommendation for a good book, our volunteers and patrons suggest the following: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krugger, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, Wake by Anna Hope, and Cartographer of no Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy. Older titles you may have missed that our patrons recommend include Fault in the Stars by John Green, Crimean War by Orlando Figes and For all of Us, One Today, by Richard Blanco.

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award has been narrowed down to 4 titles: The Golem and the Jinni, Goldfinch, Benediction , and Transatlantic. The Library has them all, including the 6 that didn’t make the last round. How about a focused summer reading project: read all 4 and vote online in the Fall! To refresh your mind on this program, check out the websitewww.Mainereaderschoiceaward.org ( This award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year.)

Summer events to watch for:
First of all, the children’s Summer Reading Program starts Friday June 27th at 9am. Patty Temple and Marci Train will read a story or two, geared to the ages of the kids who show up, and lead an activity related to one of the stories. Grab your kids, grandkids, or some small neighbors and head on up to the Learning Center Friday mornings! It’s a good time to load up on books for the week from our excellent children’s collection. Later in the summer, there will be a special children’s author event TBA.

Next, Art and Soul is back! On Saturday July 19th at the Learning Center. It will feature a Silent Art Auction, and a Costume Jewelry Sale (both new events). Old standby’s include an expanded Book Sale, a Food Table featuring delectable treats from our Island Cooks, and a Raffle with exciting prizes for all ages! Raffle tickets will go on sale by the 1st of July with announcements of the prizes. Watch for information from Gallery Curator Carolyn Gaudet on the Art Auction and how to enter a piece of art work. Come on up to the Learning Center July 19th and explore what is on offer.

The Library has tentative plans to sponsor three evening talks this summer. Kate Webber, a former Island Institute Fellow on Swan’s Island, will discuss her new book, Swan’s Island Chronicles. Polly Shulman is interested in talking to islanders about her Young Adult fiction. And Victoria Lang will present a talk about Libraries in Botswana. Time and dates for all events TBA. Watch for more information.

And finally, remember, Tuesday night is Tech night where Curt Murley will help you with any and all computer problems. AND remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours. Hope to see you there! Check out our website for schedules and new books and other events. http://library.long-island.lib.me.us/. This site has recently been updated with a collection of useful links for library users that you will find helpful.

April 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Who knows, the island may be seeing signs of spring by the time you read this!  I have snowdrops in bloom, and some bare ground up near the house, so there is hope.

To help you get in the spirit of spring, the Library has some books that might help.

Fitness and health:  we have a large selection of books on spring activities that will help you get in shape for the spring and summer, books on walking yoga, the step diet, cooking healthy meals and getting fit- for-life and many more.

Gardening:  The Library is full of gardening books, books to dream and plan by, and  books that tell you all you need to know about developing your soil,  organic gardening, composting, and gardening with children.

And of course we have good books to read just for fun, out on the deck when the weather is balmy, and movies to watch in the evening after you’ve been outside all day, or during rainy spells.  And we have information on ticks, both books and a DVD.  Some of those new books include Harlan Coban’s Missing You, Anna Quinlan’s Still Life with Breadcrumbs, Jeffery Archer’s Be Careful what you Wish For, Alice Hoffman’s Museum of Extraordinary Things, Chelsea Handler’s Uganda be Killing Me and Guest Cat by Takash Hiraide.  You’ll find about 35 other new ones, so come look them over.

Maine Readers’ Choice Award: This award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year.  The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction.  The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.   Recommendations for consideration for this award will come from the library and booksellers’ communities across the state of Maine throughout the year.  All genres are accepted as long as they meet the above requirements.

Last year the Library purchased the 5 books that were finalists in the Maine Readers’ Choice Award.  I don’t know if any Long Islanders participated in the voting in the fall.

The Library now has all of the 10 finalists for 2014.  They include Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Transatlantic by Colin McCann,  The Enchanted Life by Adam Hope, and Visitation Street by Ivy Pochada.  You can find the others by checking out the Maine Readers’ Choice website. This list will be narrowed to 5 in the early fall.  Readers will be able to vote on-line at that time.  The winner will be announced in October.  It would be fun to see how Long Island readers vote compared to the state readers!

Heart and Soul Fundraiser Thanks to all the generous Library patrons and others who donated to the Heart and Soul fundraiser in February.  Enough funds were donated to make up for not having Art and Soul last July.  It was heartwarming to see how many of you appreciate the Long Island Community Library.

Remember, Tuesday night is Tech night where Curt Murley will help you with any and all computer problems AND remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours.    Hope to see you there!

February 2014 Library News

 Nancy Jordan

New People at the Library: We welcome Melanie Floyd as a new volunteer. Mel has just graduated from University of Maine at Farmington with an interest in writing and literature—what better place to work than at our Long Island Library. She will be helping with Saturdays, and otherwise as we need her. It’s nice to have an enthusiastic backup for our other volunteers. We also welcome Kathy Johnson as a new Board Member. Kathy has volunteered for the last few summers and will be a welcome addition to the Board.

New Periodicals at the Library. The Sunday New York Times is on break until sometime in April or May. The Portland Press Herald will still be there daily, if I can find out why they have stopped delivering it! In the meantime, someone has generously donated a subscription to the New Yorker (thank you, whoever you are), with a new issue every week, and the Smithsonian. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners publication arrives regularly, and there are always other interesting periodicals to browse if you find yourself with some time to kill before the boat, or if you misjudged the times of the transfer station or the gas hours!

New Equipment at the Library: We have ordered a new scanner to replace the dinosaur in the Tech Room that was donated to us years ago. If you haven’t used a scanner before, it’s a very useful piece of equipment for digitalizing your photo collections, or other collections of paper work. Curt Murley will be available Tech Tuesdays to demonstrate its use if you need help. All you’ll need are your photos or paperwork and a thumb drive or CD to store your scanned objects on. Remember, we also have a laminator and a color printer for patrons’ use (for a small fee).

New DVD’s at the Library: Finally, the long awaited collection of PBS classics is available for circulation. The titles include: Foyle’s War, Avenger, the Thin Man series, Brideshead Revisited, and so many more that I can’t list them. I will be ordering recent movies from Amazon in the next month or so with emphasis on award winners. Watch for notices.

New Book Orders: It’s about time for a new book order. No new ones have been ordered since October, but I ordered some best sellers today including We are Water by Wally Lamb, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, a biography of Nelson Mandela, Mandela’s Way, and an autobiography, Conversations with Myself, Tenth of December by George Saudners, Ordinary Grace by William Kruger, and Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. Command Authority by Tom Clancy is already in.

News from the Library Board: At the Board’s January meeting, we decided to have an amended or abbreviated Art and Soul Festival in the summer of 2014. It will be the third Saturday in July, as it traditionally has been before last summer. The focus will be a big book sale, an expanded food table, a raffle with Long Island oriented prizes, and an Art event that Curator Carolyn Gaudet is working on. Watch for more information in April! Art and Soul 2014 will be at the Learning Center. The Board also finalized the plans for the Library’s Heart and Soul Fundraising Letter. On February 1st, letters will be mailed to all Library Patrons who have checked out library materials since 2011. Watch for yours in the mail and please be as generous as you can. If you love your library but haven’t been there lately, please consider a donation! Call or email Nancy Jordan at njordan@long-island.lib.me.us for more information. Remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours. Hope to see you there!

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