Small schedule changes and collaborations are happening this winter at the Stonington Public Library.

 We are starting a series in conjunction with Island Heritage Trust, the second Tuesday of every month for the next 4 months there will be presentations on subjects ranging from local wildlife, winter birds, and vernal pools. These library talks will proceed nature trips organized by IHT. The first talk with Martha Bell will be held January 14th at 4:30 p.m. and feature a hands on discovery of local mammals. After a general overview, we will feel the fur of a local mammals, think beavers, bobcats, and foxes! Multiple skulls and teeth will be viewed and handled as we wonder which animals are carnivores, omnivores or herbivores. The Second talk hosted by Paul Miller, Island Heritage Trust’s Executive Director and lifelong birder, we will discuss the local birds we can see during the winter and is planned for Tuesday, February 11th at 4:30 p.m. Many birds remain here through the winter. Some even migrate here from more northerly areas making Deer Isle their ‘south for the winter’. We’ll talk about the birds that we can see and enjoy during this challenging time of year. From backyard feeders to interesting ducks in coves, there are plenty of birds in and around Deer Isle during winter.

The Library is making a change to the regularly scheduled children’s programs. Starting this month we will be moving the Baby Rhyme Time program to the third Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time is a chance for parents or grandparents and babies to learn new rhymes, songs, listen to stories , and meet other families in a relaxed surrounding. The Library’s regular Story Hour will still be held the first Saturday of every month but we will be adding special “pop-up” story times throughout the year  to celebrate fun holidays or themes. The first Pop-Up Story Hour will be January 25th at 9:30 a.m. celebrating Chinese New Year.