Events

17Apr2021

Puzzle Pieces of History: Mariners Park Archeological Program

Local treasures unearthed by Bert Yankielun in Mariners Park

From 3.00 pm until 4.00 pm

The Stonington Public Library and Evergreen Garden Club will present "Puzzle Pieces of History," a glimpse of Mariners Park's archeological history in a Zoom program.

In the past year, history buff and Deer Isle resident Bert Yankielun unearthed a treasure trove of artifacts using his metal detector throughout Mariners Park. The results range from a Victorian mourning broach to horse harness buckles and even a brass suspender clip. Some of the finds have not been identified and the public is encouraged to suggest what they might be.

To join the presentation, learn how these items were discovered and view all the major finds, register below or email the library at librarian@stoningtonlibrary.org.

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26Apr2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Monica Wood

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Wood, novelist and memoirist (When We Were the Kennedys), writes about loss, acceptance, and redemption in The One-in-a-Million Boy. When we die, what stories do we leave behind for others to discover? How do our connections continue to grow and help our loved ones to heal?

At its heart, it's a story about the unlikely friendship between an 11-year-old obsessed with The Guinness Book of World Records and a 104-year-old who immigrated from Lithuania to Maine at the age of 4. Assistant librarian Emily Newell insisted this book is a must-read when picking the Maine 201 titles. Get your hands on a copy, join our discussion, and remember: all readers welcome! 

Summary from the book jacket:

“The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?”

So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. “As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.

One Saturday, the boy doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.

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01May2021

Saturday Solve

Community crossword solve on the first Saturday every month!

From 11.00 am until 12.00 pm

Hone your solving skills, and work together to solve a variety of different word puzzles with fellow enthusiasts. The library director, Chris Ross, will lead the solve. Besides filling the grid, the goal will be to become a better solver by taking a deep dive inside themes, clues, layout, and more. Solvers of all ages and levels are welcome to participate.

Puzzles will be shared at the start of the program, so everyone will be solving from scratch, including Chris. The puzzles will be available to solve online through your web browser, or you can simply follow Chris on Zoom.

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24May2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Elisabeth Ogilvie

My World Is an Island by Elisabeth Ogilvie

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

All the library's copies of Ogilvie's novels are well loved. Read again and again by our patrons, she remains a favorite local writer decades after her last published work. Her only memoir, My World Is an Island, is no less loved today by readers wanting to travel back in time to Maine island living in the 1940s. Discover Ogilvie's world in the pages of her memoir, and remember: all readers welcome!

Summary from the cover:

A memoir of the well-loved writer's life on a Maine island, this updated edition offers a moving, humorous account of adjustment to a way of life that has sustained Ogilvie through the creation of 42 popular novels.

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05Jun2021

Saturday Solve

Community crossword solve on the first Saturday every month!

From 11.00 am until 12.00 pm

Hone your solving skills, and work together to solve a variety of different word puzzles with fellow enthusiasts. The library director, Chris Ross, will lead the solve. Besides filling the grid, the goal will be to become a better solver by taking a deep dive inside themes, clues, layout, and more. Solvers of all ages and levels are welcome to participate.

Puzzles will be shared at the start of the program, so everyone will be solving from scratch, including Chris. The puzzles will be available to solve online through your web browser, or you can simply follow Chris on Zoom.

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28Jun2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Kate Hotchkiss

My World Is an Island by Elisabeth Ogilvie

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Perhaps it's in the air. Or maybe it's in the water. The Maine coast and its neighboring islands inspire writers, and last year welcomed one of the newest voices to the fray: Kate Hotchkiss. Her historical series opens with On Harbor's Edge and will follow the family's arc from Mildred's arrival on Popplestone Isle in 1912 through the present day.

The book club discussion will happen as planned on Monday, June 28 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, but stay tuned for more! The author will join us for a separate event. First things first. Read her debut novel, and remember: all readers welcome!

Summary from the author's webpage:

When an unsuspecting bride gets into a boat one stormy June day in 1912, Thaddeus takes her far out to sea to the end of Popplestone Isle. There villagers welcome Mildred with hopeful joy, but she discovers the tiny fishing community is headed for a most dreadful end. In her efforts to save their treasured harbor home, Mildred must risk losing everything she holds dear.

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