Summer Reading Begins...Book a trip today!

Book a trip! Get a ticket to adventure when you join the summer reading program at the library. It's as easy as 1-2- 3.

1. Read what you want at your pace.  2. Write the titles in your passport. 3. Bring the passport to the library and get a free ice cream for every 5 books read (or for every 20 minutes if you are reading long chapter books). And,  for every book read, you will get entered in the end-of-summer raffle drawing for great prizes.

We will celebrate summer reading with a party on August 4, at 10 AM in the park! Games, snacks, and entertainment by juggler Michael Menes. Book your trip today.

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Globe T-Readers Book Club

From 9.00 am

Globe Trotters we aren’t, but we are ready to"T-read" around the world and beyond! This book group is for older children who have aged out of story hour and who are ready to read longer stories and books about animals, people and places that are far from 64 Main Street. Snacks,crafts and maps are part of the fun for those who want to be adventurous “Globe T-readers.”  

This month, we take a journey with some special church mice, reading from Lois Lowry's "Bless this Mouse." Copies of the book are available ahead of time at the library for those who would like to read this story aloud at home. 

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Book Discussion

From 4:00 pm

Join us in a discussion of "The Giver," the 1994 winner of the Newbery Award. Now a major motion picture, "The Giver" is considered one of the most influential books of our time. It is consistently on book lists as a "must read" for teens. Copies of the book are available at the library.  With Lois Lowry coming to Stonington on July 27 for a conversation with us, you won't want to miss this opportunity to discuss this book ahead of time. 

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Book Discussion

From 4:00 pm

Join us in a discussion of "Number the Stars,"  the 1990 winner of the Newbery Award.  It is consistently on book lists as a "must read" for tweens and teens. Beautifully written, it is an introduction to historical fiction for many young readers. The book has been adapted for theatre.

Copies of the book are available at the library.  With Lois Lowry coming to Stonington on July 27 for a conversation with us, you won't want to miss this opportunity to discuss this book ahead of time. 

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A Conversation with Lois Lowry

From 4:00 pm

We are honored to host a conversation with Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery Award medalist. Join the author of The Giver quartet for young adults and Number the Stars, among others, on Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m. upstairs at the Stonington Town Hall. All in the community are invited to share in an intimate discussion with this acclaimed writer about her many books and their memorable characters.

The Giver, first published in 1993, was made into a movie in 2014 and is being widely read again.

If you have never read a book by Lois Lowry, consider joining the book discussion of Number the Stars, on Tuesday, July 24, at 4 p.m. Borrow a copy of the book ahead of time at the library.

Other titles familiar to children include Anastasia Krupnik, All About Sam, The One Hundredth Thing about Caroline, and Gooney Bird Greene. Mature readers will appreciate reading Lowry’s autobiography, Looking Back, A Book of Memories.

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I Have Seen Horizons: Ruth Moore's Stories From Maine Book Club Meeting

From 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm

I Have Seen Horizons: Ruth Moore's Stories from Maine Book Club will be moderated by Meg Taintor (adaptor) and Natalya Baldyga (director). 


Book Club meetings last approximately 90 minutes, and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will be given the opportunity to attend select performances of the event at a discounted rate!

This Opera House Arts production, to be performed August 16-26,  is based on the short stories of Ruth Moore.  Hailed as “New England’s only answer to Faulkner,” beloved Maine author Ruth Moore filtered personal and family histories through her vibrant imagination to create masterful snapshots of life in Maine. Her intimate knowledge of those living and working on the islands Down East gives her wide-ranging stories an authentic voice. Through the struggles and triumphs of the characters who fill them, we see a world that is completely of its time and also surprisingly contemporary.

This summer, these portraits leap off the page and onto the Opera House stage in a celebration of story-telling and place that is touching, funny, sometimes nostalgic, and always vividly alive.


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Urban Herb Walk

From 11:00 am until 12:30 pm

Brighid Doherty, an herbalist of the Wise Woman Tradition, will lead an urban herb walk in Stonington.  The walk will start and end at the library. Brighid will highlight books, manuals and guides that are part of the library’s collection.

Brighid inspires self-reliant health care by bringing herbal medicine back home to the kitchen and garden through workshops and retreats. A resident of Deer Isle, Brighid is a passionate herbal health educator and a professional gardener. She began her connection with herbs while playing in her mother’s gardens as a child. For the past two decades, Brighid has worked with medicinal plants in a variety of ways—as a student and a teacher, a gardener and a forager, a medicine maker and health consultant.  She received a BA focused in Organic Agriculture and Herbal Medicine from Evergreen State College.


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Sam Harrington Discusses His Book "At Peace"

From 4:30 pm

Join Sam Harrington as he discusses his book, "At Peace:  Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life." This is an authoritative, informative, and reassuring guide on end-of-life care for our aging population.
This book is informed by Dr. Samuel Harrington's own experience with the aging and deaths of his parents and of working with patients for more than thirty years.  Dr. Harrington came to understand that the American health-care system wasn't designed to treat the aging population with care and compassion. His work as a hospice trustee and later as a hospital trustee drove his passion for helping patients make appropriate end-of-life decisions.

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End of Summer Reading Party

From 9.00 am until 11 am


You got your passport and read your way to adventure this summer. Now it is time to party! Come to the Small Cove Park in Stonington for games, crafts, food and entertainment. Not only will juggler extraordinaire Michael Menes delight you with his juggling, but you will also have the opportunity to learn how to juggle. Join us for this special end-of-summer party. 

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Fabulous Fairy Fun with author Liza Gardner Walsh

From 10.00 am

Liza Gardner Walsh will once again enchant with her fairy stories. All will love making their own special fairy house. Join us for this wonderful event.

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ReadME Book Discussion

From 4:30 pm


ReadMe is a summer reading opportunity for adults. All over Maine your neighbors and friends have read these two books.


Join us for a discussion of "River Talk" by CB Anderson and "Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town by  Susan Shetterly. "River Talk" is a stellar collection of short stories anchored in the river valleys of western Maine.  In "Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town," naturalist Susan Shetterly observes her own neighborhood in rural Maine, looking at how animals, humans, and plants share the land. 

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