The 2017 Book Bingo Winners Are…

It is exciting to report that 7 people completed the Book Bingo challenge. All had to read 23 books, attend a library event, and convince a friend to read a book.

Winning $50 gift certificates from Blue Hill Books are: Natalie Jones, Nolan Decker and Iris Aldrich.

Because an anonymous donor recognizes the commitment needed to complete this summer challenge, four additional $25 gift certificates will go to:  Sam Robbins, the Wendell family, Leslie Landrigan-Miller and Brieanna Barbato.

Congratulations to all for reading, reading, reading all summer!



Book Bingo Ends Today!

All who took up the 2017 Book Bingo summer reading challenge need to get their cards to the library by noon Saturday, September 2, in order to collect prizes. Those who have completed a row, column or diagonal will get a voucher for free ice cream. The voracious readers who have completed their cards–all 25 squares–will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates from Blue Hill Books.  

Regular Story Times Resume October 7

In recognition of Labor Day (and the need to give a rest to Jill Larrabee, our story hour volunteer extraordinaire), story time will not be held this Saturday, September 2. Instead, stop in the library and borrow a book about work and perseverance. Here are a few of our favorites:

Regular story times, the first Saturday of each month, will resume on October 7.

August 5, Story Time

Bring a friend, make new friends on Saturday, August 5, at 9:00 AM. Crafts and snacks and lots of story time friendly fun!


Saturday, July 22, Story Time with Anica Rissi

Join Anica Rissi at 2:00 PM for a story time featuring The Teacher’s Pet. This free, fun event is suitable for story lovers of all ages. The library is delighted to welcome  Anica back to the library she frequented as a kid. Not only did she borrow books but we’ve been told she would play her violin on the porch!

Summer Creative Writing Club

Get creative this summer! On Tuesdays, July 11-August 8, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, young people (11-14) are invited to the library to express themselves through writing. Snacks and supplies are provided; bring your own creativity.

Thursday, July 13, 5:00 PM-Book talk and discussion

Join author Phyllis Chinlund for a book talk and discussion of her memoir Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia. 

From the unique perspective of her two careers in geriatric social work and documentary film, Phyllis Chinlund confronts the cognitive decline of her beloved husband, photographer Ray Witlin. With the immediacy of journal entries, photographs, letters, and conversations recorded when they took place, Chinlund draws the reader directly into the couple’s lives and hearts. Over nearly a decade, as she struggles with the inevitable series of heart-wrenching decisions faced by every Alzheimer’s caregiver, Chinlund takes on additional challenges, moving from Manhattan to Maine, where she can afford to provide Ray with better care, and continually seek ways to nurture his creativity and enrich his daily experience, while pursuing her own career. Touching every note in the symphony of a long relationship, “Looking Back From the Gate” is a vivid portrait of a marriage and a testament to the endurance of love in the face of devastating mental and physical decline.