Newsletter Jun-Jul 2015

Library Column June 2015

Our “Be a Hero!” summer reading program is shaping up. All story/activity periods will take place at the library at 4pm on Monday afternoons starting June 29 and going through July. While we love super hero characters – especially those featured in children’s books (Traction Man by Mini Grey!), our Monday afternoon activities will revolve more around the “every day heroes” of a community. This is what our schedule looks like:

June 29, Maine author Nancy Prince, who wrote Libby’s Loons (the main character is a bit of a hero, trying to protect loons!). Nancy’s programs are geared towards both kids and adults, so please join us.

July 6, Fire Fighter hero from Mt. Vernon! One of our heroes will come visit with us.

July 13, Mrs. Hatt, our magnificent 4th grade teacher hero, with story time and craft.
July 20, One of our Mt. Vernon Rescue heroes (complete with ambulance!)

July 27, and lastly, our fine local music hero, singer Dan Simons, who will do music and song with our young patrons. His performance was very popular last year. You’ll love it.

We’ll send flyers home with MVES students this month so you can keep track of the schedule for the children’s programs.

Our housing discussion (Home is where the heart is) will be at the library on Sunday, June 7, @ 3pm. Sandy Wright, Rebecca Dorr, and Greg Plimpton (who builds accessory housing in Southern Maine) will be on hand to talk about their experiences with trying to help people figure out housing issues faced by both young folks just starting out, and seniors, who live in small rural communities. We want to hear your frustrations and worries about housing, as well as share ideas you may have about making home a safe, affordable, and comforting place within a thriving, caring community. Rebecca and Mary Anne will bring some refreshments.

The annual used book sale will be at the Mt. Vernon Community Center as usual on Saturday, July 18, starting at 9am. We have so many books to sell! Join us to browse the tables, buy lots of books for summer reading, and enjoy impromptu visits with various community members. We’ll have paperback & hard cover fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, as well as some movies and audiobooks.

And finally, our annual Community Poetry Reading is scheduled for Thursday evening, August 6, at 7pm in the Mt. Vernon Community Center. Mark your calendars – a beautiful evening, with community members reading or reciting beloved classics or contemporary and “homegrown” verse. It is always an amazing mix of beautiful literature and the warm and familiar voices of our dear friends and neighbors. There will be cookies.

Cool website of the month: Go Botany, a project providing information and resources about New England plants, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. If you click on their “simple key”, you can find ways to help identify some of those woodland and field plants you’ve been wondering about. Their url is:

We are hoping to open the library an extra 3-4 hours this summer. The past few years we’ve opened on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 in July and August. Are there other hours or days you would prefer? Let us know, and we’ll consider it. Our phone is 293-2565, and our email is: You can “like” our Facebook page (Dr. Shaw Memorial Library) and post your preference there, too.

–Mary Anne Libby

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