Programs and Classes

2018 Events

Community Meeting coming up on November 9th:



Come learn about what SEARCH offers and how we  can become part of it!

Friday,  November 9, 1:00 pm

at the Mt. Vernon Community Center

The SEARCH (Seeking, Elderly Alone, Renew, Courage and Hope) program of Catholic Charities is a senior outreach program that helps seniors who live alone feel less isolated and lonely and more connected to a caring community, while remaining independent in their own homes.  It provides:

  • free support by volunteers to provide companionship and friendly visits
  • socialization opportunities
  • help with errands and grocery shopping
  • telephone reassurance calls
  • information and referrals to other community services

This program serves Kennebec and Franklin Counties, as well as many others.

Sponsored by the Aging in Place Committee.

For more information call 293-2502


Candidate Forum

A Candidates Forum for our House and Senate districts will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm, at the Mt. Vernon Community Center.  Our moderator will be David Fuller.  This is an informational, nonpartisan event so you can hear both Democrat and Republican candidates’ ideas on various issues.  We will hear them speak on several moderated questions, and then we hope to take questions from the audience.  Join us to learn about our candidates, as you prepare for voting day on Tuesday, November 6th.


Annual Mushroom Walk, Saturday, August 18, 10AM, starting at the library.  Wear clothing suitable for walking outdoors, and bring a basket and small knife, to forage any edible mushrooms we might find.  Barbara Skapa will be our leader for this event, as always.  A donation is appreciated.  For information, call us at 293-2565.

Stories From the Metroplex, Tuesday, July 24th, 2018, 7pm, at the Mt. Vernon Community Center:
Come tell us a brief story from your life, or read something interesting — a letter, or odd recipe, something you wrote for school and kept throughout the years.  Join us for joint story sharing, and listen to the funny and sweet stories from other community members.  Participants of all ages welcome.  Light refreshment served.

Annual Community Poetry Reading, Thursday, August 9th, 2018, 7pm, at the Mt. Vernon Community Center:
Bring your favorite poem (or two), or one you have written yourself, and share it with us all.  Over the years, we’ve had classic Greek poetry, contemporary free verse, many children’s poems, poetry read to us in various languages.  People of all ages are welcome to come listen and participate.  Light refreshments at the end of the evening.

Libraries Rock 2018 Summer Reading Program:

Dr. Shaw Memorial Library– Mt. Vernon, Me

Wed. June 27 at 4:00 pm–Cheetahs of Marimba, Africa

Set your reading goal and sign up for this year’s summer reading program.  Seadogs tickets, pencils, reading logs, and bookmarks will be free to all who sign up!

Learn about the Cheetahs of Marimba, Africa with Ruby Rubin. She will read a story about Cheetahs and show some artifacts from her recent trip to Africa. Her service dog Ruthie will join her and looks forward to some attention!

Wed. July 11 at 4:00pm–Garden Stepping Stones

Come make and decorate your own stepping stone.  Make an extra one to create a path from our porch to our new addition. Bring your own special trinkets to place in it if you want-shells, pebbles, marbles, keys, you name it! This may be messy. Wear old clothes!

Wed. July 18 at 4:00 pm—Creeping Creatures Stone Art

 Enjoy a hands on experience with The Very Hungary Caterpillar with Leslie Grenier and then create your own insect or creature–out of stones!

Wed. July 25 at 4:00 pm–Turtle Banks and flowers

 Make a bank for your coins or other small collections or design a flower out of foam.

Wed. August 1 at 4:00 pm–Rock n’ Roll and Rocky Road

 Come listen and sing along with Greg Hatt, and then enjoy ice cream on the lawn. Passes to the Farmington Fair will be awarded to all who bring their completed reading logs.

If you can’t make this final event, you can bring in your reading log at another time to redeem your prize.

All programs are free. Preregistration is not required but very helpful for our planning. Please call or visit the library-293-2565.   Hours: Mon. 3-6, Wed. 9-12, 3-7, Sat. 10-3.

Annual Bird WalkMonday, May 14th, at 4pm.–Meet in front of the Masonic Hall just below the library. Dona Seegers & Linda Smith will take us around the village to watch for song birds, water birds, whatever flies or perches in a tree or glides on the water!   Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, and dress for black fly weather.  Bring a friend or family member, and we’ll see you there!

Cheesemaking 101, Hands on Make and Take:  Yogurt, Mozzarella, and Ricotta, sponsored by Echo Ridge Cheese-Mt. Vernon-and held at: Echo Ridge Farm on 2080 North Rd in Mt. Vernon as a fundraiser for the library. Saturday March 1, 2018 10am-around 1 pm.

Valentine Card Making and Small Children’s Book Sale -Saturday, February 10 from 10:30am-2:00pm at the Dr. Shaw memorial Library.




Pictures from past summer children’s programming:

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