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The Friends of HPL will be gathering for the November meeting on Thursday, November 15th at 6 PM. Reviewing the bylaws prior to this meeting is encouraged for discussion. New members are always welcome to attend. Come enjoy Saturday, November 24th at Hartland Public Library for the November Kid’s Craft session at 11 AM downstairs in the Community Room. Beth Clark and Jeanne Nichols will be offering a fun, family activity making Wooden Holiday Gifts. This will follow Story Time and Puppet Theater, which begins at 10:30 am. Hartland Public Library would like your feedback about the services offered and the collection that exists. So during the months of November and December, you can go to the following link and fill out a short survey: Hartland Public Library is located at 16 Mill Street in Hartland. For more information contact 938-4702. Decked out in red and black plaid are Fredonna Ladd, Author, and Carol Ouelette, Illustrator, presenting their book “Riley the Christmas Tree Dog” at Hartland Public Library on November 3, 2018.
Maine author Paul Doiron will speak at the Thompson Free Library on Thursday, November 15th at 6 PM, for the James Brown Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. Doiron will read from his latest novel, “Stay Hidden,” the ninth book in his series of crime novels featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Briar Patch in Downtown Bangor. Doiron’s popular Mike Bowditch series has received numerous awards and critical acclaim. His first novel, “The Poacher’s Son,” was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. His latest, “Stay Hidden,” was a USA Today national bestseller. Doiron attended Yale University and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine and a former member of the Maine Arts Commission. Doiron currently serves on the Maine Humanities Council and is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing. The James Brown Lecture Series has been endowed with memorial funds donated to the Thompson Free Library in memory of Brown, who lost his life in a boating accident in 2008. The series presents lectures on topics related to history, literature, and culture, subjects of great interest to Brown. As Foxcroft Academy’s longtime English department chair, Brown helped two generations of students explore the world of books. He was president of the Thompson Free Library Association and led its Executive Committee during the capital campaign that resulted in construction of the library addition in 2006.
November at the Thompson Free Library will give you plenty to look forward to and wanting more. Creative Kids Art Time begins this month. The first and third Wednesday of every month join children’s librarian Michelle Fagan (a.k.a. Ms. Michelle) from 3:30 to 4:30 PM for art exploration. Materials will be provided. Nerf Night, the perennial classic returns on Friday, November 16th from 6 to 8 PM. This after-hours event with chaperones is a super fun way to channel that youthful exuberance and is open to grades 5 and up. Bring your own labeled Nerf equipment. (Special note: do not bring Nerf Rival equipment.) Support local farms and businesses, come to the Dover Cove Farmers’ Market returning to the library for the winter months (the 1st and 3rd Saturday, beginning Saturday, November 17th). Area vendors will offer fruits, vegetables, cheeses, crafts and more. Maine’s former poet laureate Wesley McNair will read from his latest volume of poems, “The Unfastening” on Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 p.m. He will also give insights into his creative process. This recent work reflects on how someone finds their way back to the world again when “unfastened by loss and despair.” Each month at the library, we look forward to the unveiling of new art work and photography by local artists. During November, Milo Art Guild will share their creativity with us. This small friendly group of talented artists meets weekly to hone their skills and learn new ones. From watercolors to acrylics to colored pencils and pastels, they’ll share landscapes, seascapes, florals, birds and wildlife in styles ranging from impressionistic, realistic or abstract, to whimsical and decorative. Hometown Holidays, the annual community-wide event, is fast approaching on Saturday, December 1st. Keep an eye out for details about our library activities for that day. If anticipation is half the fun, then you are going to have a really happy November thanks to the Thompson Free Library. For more information, contact 564-3350, email or visit Facebook.
The NCC Friends of the Library have been working hard and are meeting to finalize their 4th annual Newport Cultural Center Holiday Fair titled “Makers & Merchants Holiday Sale which will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 9 AM to 2 PM. All are encouraged to attend and support the small business owners and talented local crafters. Entry to the sale is not only free, but there will be door prizes. In addition, there is a silent auction with framed prints from local artists, a coffee basket, baked goods, and much more. Refreshments will be available for sale including coffee and muffin type breakfast items and soup and sides for lunch. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street in Newport.