The Pittsfield Public Library will host actress and writer Susan Poulin at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 26th located on 110 Library Street. Poulin will be reading from her satirical self-help book, “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life.”
In Finding Your Inner Moose, Ida LeClair draws upon her experiences as a daughter, sister, wife, and best friend (as well as those of the noble and majestic moose) to offer practical, commonsense, and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun, and more. This is heartfelt, real-life advice with chapters such as: What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck; I Can't Die Today Because if Anyone Saw the State of my House I'd Just Die; and Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide.

Actress and writer Susan Poulin.
In 1996, Susan was competing in a Yankee storytelling contest when she realized all the storytellers were men and told stories with a similar voice and outlook. A short time later, as she sat staring at a blank computer screen, a voice popped into her head: "Hi, I'm Ida and I'm a Home Shopping Networkaholic." Drawing upon her Maine and Franco-American roots, Susan created a character with a good-heart, a strong sense of herself, a big sense of humor and real "joie de vivre." Her first and best known Ida show, "Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose" debuted in 1997.
Actress and writer Susan Poulin was born in Jackman, the daughter of a schoolteacher and an auto parts store owner. After graduating from Westbrook High School, she studied theater at the University of Southern Maine. While Susan still performs as herself, Ida continues to grow in popularity, starring in five stages shows, a weekly blog (www.justaskida.com), and a new self-help book.
The Abbott Memorial Library located on 1 Church Street in Dexter in conjuction with Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT) will be showing a film on Friday, June 5th at 6 PM. The film titled “Inhabit” explores the many environmental issues facing humankind today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called permaculture. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift the impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, the film “Inhabit” provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.
The Shaw Public Library announces the opening of The Book Barn located at the Shaw Public Library in the Davis Memorial Library Annex on 8 Pleasant Street in Greenville. The new Book?Barn offers a large collection of gently used, hardcover books, paperbacks, children’s books, puzzles, and audio books. All book selections are by donation with no set price for any item. All donations go to the betterment of the Shaw Public Library. Last year, our book donations purchased the materials needed to construct the interior of the Book Barn.
In the past the Shaw Public Library Association held a huge book sale during the July 4th weekend at the school gym. Over the years, that sale became more and more difficult to manage by a steadily decreasing, number of volunteers, so the idea of converting unused space at the Davis Annex for the sale of used books, came to fruition last fall. Constructed entirely by local volunteers, the Book?Barn will open for members both current and first time on Saturday, May 23rd from 9 AM to 1 PM. Then it will be open to the general public every Saturday through the summer and early fall from 9 AM to 1 PM.
The Shaw Public Library Association wishes to recognize the following volunteers for their help in making this project come to life: Peter Kliem, Bruce Marsh, Noel Wohlforth, and Chris White for their carpentry work, Hutch Gagne for electrical work, and Dick Cote from the Book Nook, for all of his assistance with sorting and donating books.
There will be an Open House at the Hartland Public Library on Saturday, May 30th from 1 to 3 PM. The event is sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees to celebrate the retirement of Librarian John Clark, welcome the new librarian Nick Berry, and recognize the service of library volunteers. Two of the Library Trustees have each been members of the board for forty-nine years. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Hartland Public Library is located on 16 Mill Street.
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