Gallery Exhibit: Editorial Cartoons by Douglas Coffin
January to February in the downstairs gallery.
Coffin’s single-panel, black-and-white cartoons were a popular feature of the upstart Waldo Independent—a Belfast-based weekly newspaper from 1985 to 2008--offering an alternative perspective on local news and issues.
Artist talk on Tuesday February 7 at 6:30pm!
Douglas will talk about cartooning in general, explain what goes into making an editorial cartoon, and some of the constraints and pitfalls. He will also talk about comic strips (“the funnies”), and single-panel cartoons, such as those seen in The New Yorker.
Which, sadly, are enjoyed now by a declining number of readers in a decreasing number of newspapers, nationally. Like Christmas carols, there are many old favorites, but very few new ones. Comic strips are declining in popularity largely because newspapers are declining in numbers and the Internet is rising, particularly among under-fifty-year-olds. Douglas will also talk about single-panel cartoons, such as those seen in The New Yorker. Please join us!
Maine native Douglas Coffin, who now lives in Stockton Springs, was nationally syndicated by United Feature Syndicate for his comic strip “Fletcher’s Landing,” daily and Sundays, for three years back in the early ‘80s. Then, while working his day work as a graphic designer and later as a hand lettercutter in stone, he took on the job of editorial cartoonist for the Waldo Independent, published in Belfast, from 1985-2008. If you produce a thing once a week for 23 years you’ve got around 1,000 of whatever it is you did. The Carver Library is exhibiting almost 200 of his editorial cartoons.
Crafternoon and DIY Together
January: Stamps and Printmaking
February: Pop up cards
DIY Kits available on the first Friday of the month.
Try a new craft or project. Discover your new favorite thing!
These are kits for fun projects you can do at home, and they include instructions and supplies.
Crafternoon: Thursdays at 3:30pm.
Crafts and socializing. Break out your knitting, craft projects, or mending and join us conversation, questions, and new friends. Drop in any week.
Join Zoom Meeting (link should work for recurring Crafternoons.)
Meeting ID: 221 116 293
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,221116293#
Spice Club: Thyme
New kits available on third Fridays.
Friday, February 17: Cayenne
Try new flavors, explore new recipes, or just get out of a cooking rut. Each kit is a packet that comes with the spice of the month, history/cultural background, and recipes highlighting the featured spice. Enjoy at your own pace. No need to register, just come in and pick up a kit.
Friday mornings from 10:30-11:30
Downstairs in the Children's Room.
Music, movement, stories, and more, for children and their caregivers. Families are welcome to join in!
Weather cancellations will be posted on our Facebook page.
100 Hours Outdoors
January 10 to June 10
Spend more time outside this year!
Make a daily connection to the natural world.
Spending time in nature improves physical and mental well-being. Borrow our State Park Pass, a nature guidebook, or one of our backpacks like Sears Island Exploration, Seashore, or Birding to spark curiosity and inspiration.
Come to the library to pick up a log.
Earn a raffle ticket for every 10 hours for a chance in our prize drawing, one night's stay generously donated by Searsport Shores Oceanfront Camping! (Campground policies apply, please call or email for an advanced reservation.)
Reading2Connect book collection
Now available to borrow in the Large Print section!
These specially designed books break through the
barriers to reading, sparking older adults' abilities to reflect, remember, learn, and to express themselves.
Carver Memorial Library is grateful to the Maine Humanities Council SHARP grant, a portion of which made this program possible.
Language Arts Tutoring
Free Language Arts Tutoring for children in grades K-4 is being offered by veteran public school teacher Erica Thompson, on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school. Ms. Thompson's approach to Language Arts instruction is both customized and playful. Small group and individual tutoring will include games and activities with a focus on literacy and language skills tailored to your child's needs.
Offered in partnership with Carver Memorial Library. Slots are available by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be held at the library at 12 Union Street in Searsport. If you are interested, Erica looks forward to hearing from you in order to discuss your child's needs and set up a session. You can contact her by phone at 207-323-8591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Library Cards!
Stop in to the library for your shiny new library card!
Have your card number right at hand.
You can choose to use it at checkout or continue to use your name, whichever is easier for you.
Everything about your account remains the same, you'll just have a new number. You may need to update your login information for the online catalog and cloudLibrary if you use those.
Why new cards?
We are updating library card numbers to the state standard format as a first step towards connecting our catalog to MaineCat, the statewide library catalog. Once we're connected, you'll be able to request items directly on the MaineCat website, and items will arrive faster. The process is long, but a MaineCat connection is something we're committed to offering. We'll keep you posted when we have more news.
Carver Memorial Library
12 Union Street / P.O. Box 439
Searsport, ME 04974
M. 10-5, T. 10-6, W.-F. 10-5, Sat 10-1