New! CAML borrowing!
CAML connects libraries from across Maine, so that borrowers can access a wider variety of materials. Items are sent on the statewide library van delivery system.
This means you can now request items from the other CAML libraries, or borrow books when you visit them in person! All the details here.
Learning to Read Tracks, and Using Them to Enter the Secret Lives of Wild Animals
Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm
Zoom link: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/84127709720
Cosponsored with Friends of Sears Island.
Did you ever wonder what the animals of Maine do during the long, dark, cold months of winter? So does Sandra Mitchell, naturalist, and certified wildlife CyberTracker! In order to find out, she goes out and follows them - or more accurately, follows their tracks and signs through the snow and the mud. If you'd like to come along for the adventure from the warmth of your home and zoom in for a look at the secret lives of Maine mammals, you'll leave the presentation with enough information to go out and investigate what the animals in your yard are doing this winter. Sandra will discuss most of the major species of wildlife people can expect to see in their yards and the woods of Maine. This includes not only tracks, but the signs associated with animals and their travels, such as browse, scat, dens, burrows, nests, and more.
Sandra Mitchell is a Registered Maine Guide and an avid amateur naturalist. She enjoys investigating natural mysteries. Her website is https://www.wildlynxnature.com/
DIY Kits and DIY Together
DIY Kit: Visible Mending
Kits available Thursday March 4.
Learn new stitches and patterns for visible mending, based on Japanese sashiko techniques.
DIY Kit: Embroidered Valentines
Make hand-stitched valentines! Consider making an extra one or two for us to send to the folks at Bayview Manor.
Microwavable heating pads: still some left!
New teen/adult DIY Kits available every month. These are kits for fun projects you can do at home, and they include instructions and supplies.
Thursdays at 3:30pm. Join the Crafternoon Zoom to do the DIY Kit project together, ask for help, or share your finished creation. All levels welcome! Join Zoom Meeting (link should work for recurring Crafternoons.) https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/221116293
Meeting ID: 221 116 293
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,221116293#
New kid's Take and Make activity kits on the first and third Fridays of the month.
Second Tuesday of the month, 1pm.
Location: Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 838 2992 6236; One tap mobile +16468769923,,83829926236#,
Dial in: +1 646 876 9923
Come talk about this month's book club pick. Please join us and don't forget to wear your face mask. We will move to Zoom as infections get worse.
March: Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard
April: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
May: Haverner Sisters by Ardeana Hamlin
Winter Wellness Bingo
This winter, try some book lover’s self-care with our wellness bingo!
Now that everyone has had a chance to pick their first bingo prize, for each of first five bingo rows completed, you can pick something from our stash of wellness prizes. There are chocolates, mugs, books, and more!
For every bingo row completed (up to five), you can enter the drawing for a self-care basket, filled with cozy, comforting goodies to help you through the winter. Wellness Bingo runs through the end of February. The drawing will be on Monday, March 1.
Download a bingo sheet here, or pick one up at the library.
Waldo Reads Together
What if everyone in Waldo County read the same book and then joined together to talk about it? That’s the idea behind Waldo Reads Together, a local One Book program initiated by Aging Well in Waldo County.
To register, please visit: agingwellinwaldocounty.org/waldo-reads-together
This winter, we invite all Waldo County residents ages 14 and up to join us in reading Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Nickel Boys. Our goal is to help alleviate some social isolation while also contributing to ongoing conversations about social justice, racial justice, equity and diversity.
Waldo Reads Together is a partnership between Aging Well in Waldo County, Belfast Senior College, Waterfall Arts, Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health program, the National Education Association Waldo County Teachers - retired, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Waldo County Literacy Volunteers, and local libraries.
Get a copy at the library or a local book store.
February: Read the book and join a virtual, multigenerational discussion group
March: Participate in online events related to the book, details below. There is no cost to participate, though advance registration is required. The programs will be recorded and made available online with captions. More information is available on Aging Well in Waldo County’s website.
Documenting Racial Violence: On Finding History We Don't Want to Remember
Feb. 25 from 5–6:30 p.m.
Karen Sieber will speak about her work as a historian tracking down documentation of ugly and often forgotten moments in history, both nationwide and here in Maine, bringing to light the nation’s long history of violence against people of color.
Sieber, who comes from a background in public history and the digital humanities, has made it her mission to increase awareness about the Red Summer of 1919, the term given to a nationwide wave of violence against African Americans that year. Over the past five years she has built the world’s largest virtual database and archive on the topic, Visualizing the Red Summer, which is used in classrooms on five continents. Her work has been featured by the National Archives, American Historical Association, History Channel, Yahoo News, and even Snopes, in addition to academic publications. Sieber recently discovered a previously undocumented case of Red Summer violence at the University of Maine that year. Two African American brothers, Samuel and Roger Courtney, were tarred and feathered by their fellow students. The incident was kept out of the press and university records, and never included in Red Summer data until now. Read her recent piece in the national news about the discovery here, or learn more about her work at www.ksieber.com.
“The Nickel Boys, Historical Context and Contemporary Applications”
Mar. 11 from 6–7:30 p.m.
David Patrick and Desiree Vargas of Racial Equity & Justice, will facilitate a dialogue around the historical context and contemporary applications of The Nickel Boys. More information about Racial Equity and Justice is online.
More details about the events available here:
Watch a the National Book Awards interview with Colson Whitehead here.
The National Digital Equity Center (based here in Maine!) offers a great variety of free online webinar classes for getting started with technology, including topics for personal use, education, work and business. Get started with Android Basics, Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, cloudLibrary, and much more! All the details are on their website at https://digitalequitycenter.org.
Carver Memorial Library encourages everyone, kids, adults, teens, and families, to take on our Reading Challenges! We encourage you to read widely and explore the library and the world around you. This summer the theme is “Imagine Your Story,” celebrating folk and fairy tales, imagination, and storytelling. It's also Maine's Bicentennial and Searsport's 175th anniversary! The challenges this year are Fairytales, Maine History, Searsport, and STEAM.
To complete each challenge, log reading and activities to earn an embroidered patch/badge. Independent readers read 5 books (appropriate to your reading level) and do 5 activities related to the theme. Family readers/children being read to/pre-readers read 10 books and do 5 activities.
All the details and log sheets on our Reading Challenge page.
Carver Memorial Library
12 Union Street / P.O. Box 439
Searsport, ME 04974
M. 10-1, 2-5, T. 10-1, 2-6, W.-F. 10:00-1, 2-5