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The Hartland Public Library (HPL) is looking for comfortable used chairs for the young adult room at the Library. If you have a chair that you no longer will be using, consider donating it to HPL. Check-out what is happening at HPL in October: Storytime every Saturday at 10:30 AM. Puppet Theater on some Saturdays; Thursday, October 18th Friends annual meeting and election of officers at 6 PM. All are welcome to join this group; Saturday, October 20th Kid’s Crafts featuring 3D masks 11 AM. Be sure to mark your calendar and bring your child or grandchild to join the fun. The Hartland Public Library is located at 16 Mill Street in Hartland. For more information contact 938-4702. Piper Lozefski showing off the sand art she created at Hartland Public Library on Saturday, October 6th.
Patrick McGowan, former Maine Department of Conservation Commissioner and Pittsfield native, will talk about his book “One Good Thing” Wednesday, October 17th at PM. “One Good Thing,” is described as weaving the spirit of adventure and social justice into a 21st-century Robin Hood story—with a twist. Avengers take to the skies over the wilds of northern Maine and remote Canada risking everything in a mad-capped scheme to kidnap a couple of crooked, greedy billionaires. In the book, Mac McCabe, the owner of Allagash Air, flies wealthy customers into the wilderness for unforgettable and often life-changing experiences in camping, fishing, and hunting. When the man behind the deal to close the local paper mill forces Mac’s airplane into a deadly spin with his jet, he dreams up a plan to get even. He recruits the military discipline of his brother-in-law, the skills of a journalist and a beautiful computer expert to form his band of thieves. McGowan’s descriptions of flying over the northern woods and fishing are awe-inspiring. One gets the sense of actually being in the plane sweeping over the water in-between the riverbanks, below the tree line and it’s exhilarating. In one chapter he flies this wealthy passengers over Tumbledown Mountain in western Maine. “One Good Thing” brings McGowan’s public service, floatplane adventures and love of storytelling to the public. Many scenes in the book rely on his personal experiences. He has spent ten years as a skydiver and he is a floatplane and backcountry airplane pilot who loves canoeing. The Library is located at 110 Library Street in Pittsfield.
The Guilford Memorial Library will be hosting William Geller as he leads a discussion on the history of the Piscataquis Watershed. This discussion will also include the 1825 Guilford Fire and local River Logging Drives. This will take place on Wednesday, October 17th at 2 PM at the library. This is a free event and all are invited to attend. The Library is located at 4 Library Street in Guilford. For more information, contact 876-4547.
The Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft has programs to fit your shifting mood as autumn takes hold and All Hallow’s Eve approaches. The expressive photography of Abbot resident Steve Maines will be on display at the Library during the month of October. Don’t miss an opportunity to see these evocative images and hear stories from his many adventures. Tired of feeling helpless or hopeless when a disaster, small or large-scale, strikes? On Tuesday, October 16th from 4 to 6 PM you can learn about how to help your community as an American Red Cross volunteer from representatives of the Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter of the Red Cross. As executive director Caroline King explains, “It’s the power of volunteers that make it possible for the Red Cross to help so many people in our community who are facing emergencies.” Then “The Let’s Talk About It” series continues on Tuesday, October 16th from 5:30 to 7 PM with The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, a sprawling novel that intertwines several storylines, focusing on age-old themes of love and money and how they can lead to ruin. Historian David Richards facilitates this timely book discussion group. All aboard the Maine Poetry Express where everyone is invited to participate in this program from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library which is designed to bring poets and poetry together at local libraries. Community members will learn to perform Maine poems with guidance from Millinocket poet Paul Corrigan during the workshop on Wednesday, October 17th at 5 PM. You don’t have to be a poet or a public speaker to participate. Then, the community poetry-reading event, with music by North Country Strings, will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 5:30 p.m. Then to celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s gothic, sci-fi classic Frankenstein, and as part of Dover-Foxcroft’s Halloween Boonanza, TFL presents Dr. Frankenstein’s Mad Science Escape Room on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th from 4 to 9 PM. The goal of this 30-minute challenge will be for groups with 2 to 5 members to try to get Dr. Frankenstein’s monster’s brain out of a locked box by solving puzzles. The brain is essential to bring the monster to life. Registration for this event, open to ages 10 and up, is required by Thursday, October 25th. Contact Michelle at the library at 564-3350. On Halloween Wednesday, October 31st TFL’s original front doors will be open from 4 to 6:30 PM to give trick or treaters a free book (while supplies last). So, kids, put on your spooky best and stop by the Library. What would happen if a holiday classic met an iconic favorite (and its extended family)? Join the group on Thursday, November 1st at 5:30 PM to meet the cast of the upcoming Center Theatre production of A Wicked Christmas Carol written and directed by Bobby Keniston and stay to play trivia based on A Christmas Carol and the Wizard of Oz series to win tickets to the see the show in December. This fall the library is the setting for an array of interactive experiences. You can help others, read poems aloud, build monsters, share your favorite books, look at world-class photography, get free books, and preview a mash-up of Dickens and Oz. For more information, call 564-3350, email or visit Facebook. The Library is located at 186 E Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
The Newport Cultural Center will be holding a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Celebrate the season with the 7th Annual Fall Festival.This popular family event will include an old-fashioned apple cider making demonstration, pumpkin and cookie decorating, face painting, popcorn, crafts, games, pony rides, and local entertainment. The Fall Festival is free and open to the public. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street in Newport.