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The Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT) will host a workshop with Felix Blinn from Brownville on Being prepared. The workshop will cover how to take practical steps to prepare for likely disruptive events in a hopeful instead of fearful manner. The event will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 10 AM. Recent trends in economics, politics, weather, food production, and transportation can combine in an observant person’s mind to create worry about the possibilities of system breakdowns; what will people do if they can’t get to the grocery store for instance, or it hasn’t got any food on the shelves, or the electricity goes out for an extended period? While everyone doesn’t want to dwell excessively on such dire thoughts, having a plan in place will ease those worries and smooth those disruptions. Blinn is an example of such thoughtful preparation, and will be sharing his strategies and experiences, and hoping to learn about other peoples’ at this free workshop in Dexter. DDATT’s mission is to help move the local communities into higher levels of self-governance, knowledge of local resources, and independence from external energy imports. For more information on DDATT and future events, email to get on email news list, or call 277-4221 or 924-3836.
Young Phoenix shares secrets with Santa (aka Dave Pearson) at a recent sing-a-long held at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter.
Hartland Public Library would like to recognize E. Clair Russell for providing items for the glass case and other places around the Library. Several of his horse and train models are on loan from the Russell Family Model Horse and Equipment Museum. Be sure to check out these impressive models when visiting HPL, which will be in the Library for the next few months and into the spring. HPL is interested in showing other collections, too. If you have a collection you would like to display contact HPL at 938-4702 and schedule a time for the glass display case. The Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 1st was a successful endeavor. HPL would also like to recognize the Rowe family for helping to decorate the Library for the holidays. Come by to see the decorations and borrow a book, a CD, or a DVD this month at 16 Mill Street in Hartland. And remember, there is a telescope you can borrow to take a closer look at the December sky or the Cold full moon on Saturday, December 22nd. Bring in one of the following items and you will be forgiven any overdue items at HPL: dish detergent, cleaning products, health items, toothpaste, and toilet paper. Canned food will be accepted as well, but the previous items are preferred. Lastly, HPL is still waiting for feedback. Go to and click on the link to take a short survey. Horse and equipment models now on display at Hartland Public Library.
December at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft will offer the following programs: Join children’s librarian Michelle Fagan for Creative Kids Art Time from 3:30 to 4:30 PM on Wednesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 19th. Materials will be provided and ages two and up are invited to attend this art exploration program, which meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Dover-Foxcroft resident and author Joe Siccardi will read from and sign his book “Wisdom from a Father” on Thursday, December 6th at 1 PM. He calls himself an “ordinary Joe walking on the path of life” who shares his joys, tribulations, and reflections on life, love, and family. Channel your favorite philosopher as TFL presents a philosophy discussion group that will meet once a month starting Friday, December 7th at 3 PM. Come with an interest in meaningful dialogue and be ready to get those synapses firing. Participants at the first meeting will help plan the future of the group. Those colorful bricks are a timeless tactile tradition that continues to enthrall children. Kids can build and play with Legos on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, (Tuesday, December 11th only this month, as Christmas is the 25th). Talented watercolor artist Rogan Taylor displays his incredible art work during December and will give an artist talk on Tuesday, December 11th at 5:30 PM. Rogan was born in South Africa and grew up in Zimbabwe and now finds himself in central Maine as Pastor of Abbot E. Free Church. Come hear his intriguing story and learn more about his impressive paintings. In poetic pursuits, local writer and musician JT Curran will read from his first published volume of poetry, “Beyond the Road,” on Thursday, December 13th at 5:30 PM. His words invite all to consider the “signposts, off-ramps, co-travelers and vistas which populate our journeys.” Now you can buy local produce, cheese, crafts, jewelry and more at the Dover Cove Farmers Market held downstairs in the community meeting room every other Saturday through April from 9 AM to 1 PM. They’ve added an extra day this month (Saturday, December 22nd), so you can buy last minute gifts, grocery/menu items and ornaments. Attention all those who want to become involved in capturing the oral histories of people in Piscataquis County. Then on Saturday, December 15th from 10 AM to 1 PM oral historian Molly Graham will be at The Commons at Central Hall to show volunteers how to interview and collect oral histories. At this session you will learn how to use the recorder, what questions to ask, and watch Molly conduct a mock interview. Don’t forget rescheduled Nerf Night is Friday, December 28th from 6 to 8 PM and is open to grades 5 and up. Bring your own labeled Nerf equipment. Do not bring Nerf Rival equipment. The Thompson Free Library is located at 186 E Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.
The Guilford Memorial Library will be hosting a Holiday Marzipan Workshop. The participants will learn how to make and create holiday goodies using marzipan. This event is on Thursday, December 6th from 12:30 to 3 PM at the library. Be sure to contact the library to register. This event is open to everyone and donations will be accepted. For more information and to register contact 876-4547.