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HARTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Flemming family from Hartland, Wisconsin stopped by the Hartland Public Library in Maine recently. They brought many gifts from Claudia Noonan, the children's librarian from Wisconsin that worked on the pen pal project with Beth Clark. They delivered a Kringle, (the official pastry of Wisconsin introduced by the Dutch), Door County cherries, (introduced by the French), Wisconsin cheese curds, pretzels, mustard, and coffee all made in Wisconsin. It was a nice finale to the Pen Pal project to actually meet one of our Pen Pals, Katie Flemming. John and Beth Clark will be back at Hartland Public Library with another special activity trunk on Wednesday, August 22nd from 10 AM to 12 PM. The trunk is called “Get a Clue” and it is from the Cornerstones of Science Program. Bring your children to this event and participate in all the fun activities. The Friends of Hartland Public Library invite any interested residents of St. Albans and Hartland to become new members of the very active “Friends” group. The “Friends” will be meeting on Thursday, August 16th at 6 PM in the reading room of the Library. Consider supporting HPL by becoming a “Friend”. The new library cards for current accounts/patrons from Hartland, St. Albans are ready to be picked up at Hartland Public Library at 16 Mill Street. Library services are free to residents of Hartland and St. Albans. Non-residents may purchase borrower cards for an annual fee of $30 per family. Identification (with a current street address) is required when applying for a borrower card. Children under age 18 also need a parent’s signature. The Flemming Family from Hartland, Wisconsin with Librarian Nick Berry on "Rocking the Library” Day.
NEWPORT CULTURAL CENTER
The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) will be offering a Reading Rally on Wednesday, August 15th at 2 PM. Join the group and end the summer reading program. Play carnival games, get your face painted and more. Enjoy yummy carnival treats, hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. Summer reading participants will also have the opportunity to spend their “coins”. Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will be at the event. The NCC 5K and Fun Run Logo Contest is now open. The Newport Cultural Center needs your help in designing a new tee-shirt logo for the 5K race and fun run. Use your imagination to create a logo involving anything that inspires you about running, books, historical museums, or all of these combined. Drawings must be submitted to the NCC by Friday, August 17th. The lucky winner will see his or her work on race tee-shirts on Saturday, September 8th. The contest is open to all kids up to age 18. For additional information contact 368-5074 or visit the Cultural Center at 154 Main Street in Newport. Stop by the NCC on Friday, August 24th at 7 PM as the fantastic 60′s style folk music duo Hungrytown performs in concert at the Riverwalk Park in Newport. Hailing from the mountains of Vermont, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have been playing together since the late 90s. As Hungrytown, they’ve toured nationally and appeared on shows like the Daily Show and Portlandia. You can read more about them on their website, as well as listen to their music. Admission is $10. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Newport Cultural Center. For more information visit newportculturalcenter.org or contact 368-5074.
THOMPSON FREE LIBRARY
Wesley McNair, Maine’s former Poet Laureate, will return to the Thompson Free Library on Tuesday, August 21st at 5:30 PM to read from his latest volume of poems, “The Unfastening.” The event is free and open to the public. Although McNair will read selected poems from “The Unfastening,” his presentation in Dover-Foxcroft will also offer insights into the creative process used in the writing of the book. McNair, who lives in Mercer, is one of New England’s most celebrated contemporary poets. The author of nine volumes of poems, he has been selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.” During his long writing career, McNair has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, and has served five times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. In 2015, McNair was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. The Library is located at 186 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. For more information contact 564-3350.
PITTSFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Pittsfield Public Library invites families to enjoy a free puppet show performance of “Dogs to the Rescue” on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:30 AM. Dogs to the Rescue is a puppet show for families about what we can do to stop climate pollution. What makes it so fun and engaging is that the story is told from a canine point of view. “Even though we are supposed to be the trainers, dogs are quite good at getting us to do what they want,” says Dr. Wendy Ring, the show's creator. “I thought about how dogs would notice our changing climate and imagined what they would do to get humans to stop it. It’s a fun way to share all the ways we can act locally to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and build healthier communities.” The show is appropriate for kids 3 years and up. The people behind the puppets are medical doctors. “We have two big reasons to care about this issue” says Dr. Rob Byron, internist and puppeteer. “First, we are already seeing people in our hospitals and clinics with conditions caused or exacerbated by climate change. Tick borne diseases like Lyme's and anaplasmosis are just one example. Second, the things we need for a healthy planet, we also need for healthy people: healthy food, clean air, and active lifestyles.” Aside from wielding puppets, the doctors have given hundreds of serious presentations on this topic to citizens, colleagues, and politicians and are active in a number of health professional groups advocating for climate action. The Library is located on 110 Library Street in Pittsfield.