Community Read

Join Skidompha Library and our community partners in our first ever winter Community READ!

Throughout the month of March, we’ll be reading One Goal by Amy Bass and hosting events and discussions that explore a variety of themes found in the book: inclusion, adversity, and community building. 

Calendar of Events

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Download this schedule to have at home OR pick up a handout at the library: 2019SkidomphaCommunityRead_Schedule

Thursday, March 14

7 pm – READ Film: “Breaking Away” (1979) Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library

Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends Cyril (Daniel Stern), Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley) and Mike (Dennis Quaid) spend their post-high school days in Bloomington, Indiana, sparring with snooty students from the local university, chasing girls and–in Dave’s case–dreaming of competitive bicycle racing. The four friends face opposition from all corners as they decide to make Dave’s dreams come true in the university’s annual bicycle endurance race. (1 hour, 41 minutes)

Saturday, March 16

11 am – Book Club Discussion of “One Goal” by Amy Bass Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop (17 Backstreet Landing, Damariscotta)

Join us for a discussion of our Community READ title: “One Goal” by Amy Bass.

12 – 1:30 pm – Community Lunch – Atrium @ Skidompha Library

Join us in Skidompha’s Atrium for a community potluck lunch! All are welcome. Please bring a family favorite dish to share. No time to cook? Bring a $15 contribution and receive a beautiful plate from Watershed Pottery to take home. We look forward to dining with you!

Monday, March 18

2 pm – Meet the Author: Amy Bass – Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library

Amy Bass, author of “One Goal”!

Join us for a special afternoon with our Community READ Author Amy Bass! She will be discussing her book One Goal in Skidompha’s Porter Hall.

Thursday, March 21

7 pm – READ Film: “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” (2016) Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library

Under guidance from manager Vicente Feola (Vincent D’Onofrio), young Pelé (Kevin de Paula) utilizes his street soccer skills to lead Brazil to the World Cup in 1958. (1 hour, 47 minutes)

Saturday, March 23

2 – 4 pm  – Community Soccer Game – Central Lincoln County YMCA (525 Main St, Damariscotta) $5 admission at the door

Watch the Lincoln Academy team come face-to-face with the Skidompha Owls! Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door; commemorative t-shirts will be available for sale for $15. If you work up an appetite in the stands, you’re in luck! Isuken – a Somali Bantu food truck – will be parked outside the Y and ready to take your order! Read more about this inspiring and delicious co-op food truck online at:

5 pm – Cooking Class – Somali Cuisine – $10 – Rising Tide’s Community Kitchen (323 Main St, Damariscotta)

Discover delicious Somali dishes. This two hour cooking class on Saturday, March 23 will feature chefs from Isuken food coop in Lewiston, and will take place in Rising Tide’s community kitchen (on the second floor). This class costs $10 to cover the cost of ingredients and paying our teacher. To sign up, please email or call Skidompha Library at 207-563-5513.

Thursday, March 28

7 pm – READ Film: “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942) – Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library

This moving biographical drama follows the life of revered baseball player Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper). Championed by sportswriter Sam Blake (Walter Brennan), Gehrig eventually gets recruited by the New York Yankees, joining a team of heavy hitters that includes the legendary Babe Ruth. When Gehrig marries his spirited sweetheart, Eleanor (Teresa Wright), things look up for him, but he is soon sidelined by a terrible illness that he bravely tries to battle. (2 hours, 8 minutes)

Friday, March 29

5 pm – An Evening with Coach Mike McGraw – Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library 

$20 admission; $5 for age 18 and under

Join us for our culminating Community READ event! Get an insider’s perspective with Lewiston’s very own Mike McGraw: the coach led his team to win the state soccer championship! Hotdogs, beer, softdrinks, and live music are included in the reception following the talk. Tickets are available for purchase at Skidompha’s front desk and online at

More details to come. Please check back for updates! 

Special thank you to our 2019 Community READ Sponsors:

Previous READ Events:

Monday, February 25 through March 1

2 pm – Skidompha Library is hosting its first ever winter Community READ! We’re giving away free copies of One Goal by Amy Bass beginning on February 25th at 2 pm; first come, first served. Please, one book per household.

Thursday, March 7

7 pm – READ Film: “Bend it Like Beckham” (2002) – Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library

Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), the daughter of a strict Indian couple (Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan) in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley), who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe. (1 hour, 52 minutes)