Chats with Champions

This popular program brings outstanding members of the literary world, arts, and sciences to Skidompha to present programs that are free and open to the public. While the series’ emphasis is on top-notch authors, programs often appeal to a much wider audience.  

The widely diverse roster of exceptional programs has included bestselling, prize-winning authors, chefs, mystery writers, scientists, wildlife experts, artists, historians, criminologists, musicians and much more!

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Check this page and our calendar for the schedule of presentations and for more information about each speaker. Unless noted otherwise, all programs begin at 10 am.


          • December 12, 2019 (Thursday) – Carla Skinder: Friends of Maine Coastal Islands and National Wildlife Refuge

          Skidompha Library welcomes Carla Skinder, Chair of the Board of Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, to speak at Skidompha Library on Thursday, December 12 at 10 a.m. Carla’s talk will take place in Porter Hall; please allow time for parking.

          Carla has a long history of working on behalf wildlife preservation. Her organization, Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands, ensures the future of healthy seabird populations on the coast of Maine. Of the 4,600 coastal islands in Maine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have designated 294 as nationally significant seabird nesting islands. There is some form of federal, state, or private protection for 169 of these nesting islands thanks to the hard work of private groups such as the Nature Conservancy and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, conservation-minded individuals, and federal and state agencies. The remaining 125, however, are under increasing pressure from coastal development and recreational uses. Seabird survival depends on suitable nesting habitat.

          From 1971-81 Carla worked at the New England Aquarium where she ran the Marine Mammal Stranding program rescuing and recovering seals, dolphins and whales from Maine to Florida. She also had the pleasure of taking care of Andre the seal. After leaving the Aquarium she went on to get her degree at Simmons College in nursing and then attended Boston University for her Master of Public Health. While residing in NH she was a State Representative from 2006-2010 serving two years on Fish and Game. She has traveled extensively around the world doing both volunteer work and photographing the magic of the natural world; she enjoys the opportunity to share her photos with others. Carla resides in St. George with her dog, Hannah.

          Chats with Champions, which is held in the Porter Meeting Hall, is presented by Skidompha Library and is sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop.

          • May 5, 2020 (Thursday) – Earle Shettleworth: How Maine’s Celebrated its Centennial in 1920