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Accepting Submissions for Volume 6 of EPOCH Creative Magazine!

We are so excited to begin work on Volume 6 of EPOCH Creative Magazine at Skidompha Library.
 

We are currently accepting submissions for artwork and writing from teens ages 13 – 18. Send us your work – poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, graphic novel design, and artwork, for a chance to be featured in the next volume of EPOCH.

Submit your best work via email to be considered for Volume 6 . All written submissions are due by February 5th. Our art deadline is extended to February 19 to allow for time to finish and photograph artwork. The EPOCH Editorial Board will begin meeting in early February to review writing and artwork submissions and arrange the next issue.

Skidompha is offering a free writing workshop on January 20 from 3:30 – 5:00 to give teens a chance to generate some writing for submission, or see what the editorial board will be like. Please email Jeannette to sign up. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with The Telling Room for the fourth year in a row to offer a 4-day February vacation writing camp over Zoom. More details coming soon!

Skidompha Holiday Closure – 12/24/20 -1/4/21

We are closing at the end of the day on December 23 and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on January 5, 2021. During this time we will be fully closed—no curbside, no online story time, or online programming.
During our closure, we will still be thinking about the library and about all of you—about how to continue to offer and expand our support during a challenging time. We will also be sending you our warm thoughts for a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

“Chickens, Gin, and a Maine Friendship” Available For Sale At Skidompha!

The new book, “Chickens, Gin, and a Maine Friendship: The Correspondence of E. B.

White and Edmund Ware Smith” is now for sale at Skidompha.

 

White and Smith, popular authors who had homes in Maine, maintained a lively

correspondence that began in 1956 and ended when Smith died in 1967. Smith and his

wife Mary lived in Damariscotta. When she died in 1980, the letters were donated to the

library and tucked away in a bank vault, to be re-discovered by library staff members in

2016. Besides the letters, the book includes an introduction by Martha White, E. B.

White’s granddaughter, and essays written by these two prolific writers.

 

Sales of the book benefit the library.

 

The book is for sale for $24.95 and can be shipped for a $5.00 shipping fee.

To buy the book, call us at 563-5513; email

info@skidompha.org; or stop by during curbside pickup hours and ask! Books

may be mailed from the library or picked up at the back door during curbside pickup.

 

We accept credit cards, cash, and checks, as well as gift certificates from the

Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop.

Voting Begins Today for Skidompha’s Mock Caldecott & Mock Newbery Awards!

Skidompha Youth Services invites you to join our awards committee for Skidompha’s first-ever Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Awards—The Caldecott and Newbery Awards are two of the most prominent awards given each year celebrating children’s literature. Let’s choose our favorites, too! 

Details:

  • Voting is open to everyone, there is no age limit. 
  • Download here: 2021 Mock Newbery & 2021 Mock Caldecott or, grab a hard copy with your curbside pickup order.
  • Voting is from 12/14/20 – 1/15/21.
  • We will announce our winners on Thursday, January 21—right before the official winners are announced!
  • Contact Jessie to participate and with any questions!

Ready to cast your vote? Vote here:

Vote: Skidompha Mock Newbery Awards

 

Vote: Skidompha Mock Caldecott Awards 

Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop Gift Certificates Available

Dear Friends,

The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop is closed for now due to the pandemic, but gift certificates for the shop can be purchased and used at the shop when it reopens. All book shop purchases, including gift certificates, directly support the programs and collections of Skidompha Public Library.

Customers may order gift certificates by phoning or emailing us at the library and arranging for curbside pickup, or to have certificates mailed to you. We are working on offering an option to purchase gift certificates directly through the website.

Sales of books from the shop also continue, in a small way. When the weather permits, a cart of holiday books stands outside the library’s back door. Customers may choose a book and leave a donation in the designated box, or pay a library staff member when they pick up books they’ve requested from the library for curbside pickup.

Also, books from the shop are available, as always, at Main Street Grocery, Upper Main St., Damariscotta.

We thank you for your continued support of the library and the book shop during this time.

Best,

Matthew Graff

 

Giving Tuesday

Dear friends,

Today Skidompha will be joining people around the world to honor GivingTuesday and we invite you to join us. “GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”

Generosity brings us together. Your gift to Skidompha helps to make sure everyone in our community continues to have access to our programs and our materials.

As you may know, Skidompha relies heavily on the generosity of individual donors for a significant percentage of our annual operating budget. Along with so many other places, the pandemic has significantly impacted our fundraising. At the same time, we have been working hard to make sure we can reach our patrons through curbside service and new programming to engage our community remotely.

Skidompha Library aims to do good for the people in our community, and we hope you will consider supporting our work if you can. We thank you for the generous ways you show up for us, large and small, and we appreciate you.
Warmest wishes to you.
With gratitude,

Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

Black Authors at Skidompha

It is our goal at Skidompha to provide you with access to a diverse collection of materials to borrow. 
We were grateful to receive a generous anonymous donation to support the purchase of literature by Black authors for our collection. Below is the list of books purchased so far with this funding. We hope you will order these titles from Skidompha through curbside pickup

 

Title Author ISBN Category
Kindred Butler, Octavia 978-0807083109 Fiction
Queenie Carty-Williams, Candice 9781501196010 Fiction
What we lose Clemmons, Zinzi 978-0735221710 Fiction
The Water Dancer Coates, Ta-Nehisi 978-0399590597 Fiction
Halsey Street Coster, Naima 978-1503941175 Fiction
This mournable body Dangarembga, Tsitsi 978-1555978129 Fiction
Freshwater Emezi, Akwaeke 978-0802127358 Fiction
Travelers Habila, Helon 9780393239591 Fiction
Not without laughter Hughes, Langston 978-1121880627 Fiction
Silver Sparrow Jones, Tayari 978-1565129900 Fiction
An American Marriage Jones, Tayari 978-1616208776 Fiction
Who fears death Okorafor, Nnedi 978-0756406172 Fiction
Boy, snow, bird Oyeyemi, Helen 978-1594631399 Fiction
Mumbo Jumbo Reed, Ishmael 978-0241305812 Fiction
Ghost Reynolds, Jason 978-1481450164 Fiction
Salvage the bones Ward, Jesmyn 978-1608195220 Fiction
The Nickel Boys Whitehead, Colson 978-0385537070 Fiction
Another Brooklyn Woodson, Jacqueline 978-0062359995 Fiction
Red at the Bone Woodson, Jacqueline 978-0525535270 Fiction
Notes from a black woman’s diary Collins, Kathleen 978-0062800954 Fiction
Friday Black Adjel-Brenyah, Nana Kwame 978-1328911247 Fiction
What it means when a man falls from the sky Arimah, Lesley Nneka 978-0735211025 Fiction
The Undefeated Alexander, Kwame 9781328780966 Kids
Dragons in a Bag Elliott, Zetta 9780525636090 Kids
Antiracist Baby Kendi, Ibram X 978-0593110416 Kids
I am Farmer: Growing an environmental movement in Cameroon Paul, Baptiste and Miranda 9781512449143 Kids
Lu Reynolds, Jason 978-1481450249 Kids
Patina Reynolds, Jason 978-1481450195 Kids
Sunny Reynolds, Jason 978-1481450218 Kids
Just South of Home Strong, Karen 9781534419384 Kids
Brown Girl Dreaming Woodson, Jacqueline 9780147515827 Kids
Harbor Me – audiobook Woodson, Jacqueline 9780525639107 Kids
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi 978-1524733131 Nonfiction
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness Alexander, Michelle 978-1595581037 Nonfiction
Fire shut up in my bones Blow, Charles M. 978-0544228047 Nonfiction
Between the World and Me Coates, Ta Nehisi 978-0812993547 Nonfiction
Eloquent Rage: a black feminist discovers her superpower Cooper, Brittney 978-1250112576 Nonfiction
Collected Poems: 1974 – 2004 Dove, Rita 978-0393354935 Nonfiction
Difficult Women Gay, Roxane 978-0802125392 Nonfiction
Out of the house of bondage: the transformation of the plantation household Glymph, Thavolia 978-0521703987 Nonfiction
The Last Black unicorn Haddish, Tiffany 978-1501181825 Nonfiction
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing The Broken Narrative Of Black Women In America Harris, Tamara Winfrey 978-1626563513 Nonfiction
Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo Hurston, Zora Neale 978-0062748201 Nonfiction
Call me American Iftin, Abdi Nor 978-1524732196 Nonfiction
How to be an Antiracist Kendi, Ibram X 9780525509288 Nonfiction
Stamped from the Beginning Kendi, Ibram X 978-1568585987 Nonfiction
When they call you a terrorist: a black lives matter memoir Khan-Cullors, Patrisse 978-1250171085 Nonfiction
Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. King, Martin Luther Jr. 978-0446676502 Nonfiction
Heavy: a memoir Laymon, Kiese 978-1501125652 Nonfiction
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde Lorde, Audre 978-0393319729 Nonfiction
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement Lowery, Wesley 978-0316312479 Nonfiction
So you want to talk about race Oluo, Ijeoma 978-1580056779 Nonfiction
Notes from a Young Black Chef Onwuachi, Kwame 99781524732622 Nonfiction
Farming while black Penniman, Leah 978-1603587617 Nonfiction
So close to being the sh*t, ya’ll don’t even know Retta 978-1250109347 Nonfiction
You Can’t Touch my Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain Robinson, Phoebe 978-0143129202 Nonfiction
Hidden Figures Shetterly, Margot 978-0062363596 Nonfiction
Feel free Smith, Zadie 978-1594206252 Nonfiction
In search of our mother’s gardens: womanist prose Walker, Alice 978-0156028646 Nonfiction
My larger education: chapters from my expirience Washington, Booker t. 978-1604591972 Nonfiction
The autobiography of Malcom X X, Malcom 978-0345350688 Nonfiction
With the fire on high Acevedo, Elizabeth 978-0062662835 Young Adult
The Poet X Acevedo, Elizabeth 978-0062662804 Young Adult
Children of Virtue and Vengeance Adeyemi, Tomi 978-1250170996 Young Adult
Kings, Queens and In-Betweens Boteju, Tanya 9781534430655 Young Adult
A place for wolves Jackson, Kosoko 9781492673651 Young Adult
She Would Be King Moore, Wayetu 978-1555978177 Young Adult
Akata Warrior Okorafor, Nnedi 978-0670785612 Young Adult
Akata Witch Okorafor, Nnedi 978-0670011964 Young Adult
The Dark Fantastic Thomas, Elizabeth Ebony 978-1479800650 Young Adult

 

Resources on Racial Equality + Protest in the United States

Dear reader, 

I am broken by the pictures I see on the news and on social media right now.

Racism is toxic to our community and our society. History shows again and again that silence in the face of injustice achieves nothing. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr noted this “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Public Libraries are institutions of welcoming acceptance.At Skidompha we proudly offer access to our building, our services, and our resources to all regardless of race, color, nationality, age, religion, political affiliation, educational background, sexual orientation, gender expression, or physical ability.

In this time of national conflict the Skidompha Library will continue to support and represent the principles of access, equality, and fairness and will stand with, listen to, and learn from communities of color in our country.

Providing access to information is a primary role of a library in our society.At this unsettled time it is especially important for us to meet this aspect of our mission to help our community make sense of the emerging crisis in our country. Please review and explore the varied list of resources below that shine a light on America’s history of racism, civil unrest and protest, as well as a list of periodicals that are available online to all who have a Skidompha library card.

It is important that we call each other in to this work.We will stand together in the strength of our community to speak out against racism. We hope you will join us in committing to this work beyond the pain and anguish of this moment in history, but in ongoing and sustainable ways.

Please listen and learn with us, and work with us to move our community and our country into a more perfect union.

In solidarity and good health, 

Matthew Graff 
Executive Director
Skidompha Library
 

Anti-Racism + Protest History Resources for Adults

Resources for Conversations with Children

Resources for Teens

Giving Tuesday Now

Dear friends,

This Tuesday, May 5, Skidompha will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow – a global day of giving and unity developed in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

At a time when we are all experiencing this pandemic, generosity is what brings us together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others.

As you may know, Skidompha relies heavily on the generosity of individual donors for a significant percentage of our annual operating budget. In light of the current pandemic, we have put off our annual spring appeal and our Book Shop has been closed, significantly impacting our funding. At the same time, we have kept all of our staff employed through our closure, and have developed new programming to engage our community remotely.

Join us on GivingTuesdayNow
to help us make up our fundraising deficit
because our commitment to our community remains resolute
even as our doors are closed.

Skidompha will remain a trusted resource to our community, supporting you through this uncertain time, and helping you find your way as we settle into our new normal. We can’t wait to see you all back at the library soon!

With best wishes for health and happiness for you and yours, and sincere appreciation for your commitment to our community,

Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

It’s National Library Week!

Dear reader,
We are living through a time like no other. At Skidompha, we are working to find our way to understanding–and thriving–in a changed world. 
This week is National Library week, and typically we’d be celebrating with you at our beloved 184 Main Street home. But this is not a typical spring. Even as our doors are closed to help stop the spread of Covid-19, our commitment to our community remains resolute. 
In recent weeks, our staff has come together to find a number of new ways to support our patrons. Our youth librarian, Jessie, and our teen librarian, Sophie, have offered daily book read-alouds online for our youngest patrons and created new Facebook groups for youth and teen services. One of our adult librarians, Jeannette, has developed online poetry and writing groups. Our staff genealogists, Kathy and Emily, have hosted online genealogy meet-ups and have been answering genealogy inquiries remotely. Our other staff have been checking in with patrons, sewing face masks for the community, planning for the future of the library, and working to provide a wide range of online resources to our community. 
Please join me in celebrating our wonderful library staff for National Library Week. They are a committed crew who care deeply about supporting our community. We all miss you, our amazing patrons, and can’t wait to see you again soon at Skidompha. In the meantime, be well, and find joy in the emerging spring!
 
Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library
**Please note that neither Skidompha Library nor Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop will be opening on April 27th. The library will be closed until further notice. We are paying close attention to the words and recommendations of both Governor Mills and Dr. Shah of the Maine CDC, as well as communicating with the Maine State Library on a weekly basis. We look forward to opening when it is safe to do so.
We miss you, we miss working with you, and we look forward to getting back to the library.