Summer Programming for Kids and Teens

As I get to know Skidompha Library, I am continually impressed with the offerings of our Children + Teens section. Our staff and volunteers are knowledgeable, energetic, and can suggest educational activities to make the most of your summer. Stop by for a full list of programs and events happening throughout the summer at the library (or visit our website:

A sampling of our programming includes:

Kids Story Time: For our littlest learners, we offer twice weekly story times (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.). These are led by Jessie, our children’s librarian, and are filled with stories, songs, and movement. It’s a great way for caretakers and children to connect with each other.

Summer Learning Tracking Sheet: Stop by the Children’s desk at the library to pick up a tracking sheet to help learners ages 0 to 12 keep track of their summer goals. It includes activities such as “read a book for twenty minutes” and “attend a Skidompha program.” Keep track of your progress throughout the summer and earn a prize!

Story Walks: Located to the right of Skidompha’s front entrance and to the left of Skidompha’s back entrance are our 2019 story walks. You and your little ones can stroll and read a picture book at the same time!

Unique Borrowing: Did you know that you can borrow a telescope, sun spotter, or ukulele with your library card? Spark your learner’s curiosity and support a lifetime of learning.

Our Teen Librarian, Sophie, is offering Summer Teen Reading programming options throughout the season, ending with a henna program provided by Erica Qualey on August 22 (from 2 – 3 p.m.). We’ll also set up our Wii system in Porter Hall every other Friday in July and August. We welcome area teens to enjoy friendly competition and escape the heat.

We hope your summer is off to a great start! And remember, if you get too warm, please visit the library and enjoy the crisp air conditioning!

Take care,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

Fund Skidompha at the Newcastle Town Meeting – June 17

Are you a Newcastle voter? We need your help in funding Skidompha’s budget request at the Newcastle Town Meeting.
Newcastle Annual Town Meeting
7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019
at Lincoln Academy
81 Academy Hill Rd, Newcastle
We’re very thankful to the Damariscotta voters for fully funding Damariscotta’s portion of Skidompha’s budget at their town meeting on 6/12.
We are thankful that the Newcastle Selectmen and Budget Committees have recommended fully funding Skidompha’s budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. The Library requested additional funding this year after nearly a decade of flat funding requests.
We take public trust and your tax dollars seriously. We will use the funds granted by the towns to support literacy, promote education, and support small business growth to create a more prosperous Lincoln County.
We know that we can accomplish anything with the public on our side; we are grateful for your continued support and we hope to see you at Monday’s meeting.

Skidompha Seeking Director of Development

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Skidompha is an incredible place to be and to work. Find out for yourself by applying to our recent position opening: Director of Development.

Skidompha is seeking a dedicated, energetic, and experienced Director of Development. The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Communications, the Development Associate, and the Skidompha Board of Directors. They manage all fundraising efforts for the library including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, grant research and writing, business sponsorships, special events and capital campaigns.

We are looking for an individual that embraces the mission of Skidompha Library and has exceptionally strong interpersonal and writing skills. Experience in fundraising is a must, as we need a strong team to help during the transition of our library’s Executive Director. If you think this sounds like your skill set, please review the full job description on our website and send an updated resume to

Take care,
Pam Gormley
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

Skidompha Silent Auction – April 12 to April 27!

Skidompha is still working hard to raise the remainder of the project funds to create an online archive of historic local newspapers. Our February costume ball raised the majority of the funds required but we still have funds to raise. We hope you will help us raise the remainder by bidding on an item in our Skidompha Silent Auction.

Our silent auction has many eclectic finds. We have a number of pieces of art, including a beautiful Marquetry piece by Bruce Babb and an Owl Painting print by Julie Babb. We have several Geisha antique prints, housed in beautiful frames. Interested in authors Barbara Cooney or Maurice Sendak? Bid on signed prints and posters from both. We also have a photographic print of a glorious Maine sunset from photographer Dennis Boyd.

Are you more interested in antiques? We have an antique children’s book collection from author Lois Lenski, a ginger jar from the estate of Huston Dodge, a wooden typeset box, and a porcelain vase – all donated by community members as their contribution to this worthy project.

Interested in handicrafts? We have a quilt donated by Skidompha Staffer Yvonne Lamoreaux (whose work has been prominently featured in our quilt exhibits for many years), and we have felted artwork by Ann Holmes.

Please support Skidompha’s digital archive by placing your winning bid before noon on Saturday, April 27, when the auction closes. Swing by anytime during open hours to peruse – there are even more items in our auction than described here. Highest bidders will be notified shortly after the auction closes and will be able to pick up their pieces.

Here’s to preserving our shared history!

Pam Gormley

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

An Evening with Coach Mike McGraw

Friday, March 29 – BUY YOUR TICKETS!

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 Coach of the Blue Devils – Mike McGraw. McGraw is heavily featured in our READ title “One Goal” by Amy Bass, and has lead his team to 3 state championship wins! 

Our tailgate will include hotdogs (“Wicked Wieners” from Wicked Scoops!), veggie options from Rising Tide, beer, soft drinks, and live music from the band Driving Charlie Home are included in the reception following the talk.

Tickets are available for purchase at Skidompha’s front desk and online at

Thank you to our Community READ Sponsors and partners: the First National Bank, Cheney Insurance, Newcastle Realty, Newcastle Vacation Rentals, Lincoln Academy, and the CLC YMCA!

Photo of Coach McGraw courtesy of the Lewiston Sun Journal.

2019 Community READ!

Dear readers,

Welcome to March in Maine! This year, we’re hosting a Community READ to get you through the last days of Winter and welcome in Spring. Have you picked up your free copy of “One Goal” by Amy Bass at the library yet? We have a number of events coming your way focused on themes found in the book!

Please join us every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in March for a sports-themed film. All films will be shown in Porter Hall and are brought to you free of charge! Titles for the month include “Bend it Like Beckham” (2002), “Breaking Away” (1979), “Péle: Birth of a Legend” (2016), and “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942).

On March 16th, we’re hosting two events: a book discussion of “One Goal” and a Community Lunch. The book discussion will begin at 11 a.m. at the Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop (17 Backstreet Landing, Damariscotta). At 12:00 p.m., we’ll gather at the library for a Community potluck lunch. All are welcome; we ask that you either bring a dish to share or bring a $15 contribution. All participants will receive a veritable feast and a beautiful plate from Watershed Pottery to take home.

On Monday, March 18th, we’ll welcome the author of “One Goal” to speak at Skidompha! Amy Bass will speak at 2 p.m. in Porter Hall. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Interested in joining our Community READ? Check out our full line-up of programming on our events page or our community read page

Happy READing!

Pam Gormley

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

Do you have your tickets yet?

Dear reader,

Skidompha Library is committed to preserving our local history for the benefit of future generations. Our most recent endeavor is to provide online access to historical archives of The Lincoln County News. We have raised over $40,000 and are working hard to raise the remaining $10,000 to complete the project.

Why is this effort so critical? Kathy Maclachlan, our staff genealogist, puts it well: “The Lincoln County News Digital Archive project is a researchers dream come true. Some of the years covered [in the archive] have no other information resources available; this will fill gaps of people’s family history and their understanding of the times and struggles that we’ve dealt with as a community.”

Won’t you help us preserve these significant historical documents? The best way to help is to buy your ticket to Through the Pages, a formal wear costume ball. We’re hosting the ball at Skidompha (184 Main Street, Damariscotta) on February 22nd as a fundraiser to finish the project. Wear your historical finest (from any year included in the newspaper digitization – 1870s through today!) and partake in live music, dancing, light bites, a silent auction, and drinks for purchase. Both Odd Alewives and Oxbow will be pouring their beers for your enjoyment; they’ll both be generously donating a portion of their pours to this cause. Tickets are on sale now for $10. You can purchase them at Skidompha’s front desk or online at

We hope to see you on February 22nd!


Through the Pages Benefit Costume Ball


We hope you’ll join us for our “Through the Pages” costume ball on February 22, 2019! Tickets are now available for $10 at Skidompha’s front desk and online at

This ball is a benefit to support the Lincoln County News digital archive project. Skidompha is assisting in this effort, and has raised $40,000 to begin the project in partnership with the Lincoln County News. The result of this project will be an online, searchable archive of local news — dating all the way back to 1870! This is the first time this record is available in this format to the public. It will be an invaluable resource for research, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with our favorite local paper to bring this record to our community.

And now, the details! “Through the Pages” will take place at Skidompha Library on Friday, February 22nd. As we have a penchant for theatrics, this event will be a costume ball. We encourage you to wear your formal dress from any decade the newspaper has been in print — anytime between 1870 through today! This event is not to be missed. There will be live music, dancing, light bites, silent auction, and beverages for sale! Please join us on February 22nd to support this important piece of local history.

Director’s Note – January 16

Dear Readers,

School holiday break is in the rearview mirror, and we’re working on things to keep you and the young people in your life busy over February school vacation! We’re offering free programming including two unique opportunities for writers: Junior Journalists (grades 5 – 6) and Write On (grades 7 – 12). And, of course, we’re planning for our glamorous costume ball, Through the Pages, on the evening of February 22nd.

Junior Journalists (Grade 5 + 6)

February 19 – 22

11 am – 1 pm

The Lincoln County News has generously donated the time of their creative and energetic marketing director, Maia Zewert to run Junior Journalists! Students will learn reporting basics by brainstorming article ideas, practicing interview techniques, and writing their very own newspaper articles to be published in The Lincoln County News. This workshop is free and open to the public. You can sign up by emailing Kelsey Gibbs (; spots are limited to students in grades 5 and 6, and we recommend signing up early to reserve your spot.


Write On (Grades 7 – 12)

February 19 – 22

11 am – 4 pm

Join us for our second annual Write On workshop! Write On is a collaboration with The Telling Room, a non-profit based in Portland that works to “empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world,” (, 2019). We’ll explore a number of creative paths into the writing process, bring characters on quests, write mini fiction pieces, different styles of poems, and stretch our storytelling muscles while having a whole lot of fun. Sign up early to reserve your spot; email Kelsey Gibbs ( This workshop is free and open to the public.


Through the Pages Costume Ball

February 22 – 6:30 – 11 pm

$10 Tickets benefit the newspaper digital archive project

Come in your fancy dress for the soirée of the winter! Deck out in any decade that the newspaper has been in print: the civil war era through today. There will be live musical entertainment, dancing, light bites, a silent auction, and beverages for sale. Support the creation of a searchable digital archive for your local paper and have fun at the same time. Tickets available at Skidompha’s front desk.

Here’s to the fun times in our future!

Pam Gormley
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

150 Years of Little Women at Skidompha Library

Join us on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th to celebrate 150 years of the beloved novel Little Women! We’ll be hosting discussions, showing the PBS miniseries Little Women, and having our very own tea party (including Miss Louisa May Alcott* herself!) All events are free, open to the public, and are family friendly – no advance sign up needed.

Friday, November 9th

1:00 – 2:30: The Alcotts and the Marches: Fact and Fiction

Join Jayne Gordon, former Director of the Orchard House, where “Little Women” was written, and Joan Spinazola, an expert in 19th Century American Literature, as they discuss and explore Louisa May Alcott’s family and that of her most famous heroines’, the March family from “Little Women”. Learn about the characters, setting, and plot of the novel, discuss some little known Alcott trivia, and discover the facts behind the fiction. 

JAYNE GORDON was the the Director of Orchard House, where Little Women was written 150 years ago, for sixteen years. She has focused on the Concord Authors (Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Alcott) for decades, through her work as Director of the Thoreau Society, and as Director of Education at the Concord Museum, Walden Woods Project, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Jayne regularly gives presentations, teaches courses, conducts training, and coordinates workshops around different aspects of the authors’ lives and works. She just moved to Damariscotta from Concord this spring, and is delighted to share her investigations and discoveries with her new community.

JOAN SPINAZOLA is a graduate of Worcester State University with a BA in English Lit.  She is currently working toward her Masters Degree in English with a focus on 19th Century American Literature.  A former stand-up comic, Joan took the opportunity of her 23 free hours a day to do independent study on Louisa May Alcott and the other authors of Concord.  She is the owner of New England Heritage Tours and Talks where she lectures on Alcott, along with some of the lesser known women of the 19th century including Mary A. Livermore and Fanny Fern.

6:30 – 8:45 pm: Episodes 1 and 2 of PBS 2018 miniseries “Little Women”

Join us for this very special showing of the new PBS miniseries “Little Women,” with the exciting conclusion and Louisa May Alcott quiz on Saturday night. 

Saturday, November 10th

10:00 – 11:30 and 12:15 to 1:00 “Little Women” crafts and activities

Drop-in fun for the whole family! Join us for Journal-Making, acting out “Tableaux Vivants” or scenes from books just like the March girls do in “Little Women,” and the art of letter-writing with pen and ink!

11:30 – 12:15 Tea with Louisa May Alcott

You are cordially invited to a very special tea party with Miss Alcott herself. Do you love the book “Little Women”? Does this book mean something special to you or others in your family? Come and sip a proper cup of tea with Miss Alcott and share your story. Tea and biscuits provided!

6:30 – 8:45 pm: Episode 3 of PBS Little Women and Louisa May Alcott Quiz Night

So you think you know Little Women? Test your knowledge during our Louisa May Alcott Quiz following the final episode of the new PBS miniseries “Little Women.” Prizes and refreshments for all!