News

3.24.22 | Exciting Programming for Kids and Teens During April Break

Dear Friends,

This week, just a short note to let you know we have some great programming coming up between April 18 – 22 that is guaranteed to excite, entertain, and educate. Please keep the library in mind as you make your plans for the April break.

In the children’s room, Jessie is planning a week that includes explorations in art, music, stories, and electricity.

Kristi has virtual 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, comics, and writing workshops planned for teens.

We’re finalizing the details with the workshop leaders and will share all of the specifics dates and details next week. Look for updates in Haps, on our website, and in the Lincoln County News.

If any of these things pique your interest, please stop into the kids and teen rooms to chat with Jessie and Kristi.

Be well,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

3.8.22 | Volume 7 of EPOCH Magazine is Here!

Dear Friends,

 

I am thrilled to announce the publication of our seventh volume of EPOCH Magazine! EPOCH is a “creative magazine for teens by teens.” Teens from our local area submit their photography, mixed media artwork, short fiction, and poetry to our teen editorial board, who then select and create the issue. Free copies are now available at the library. 

 

Volume 7 was a collaboration between the EPOCH teen editorial board, local educators, area teens, and Skidompha staffers Jeannette Eaton and Kelsey Gibbs. EPOCH received 110 submissions for this edition, and we were moved and overwhelmed by all of the artwork and writing. We are very proud of the effort that went into completing this project during another pandemic year. We are so grateful to the teens who submitted their work, the educators who supported them, and the teen editorial board who worked incredibly hard over Zoom each week to create this volume for our community. 

 

I would be remiss in not thanking the Anonimo Foundation for their help as well. Skidompha received generous grant funding from The Anonimo Foundation for this project. This grant supports program staffing, printing and distributing free issues, and writing workshops for teens.

 

I feel so lucky to have the chance to engage with such a wide range of projects and creativity here at the library. On behalf of all our staff, we hope you will leaf through Volume 7 the next time you visit Skidompha.

 

    
Be well,
Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

 

P.S. Are you a teen interested in submitting your artwork or writing to EPOCH? We are currently hard at work on Volume 8, which will be published this June. If you’d like to plan for the fall, submit your creative work via email to epoch@skidompha.org by October 15, 2022. Please include your full name, school, and grade. Submitting your work to EPOCH indicates your permission to reprint your work in our next issue.
 

2.24.22 | Changing our Phone Number

Dear Friends,

These last two years have been full of change, and to keep the trend going, the library will be changing its phone number. If we’ve learned anything from all this transition, it’s how to be flexible. We know this process will take time, so we’ll extend it into the summer to allow everyone (especially us!) to get used to our new numbers.

So how will it work? Slowly and gently. We will retain our current numbers, including our main number, 207-563-5513, and our direct children’s number, 207-563-1058, into the summer. When you call these numbers, the phone will ring here at the library the same as it has always done. At the same time, our two new telephone numbers will be active. Calling them will also get you to the library. Our new main number is 207-887-0919, and our new children’s number is 207-945-1056.

There is no significant change happening now, but we want to give all of us as much time to get used to this as possible. Our old numbers will continue to work, and the new numbers will work quietly in the background for any early adopters who want to use them.

Since the transition will not occur immediately, it will be kind of like when a new traffic light goes up, and the DOT doesn’t turn it on for a few months to help people get used to it. We will keep you informed on the progress of this transition and issue periodic reminders through our weekly email and notes in the Lincoln County News.

The other big news this week has to do with changing up your record collection if you have any vinyl you’re looking to donate. The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop wants you to know they are running low on record donations—they are especially interested in classic rock at the moment. So we kindly request that you flip through those records and see if you might be willing to part with anything. I’m going to see whether my vintage copy of The Captain and Tenille’s Love Will Keep Us Together is in good shape. Muskrat Love no longer has the same hold on me as back in ‘75.

As always, thank you for your support of Skidompha.

Be well,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Public Library

 

2.17.22 | Art at Skidompha

 

Dear Friends,

Before I began working at Skidompha, when I first interviewed and visited the library, I was struck by how sincerely the staff loved working there and how welcoming the physical space was. The gorgeous artwork on display brought a smile to my face, and I knew I was entering a special place.

I have since learned that a lot of the work and organization that goes into coordinating these art displays is thanks to one of our librarians, Rachel Zoller. I am grateful for Rachel’s energy and interest in working with artists to keep these vibrant displays running.

Right now, we have some beautiful paintings from Haitian artists hanging in the library as part of an annual fundraiser. Net proceeds of any sales of these paintings will benefit two entities—the first is a small school in the village of Figaro that lies on the outskirts of Gros Morne in northwest Haiti. The second entity is a Go Fund Me event planned to raise money for projects to help the citizens of Gros Morne itself.  These paintings are available to view and purchase through the end of this month.

I hope you’ll come in to see them and take the time to look at the many other artists whose work we feature in the library.

 

Be well,

Matthew Graff

 

2.3.22 | Celebrate Black History Month With Books!

Dear Friends,

I love knowing how much fun Skidompha staff members have creating themed book displays. The pandemic has given us more incentive to create digital book displays to share some of the titles we love in our newsletter and on social media, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. We also love to pull books from our shelves, fill a library cart with them to spread them out on a table, or fill a display shelf with the titles we’ve found.

Celebrating Black History Month with books is one of the things we love doing each year! This year all of our departments worked together to create a display celebrating Black authors and voices, and you’ll find selections of these titles around the library. As you read through the newsletter each week this month, you’ll also find some of these digital book displays based on books we have for you to check out.

We are also very excited to let you know to let you know we have partnered with Healthy Lincoln County to create a Little Free Pantry stocked with food and personal care items. The pantry, located near Skidompha’s back entrance, is available during regular library hours. Although available products may vary, typical items will include pasta, rice, canned goods, cereal, and granola bars. The Lincoln County Gleaners will also provide fruits and vegetables during the summer gleaning season.

Started in Arkansas in 2016, the Little Free Pantry movement works to help combat food insecurity at the neighborhood level. Healthy Lincoln County is helping the movement by supporting small neighborhood food exchanges in different parts of Lincoln County and the surrounding area. Individuals are encouraged to “take what they need and leave what they can.”

For more information about the pantry, email our teen librarian, Kristi Favaloro, at kfavaloro@skidompha.org or Lee Emmons, from Healthy Lincoln County, at lemmons@healthylincolncounty.org. You can also call Skidompha at 563-5513 with any questions.

Local organizations that wish to start their own mini-pantry are encouraged to contact Lee Emmons directly at the email listed above or at 207-622-7566, ext. 236.

I am grateful to Kristi and Lee for getting this program started at Skidompha. Our community is stronger when we work together, and I am thankful for all of our community collaborations.

Be well,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Public Library

1.28.22 | Winter Bee Update & Closed Tomorrow

Dear Friends,

Looking out my window today, I see a beautiful light blue sky and powdery snow covering the library’s courtyard. Peaceful. And yet Mother Nature is in the process of assembling the pieces of a powerful storm for this weekend, and we’re facing extra frigid temperatures tonight. It’s easy to forget that meteorologists say we are nearly two-thirds done with winter, as they define it. Best go upstairs and take a peek at the bees to see how they are doing.

Winter is an interesting time for bees. Summer and fall had them preparing for winter by building up their stores. But bees are efficient, and they manage their hive to make the best use of those stores over winter cold. Male drones are typically evicted before winter to reduce demand on those stores. As the summer workers die off, the Queen will lay eggs to produce a smaller colony of winter worker bees. Winter workers have a different physiology than summer workers; they are made to live through the winter. Summer workers may live only six weeks. The Queen will stop laying, and workers will cluster around her and shiver and flutter their wings to generate warmth and keep her warm. All this activity takes a lot of energy, and the winter bees will eat the honey stores built up over the warmer months. Bees are very clean by nature and will not relieve themselves in the hive, and instead, will take cleansing flights—when weather permits. Sadly bees can die if the weather stays too cold and they cannot get outside.

Our bees are looking pretty good. I see the Queen hanging out with her attendants. Keeping the Queen warm is not terribly difficult for the workers due to the hive being inside the library. The colony is smaller in number and not too active, but we are offering them a sugar-water solution should they need it. If I’m honest, I am looking forward to warm spring days and sunshine and seeing the bees take flight once again to meet the spring flowers.

We hope you’ll come in to see the bees in winter. They are upstairs—just take a right from the top of the stairs, or a left out of the elevator, and you’ll find them.

We just made the call to close the library tomorrow due to the winter storm on its way. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Be well,

 

Matthew Graff

12.16.21 | Holiday Closure Reminder & Updates

Dear Friends,

There’s a different energy in the library whenever we’re all working to prepare for the same thing. I have a massive stack of books on my desk, some I’ve pulled for my enjoyment over the holidays, and others serve as reminders there’s much to do before our holiday closure! Our staff is busy prepping bags of books and media for patrons, finishing projects that began in 2021, and dreaming big for what 2022 will bring to the library.

 

As a reminder, we will be closed from the end of the day on December 23, reopening at 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 2022. Please do not worry about books that may be due while we are closed. All books due over this period will now be due when we reopen on the 4th. Remember as well that we do not charge for late fees and that our book drops will be open and cleared regularly over this break. Season’s readings from Skidompha!

 

We will be fulfilling Interlibrary Loans (ILLs) through Thursday, 12/23, so please get your ILLs in early to allow time for delivery. And, remember to check in with one of our librarians if you’d like a Library Grab Bag! Librarians can choose a few books for patrons once they have details on author and genre preferences.

 

The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop will be closed on Christmas Day. Otherwise, they will be open their regular hours every day, including on Sunday, December 26; New Year’s Day; and Sunday, January 2. Regular hours for the Book Shop are Monday through Saturday, 9 to 4; Sunday, 9 to 3.

 

This note will be my last long message until after the new year. I want to thank each of you for being a part of Skidompha this year. Your energy, interests, and support help make Skidompha an incredible place.

 

We look forward to walking into this next year with you. We look ahead with hope and hold this moment with a lot of gratitude.

 

Be well,
Matthew Graff
Executive Director

Skidompha Library

 

 

Plan Ahead for Our Holiday Closure

Dear Friends,

If you’re anything like me, the very fact that we’re nearing mid-December is staggering. As we enter this season, I marvel that time itself feels quieter and more suited for slowing down, yet these few short weeks in December feel like a flurry.

In the interest of practicing the same advice we offer—to take care of ourselves and find ways to rest and recharge—we will be closed from the end of the day on December 23 and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 2022. We want to give you plenty of time to plan, and we hope you will come in soon and get all the materials you may need to carry you over through this break! If you’d like some help finding things, remember to contact our librarians and ask them to put together a “Librarian’s Choice” bag based on genre, topic, or author. You can even ask them to put together a grab bag full of titles they love!

If your next few weeks have you moving quickly too, we hope you’ll remember the library is a great place to pause and to wander. Come see our latest displays and maybe find a book or a movie to borrow.

We’ll send out another reminder as we get closer. Until then, we hope to see you in the coming weeks, making sure to get all the library supplies you need.

 

Be well,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Public Library

Happy Halloween From Skidompha!

Dear Friends,

This week I’ve got my eyes set on Halloween. I love this holiday—we get a chance to be someone (or something) else for the day, and I love living in Maine, the state Stephen King calls home.

We have many great scary, eerie books and movies available for you to enjoy. Let us know your favorite spine-chilling book or movie! I’m trying to get myself to read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King—no success yet and no guarantees, but it’s a solid goal!

If you come in next week, I’d love to see pictures of any Halloween fun!

Be well,

Matthew Graff