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Kids & Teen Summer Reading Program Progress

Dear Friends,

It feels like I just sat down excited to write to you about the kickoff of our Summer Reading Program, yet today I’m writing to let you know that the program officially ends during the last week in August. There is still time for kids and teens to complete their tracking sheets and challenge forms—September 10 is the last day to claim prizes. As things wind down, I want to take the time to share some of our summer highlights with you.

The 2021 Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program has been wildly successful! Even with the need for flexibility around curbside and shifting hours, kids and teens have been busy crafting and reading throughout the summer. We’ve signed up well over 150 participants for this year’s program, with just as many kids and teens participating in virtual programming. We’ve had virtual art, jewelry making, music, and even learned about the bats of the world.

The most successful and well-loved offering from the summer has to be our take-and-make craft kits. Kids, teens, and families have been able to swing by and pick up crafts they can do together from home. All of the kits are free and we’ve handed out close to 500! From hand kites to woven bookmarks to keychains, they’ve flown out the door.

Every child that signed up for the Summer Reading Program received a free book at sign-up—we’ve put more than 150 books in the hands of our community’s youth. When kids and teens finish the Summer Reading Program, they get another free book. Folks are already stopping by to bring home their second books and we know the end of August will bring a flurry of completed forms.

During a summer that is still asking so much of our staff and our community, it has been wonderful to see so many kids, teens, and families returning and taking part in this program. It matters to me to know they are joining youth around the country who are also participating in Tails and Tales at their own local libraries, and happy to think of all the joy libraries bring to others through programs like this.

Whether you participated by joining a virtual program or by stopping in for books once or multiple times this summer, we thank you for bringing your time and your energy to the library. We’re already curious and excited to think about what the theme for next summer may be.

We hope to see you, and the kids and teens in your life, at the library soon!

Be well,
Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

Covid Update + Safety Guidelines

The CDC has raised the level of transmission in Lincoln County to the substantial transmission category. Based on the CDC recommendations, we again require masks inside the library, regardless of vaccination status, for the safety of our staff and our community.

We thank you for your patience and flexibility and we’ll keep you posted as things continue to change.

New WiFi, New Phones, Pausing Curbside Pickup

Dear Friends,

We have a number of announcements to share this week. I’m excited to let you know we’ve created a new WiFi account for our patrons. You will no longer need a password to connect and you can print from this account as well. Look for and connect to the Skidompha Guest WiFi account (Settings -> WiFi -> Skidompha Guest) . You should be able to use this account right away—let us know if you have any questions.

Starting next Tuesday, August 3, we plan to stop offering curbside pickup. It has truly been our pleasure to offer this service during the last 15 months or so, and we are pleased that this transition away from curbside and back to in person browsing and borrowing marks the expansion of our services in other ways. All Interlibrary loans, holds, and other items previously offered at curbside will be available at the main circulation desk.

With tinges of the same delight I found last week to have a new washer/dryer installed at home, staff is feeling happy about the installation of a new phone system here at the library. Neither of these things are particularly glamorous, but they sure do affect how much easier it is to get things done! We ask for, and appreciate, your patience as we get up and running with this new system. You may notice the changes when you call—notably a new phone tree that aims to direct you to just the department/person you wish to speak with!

I’m so grateful for our staff and volunteers for the time and energy they give to the library and for their work and flexibility as we continue to make changes and improvements.

Be well,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director
Skidompha Library

We’ve expanded our hours & services!

  • We’ve expanded our Browsing and Borrowing hours! Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday we are open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Saturday from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Curbside service will continue to be available during those hours as well.
  • Masks will continue to be required for anyone who is unvaccinated and for people entering the children’s room. Masks will be optional for the rest of the library.
  • In the main library, we will no longer limit your length of stay. Stay the whole day!
  • We do request anyone using the children’s room continue to keep their stay to a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • WiFi and public computers are available as well, however public computer use may be limited to 30 minutes if there is a wait.
  • The front door will be open to people entering and exiting the library.
  • Furniture will be available for our patrons to sit down, relax, read, and work.
  • Our public meeting rooms continue to be closed for the time being, but we look forward to offering them soon.

 

       

        Skidompha’s Updated Covid Response

        Dear Friends,
        Well, it seems we’ve reached the point where as soon as we’ve thought through one public health announcement there is new information to consider. We are grateful to all of the folks working locally and nationally to help us navigate each new stage of this pandemic.
        The Governor has updated Maine’s Moving Forward Plan, based on the most recent guidance from the CDC. The most recent update states that as of May 24, 2021 the requirement that face coverings be worn in all public settings is repealed, except in schools and childcare settings.
        While we are delighted to see Maine’s progress with declining case rates and continued vaccinations, the library will still require mask use inside the building at this time.
        The Library is enriched by having widely diverse patrons, many of whom are children under age 12 and many who are still vulnerable to the virus. Some of our patrons are not eligible for the vaccine due to their age, or may have underlying health issues that preclude them from receiving a vaccination or from developing its full immunological effects. Mask use remains a critical part of our strategy to ensure continued safe access to the library for all of our patrons.
        The above does not in any way disrupt the library’s current plans to expand our Browsing and Borrowing hours to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Fridays. We’ll still be open from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and we look forward to continuing to expand our hours and services over the spring and summer.
        Be well,
        Matthew Graff
        Executive Director
        Skidompha Library

        Teen Services Offering Virtual Cooking and Jewelry Making Classes

         

         

        Want to learn how to cook a delicious dessert from the Head Chef at Lincoln Academy, or design and make a beautiful leather and bead bracelet with Aboca Beads? We are excited to announce two upcoming virtual classes for teens, made possible by generous funding from the Anonimo Foundation.

         

        Virtual Cooking Class—April 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. We’re hosting a virtual cooking class with local Chef Mikael Andersson. Andersson left Sweden in his early twenties, has worked in eateries all over the world, and is now the Head Chef at Lincoln Academy. He will lead the teens in making delicious crepes with homemade whipped cream and blueberry quick jam. 

         

        This class has 10 spots for teens ages 12-19. Please sign up in advance by emailing Sophie at sgagnon@skidompha.org, calling 563.5513, or stopping in the library.

         

        We will provide all of the ingredients to make the crepes as well as a cookbook, a set of measuring spoons, measuring cups, 2 metal bowls, 2 whisks, and 1 wooden spatula. These items can be picked up at the library 1-2 days ahead of the class. Participants will just need to have a 2-quart pot with a thick bottom on hand.

         

        Virtual Jewelry Making Class—April 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. We’re hosting a virtual jewelry making class with Aboca Beads in Damariscotta. Participants can pick up a bracelet kit at Skidompha the week before class. This kit will include everything needed to complete a leather and bead bracelet and a how-to jewelry making book. During the virtual class, Aboca Beads will walk teens through all of the steps to make the bracelet. 

         

        This class has 7 spots for teens ages 12 – 19. Please sign up in advance by emailing Sophie at sgagnon@skidompha.org, calling 563.5513, or stopping in the library.

         

        Cooking and jewelry making supplies can be picked up when the library is open for in-person Browsing and Borrowing—Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or from our curbside service, available—Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


        New STEM, Literacy, and Diversity Kits from Skidompha Youth Services

         

         

         

        Have you been into the kid’s room lately? We’re thrilled about all of the new kits Jessie has been working on! Stop in soon to check one out.

        Early Literacy Kits (funded by The Rotary Club and The Anonimo Foundation) for pre-K – Grades 2/3

        Each early literacy kit includes 3-5 early reader books, a set of Bob (Learn to Read) books, a workbook to practice writing, pen control, tracing, and an audio CD. There are 4 literacy kit levels to choose from: the first level begins with basic word and sound recognition, and the final kit level includes early chapter books.. Each kit also includes  early literacy tips for parents to encourage continued literacy education as a part of everyday life.

        Music Literacy Kits (funded by The Rotary Club and The Anonimo Foundation) for pre-K – Grades 2/3

        Music is one of the best ways to increase literacy—music helps kids learn words by slowing them down and making them easier to remember. Emily Arrow, a well-loved acoustic musician, has created three albums around popular picture books. Skidompha now has a kit for each album. Each kit includes the CD and all the books associated with that album. 

        Amplifying Black Voices Kits (Funded by Zoobean) for Grades 2 – 4

        There are many books that amplify Black voices for middle grade readers (grades 4 – 8) and loads of picture books for younger readers. Skidompha was looking for resources for newly independent and younger middle grade readers, the 1st to 3rd graders. To build these kits, they  focused their efforts on books written by Black authors and books that lift up Black voices and characters. These kits include 4 books in a mix of fiction and nonfiction. There are some biographies, some early chapter books, and some general nonfiction books. The kits also include a list of resources for adults who need support to begin or continue to have conversations with children about race and racism. Additionally, parenting books that address racism and help adults navigate discussions about racism with children are being added to the library collection.

        Stem Kits (Funded by The Anonimo Foundation) for All Ages

        Skidompha has three Nature Explorer Backpack kits from the Maine Audubon Society: birds, wildlife, and plants. Check out a backpack and a world of wildlife will open up for you and your family. Each pack has a custom-made user’s guide that walks you through each item in the backpack and provides activities, games, book lists, and more. You’ll find tips for families on how to enjoy nature, nature journal templates, simple craft ideas, and even ways to use your smartphone to connect with wildlife. Your outdoor time can now become a science-based experience that fosters environmental literacy. 

        MaKey MaKey Invention Kits (Funded by The Anonimo Foundation)

        MaKey Makey is an invention kit for people of all ages. With MaKey Makey, you can turn everyday objects into computer keys, touchpads, and more. The inventors of MaKey MaKey suggest starting with a simple banana piano—yes, real bananas. Combine the simple keystrokes with coding and the internet, and young inventors will be well on their way to creating something unique. There are myriad possibilities with MaKey Makey. Check one out from Skidompha, and see what inspires your creativity. 

        This collection of kits is still growing. Please stop into the library to see what’s new!

        We’re open for in-person browsing and borrowing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You can also use our curbside service to pick things up: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.

        Opening for Browsing & Borrowing on Tuesday, March 16!

        We will be opening the Library again for Browsing and Borrowing on Tuesday, March 16th! 
        Feel free to come inside the library to browse our shelves on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Browse and borrow from the stacks, renew your books, scan, fax, photocopy a document, or get a Library card.
        The process will remain the same as it was the last time we offered Browsing and Borrowing: 
        • Masks must be worn at all times and must properly cover your face and nose. 
        • Hand sanitizer will be required as you enter the building. 
        • We are allowing a maximum of 10 people inside at a time for a 30 minute visit, including one family at a time in the Children’s section. 
        • Please enter at the rear of the Library and exit through the front door.
        Of course our curbside service will continue as well during this time. The schedule will remain the same: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. So please feel free to continue to request your books for curbside pickup if that works better for you.
        We want to thank you all for your support and your patience. We are so excited to once again see you in the library.

        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.