Our message this week is short and sweet:
Our doors are again open at 9:00 a.m., and we are thrilled to now be open on Thursdays, too!
Our updated hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
There is even more time to browse the stacks for your next read.
I want to thank our staff for flexing so beautifully and often as we’ve navigated this pandemic. The team worked new and different hours in new and different ways, and we are all excited to have the capacity to open the doors again on Thursdays. Thank you, as well, for your flexibility, understanding, and support.
We hope to see you soon!
Starting next week, September 28, we will offer on-demand curbside pickup for kids and teens. Parents and kids may still come into the library to browse and borrow; this service is an additional option for those who would like to use it. The health and safety of our community’s young people are of critical importance to us, and we want to provide an option for parents during this time of rising case numbers and disrupted school schedules. All other Library services will remain the same.
To request curbside pickup, please email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-563-5513 to connect directly with Youth and Teen Services. We will fill your requests as quickly as possible and contact you with details on how and when to pick up your items. Due to staffing limitations, we cannot guarantee a 24-hour turnaround, but we will do our best to be expedient.
We have an excellent selection of books and resources for kids and teens at Skidompha, and we hope the addition of curbside pickup will allow more kids and teens to get them in their hands! At this time, we will limit this service to kids and teen resources only.
Thank you and be well,
Skidompha Public Library
In early June, I wrote to you about all of the plans I was making to check out new things in Maine over the summer, and I had been especially excited about using some of the museum passes we have to check out places around the state. This weekend I spent time wandering in the woods by my house. The air was crisper, the light changed, and I noticed my mind was wondering—what are the things I meant to do this summer but didn’t? Those museum passes rose to the top of the list. I made it to only one!
When I first moved to Maine, I learned that fall is a pretty fabulous time to be a tourist close to home. Most places are still open, and I often run into neighbors and patrons when I’m out exploring. So I’m setting the goal again to visit some of the cool places nearby, and in case you also need the reminder, I’m sharing the list of passes we have at the library.
Check out the following passes with your Skidompha Library Card:
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Admits 1 adult
Farnsworth Art Museum
Includes: The Olson House and Farnsworth Homestead
Admits 1 (up to 4 passes may be checked out at one time)
Maine State Parks – DAY PASS
Admits occupants of up to a 17 passenger vehicle to
day-use facilities of most Maine State Parks and Historic Sites
(see back of pass for list of parks NOT included)
The following passes do not require a Skidompha Card:
Boothbay Railway Village
Admits 2 adults and all the children accompanying them
Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine
Admits up to 6 people—1 pass per day.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
1 pass per day. Admits up to 2 adults and their children/grandchildren under age 18. Reservations will be made under the name Skidompha Library.
Maine Wildlife Park
This pass is a discount pass, not a free pass – each member of the group age 3 and up using this pass will be charged a $3.50 admission fee – cash or checks only.
Portland Museum of Art
Admits up to 2 adults and 6 children
Skidompha passes check out for a 2 day period. There is a $5/day fine if overdue.
Reservations can be made up to a week ahead.
Don’t have a library card? Sign up here. Annual library cards are free for residents of Newcastle, Nobleboro, and Damariscotta, and residents outside those three towns can get a card for a yearly fee of $40. Please call 563-5513 with any questions.
Skidompha Public Library
I’m excited to let you know that Jeannette, a creative writing workshop leader and Skidompha’s Director of Communications and Online Programming, is beginning work on Volume 7 of EPOCH. EPOCH is a biannual creative magazine by and for teens in grades 7 through 12 and one of Skidompha’s crown jewels. I eagerly anticipate the publication of each issue, and I am proud that we offer this opportunity to local teens.
We are now accepting student submissions! Submissions are due September 24, 2021. Please let the teens in your life know that we are looking for poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, photography, artworks, comics, drawings, paintings—we want to see what they create! It can be a piece they’ve been working on for a while or something they make in the next few weeks to share with EPOCH.
We are also hosting a free virtual writing workshop for teens on September 13 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. to inspire new creative writing ideas, give teens a chance to meet other teen writers, and help generate a piece of writing for fun or consideration in EPOCH. To register, please email email@example.com.
The dedicated group of teens on our Editorial Board choose the pieces to publish. This group meets for six weeks to do some writing together and to select the works that will end up in the printed issue of EPOCH. The system they use keeps pieces anonymous until final selections are made. The editorial board believes in the power of creativity and knows that submitting work for review takes courage. They hold every piece with care and respect, and the group spends a lot of time thinking about what makes a piece of art or writing strong. They look for pieces that make them feel or make them think. They are interested in well-crafted and unique pieces.
All the info you’ll need to submit artwork and writing, as well as the permission to publish form, is up on our website—http://www.skidompha.org/programs-events/epoch-magazine/. You can email your submissions and your questions to Jeannette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love that this project amplifies youth voices and highlights their creativity. We are grateful to all teens who share their work with EPOCH, and we are proud of the teens and the adult mentors and teachers who support this project. We hope to have Volume 7 printed in January, and we’ll be excited to share it with you when it’s ready.
In the meantime, we appreciate your support of this project and our area youth. We have free issues to share of EPOCH Volume 6; you’ll find them at the library or check out the digital issue on our website.
Skidompha Public Library
I don’t know about you, but I tend to take stock of things when seasons shift. Like many of you, I had imagined fall looking a bit different this year, but even as I grapple with the consistency of change, I remember that, for me, the routine of fall brings with it the subtle pull toward discovery. Though my school days are long behind me, some part of me wants to learn and try something new when fall rolls around.
Do you feel this way too? Let me remind you how easy it is to learn something new from the library if you do. We’ve got books to help you try out yoga, woodworking, quilting, gardening, cooking, needlepoint, decluttering, painting, and writing. Our shelves contain volumes that open up other worlds—both fictional and real. We have audiobooks to help you practice a new language, poetry books and nature writing to offer a chance to slow down and notice the every day in a whole new way. We have books to help make sense of the world, to teach where we’ve come from, and books to help us think about where we’re headed and where we want to go. We have books on aging and health, an entire art alcove, and an incredible genealogy department.
Since I spend so much time in the library, it’s easy to overlook what we have here. So I try to remind myself of everything to discover, free of charge, to help me look at the library with fresh eyes. Whether I’m checking out a book we just put on the shelves or something from deep in the stacks, new to me, I am grateful to live and work in a town that supports the library. In the coming weeks, I’ll be searching for the next thing to learn or to practice, and I’ll keep you posted if I find something good. I hope you, too, will stop in when you feel like trying something new and that you’ll let us know what you discover. We love to hear your stories.
Skidompha Public Library
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.