The New LCN Digital Archive is Live!

If you are a Skidompha Library Card holder, you now have access to an online archive of historic issues of The Lincoln County News. This access is the culmination of a multi-year effort to preserve these historic newspapers. (For more information about the project, you can read this article from last fall featured in The Lincoln County News.)
Skidompha Library is committed to preserving our local history for the benefit of future generations. This project would not have been possible without generous grants from the Burns Family Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, the historical societies of Damariscotta, South Bristol, Whitefield, Old Bristol, and Edgecomb, and numerous individual donors.
Interested in archive access? Visit our website to learn more; please scroll down to The Lincoln County News Archives information to fill out the form for access.

Skidompha Giving Tree at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop

Dear readers,

We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop on a very special gifting opportunity. 

This year, please visit Sherman’s on Main Street in Damariscotta to pick up a Skidompha Library Gift-a-Book Tag. These tags include book titles that Skidompha Librarians would like to add to Skidompha’s lending collection. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase the title listed on the tag from Sherman’s at a 10% discount to be donated to the library. You may also pass along the cheer and gift a book in someone’s name. You’ll receive a Skidompha note card upon checkout, so you will have the opportunity to share this special gift with someone you care about. This display will be up through the new year, so please stop in and take a look.

Thank you for supporting local businesses that in turn support our local economy (and our local non-profits). Buying local is more than a movement– it’s helping your neighbor. So buy local this Saturday and support your library at the same time. 

Thank you in advance for considering Skidompha this holiday season. 

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

Dear readers,

J.K. Rowling put it best: “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

Recommending beloved books comes with the territory of working in a library, and we love connecting people with their “right book.” Our staff has diverse tastes, and have their own specialties. Here are a few of their recommendations:

Terry (Adult Circulation – Head Librarian): Terry reads to relax, escape, and explore new worlds. She enjoys both fiction and non-fiction titles, but one of her all time favorites is the children’s classic The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Yvonne (Adult Circulation Librarian): Yvonne purchases audiobooks and nonfiction books for Skidompha’s collection. She recently enjoyed listening to This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. She also recommends the immensely moving The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett Graff.

Rachel (Adult Circulation Librarian): Rachel purchases Skidompha’s Large Print and Short Stories sections. She recently enjoyed reading Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.

Jeannette (Adult Circulation Librarian): Jeannette reads books from every genre, with an even tie between fiction and non-fiction as her favorites. All-time favorite books include: “Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, anything by Margaret Atwood, and The Books of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.

Pat (Adult Circulation Librarian): Pat gravitates towards mysteries, and especially loved Martin Walker’s Bruno Chief of Police series and Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series.

Jessie (Children’s Head Librarian): Jessie, Skidompha’s Children’s Librarian, is an expert on books for 0 to 12-year-olds. She recently enjoyed All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey (which she recommends for readers ages 8 to 12). She also loves the incredible illustrations in the picture book Maybe by Kobi Yamada, which is intended for ages 4 to 8 (but can be enjoyed by younger and older readers alike.)

Brooks (Children’s Librarian): Brooks’s all-time favorite books include Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman, For One More Day by Mitch Albom, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Sophie (Teen Librarian): Sophie manages Skidompha’s Young Adult literature. She is a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction, and highly recommends The Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain. (She was also instrumental in bringing this author to speak at Skidompha last month.)

Kathy (Genealogist): Kathy generally enjoys reading mysteries, but as Skidompha’s staff Genealogist, she also enjoys books that tackle history in interesting ways. She recently enjoyed “The Shadowland” by Elizabeth Kostova.

Carrie (Development Director): Carrie is a fan of many of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels (and is especially fond of Poisonwood Bible) as well as Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone. She also doesn’t turn her nose up at quick, thrilling reads like Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon Series.

Kelsey (Communications Director): Kelsey frequently explores nonfiction books, most recently reading Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz. She has a soft spot for Science Fiction and will recommend Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to anyone willing to listen.

Emily (Development Associate): Emily is a classics enthusiast, and loves books like Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and epic sea dramas such as We the Drowned by Carsten Jensen. She described this tale as “wonderful…ly full of carnage!”

My favorite genres are science fiction and nonfiction. I reread William Gibson’s Neuromancer annually. I can also get happily lost for hours–sometimes longer when I’m in the mountains or on an airplane–reading Carlo Rovelli’s thoughts on time and physics.

Don’t like any of our recommendations above? We’re happy to put our heads together and come up with a personalized suggestion for you. If you’re interested in exploring on your own, the New York Public Library is an incredible resource for book list recommendations; you can find these lists on their website.

Here’s to your next page turner!

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows anyone with a valid library card from one of 68 participating libraries to visit any of the other participating libraries and check out materials in person. It’s referred to as “walk-in” borrowing because it essentially turns your local library card into a “statewide” library card.
Skidompha is one of the participating libraries. We hope that it’ll make it even easier to match you with the materials you’re looking for!

Genealogy at the Library

As a new resident of Lincoln County, I’ve been thrilled to learn more about this incredible place through Skidompha’s Genealogy resources. Kathleen Maclachlan – our on-staff Genealogist – is a wealth of information about local history, resources for ancestral research, and the latest archival preservation techniques. Kathy has shared her expertise with Skidompha since 2012 and has helped hundreds of patrons along research journeys.
Skidompha’s Genealogy section is located on the second floor of the library. It’s home to almost 800 books plus maps, town reports, periodicals, pamphlets, and archival collections. Kathy is also in the process of cataloging a growing digital collection with the help of the diligent work of her volunteer transcription team. The Genealogy section is also home to a beautiful long table–an excellent tool for reviewing historic materials. 
Unsure where to start? Kathy can assist you with logging into the free library edition of Ancestry (, can help you develop a research plan, and can serve as a “super sleuth” when you’re feeling stuck. Kathy offers a day of hour-long appointments for one-on-one consultations each quarter; dates are posted on the Genealogy Opportunities page of our website and fill up quickly. Kathy is also available to answer brief questions for you via email at If you would prefer to catch her in person, she offers drop-in days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday.
Are you an absolute beginner at ancestral research? Join Kathy’s summer offering of “Genealogy for Beginners”: a four-week course intended to teach you a variety of research techniques. There are two class groups running concurrently: Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11 a.m. beginning July 31 and Thursdays at 5 to 6:30 p.m. beginning August 1. Spots are limited; sign up by emailing
Our genealogy programs have drawn nearly 400 people into the Library each year, representing over 40 different towns in Maine along with many other states and countries. Please stop in, say hello, and learn something new about your family or your town.
Take care,
Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

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.