News

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most recent update states that as of May 24, 2021 the requirement that face coverings be worn in all public settings is repealed, except in schools and childcare settings.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.

        “Chickens, Gin, and a Maine Friendship” Available For Sale At Skidompha!

        The new book, “Chickens, Gin, and a Maine Friendship: The Correspondence of E. B.

        White and Edmund Ware Smith” is now for sale at Skidompha.

         

        White and Smith, popular authors who had homes in Maine, maintained a lively

        correspondence that began in 1956 and ended when Smith died in 1967. Smith and his

        wife Mary lived in Damariscotta. When she died in 1980, the letters were donated to the

        library and tucked away in a bank vault, to be re-discovered by library staff members in

        2016. Besides the letters, the book includes an introduction by Martha White, E. B.

        White’s granddaughter, and essays written by these two prolific writers.

         

        Sales of the book benefit the library.

         

        The book is for sale for $24.95 and can be shipped for a $5.00 shipping fee.

        To buy the book, call us at 563-5513; email

        info@skidompha.org; or stop by during curbside pickup hours and ask! Books

        may be mailed from the library or picked up at the back door during curbside pickup.

         

        We accept credit cards, cash, and checks, as well as gift certificates from the

        Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop.

        Voting Begins Today for Skidompha’s Mock Caldecott & Mock Newbery Awards!

        Skidompha Youth Services invites you to join our awards committee for Skidompha’s first-ever Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Awards—The Caldecott and Newbery Awards are two of the most prominent awards given each year celebrating children’s literature. Let’s choose our favorites, too! 

        Details:

        • Voting is open to everyone, there is no age limit. 
        • Download here: 2021 Mock Newbery & 2021 Mock Caldecott or, grab a hard copy with your curbside pickup order.
        • Voting is from 12/14/20 – 1/15/21.
        • We will announce our winners on Thursday, January 21—right before the official winners are announced!
        • Contact Jessie to participate and with any questions!

        Ready to cast your vote? Vote here:

        Vote: Skidompha Mock Newbery Awards

         

        Vote: Skidompha Mock Caldecott Awards 

        Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop Gift Certificates Available

        Dear Friends,

        The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop is closed for now due to the pandemic, but gift certificates for the shop can be purchased and used at the shop when it reopens. All book shop purchases, including gift certificates, directly support the programs and collections of Skidompha Public Library.

        Customers may order gift certificates by phoning or emailing us at the library and arranging for curbside pickup, or to have certificates mailed to you. We are working on offering an option to purchase gift certificates directly through the website.

        Sales of books from the shop also continue, in a small way. When the weather permits, a cart of holiday books stands outside the library’s back door. Customers may choose a book and leave a donation in the designated box, or pay a library staff member when they pick up books they’ve requested from the library for curbside pickup.

        Also, books from the shop are available, as always, at Main Street Grocery, Upper Main St., Damariscotta.

        We thank you for your continued support of the library and the book shop during this time.

        Best,

        Matthew Graff