“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.

Skidompha Seeking Director of Development [POSITION FILLED]

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Skidompha is an incredible place to be and to work. Find out for yourself by applying to our recent position opening: Director of Development.

Skidompha is seeking a dedicated, energetic, and experienced Director of Development. The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Communications, the Development Associate, and the Skidompha Board of Directors. They manage all fundraising efforts for the library including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, grant research and writing, business sponsorships, special events and capital campaigns.

We are looking for an individual that embraces the mission of Skidompha Library and has exceptionally strong interpersonal and writing skills. Experience in fundraising is a must, as we need a strong team to help during the transition of our library’s Executive Director. If you think this sounds like your skill set, please review the full job description on our website and send an updated resume to

Take care,
Pam Gormley
Executive Director
Skidompha Library

Skidompha Silent Auction – April 12 to April 27!

Skidompha is still working hard to raise the remainder of the project funds to create an online archive of historic local newspapers. Our February costume ball raised the majority of the funds required but we still have funds to raise. We hope you will help us raise the remainder by bidding on an item in our Skidompha Silent Auction.

Our silent auction has many eclectic finds. We have a number of pieces of art, including a beautiful Marquetry piece by Bruce Babb and an Owl Painting print by Julie Babb. We have several Geisha antique prints, housed in beautiful frames. Interested in authors Barbara Cooney or Maurice Sendak? Bid on signed prints and posters from both. We also have a photographic print of a glorious Maine sunset from photographer Dennis Boyd.

Are you more interested in antiques? We have an antique children’s book collection from author Lois Lenski, a ginger jar from the estate of Huston Dodge, a wooden typeset box, and a porcelain vase – all donated by community members as their contribution to this worthy project.

Interested in handicrafts? We have a quilt donated by Skidompha Staffer Yvonne Lamoreaux (whose work has been prominently featured in our quilt exhibits for many years), and we have felted artwork by Ann Holmes.

Please support Skidompha’s digital archive by placing your winning bid before noon on Saturday, April 27, when the auction closes. Swing by anytime during open hours to peruse – there are even more items in our auction than described here. Highest bidders will be notified shortly after the auction closes and will be able to pick up their pieces.

Here’s to preserving our shared history!

Pam Gormley

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

An Evening with Coach Mike McGraw

Friday, March 29 – BUY YOUR TICKETS!

5 pm – An Evening with Coach Mike McGraw – Porter Hall @ Skidompha Library 

$20 admission; $5 for age 18 and under

Join us for our culminating Community READ event! Get an insider’s perspective with Lewiston’s very own Coach of the Blue Devils – Mike McGraw. McGraw is heavily featured in our READ title “One Goal” by Amy Bass, and has lead his team to 3 state championship wins! 

Our tailgate will include hotdogs (“Wicked Wieners” from Wicked Scoops!), veggie options from Rising Tide, beer, soft drinks, and live music from the band Driving Charlie Home are included in the reception following the talk.

Tickets are available for purchase at Skidompha’s front desk and online at

Thank you to our Community READ Sponsors and partners: the First National Bank, Cheney Insurance, Newcastle Realty, Newcastle Vacation Rentals, Lincoln Academy, and the CLC YMCA!

Photo of Coach McGraw courtesy of the Lewiston Sun Journal.

2019 Community READ!

Dear readers,

Welcome to March in Maine! This year, we’re hosting a Community READ to get you through the last days of Winter and welcome in Spring. Have you picked up your free copy of “One Goal” by Amy Bass at the library yet? We have a number of events coming your way focused on themes found in the book!

Please join us every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in March for a sports-themed film. All films will be shown in Porter Hall and are brought to you free of charge! Titles for the month include “Bend it Like Beckham” (2002), “Breaking Away” (1979), “Péle: Birth of a Legend” (2016), and “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942).

On March 16th, we’re hosting two events: a book discussion of “One Goal” and a Community Lunch. The book discussion will begin at 11 a.m. at the Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop (17 Backstreet Landing, Damariscotta). At 12:00 p.m., we’ll gather at the library for a Community potluck lunch. All are welcome; we ask that you either bring a dish to share or bring a $15 contribution. All participants will receive a veritable feast and a beautiful plate from Watershed Pottery to take home.

On Monday, March 18th, we’ll welcome the author of “One Goal” to speak at Skidompha! Amy Bass will speak at 2 p.m. in Porter Hall. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Interested in joining our Community READ? Check out our full line-up of programming on our events page or our community read page

Happy READing!

Pam Gormley

Executive Director

Skidompha Library

Do you have your tickets yet?

Dear reader,

Skidompha Library is committed to preserving our local history for the benefit of future generations. Our most recent endeavor is to provide online access to historical archives of The Lincoln County News. We have raised over $40,000 and are working hard to raise the remaining $10,000 to complete the project.

Why is this effort so critical? Kathy Maclachlan, our staff genealogist, puts it well: “The Lincoln County News Digital Archive project is a researchers dream come true. Some of the years covered [in the archive] have no other information resources available; this will fill gaps of people’s family history and their understanding of the times and struggles that we’ve dealt with as a community.”

Won’t you help us preserve these significant historical documents? The best way to help is to buy your ticket to Through the Pages, a formal wear costume ball. We’re hosting the ball at Skidompha (184 Main Street, Damariscotta) on February 22nd as a fundraiser to finish the project. Wear your historical finest (from any year included in the newspaper digitization – 1870s through today!) and partake in live music, dancing, light bites, a silent auction, and drinks for purchase. Both Odd Alewives and Oxbow will be pouring their beers for your enjoyment; they’ll both be generously donating a portion of their pours to this cause. Tickets are on sale now for $10. You can purchase them at Skidompha’s front desk or online at

We hope to see you on February 22nd!