Adult Summer Reading Program 2022—Oceans of Possibilities

2022 Adult Summer Reading Program: Oceans of PossibilitiesJune 1 – August 19, 2022

This summer, Skidompha Library is excited to offer a summer reading program created especially for adults! Join the Library as it celebrates this year’s theme Oceans of Possibilities with book clubs, nature hikes, sea shanties, nautical stories, and more. Along with this webpage, you can pick up a printed list of summer programs or check out the Library’s online calendar of events for more information about each month’s offerings.

Looking for even more fun? Register for the BINGO reading challenge to gain entries into the prize drawing at the end of summer! The more BINGOs you complete, the more entries you gain!

The Adult Summer Reading Program is open to all adults and does not require Skidompha membership to participate. Register for the BINGO challenge by visiting or calling the library at 207-887-0919 or register online by filling out the following GoogleForm

Skidompha Library looks forward to seeing you this summer! Happy Reading!

Program Descriptions:

 

Book Groups & Genealogy

 

Skidompha Summer Book Group For Adults

6:30pm – 7:30pm | Zoom | Registration Required

Join Skidompha librarians for a relaxed conversation about each month’s ocean-themed title. The discussion will occur on Zoom, so please register by calling, visiting, or emailing the library.

Wednesday, June 15: The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr

Wednesday, July 13: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Wednesday, August 10: Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

 

Summer Mysteries Book Club with Coastal Senior College For Adults

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Skidompha Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

Skidompha Library is thrilled to partner with Coastal Senior College to bring you the Summer Mysteries Book Club! Join Coastal Senior College president, Maryanne Ward, for a riveting discussion of each month’s mystery novel.

Tuesday, June 28: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Tuesday, July 26: The Lighthouse by P.D. James

Tuesday, August 16: The Missing Corpse by Jean-Luc Bannalec

 

Genealogy Special Research Help & Information Collection For Adults

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Skidompha Library | 2nd Floor Genealogy Section

Each month, Skidompha Genealogy volunteers will offer two, thematic events. In the first event, participants will receive help searching for their ancestors using Skidompha’s genealogy resources. In the second event, participants will be invited to share their own stories to help grow the library’s collection and improve future research for all library patrons.

Thursday, June 16: Seafaring Ancestors – Research Help

Thursday, Jun. 30: Seafaring Ancestors – Share Your Stories

Thursday, July 14: Naval/Military Ancestors – Research Help

Thursday, July 28: Naval/Military Ancestors – Share Your Stories

Thursday, August 4: Landlubbers/MidCoast Maine – Research Help

Thursday, August 18: Landlubbers/MidCoast Maine – Share Your Stories

 

 

Special Programs

 

Summer Reading Registration For Adults

Registration for the 2022 Oceans of Possibilities Adult Summer Reading Program officially begins. Sign up in person at the Front Desk or online

Registration Begins Wednesday, June 1

Front Desk & Online | Registration Required

 

Marine Mammals of Maine: Marine Life Off the Coast of Maine For All Ages

Tuesday, Jun. 21 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Skidompha Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

Join Marine Mammals of Maine as they explore marine life in the Gulf of Maine. Learn about how MMoM is working to monitor and positively affect changes in the ecosystem.

 

Bygone Ballads of Maine – Songs of Ships & Sailors For All Ages

Thursday, June 23 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Skidompha Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

This hybrid concert and book discussion event will feature Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee of the local folk duo, Castlebay, as they discuss and share music from their recently published book, Bygone Ballads of Maine: Songs of Ships & Sailors.

 

Summer Sketchbook Challenge Draw-In For All Ages

Friday, July 1 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Skidompha Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

Start the Summer Sketchbook Challenge by dropping by the library for a draw-in! Pick up your drawing supplies, listen to sea shanties, and hang out with other artists as you tackle the first drawing prompt of the summer.

 

Marine Mammals of Maine: A Seal’s Journey For All Ages

Saturday, July 2 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Skidompha Public Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

Join Marine Mammals of Maine as they take you through a seal’s journey – from stranding to release and all of the obstacles in between.

 

Pirates & Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine: A Presentation by Greg Latimer For All Ages

Thursday, July 7 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Skidompha Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

Spend an evening learning about pirates in Maine, as local author Greg Latimer shares stories and information from his book Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine.

 

Nature Walk: Salt Bay Farm & Nature Center For All Ages (Participants under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

Wednesday, July 13 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Salt Bay Farm & Nature Center | Registration Required

12-Person Limit

Maine Master Naturalist, Heather Hardy, will lead a 1.5 mile hike through the Salt Bay Farm & Nature Center and discuss local ecology, flora, and fauna along the way.

 

Life of a Sea Captain’s Wife: A Presentation by Sally Lobkowicz For All Ages

Thursday, July 21 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Skidompha Library | Charles Talbot Porter Meeting Hall

In this one-hour presentation, researcher and storyteller, Sally Lobkowicz, will invite audiences into the exciting and adventurous lives of sea captains’ wives.

 

Nature Walk: La Verna Preserve For All Ages (Participants under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)

Tuesday, August 2 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

La Verna Preserve | Registration Required

12-Person Limit

Maine Master Naturalist, Heather Hardy, will lead a 2.5 mile hike through the La Verna Preserve and discuss local ecology, flora, and fauna along the way.

 

Marine Mammals of Maine: World of Whales For Adults

Saturday, August 6 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Zoom | Registration Required

In this virtual presentation, Marine Mammals of Maine will dive deep into the world of whales, covering topics from identifying different species to procedures for rescuing a beached whale.

 

Maine Maritime Museum: Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise and Walking Tour For Adults Only

Thursday, August 18 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Maine Maritime Museum | Registration Required

25-person limit

Join the Maine Maritime Museum for a one-hour cruise down the Kennebec River to learn about the history of the area’s lighthouses and shipbuilding industry. A 30—45 minute walking tour of the Percy & Small Shipyard will follow the cruise and participants will also receive free entry into the Maine Maritime Museum. Tickets are limited to the first 25 registrants. 

 

Friday, August 19 Summer Reading Ends For Adults

This is the last day to turn in completed BINGOs for entry into the prize drawing.

Skidompha Library | Front Desk

 

 

The Skidompha Library 2022 Adult Summer Reading Program was funded by an American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries grant. The American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

 

 

 

Skidompha Library also recognizes and offers thanks to the following organizations for their generous contributions to the 2022 Adult Summer Reading Program: Coastal Senior College, Maine Master Naturalist Program, and Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops in Damariscotta.