03.02.23 New Library Programs

Dear Friends,

The recent snow brought me the mid-winter blahs. Yes, I know it’s February in Maine, but I could use a shot or two of Vitamin D and Vitamin Sea! I’m back at work, though, and I’m feeling energized by the thrum of creativity in the library. It’s fun to notice the movement of this shifting seasonal energy. It reminds me of the wind, which I watch blow the snow and sway the trees outside my window as I type. I’m sure the extra daylight we are enjoying and the prospect of spring drawing closer does not hurt either!

We have many new programs to highlight, and I love the energy they’re raising in Skidompha. We have a new playgroup for toddlers! On Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., the kids’ room will open up for toddler playtime. This is a chance for parents and caregivers to visit and help toddlers explore books, toys, and instruments. No parkas or boots are required!

Our artist-in-residence, Will, is here on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to help teens explore synthesizers, experimental electronic sound, and more. I attended Will’s soldering class and learned about circuit bending, circuit boards, and how to solder! Will is a great teacher and resource, and I strongly urge you to check out their programs. Continuing our trend of creative and non-traditional book clubs, we have an upcoming Cookbook Book Group for teens starting March 10. This group is scheduled on Fridays at 3:30 pm, and Kristi will have snacks and books to share! Explore recipes, cooking processes, and ideas for meals and snacks.

Adults, are you tired of staying home in the evening? Looking for something to do with friends that does not involve Netflix or a bar? Get in on the fun with our new monthly game nights! We had our first game night on Friday, February 24th, and it was a blast. Thirteen people attended—many of whom were new to the library—and spent the night being together, playing games, laughing, and sharing in each other’s company. It was really lovely. Our next game night will be on Friday, March 31, from 6:00 – 9:00. Bring your friends, some snacks (no alcohol, please), and a favorite game to play. Or choose one of the games we will have on hand for you!

Along with these great offerings, our staff is already getting excited and looking ahead to summer reading programs. We’ll look forward to sharing news of what’s next, and we hope to see you sometime soon at the library!

Be well,

Matthew Graff
Executive Director
Skidompha Public Library