Monday, March 18th at 6 | Knitting 102: Knitting a Simple Washcloth
Are you comfortable with casting on, knitting, and purling, and are ready to take your skills to the next level? Join us for this hands-on workshop to learn to yarn over, reduce, increase, and bind off to make a simple washcloth.
Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Please call or stop by the library to sign up. This is an adults-only event.
The snow date for this event will be Monday, March 25th.
Saturday, March 23rd from 9:30-11:30am | Volunteer Fair
Are you looking for an opportunity to help out in your community? Join us to chat with more than a dozen local organizations who are looking for would-be volunteers like you.
From history, hospice, veterans, animals, conservation, literacy, and much more- there is truly an exciting match for any prospective volunteer. Among many others, the fair will host organizations like the Red Cross, Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed, the Kennebec Historical Society, the Literacy Volunteers of Maine, Beacon Hospice, the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Travis Mills Foundation.
The snow date for this event will be Saturday, March 30th.
Saturday, April 6th at 10:30am | Robert Nash: Rediscovering an Augusta Poet, Presented by Francoise Canter
In 1995, Augusta poet Robert Nash disappeared into the Maine woods and his body was never found. Years later, his poems were discovered in a suitcase in a basement in France and then translated by Seattle poet Francoise Canter and published as a collection, “Maine.” Join Francoise for a reading and discussion of this beautiful work, touching on themes of the Maine woods, the Atlantic coast, life, death, and fatherhood.
Monday, April 8th at 6:30 | Theresa Ott Vaughn and the 1880 Buckbee Banjo Restoration Project, a Concert Presented by Leonard Schneider
Theresa Ott Vaughn was a late 19th performer who transformed our theater and music. Join Leonard Schneider for this docu-concert, discussing Theresa’s life and her influence and playing selections of her musical catalog on his hand-crafted replica of Theresa’s 1880 Buckbee 5 string banjo.
For more information about Vaughn and the songs that Leonard will be performing, visit his website at www.theresavaughn.com.
Saturday, April 13th at 9:30am | The Amanitas of North America, presented by Britt Bunyard, PhD
Everyone is familiar with these mushrooms, but how much do we really know about what they are doing in the forest? What do we know about their history and evolution? The tools of modern molecular biology recently led to an amazing discovery about their evolutionary past, told in their DNA. Come to this event, hosted by famed mycologist Britt Bunyard, PhD, to learn more about these fascinating fungi.
Newbies and non-mycologists will not be overwhelmed; advanced mycologists will not be bored. This discussion is for everyone with lots of beautiful images.
Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 | Wishful Recycling and How It Harms
Recycling has been a hot topic here in Augusta, largely because of contamination. But what IS contamination? Wishful recycling, or “wish-cycling,” happens when you are unsure if an item can be recycled, but you put it in your recycling bin with the hopes that the facility will be able to sort it out and recycle the material. Despite good intentions, those items do more harm than you might think. Join Vanessa Berry from ecomaine to learn about the recycling process and how “wish-cycling” has created global problem for the recycling industry and what Augusta residents can do to help.
Monday, April 22nd at 6:00 | Open Mic Poetry Night
Join us for our second annual Open Mic Poetry Night, celebrating National Poetry Month! Featured poets will include Darcy Shargo, the Pondtown Poets, and members of the Maine Poets Society, followed by open mic time for anyone who would like to share original or favorite poems.
This event may contain adult content; parental guidance is advised.
Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30 | The Path to Authorship: An Evening with Thomas J. Torrington
Join Maine author Thomas J.Torrington as he talks about his journey to becoming an author and why he ultimately chose to independently self-publish rather than pursue a more traditional route. Thomas will discuss the current state of the publishing industry and dispel some of the myths and negative connotations associated with independent authors and self-publishing. View our catalog to see our collection of Torrington’s work.
LITHGOW LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Join us for monthly book discussions. No sign-up required. Upcoming meetings:
- Wednesday, March 13 @ 6:30 | Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Wednesday, April 10 @ 6:30 | The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
- Wednesday, May 8 @ 6:30 | The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
THE STITCHERY: A FIBER ARTS SOCIAL CLUB Join us every first and third Tuesday of the month at noon for fiber and friendship. No sign up required.
Bring your project (and your lunch, if you’d like) and hobnob with knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, felters, weavers, quilters, tatters, spinners, and other fiber fans. Come for advice, inspiration, or just to chat with like-minded crafters.
All ages and experience levels welcome. Upcoming dates:
- Tuesday, March 19 @ noon
- Tuesday, April 2 @ noon
- Tuesday, April 16th @ noon
DROP IN TECH HELP
Having trouble with your digital life? Bring your tech questions, gadgets & devices to sit down one-to-one with our Systems Librarian, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. No sign up required; first come, first served. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-11am.
VIDEOPHONE FOR THE DEAF
Lithgow Library now offers a videophone (VP) for Augusta’s Deaf Community. We have partnered with Disability Rights Maine to provide access for people who are deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL). A video call can be made directly using ASL or with the help of an ASL interpreter who appears on the screen.
Lithgow Library now offers a video phone (VP) for Augusta’s Deaf Community. We have partnered with Disability Rights of Maine to provide access for people who are deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL). A video call can be made directly using ASL or with the help of an ASL interpreter who appears on the screen.