July and August | Read ME: A statewide adult summer reading program with a Maine twist

What is Read ME?  Read ME is a statewide program presented in partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library. It gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author. This summer Paul Doiron chose CB Anderson’s River Talk and Susan Hand Shetterly’s Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town

All summer long we’ve hosted special Maine-themed events in celebration of Read ME. Join us and other readers for the grand finale of the Read ME series- a live taping of MPBN’s Maine Calling at the Maine State Library on August 22 at 1pm. Make sure to arrive by 12:30 as the show will start promptly at 1pm.

Thursday, August 23rd through Saturday, August 25th | Friends of the Lithgow Public Library Annual Book Sale

We are no longer accepting books so we can get ready for the sale. Thanks for all of your great donations.

Yes, it’s the long-awaited annual book sale fundraiser! It will be held in our Community Meeting Room here at the Lithgow. As always, the event is cash only; we do not accept checks or credit cards.

The book sale hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, August 23rd from 4-7pm: SNEAK PREVIEW- $10 door fee to shop early during this time.
  • Friday, August 24th from 9am-4pm
  • Saturday, August 25th from 9-11:30am

Saturday, September 1st at 10:30am | Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World with Brooke McAlary, host of The Slow Home Podcast

How fast are you moving through life? Do you want to slow down but have no idea how to start?

Brooke McAlary, creator of the Slow Home Podcast and author of the newly-released “SLOW: Simple Living for a Frantic World,” will join us for a very special event, sharing her personal path to achieving happiness through a simpler and more fulfilling existence. Together we’ll take a deep breath and learn to declutter, be mindful, disconnect from our screens, and maintain a wobbly balance.

Thursday, September 6th at 6:30 | Foraging: Edible and Medicinal Plants with the Maine Primitive Skills School

Join Ryan Busby, instructor with the Maine Primitive Skills School, to learn more about local edible and medicinal plants. Learn to identify, sustainably harvest, and use wild foraged foods to feed yourself and others and improve your health.

Monday, September 10th at 6:30 | Maine Author Visit- Katherine Silva presents “The Collection: A Novella”

Join us in welcoming Katherine Silva, reading from her latest work, “The Collection: A Novella,” a psychological thriller set shortly after World War I. There will be copies available for purchase and signing at the event.

Katherine Silva is the Midcoast Maine author of the Monstrum Chronicles series as well as a connoisseur of coffee and victim of crazy cat shenanigans. Her second book in the series, Aequitas, was nominated for a 2013 Maine Literary Award. She published her first comedy, Night Time, Dotted Line in November 2013. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, New England Horror Writers Association, and founder of the Midcoast Maine Halloween Readings series. Katherine’s latest literary projects include a paranormal murder-mystery comedy series and The Collection, a psychological thriller.

September 19th through October 17th, Wednesdays from 9:30 – noon | Your Next Career Move with New Ventures Maine

This five-week class is for anyone ready to explore career options and is tuition-free to all Maine adults.

– Learn how your current skills connect to future careers. Identify high-growth job fields.
– Explore education and training options.
– Strengthen your resume for a targeted job search.

To sign up: 621-3436 or online at bit.ly/classesnvme Same day registration is also available. For more information, contact Sherrie Brann at New Ventures Maine, 621-3436, or sherrie.brann@maine.edu

Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 | Industrial Augusta: The Story of the Paper Mill, Shoe Shops, and Kirschner Meat Plant Workers, presented by Heritage Center at Mill Park

Come learn about the rich local history of industrial Augusta in this second event in our Heritage Center at Mill Park series. Last time we learned about the cotton mill; for this event, Jan Michaud, founder of the Heritage Center, will present a brief overview of the Heritage Center at Mill Park, followed by a special screening of videos of interviews with former paper mill, shoe shop, and meat plant workers, concluding with a question and answer session.

LITHGOW LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Join us for monthly book discussions. No sign-up required. Upcoming meetings:

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, August 21 @ noon
  • Tuesday, September 4 @ noon
  • Tuesday, September 18 @ noon
  • Tuesday, October 2 @ noon
  • Tuesday, October 16 @ noon

The Kennebec Valley YMCA & The Friends of Lithgow Library have teamed up once again for a $10,000 raffle (the drawing will be held on October 17th) – click here for more information or to purchase a ticket online, or click here to download a printable entry form.

Bring in your devices and stop by with your tech questions. Our Systems Librarian will do his best to help. No sign up required; first come, first served. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-11am.

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