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August 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

The Library and Learning Center were hopping on Saturday, July 19th. islanders were scrambling to buy raffle tickets for the gorgeous baskets arranged by Mary & Liz McAleney, Kyla Dolan, and Sophia Longcare. Ticket sellers were Julie Evans, Will Keith, Julie Drake and several other helpers. Other visitors were quietly perusing the tables loaded down with books of all kinds, collected and lugged upstairs by Nancy Noble and her able crew, hoping to find unusual titles or good beach reading.

Absolutely delicious and tempting food was disappearing from the Food Tables, manned by Barbara Johnson and her crew of small Johnsons (Riley and Hazel helped by Natalie and Aran) as soon as it was delivered by volunteer chefs.

Art lovers were thoughtfully examining the 60 pieces of artwork on the walls in the Dodwell Gallery, pieces donated by islanders and hung by curator Carolyn Gaudet, wondering if it was more advantageous to bid on their choices then, or to return just before the deadline of 2 p.m. And in the very back room of the Library,  Throngs ooh-ed and ah-ed over the Baubles, Beads and Bling display, a usedjewelry sale that was the brainstorm of Annie Donovan and Paula Johnson. When the fog horn blew at 2 p.m., signaling the end of bidding on the art work, and the drawing of the raffles, the Learning Center was packed with at least 100 anticipating a win of one kind or another. The Library extends its sincere thanks to all of you who volunteered  any hours to make ART & SOUL the huge success that it was, the biggest yet. And to all of you who  donated jewelry, books, artwork, food, and the many exciting things for the Raffle Baskets. And to Hannah Holt for helping out at the Library desk during the busiest times. It is truly a community library, all services and books made possible by the community! Thank you all so very much for your contributions, and to all of you who came, had fun, and left with your pocketbooks a little lighter. Congratulations to all the raffle basket winners and to the new owners of new art work.

I can’t rave enough about the wonderful selection of books available at the Library this summer.  I have read so many that I really liked that I have trouble choosing when patrons ask for a recommendation. Come on in and peruse the shelves of new books just inside the door-—you’re sure to find something you will like.  Patrons have recommended to me TransAltlantic by Colum McCann, Delicious by Ruth Reichl, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address by Michael Gross, among others.

Books your teenager will be interested in include the Lunar Chronicles’ Cinder and Cress and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and Rise of the Wolf and Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling, as well as Divergent.

Two new books by Maine authors you might want to try are Euphoria by Lily King of Yarmouth and Paris was the Place by Susan Conley of Portland.

Remember: If you're planning on using your e-reader this summer, you can download popular and classic titles from the State Library service. All you need is your Patron ID # and an Internet Connection. Any volunteer will provide your ID # during Library Hours. Go to  http://download.maineinfonet.orgto use the state site.  The instructions are easy to follow. This site had downloadable e-books also. All downloads are FREE!

It’s getting close to time to vote on The Maine Readers’ Choice Award that has been narrowed down to 4 titles: The Golem and the Jinni, Goldfinch, Benediction, and TransAtlantic. The Library has them all, including the 6 that didn’t make the last round. If you’ve read any of them and want to vote, here is the place! (This award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year.)

And finally, remember, Tuesday night is Tech night where Curt Murley will help you with any and all computer problems. AND remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours. Hope to see you there! Check out our website for schedules and new books and other events.  This site has recently been updated with a collection of useful links for library users that you will find helpful.


June 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Is it summer yet? We’ll continue to hope! In the meantime, the Library is gearing up for a busy season. Lots of new books and some new movies await your pleasure. More books are on order all the time. As usual, the Portland Press Herald will be there 7 days a week and the New York Times on Sunday. (We’ve given up on the Boston Globe, very sorry, but their delivery system is just not dependable). The New Yorker, the Smithsonian, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners and several other periodicals arrive regularly. Remember, we have a selection of music CD’s, audio books and a collection of books about Maine and written by Maine authors, as well as many classic books, and books you’ve always meant to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we can order it through Inter-Library Loan. We always welcome suggestions of books to purchase.

If you’re planning on using your e-reader this summer, you can download popular and classic titles from the State Library service. All you need is your Patron ID # and an Internet Connection. Any volunteer will provide your ID # during Library Hours. Go to to use the state site. The instructions are easy to follow. This site had downloadable e-books also. All downloads are FREE!

If you’re looking for a recommendation for a good book, our volunteers and patrons suggest the following: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krugger, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, Wake by Anna Hope, and Cartographer of no Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy. Older titles you may have missed that our patrons recommend include Fault in the Stars by John Green, Crimean War by Orlando Figes and For all of Us, One Today, by Richard Blanco.

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award has been narrowed down to 4 titles: The Golem and the Jinni, Goldfinch, Benediction , and Transatlantic. The Library has them all, including the 6 that didn’t make the last round. How about a focused summer reading project: read all 4 and vote online in the Fall! To refresh your mind on this program, check out the website ( This award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year.)

Summer events to watch for:
First of all, the children’s Summer Reading Program starts Friday June 27th at 9am. Patty Temple and Marci Train will read a story or two, geared to the ages of the kids who show up, and lead an activity related to one of the stories. Grab your kids, grandkids, or some small neighbors and head on up to the Learning Center Friday mornings! It’s a good time to load up on books for the week from our excellent children’s collection. Later in the summer, there will be a special children’s author event TBA.

Next, Art and Soul is back! On Saturday July 19th at the Learning Center. It will feature a Silent Art Auction, and a Costume Jewelry Sale (both new events). Old standby’s include an expanded Book Sale, a Food Table featuring delectable treats from our Island Cooks, and a Raffle with exciting prizes for all ages! Raffle tickets will go on sale by the 1st of July with announcements of the prizes. Watch for information from Gallery Curator Carolyn Gaudet on the Art Auction and how to enter a piece of art work. Come on up to the Learning Center July 19th and explore what is on offer.

The Library has tentative plans to sponsor three evening talks this summer. Kate Webber, a former Island Institute Fellow on Swan’s Island, will discuss her new book, Swan’s Island Chronicles. Polly Shulman is interested in talking to islanders about her Young Adult fiction. And Victoria Lang will present a talk about Libraries in Botswana. Time and dates for all events TBA. Watch for more information.

And finally, remember, Tuesday night is Tech night where Curt Murley will help you with any and all computer problems. AND remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours. Hope to see you there! Check out our website for schedules and new books and other events. This site has recently been updated with a collection of useful links for library users that you will find helpful.

April 2014 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Who knows, the island may be seeing signs of spring by the time you read this!  I have snowdrops in bloom, and some bare ground up near the house, so there is hope.

To help you get in the spirit of spring, the Library has some books that might help.

Fitness and health:  we have a large selection of books on spring activities that will help you get in shape for the spring and summer, books on walking yoga, the step diet, cooking healthy meals and getting fit- for-life and many more.

Gardening:  The Library is full of gardening books, books to dream and plan by, and  books that tell you all you need to know about developing your soil,  organic gardening, composting, and gardening with children.

And of course we have good books to read just for fun, out on the deck when the weather is balmy, and movies to watch in the evening after you’ve been outside all day, or during rainy spells.  And we have information on ticks, both books and a DVD.  Some of those new books include Harlan Coban’s Missing You, Anna Quinlan’s Still Life with Breadcrumbs, Jeffery Archer’s Be Careful what you Wish For, Alice Hoffman’s Museum of Extraordinary Things, Chelsea Handler’s Uganda be Killing Me and Guest Cat by Takash Hiraide.  You’ll find about 35 other new ones, so come look them over.

Maine Readers’ Choice Award: This award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year.  The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction.  The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.   Recommendations for consideration for this award will come from the library and booksellers’ communities across the state of Maine throughout the year.  All genres are accepted as long as they meet the above requirements.

Last year the Library purchased the 5 books that were finalists in the Maine Readers’ Choice Award.  I don’t know if any Long Islanders participated in the voting in the fall.

The Library now has all of the 10 finalists for 2014.  They include Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Transatlantic by Colin McCann,  The Enchanted Life by Adam Hope, and Visitation Street by Ivy Pochada.  You can find the others by checking out the Maine Readers’ Choice website. This list will be narrowed to 5 in the early fall.  Readers will be able to vote on-line at that time.  The winner will be announced in October.  It would be fun to see how Long Island readers vote compared to the state readers!

Heart and Soul Fundraiser Thanks to all the generous Library patrons and others who donated to the Heart and Soul fundraiser in February.  Enough funds were donated to make up for not having Art and Soul last July.  It was heartwarming to see how many of you appreciate the Long Island Community Library.

Remember, Tuesday night is Tech night where Curt Murley will help you with any and all computer problems AND remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours.    Hope to see you there!

February 2014 Library News


Nancy Jordan

New People at the Library: We welcome Melanie Floyd as a new volunteer. Mel has just graduated from University of Maine at Farmington with an interest in writing and literature—what better place to work than at our Long Island Library. She will be helping with Saturdays, and otherwise as we need her. It’s nice to have an enthusiastic backup for our other volunteers. We also welcome Kathy Johnson as a new Board Member. Kathy has volunteered for the last few summers and will be a welcome addition to the Board.

New Periodicals at the Library. The Sunday New York Times is on break until sometime in April or May. The Portland Press Herald will still be there daily, if I can find out why they have stopped delivering it! In the meantime, someone has generously donated a subscription to the New Yorker (thank you, whoever you are), with a new issue every week, and the Smithsonian. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners publication arrives regularly, and there are always other interesting periodicals to browse if you find yourself with some time to kill before the boat, or if you misjudged the times of the transfer station or the gas hours!

New Equipment at the Library: We have ordered a new scanner to replace the dinosaur in the Tech Room that was donated to us years ago. If you haven’t used a scanner before, it’s a very useful piece of equipment for digitalizing your photo collections, or other collections of paper work. Curt Murley will be available Tech Tuesdays to demonstrate its use if you need help. All you’ll need are your photos or paperwork and a thumb drive or CD to store your scanned objects on. Remember, we also have a laminator and a color printer for patrons’ use (for a small fee).

New DVD’s at the Library: Finally, the long awaited collection of PBS classics is available for circulation. The titles include: Foyle’s War, Avenger, the Thin Man series, Brideshead Revisited, and so many more that I can’t list them. I will be ordering recent movies from Amazon in the next month or so with emphasis on award winners. Watch for notices.

New Book Orders: It’s about time for a new book order. No new ones have been ordered since October, but I ordered some best sellers today including We are Water by Wally Lamb, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, a biography of Nelson Mandela, Mandela’s Way, and an autobiography, Conversations with Myself, Tenth of December by George Saudners, Ordinary Grace by William Kruger, and Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. Command Authority by Tom Clancy is already in.

News from the Library Board: At the Board’s January meeting, we decided to have an amended or abbreviated Art and Soul Festival in the summer of 2014. It will be the third Saturday in July, as it traditionally has been before last summer. The focus will be a big book sale, an expanded food table, a raffle with Long Island oriented prizes, and an Art event that Curator Carolyn Gaudet is working on. Watch for more information in April! Art and Soul 2014 will be at the Learning Center. The Board also finalized the plans for the Library’s Heart and Soul Fundraising Letter. On February 1st, letters will be mailed to all Library Patrons who have checked out library materials since 2011. Watch for yours in the mail and please be as generous as you can. If you love your library but haven’t been there lately, please consider a donation! Call or email Nancy Jordan at for more information. Remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours. Hope to see you there!


December 2013 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Things are already moving into winter mode at the Library.  Patrons and computer users are fewer each week.  Instead of helping patrons with books or computer access, our volunteers are busy cataloguing books and DVD’s to prepare them for circulation, and completing other tasks that we don’t have time for in the summer when the library is bustling with people.  Sometimes we use the quiet time to catch up on our own reading.  Remember, the Library is open every single day of the week, even if just for 2 hours.

Patty Temple is here every Friday, with Nancy Jordan, reading to the school students, and finding just that right book to peak their interest.    Rennie Donovan is our newest volunteer.  Thanks to her and Tammy Hohn, the Library will continue to be open on Monday nights. We did not have to close after all!

Are you planning on giving books to some special readers over the holiday season?  The Library has some ‘like new’ books on the sale table that would be perfect for reasonably priced gifts.  Come on up and look them over.

The Library is very fortunate that Long Island taxpayers support the library by paying for utilities and custodial services through the school budget, BUT we must raise the funds for all of our books, supplies and computer costs.  We’ve done that for many years through your generosity at Art and Soul.  As you may remember, there was no ‘ART and SOUL’ festival last summer.    It has become harder and harder to find enough volunteers to organize and run a festival the size of Art and Soul, so we’re going to try something different this winter.  Watch your mailboxes in February for the first Annual Library Appeal.   Only patrons who have checked books out since January 2011 will be receiving this letter.  But please, if you would like to support your Library anyway, please feel free to send a donation at any time to:  Long Island Community Library, PO Box 252, Long Island, ME 04050.

There are some new books at the Library that I highly recommend:    Life after Life, a touching and humorous novel of life in an assisted living facility by Jill McCorkle;  Dark Nights of the Shadow Catcher, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer, that includes a fascinating history of the last of the Native American tribes; Dr. Sleep, a sequel to the Shining by Stephen King; John Grissom’s newest, Sycamore Row; Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert; and The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti, the story of the search for the perfect cheese in a small Spanish village.  (The author is one of the founders of the Telling Room in Portland, a place where young people are encouraged to gather to tell and write stories.)  My favorite of the last 2 months is The Light between Oceans, a story about lighthouses, lost (and found) babies, with a suspenseful ending.

We’re still working on the generous collection of Dvd’s that was donated to the library.  Our goal is to get them ready for your borrowing pleasure for those long, dark winter nights.  Thanks to Sue Hemond for learning to catalogue and working away on them on Tuesday nights.  Stay tuned…!

The Library’s next Board meeting will be January 11 at 9am, at which point we will select officers for the upcoming year and appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy left by Curt Murley’s resignation.  If you are interested in serving on the Library Board, please send a letter of intent to Nancy Jordan, PO Box 252, Long Island ME 04050.

Many thanks to Curt for the years he has served as a Board member.  And many thanks as well to the other eight board members, four of whom are founding members, since 1988!

October 2013 Library News

Nancy Jordan

On a Tuesday night at the Library a couple weeks ago, I was suddenly struck by the tremendous amount of talent and dedication that has gravitated to the Library recently. Katie Johnson was putting the finishing touches on her photography exhibit in the Gallery. It’s a Long Island gem: if you haven’t seen it, it’s a must. Her exhibit brought to mind the varied and inspiring Gallery shows that Carolyn Gaudet has so cleverly brought to the island over the last year and a half. On the Technology side that night, Emma Burnett had just successfully restored our Internet service for the first time, and was helping a patron with a tricky computer problem. Emma was standing in for Curt Murley who was on vacation, and I realized how lucky we all are to have Curt’s expertise with computers that he so willingly shares with all of us islanders.

In addition, we benefit so much from our very young readers who are showing such interest in the Library. This summer on Fridays, Hannah Holt, and Liz McAleney regularly helped the volunteer on duty with everything from circulation to shelving books, and establishing friendly relations with patrons. At the end of August, Mary Kate Murphy, a fourth grader showed up and asked if she could help. Did she ever! She was a natural on the computer and charming patrons. Now that school has started a young woman from Melissa Cleaves’ classes in Falmouth, Tarsha, is reading to our pre-schoolers as part of her education program.

Many thanks to friends of Alanna Rich’s who donated 2 boxes of DVD’s to the library recently. They will be available for your viewing pleasure as soon as I can get them catalogued. The Library has purchased some also, including most of the movies shown at Foreign Film night this summer, the first 2 seasons of Downton Abbey, The Great Gatsby and Silver Linings Playbook. New books include The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, Light in the Ruins by Chris Bojhalian, Louise Penny’s newest mystery, How the Light Gets In, and soon to arrive, the sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining, Dr. Sleep.

The Library apologizes for the spotty Internet service the last couple weeks. It appears all those violent thunderstorms eventually fried our router. It took Emma, Jim the phone guy, and Marci Train’s efforts to get it back to some level of functionality. Marci spent hours on the phone with the Help Desk at the Maine School and Library Network and was able to replace the destroyed one with an old piece of stored equipment to tide us over. Thanks to all of you.

If you haven’t read White Dog Fell from the Sky yet, Nancy Jordan recommends it as her recent favorite book. It’s by Eleanor Morse from Peaks Island, and is set in Botswana. It features some strong characters including the White Dog, a lot of information about life in Botswana, and of course, a compelling story. Other patrons’ favorites have been The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin, a series of firsthand interviews of WWI soldiers, and The Doryman‘s Reflection: A Fisherman ‘s Life by Paul Molyneaux.

The Library is sorry to announce that after the first of October, we will not be open on Monday nights until further notice. We need some more volunteers in order to be open. Know of anyone who wants a good job, in a beautiful location, with great benefits (don’t have to pay fines on overdue books, and get first dibs on new titlesl)? Send them our way!

Some of our volunteers are leaving for the South this winter, or to the mainland. We’ll be sorry to see them go. On the other hand, your friendly librarians are looking forward to a quiet season with lots of time to read! Hopefully, you are too.

And don’t forget Tech Tuesdays, when Curt Murley will help you with your pesky computer problems.

***Late Breaking News*** The library WILL be open Monday nights this fall and winter. The hours will be 6:30 - 8 pm.

July 2013 Library Events

July 22, 2:30 –3:30

"Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat"

Illustrator, Amy Huntington to speak at the Dodwell Gallery/ Library. She will be sketching for us and relating her experiences here on the island. She worked in our boat yard doing sketches for her book. Prints of those sketches are in the Boat Exhibit.

June 2013 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Look for some new events at the Library this summer! We'll be having 2 book talks by new Maine authors, and, instead of Art and Soul, there will be a big book sale on July 20th. In conjunction with the Gallery showing of Amy Huntington's work, she will be doing a book talk for the kids about her newest book,  Grandma Drove the Lobster Boat. See details in the Gallery News.

July 17th, Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.. Brandi by Margaret (Peggy) Milardo. Peggy is a Little Diamond resident who will be coming to Long Island to talk about her book and about the processing of writing and publishing. Of course she'll have copies of her book for sale. It is available at the Library, so you can get a sneak peak before Peggy's talk. Brandi is a portrait of a teenager who rises above her troubled background to become a successful, responsible and even heroic individual. . offering a lesson of endurance to all of us. Peggy draws upon her years of teaching adolescents to create this vivid portrait, that has won the Grassic Prize for Short Novels.  Join us at the Learning Center July l7th to hear more.

August 14th, Wednesday evening at 7pm. East of the Hague Line by Gordon (Gordie) Holmes.  Most everyone on Long Island may have read Gordon's book this past winter. If you have missed it, it's at the Library. Gordon will be at the Learning Center to talk about his book. He's an engaging speaker so don't miss this event!  Watch for postings as the date gets closer.

July 20th. Saturday, 10am — 3pm. Library Book Sale. Instead of Art & Soul this year, the Library is scaling back to a one day Book Sale at the Learning Center. Watch for more information, but there may be a modified food table, and some flowers for sale! Nancy Noble and Tammy Hohn will be organizing this sale, but they would love help setting up the sale and to take an hour shift or so to sell books. In the meantime, if you have books you'd like to donate for the Library or the sale, please ask a librarian first. We'll only accept
clean books, no musty or damaged ones, and we DO NOT want any Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Thanks anyway.

Change to Book Circulation time: As of June l5"', books will be due in two weeks, just like last summer. That will allow more people to read our most popular titles during the summer. DVDs will remain at 2 weeks, but as always, we appreciate your returning them as soon as you have viewed them.

New Books at the Library. New books are coming in all the time. We've gotten a variety of really great ones recently. Just to mention a few: A Land More Kind Than Home by Willey Cash, Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm by Erin Byers Murray, Stewart Woods' new one Unintended Consequences, Blind Man s Garden by Nadeern Asian, Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War ll by Denise Kiernan, My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, and Best Kept Secret, Jeffery Archer 's third in his trilogy.

Library Bulletin Board. Remember the old bulletin board that used to be in the vestibule and was usually so crowded with announcements that it was a mess?  Now it's getting a new life in the back mini-hallway  between the Tech Room and the Small Meeting Room. It will be JUST for posting of information about BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS. The goal will be for our patrons to post ideas (yes, written by hand, on paper with pen or pencil) about books: ones you liked, ones you did not like,  recommendations to other readers, best seller lists and those on the list that LICL has, suggestions for books for LICL to order and any other ideas about books that the librarians and our patrons can think of. Watch for this addition to the library in the next
couple weeks.

Volunteers always welcome for the summer. The Library plans to be open the same hours that we have been in recent summers, thanks to our dedicated volunteers. We're especially looking for a volunteer to help out on Friday mornings when the library is extra busy because of Story Hour.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call Nancy Jordan. 7668396 or email her . We can always use another volunteer or so on Saturdays and Sundays, so our regular librarians can have more
summer weekends free. Thanks to new volunteers Zeile Dougher, Joy MacVane and Lisa Whelan.

What have your favorite books been this spring, either books to hold in your hand or e-books? The library's patrons would love to know what others are reading. You can post your favorites on the above mentioned Library Bulletin Board or send rne a short review, and we'll print it next newsletter.

Tech Tuesday. Tech night at the Library on Tuesday nights with Curt Murley has been a valuable new library service this spring. Thank you, Curt, for volunteering to continue the program during the summer. No problem is too large or too small for him to help with, so don't hesitate to come on up to the library, either with your laptop, or a good description of the problem with your desktop.  Reprinted below is Curt's description of the types of 'computer literacy' issues he can help with:

"We will try to provide answers to your questions and if we can't, we will help you get them answered. Want  o leam how to use a spreadsheet?  There are a number of free on-line self-paced courses available. Want to set up a Facebook account or use Skype to make free video calls? There's help for that too, in the form of tutorials and instructional videos. Need help with your e-reader or tablet computer? We can show you how to download free e-books right here at the library.  Having hardware or intemet access problems with your computer?   Come on up to the library and we'll work on them together."

To close, we're sorry there will be no Art and Soul this summer. Please come to the Book Sale on July 20th. We hope to see you at a book event or two during the summer: Mark your calendars for book talk about Brandi with Little Diamond author Peggy Milardo, and the talk by Gordon Holmes about East of the Hague Line.

April 2013 Library News

Nancy Jordan

By the time you are reading this, I hope Long Island is in the throes of spring, as opposed to mid-March when it is still freezing, with lots of wind.  The Library just received a box of new books on Friday including the following books with a Maine connection:  White Dogs fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse, Set in Kenya, but a Peaks Island author; Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, by Beverly Jensen, set partly in Maine and New Brunswick in1916, Maine author; Reunion at Red Paint Bay, by George Harrar, a mystery set in Maine; Life among Giants, by Bill Roorbach, a Maine author with whom Melanie Floyd is interning at Farmington.  See the website for all of the other new books acquired in March.

New movies just in include Argo, Academy Award winner for Best Film; Flight with Denzel Washington; Moonrise Kingdom (recommended by Alanna Rich); and Beasts of the Southern Wild. As soon as all the other Academy Award nominees are released to DVD, the Library will purchase them.  If you have any suggested for good movies that the Library should have, including documentaries, please let me know,

What have your favorite books been this winter and spring, either books to hold in your hand or e-books?   Let me know so I can tell others about them in June, or you can write about them yourself.  See below for Annie Donovan’s and Nancy Noble’s favorites.

Tommy MacVane has a great idea.  He’s suggested that we create a posting in the library where patrons can list their recent favorite books.  Periodically, I can send it to Chris to post on her list-serve.  As soon as I can find a good place to keep it, it’ll be there for all of our patrons to add to, and to get ideas from.

Tech night at the Library on Tuesday nights with Curt Murley is a great new library service.  Curt has helped several Long Islanders with stubborn computer issues, including yours truly.  No problem is too large or too small for him to help with, so don’t hesitate to come on up to the Library, either with your laptop, or a good description of the problem with your desktop.  Reprinted below is Curt’s description of the types of ‘computer literacy’ issues he can help with:

“We will try to provide answers to your questions and if we can’t, we will help you get them answered.  Want to learn how to use a spreadsheet?  There are a number of free on-line self-paced courses available.  Want to set up a Facebook account or use Skype to make free video calls?   There’s help for that too, in the form of tutorials and instructional videos.  Need help with your e-reader or tablet computer?  We can show you how to download free e-books right here at the library.  Having hardware or internet access problems with your computer?  Come on up to the library and we’ll work on them together“

Changes for Art and Soul.  As I’ve mentioned in past newsletters, the Library Board has been considering ways to raise money without depending on Art and Soul every summer, mainly because of the huge numbers of volunteers it takes to make it a success for Festival goers and financially for the Library and Vendors.  In conjunction with the Recreation Department, who is having the same thoughts about Wharf Street, we’re thinking about having Art and Soul every other year, alternating with Wharf Street Festival.  So the summer of 2013 will be Wharf Street Festival in August, and in the summer of 2014 Art and Soul will be back in July.  Look for more information in the June LICA.

Think about celebrating part of Memorial Day weekend at the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens.  All admissions will be free that weekend for MAINE residents.

Some favorite  books from Library Patrons

Nancy Noble writes:

Help, thanks, wow : the three essential prayers" - now who can resist a title like that? I certainly can't. In this short (102 pages) book by one of my favorite spiritual yet-down-to-earth authors, Anne Lamott, she distills all prayers into three short prayers, of one word (and syllable!) each.  "Help" - when that's all we can say while we are drowning. "Thanks" - which is all we need to express when we take the time to reflect on what gifts we are given. And "Wow" - when we are completely in awe yet speechless to express ourselves. Only Anne spells it out in ways that most of us can't, with eloquence and humor and grace, which brings tears to my eyes whenever I read her works. She is such a flawed human being, yet her writing transcends. Check it out - you won't be sorry.

And Annie Donovan writes:

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen came highly recommended to me. Although I do not tend to read a great deal of non-fiction I was riveted by this account set in 1933 Berlin. William E. Dodd at that time became the first US ambassador to Hitler's Germany and brought his family along with him. At first they are charmed by and eventually deceived into believing in Hitler's intentions until eventually are confronted by the reality of his vision for the world. Upon finishing this excellent read I was reminded of another literary work set at that same,  although fictional, that I first read more than 30 years ago. Herman Wouk's The Winds of War AND War and Remembrance follow the family of Naval Attache Pug Henry from pre-war Europe, through Pearl Harbor,  Midway, Stalingrad, Auschwitz....and many historical events until the end of WW II and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. Although some of the writing is quite technical and the details of the concentration camps and Hitler's "Final Solution" difficult to read it is mostly the story of a family torn apart and brought together, of love and loss, loyalty and betrayal, war and peace and reconciliation. This too I would recommend as well as many of the "old" titles on our back shelves in the library. You never know when you might stumble on an old literary friend or a previously unread work by a favorite author!

Ever wonder about other libraries in Casco Bay?  Nancy Noble has been visiting our neighboring libraries and is blogging about them.  See her comments on the Library blog at

And finally, as spring settles in, we will be thinking of a revised schedule.  We’ll be welcoming a couple new volunteers, so we may be open more hours.  Watch for updates!


February 2013 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Winter at the Library—think of new books on the shelf as well as old ones to borrow or buy, new movies, good internet access, a warm place to get out of the cold, to find a friend to chat with, and to read the Sunday New York Times. During February you will find special events, like the Coffee House, and a contra dance!

What have your favorite books been this winter, either books to hold in your hand or e-books? Let me know so I can tell others about them in April, or even better, you can send a short write-up to Chris for inclusion in April's newsletter.

A few of my favorites that I highly recommend:

  • Night Circus, a first novel by Erin Morgenstem, a truly magical book that envelopes the reader in its spell from the first page.
  • Orange is the new Black, a memoir by Piper Kerman of her year in the Federal Prison in Danbury. An eye-opener about prison life and the US prison system that reads like a novel.
  • Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of the restaurant 'Prune' in NYC. Hamilton sheds an entertaining light on her early struggles in the food world and on opening a restaurant when she didn't really know what she was doing.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed, another memoir that I couldn't put down. I felt all of the author's pain, as well as her joy, in accomplishing what seemed like an impossible goal. It's a story told with warmth and humor.

The Library has East of the Hague Line, as well as other new books like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Waltzing with Bracey (a dog) by Brenda Gilchrist, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, and Winter of the World by Ken Follett.

New movies include Titanic, Shall We Dance (the original Japanese version), Dark Knight Trilogy, and Magic of Belle Isle (with Morgan Freeman).

Library services you might have forgotten about: Renewing books by phone (766-2530, you can even leave a message); our website at where among other things, you can find what we have for new books (new acquisitions updated monthly), and the library blog that you can access through the website or at The Maine Coastal Botanical Garden has unfortunately discontinued the free pass program, but will be hosting free 'Maine Days' over Memorial Day weekend. More about this in the April newsletter.

AND.. .very exciting, a note from Curt Murley describing a new computer literacy program the Library plans to implement in the upcoming weeks:

Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. Libraries have an important role to play in improving our nation's digital literacy. The Maine State Library and other libraries, educational institutions and government agencies around the country have provided a number of resources to assist small libraries like us in providing digital literacy training. For our part, we are going to start offering a "Tech Night" at the library.

Every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 a member of our tech support staff will be on hand to help you with your computer hardware and software questions. We will try to provide answers to your questions and if we can't, we will help you get them answered. Want to leam how to use a spreadsheet? There are a number of free on-line self-paced courses available. Want to set up a Facebook account or use Skype to make free video calls? There's help for that too, in the form of tutorials and instructional videos. Need help with your e-reader or tablet computer? We can show you how to download free e-books right here at the library. Having hardware or internet access problems with your computer? Before you cart it in town and pay a couple of hundred dollars to get it looked at, check with a member of our friendly tech support staff at a Tuesday "Tech Night".  Your library is here to serve you, and we hope you'll take advantage of our offer to help with your computer and electronic device questions and problems.

In case of inclement weather this winter, the volunteer on duty makes the decision as to weather the library will cole or not.  We apoligize for any inconvience when we are closed unexpectedly.  Please call ahead if you are unsure.  Hope to see you at the Library this winter.


November 2012 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Winter at the Library.  It’s going to be a quiet, warm and cozy place to be, as those days get shorter, and the winds pick up.  The Gallery looks inviting, a good place to browse if you haven’t seen ‘Landscapes’ or for a second look.  New books are coming in steadily, and a movie order is in the offing.  I’ve gotten a couple suggestions for movies, but would love more.   The soft rocking chairs are welcoming for reading, and the meeting rooms are there for your use.

We’ve had to drop Thursday evenings, probably until early April or brought back by popular demand!  But we’ll be there Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, thanks to Tammy Hohn, Sue Hemond, Tom MacVane, and Nancy Jordan.  Many thanks to Joan Merkwaz who has been manning Monday evenings since August, and to Judy Stewart and Pierre Avignon who have taken care of Thursday evenings forever, it seems. Please see the winter schedule below.

Laurie Brayley is taking a leave from Monday mornings for a while.  Laurie has been manning the circulation desk Monday mornings since the Library was in the basement: could it be since 1988?  Thank you Laurie, and we hope you’ll be back.

The Library is still missing two books that we’d love to have back.  Remember, we have a raise all our funds to buy new books at Art and Soul every summer.  I had to waste those hard earned dollars replacing books we JUST bought:  Please look around your houses for Menage by Alix Shulman, and We were the Kennedys by Monica Wood.  We want them returned!  Patrons are waiting for both of them.

Patrons have asked for a longer loan period, one more in line with surrounding libraries.  So, now books may be checked out for 3 weeks at a time.  DVD’s are still loaned for 2 weeks only.

There is a new book just published by Gordon Holmes called “East of the Hague Line”.  It comes highly recommended by Leslie and Pat Ducale and is a mystery revolving around the Maine fishing industry.   A Long Islander who has read it says, “I’m not a reader but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are developed really well, and the fishing parts brought me up to speed since I don’t have fishing in my blood as a lot of Long Islander’s do.”  It is now available at the Library  (click here to check if it's available - do an Author search for Holmes).  Leslie says it’s for sale at the Fish Pier and Hamilton Marine, and would make a great Christmas present for anyone attached to Long Island, especially those of us who can’t be here as much as we’d like!

A few new books just in include ‘The Man who lives with Wolves’ by Sean Ellis, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, and Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling.

The Library Board has been struggling with what to do about continued fund raising.  ART and SOUL is a big hit, and is always very successful financially.   The Library raises all of the money for books, DVD’s, supplies and computers from Art and Soul, representing 1/3 of its total budget.  The Town pays for the other 2/3, including heat, electricity, and custodial.   But it takes just short of 100 people to pull off this festival every year.  Complicating things, we have no chair for the summer of 2013 and no chair for the crabmeat operation.

Summer 2013 will bring the School Auction in May, again requiring huge amounts of labor to be successful.  With Wharf Street Festival in August, and now the new and revised VFW Fair in Sept, each of which take just as many volunteers to organize and run, it seems there just aren’t enough people on the island to do all the work.   The Library Board will be meeting in January to discuss new ideas, including a scaled back version of Art and Soul and an annual letter appeal.  Any ideas are welcome.

Winter 2012-2013 Schedule

Morning     Afternoon   Evening
Monday     9:30-noon               7-8:30 pm
Tuesday                7-8:30pm
Wed        9:30-noon               6:30 -8pm
Thursday   2-5pm
Friday     9:30-noon
Saturday   9:30-noon
Sunday    11:30-1:30



October 2012 Library News

Nancy Jordan


Foreign Film night has been a success this fall and much appreciated. Films shown include Monsieur Lazhar, The Women on the 6th Floor and A Separate Peace. Thank you, Bill Loaf man and Jasmine Isobe. At the end of the season, all the films shown will be available to check out at the library, if you missed the showing or want to see one again.

The library volunteers and board members have been discussing changes to the library schedule for late fall and winter. When we opened at the Learning Center in spring of 2004, one of our goals was to be open at least 4 evenings a week, and we've met that goal for over 8 years. Until a couple years ago, we saw several patrons each evening, including students, who needed the computers and our wireless service. Recently, that use has dropped way off, maybe because most, if not all, of our winter residents now have computers and internet at home. There have been book groups over those years, and a small group of regular evening users. The first few years there were meetings almost every night that we were open. That has dropped off to one or two nights every couple weeks. Our volunteers are frustrated that few, if any patrons, show up most nights and are suggesting that we close on Monday and Thursday nights from mid-November til April. I would like some feedback from all of you year round residents:

-If you were to use the library in the evening, what evenings (M, Tu, Wed, Th) are most important to you, most useful?
-What evenings does your organization or group need the library for regularly scheduled meetings? Planning Board, VFW, Year round Housing, ZBA, etc.?
-Is there a reason why you don't use the library in the evenings that the library can address? -Is there a service the library could provide that
would encourage you to use the library, in the evenings or otherwise?
-Do you have any suggestions for changes to the schedule or to library policies?
-Parents, would you use the library more if we were open in the afternoons when you were at
school picking up your students from school or after school activities? I know a lot of you hang out there while waiting, whether the library is open or
-Please email me your concerns, interests or suggestion at Njordan @ long-island .lib .me .us or call at 766-3396.

Until further notice (watch the website and postings around town), we will continue to be open Monday through Thursday in the evenings.

New fiction at the library includes: Broken Harbor by Tana French who is one of our most sought after mystery writers, but she only releases a book every couple years; Stolen Prey by John Sandford, a hugely popular author; Sand Castle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, fiction about the Armenian genocide by a very compelling author; Last to Die by Maine author Tess Gerritson; and Where 'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, a book getting interesting reviews and a lot of attention.

New non-fiction includes: Twilight War by John Crist, a history of US involvement with Iran, right up to the present; When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood, a Maine book that comes highly recommended; Passage of Power by Robert Caro, a good winter project!; and Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste So Good by John Ford, a heartwarming and funny Maine author.

That's only a partial list. Please give us any suggestions you have for more new or well-loved titles. The films shown at Foreign Film night will be available for check-out soon. I'm always looking for suggestions for new films. The library appreciates all the donations that have come in, even if we put them on the sale table.

Patrons this fall have been asking for more Long Island material and other Maine books. We try to keep up with new publications that are noteworthy or of special interest to Long Islanders, but would ,  love suggestions from all of you. We have many, many classic Maine books, like Elizabeth Ogilvie's Tide Trilogy (See write up at ), Ruth Moore's wonderful novels of the Maine coast and of course, Kenneth Roberts. Thanks to Bobbie Blaisdell, an original founder of the Long Island Library back in 1988 who knew Maine books, and thanks to a generous donation in memory of Bruno Caliandro, we concentrated on Maine books early on, even when out of print. Unfortunately, the selection of Long Island material is slim, but if anyone knows of any publications that the library doesn't have, please let us know. The Long Island collection does include the two childrens' books by Long Island author Hazel Wilson, Roberta Ricker's memoir/history, West by North, and a brief history by Tony Donovan.

You can find out what's new by checking the library website at Curt Murley updates this listing every month. There is also a search function on the website so you can tell if we have a title. Unfortunately, there seem to be some bugs in it as it sometimes says we don't have a title when we do. Curt is working on it. [Note from Curt: This is not a real-time function.  Content and availablility data is updated nightly.  I have recently worked on this and added a "keyword" search option.  Try it at and let me know (766-5931) if you have problems].  If you don't see what you're looking for when you come to the library, you can ask for a title to be reserved for you, or we can order it from Inter-library loan.

Have you checked out the library's blog yet? If not, try it! You can get there by going through the website or directly at

And finally, we thank Tammy Hohn who is returning as a volunteer. The Board of Directors welcomes new Board members Tammy Hohn and Patty Temple.


August 2012 Library News

Nancy Jordan


The Library is pleased to announce that starting August 1, we are adding Monday evenings back to the schedule. Thanks to returning volunteer Joan Merkwaz, the Library will be open from now until further notice on Monday from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thank you, Joan!

Welcome to our other new volunteers: Julie Evans and Kay Johnson. Thanks to both of you.
Foreign Film night is getting closer! Bill Loafman and Jasmine Isobe will be showing Foreign Films in early August. Watch for the announcement of the beginning show. We apologize if there are some delays due to floor renovations at the Learning Center

Lots of new books have arrived over the summer. Books to look for include Pretty Birds by Scott Simon (a novel about a feisty heroine and the fighting in Sarajevo); Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore; Menage by Long Island's Alix Shulman; The Newlyweds by Neil Freudenberger; I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck, Calico Joe by John Grissom; and Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron. Thanks to Paul and Diane Watts' donations, we've just put some new Stuart Woods and James Patterson books on the shelves.

For our non-fiction readers we have Love, Life and Elephants, an African Love Story, by Daphne Jenkins Sheldrick; Piano Lessons: a Memoir by Anna Goldsworthy; Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton; End this Depression Now by Paul Krugman, and My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman.

You can find out what's new by checking the library website at http: //library.long-island .lib .me .us. Curt Murley updates this listing every month. If you don't see what you're looking for when you come to the Library, you can ask for a title to be reserved for you.

Have you checked out the Library's blog yet? If not, try it! You can get there by going through the website or directly at

Don't forget about Friday story hour at 9:30, hosted by Marci Train and Patty Temple, with help from Lizzie McAleney. Thanks to all of you for providing this delightful time for our young readers.

The work of the LICL Board sometimes seems invisible to patrons and friends of the Library. You could say it's a pretty laid back board, even though most board members are also actively involved in the day-to-day running of the library. Our board has been the 'behind the scenes' governing entity since the first year of library operation (1988!) in the basement of the school. The Library is sad that two of our long-term board members have resigned: Greg Middleton has left for Arizona, and Maggie Carle is laying plans to leave the island once her house sells. We will miss you both and the different perspectives that you brought to the board. Thank you both for your many years of service.


June 2012 Library News

Nancy Jordan

Summer at the Library! So many things to do, from getting books and movies (new ones coming in all the time), reading newspapers that you can hold in your hand (Portland Press Herald and the Boston Globe daily, New York Times on Sunday), reading stories to your favorite child, and studying in a quiet place, to seeing old friends and neighbors that you haven't seen yet this season. Our friendly volunteer librarians are always ready to help, finding that special book, or sorting out a computer problem (wel

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