Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library
What are the Friends reading? AT their last meeting on January 20th, the Friends shared some of the titles that have kept them interested this winter. There is a terrific mix of genres and topics. Here they are in no particular order.
Scott Jurek Eat and Run Christmas Anthologies
Caroline Kennedy Family Christmas Jane Austen Pride & Prejudice
Eric Sloane Eric Sloane's America B.B. Shapiro The Art of the Forger
Ulrich Boser The Gardiner Heist Lucy Lethbridge Servants
Michael J. Fox Lucky Man Lynne Olson Troublesome Young Men
Mary Stewart Gabriel Hounds David Baldacci The Sixth Man
David Baldacci Split Second John Grisham Sycamore Row
John Grisham A Time to Kill Mary Oliver New & Selected Poems
Kate Barnes Crossing the Field James McBride The Good Lord Bird
William Sandland Defending Jacob Lea Wait Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding
Friends Fund Interlibrary Loans
Friends of Wiscasset Public Library have pledged up to $600.00 to fund Interlibrary Loans this year. In the past, patrons have been charged return postage for items they have requested from outside sources. This year the Friends have made it possible for the Library to offer this service without a fee.
Friends Help the Library Go Green
In 2010 the Friends of Wiscasset Public Library paid to changed most of the incandescent light bulbs in the Library to CFL bulbs. The Library saw an immediate drop in electric costs. The quick evidence of the results of this small change encouraged the Library to look for more ways to support ecology and save at the same time.
This year the Friends have agreed to further support the Go Green movement. The Friends are funding the purchase of light filtering, cellular shades for the Library addition. The insulating effect of the cellular shades in blocking both the winter's cold and the summer's heat , while still allowing the light to enter, will reduce the energy use at the Library. During the winter, the shades can be closed at night to reduce drafts and help retain heat in the building. The furnace will run less and lower the use of heating oil. During the summer, the shades will be lowered on the windows with direct sunlight on them to reduce the escalation of heat, the lessen the need to cool the building, and lower the use of electricity. Using less energy and reducing are costs of Library operations is a responsible action that is being supported by the Friends.
The Library will continue to look for more ways to reduce its carbon footprint and save.
Wiscasset Public Library
next meet on March 10 2014.
All meetings include refreshments at 9:30 am
and the business meeting at 10 am.
New members are always welcome. Come to a meeting to learn more about the Friends and the good work they do to support your local public library.
(Snow dates will be on the following Monday.
Check Channels 6, 8 and 13 for cancellations.)
Second Hand Prose, the used book room located inside the library, is run by the Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library. It is open during regular library hours and closes one-half hour prior to the library's closing. Donated and withdrawn books are sorted by genre and shelved for sale. All comers are welcome to browse the shelves for that elusive old favorite you have not been able to find.
A useful site for Friend's groups is the Friends of Maine Libraries . Grants, conferences, the current newsletter and more is available online.
revised January , 2014