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Sisters in Crime at the Wiscasset Public Library


Sisters in Crime Vicki Doudera, J.E. Seymour and Janet Morgan.

The Wiscasset Public Library fall series will begin on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 pm with Sisters in Crime Vicki Doudera, J.E. Seymour and Janet Morgan. The three members of Sisters in Crime will talk about Using What You Know to Write a Mystery.

Vicki Doudera writes Darby Farr Mysteries, page-turners grounded in a reality she knows all too well: the world of luxury real estate. A top producing broker for a firm on the coast of Maine and former Realtor of the Year, Vicki’s latest novel, Final Settlement, was chosen a Top Cozy of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. Vicki lives in coastal Maine.

J.E. Seymour lives and writes in southeast New Hampshire. Barking Rain Press released two of her novels this summer: Stress Fracture and a 2nd edition of Lead Poisoning. She has short stories published or forthcoming in numerous magazines.

Wiscasset native Janet Morgan has been published a number of times in the Goose River Anthology and the UMA Scholar. Goose River Press published her 3rd Killdeer Farm Mystery, Katahdin Drowning, in 2013. Janet’s future projects include a work of non-fiction about homesteading in central Maine and her 4th Killdeer Farm mystery.

All programs will feature New England authors on Wednesdays at 7 pm from September 3 through October 8. The remaining programs include the following:

September 10 – Lea Wait – Shadows on a Maine Christmas

September 17 – Deborah Gould – Household

September 24 – Van Reid – Moss Farm and two short story collections

October 1 – Paul Betit –The Man in the Canal

October 8 – Wendall Kinney – The Bull and I (CD)

Each author will discuss and/or read from current works. A book signing will follow each event. Come to the library and meet these talented authors.

All Friends of the library programs are free and open to the public.


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Buy your tickets in advance at Wiscasset Public Library for $20 or at the door for $25.

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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.


AUTHOR                   TITLE

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




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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.

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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.


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Friends of

Wiscasset Public Library

next meet on TBA.

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.)


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     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.


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A useful site for Friend's groups is the  Friends of Maine Libraries .  Grants, conferences, the current newsletter and more is available online.

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revised August , 2014