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Director Pam Dunning, Robyn Lyon, Asst. Librarian David Cherry and Children's Librarian Natalie Castonia

Wiscasset Public Library thanks volunteer, Robyn Lyon for her many years of service. Robyn started at the library as a volunteer in the Children’s Room in 1967. She was added to the staff and worked at the Library for 26 years before she retired in 1996. Since her retirement Robyn has continued at the library as a volunteer. She has come in every Friday for 17 years to shelve books and help keep everything in its place. She has been with the Wiscasset Public Library for 47 years and plans to continue to volunteer.

 Robyn states that, “Libraries have been like a magnet to me since the 4th grade.”  

The generosity of her time and the dedication she shows to helping the library illustrate her devotion to reading, education and community.

 

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Participants of the Industries Program at Two Bridges Jail custom built and donated a book shelf to the Young Adult room at the Library

The Industries Program at Two Bridges Regional Jail is a self- sustaining program designed to assist offenders with a successful re-entry into the community.  We look for inmates who are working toward making changes in their lives that will keep them from coming back to jail and give them the opportunity to succeed and live a productive life.  In order to qualify for a job in industries the inmates must be incident free for 30 days and have a High School diploma, a GED or be working toward one.  The application process mirrors the “real world” work experience.  First an application is submitted complete with work history and Officer recommendations.  Secondly they have an interview with Industries staff.  If they are chosen, they go through a training and probationary period.  Inmates that work in Industries are paid $1.50 per hour; 25% of their wages go toward their fines and restitution, 25% goes toward room and board to the facility.

We have several different work opportunities including the Jail Commissary, where inmates can buy hygiene products and a number of other items.  The Commissary workers are responsible for packing orders and keeping an inventory of the items available.  We also have a woodshop program that teaches safe use of tools and construction techniques.  The workers build a number of different items that can be purchased from TBRJ or at a number of different gift shops in the area.  Any money earned by the Industries Program is used to sustain the program as well as providing funds for various Community Service projects.  Two of our most successful projects are and Inmate garden and building toys for the Lincoln and Sagadahoc Toys for Tots programs. The garden provides area food pantries with several thousand pounds of food each year.  Seven to twelve workers are involved in the entire process of starting seedlings, planting, tending and harvesting.  Every year, our woodshop and craft programs build hundreds of toys for the Christmas toy giveaways.   We as a facility believe that Community Service is vital to a successful re-entry.  Through that work, Offenders are able to see that they are still productive members of society with the ability to give something back.

 

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Have you heard about the Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off?

You can support Maine Public Libraries by donating via your Maine Income Tax form using Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes. Donating is very easy.

bullet On the Maine Income Tax form - Form 1040ME, locate Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions to any of the organizations listed.
bullet Look for Maine Public Library Fund in section A and choose the amount you would like to donate.
bulletMaine taxpayers using the I-File system will also see the Maine Public Library Fund on the Schedule CP voluntary contributions page.

Proceeds from the 2013 tax check-off supported the purchase of additional Ebooks for the Maine InfoNet Download Library. Future use of these funds may help to support :

bullet Expanding interlibrary loan support
bullet Creating new library programming
bullet Supporting special consultant services from which all can benefit
bulletAnd so much more!

 

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New Children's Librarian Hired

Wiscasset Public Library is very pleased to welcome Edgecomb resident Natalie Castonia as the Children’s Librarian. Natalie replaces Judy Flanagan who has re-retired. We will all miss seeing Judy at the Library but Natalie will be a great addition.

 

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Wiscasset Public Library has just been notified that the Maine Readers Choice Award Committee has reduced the 141 works of literary fiction that they have reviewed for this year's award and has it narrowed to the 2014 shortlist.   The committee will continue to work to select the 3 finalists by May 1st. The short list titles are:

Benediction by Kent Haruf

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls 

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

 

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EBooks and Audiobook Downloads Available at Wiscasset Public Library

 Wiscasset Public Library is pleased to announce that eBooks and audiobooks are now available to download by patrons via the Maine InfoNet Download Library located online at http://download.maineinfonet.org. 

Approximately 2,000 books spanning best-selling Fiction, Non-Fiction, Young Adult and Children's content are now available through Maine InfoNet as downloadable eBooks. This is in addition to the ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks also available at the site, currently totaling over 1800 books. 

The eBook collection is made possible through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation and through contributions from participating libraries from across the state.  By working together, libraries have been able to collaborate to offer a cutting-edge service that would not have been economically feasible otherwise. 

Also known as “digital books”, eBooks are books that can be read on a computer screen or with portable e-reader devices, such as the Sony Reader, the Kobo and the Nook. The eBooks available from Maine InfoNet are also compatible with most computers, laptops and netbooks, and should soon work with the popular Apple iPad as well as Droid based smartphones.  The eBooks available through this system are unfortunately not supported by the Amazon Kindle.  Detailed information on which devices work with eBooks in this collection is posted on the Download Library web site. 

To access eBooks or audiobooks, patrons may log in by selecting the name of their participating library and entering his or her library card number from that library. There is a “Quick Start Guide” that explains how to get started downloading.  For more information, please contact Wiscasset Public Library.

Maine InfoNet is a collaborative of academic, public, school, and special libraries that provides leadership in resource sharing, promotes cost effective solutions for quality library information services, and supports the cultural, educational, and economic development of Maine.

 

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Second Hand Prose sells used books

    Weeding! at this time of year?  Of course, not the garden.  We have been weeding the collection.  Second Hand Rose Used Book Store is full of books newly removed from the collection.  There are many great mystery stories and many more general fiction novels waiting to be purchased.  This is a great opportunity to expand your personal book collection at terrific prices.  Come into the library and see what the book sale has to offer. 

 

 

 

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revised January , 2014