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The Garden Club of Wiscasset Brightens the Library and the Community

 Every summer, beautiful floral displays grace the front desk of the Wiscasset Public Library.  Tuesdays begin with a fresh delivery from the Garden Club of Wiscasset's members. Library patrons look forward to the new arrangement, each with a style and beauty all its own. A stroll around the library grounds offers a view of the Children's Garden and a sharp eye might catch sight of a visiting monarch butterfly at the club's Certified Monarch Way Station.

 In addition to its work at the Wiscasset Public Library, members of the Garden Club of Wiscasset use their skills to contribute to Wiscasset's title as "The Prettiest Village in Maine." In partnership with Historic New England, the club plants and maintains gardens at Wiscasset's Nickels-Sortwell House, and when spring appears, natives and visitors can enjoy cheerful petunias on the triangles throughout the village.  Further afield the club plants and maintains gardens at the Pownalborough Court House as well as the Serenity Garden at the Cancer Treatment Center in Bath.

 The Garden Club of Wiscasset welcomes both beginners and experienced gardeners.  The next meeting is Thursday, September 3rd at 12:30 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church.  The program is - Wild Birds from Wind Over Wings Rehabilitation Center. 

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Book Sale Bargains at Wiscasset Public Library

Secondhand Prose, the Wiscasset Public Library's Friends operated used book sale room is open all summer.
We have perfect beach reading materials. A wide variety of bargains are available: from novels to classics and much more. Shelves are filled with  biographies,  cookbooks, books on gardening, travel, history, art and animals. We also have a special section of children's books.
In addition there are books-on-CD, music CDs, vinyl and DVDs. Featured this month is a large collection of classical music.
The room now has a space to sit and read. A table and chairs make it a cozy place to visit for those who are visiting for the summer or those looking for the perfect gift.
The room is staffed every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 4:00 if assistance is needed. The room is also open during library hours.


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Notice of Public Meeting

Wiscasset Public Library – Internet Safety Policy

The Wiscasset Public Library, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA),  will have a public meeting on the Library’s Internet Safety Policy. The meeting will be held at the Wiscasset Public Library on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM. The policy and measures will be discussed at the meeting. A copy of the policy is included in the notice.

Internet Acceptable Use policy:

Patrons will check in at the circulation desk and announce their intent to use the public access computers.

Patrons will be limited to a half hour time period if someone else is waiting to access a computer.

A content filter is used to prevent the viewing of materials deemed obscene, child pornography, or otherwise harmful to minors. Adults using the library’s computer resources may request to bypass the filter on a per-session basis

Patrons will not use the Library’s computers for any illegal activity, such as hacking.

Patrons will not visit objectionable websites.

Patrons will not use the Library’s computers for any illegal activity.

The unauthorized disclosure, use or dissemination of the personal information of minors is prohibited.

Patrons will not try to change any computer settings with the intent of causing damage to the computer or the network.

Patrons will use good netiquette.

Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children the safety and security of using any form of direct electronic communication, such as email, chat or social media.

Patrons not following the Acceptable Use Policy will be restricted from further use of the Library’s computers.

Posted July 15, 2015

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More Wiscasset and Its Times: Other stories of Maine’s Prettiest Village is just as the title of the book describes. There are more stories, more pictures, more local color.


Local author, Phil DiVece has presented a copy of his new book to Wiscasset Public Library for the collection. As one would expect, Phil has thoroughly researched and illustrated the stories with many rare photographs. This book is a must read for Wiscasset residents or anyone who has ever visited and fell in love with “Maine’s Prettiest Village.”


If you enjoyed Wiscasset and Its Times, you’ll take pleasure in reading More Wiscasset and Its Times as the added stories illustrate the charms of the town from Colonial times to the present.



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Community Health Information Partnership awards grant to Wiscasset Public Library

The Wiscasset Public Library is very pleased to announce the acquisition of 29 new books to be added to our health and fitness collection made possible by a grant from the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP.)  Specifically, and as a direct result of this year’s CHIP grant, we are able to add 8 titles addressing Cancer; 4 titles addressing Diabetes; 4 titles addressing Lyme disease; 4 titles addressing Allergies; 3 titles addressing GERD/Acid Reflux; 2 titles addressing Asthma; 2 titles addressing Autism; and, 2 titles addressing Substance Abuse. This up-to-date information will help patients and their families learn to understand and manage their medical conditions. Wiscasset Public Library and CHIP have worked together to bring crucial information to the public needed for a healthy lifestyle.

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When you buy, Amazon donates!

Looking for a way to contribute to Wiscasset Public Library? Want to do it at absolutely no cost to you? It is really easy if you are an Amazon customer.

 AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Wiscasset Public Library every time you shop. Log in to your account at and find the same prices on a vast selection of items, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

 Items that are eligible will be marked  “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages

 On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select Wiscasset Public Library to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

 The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges.

 Thank you for your generous support.

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Secondhand Prose Used Book Sale

Secondhand Prose Used Book Sale has something for everyone. Friends of Wiscasset Public Library stock the room with items in good condition and in all genres. Come in and take a look. Pricing is easy; hard covers  $2, trade paperbacks $1, mass market paperbacks fifty cents and all audio and video $1 each. Clean, affordable and always something of interest for all.
The Friends plan to staff the room during the summer, but Library staff are available to complete the sale when Friends are not present.

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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 

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 May, 2015