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Van Reid at Wiscasset Public Library

Edgecomb author Van Reid will appear at the Wiscasset Public Library, at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 24.

Three sides of Van Reid's family have been living on the coast of Maine since the mid-eighteenth century. The fourth side came from Norway 900 years after the Vikings. He comes from a long line of story-tellers and was filled as a youngster with family tales of sailors, farmers, and small town life in days gone by. He wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade and found his dream fulfilled when his comic historical novel “Cordelia Underwood, or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League” went from serialization in a local weekly to being published by Viking Penguin in New York and being named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Five more novels have been published that follow the adventures of the above noted gentlemen’s club in late 19th century Maine. He has also written “Peter Loon”, an adventure based on a near-rebellion in Lincoln County in the early days of the American Republic, and published under his own imprint two volumes of an illustrated literary journal called “The American Zig-Zag”. Van lives in Edgecomb with his wife, two kids, a dog, and a ghost at the end of the driveway. He is currently working on the seventh novel in the Moosepath Saga.

The last two library programs are as follows:

October 1 – Paul BetitThe Man in the Canal plus two others

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

All programs, free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library


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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 August , 2014