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258 Main Street Norway, Maine 04268

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Mon., Tues., Fri. 10-5
Wednesday 10-8
Thursday 12-5
Saturday 10-3 (10-1 in summer)
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Friends of Norway Library
Fall 2016 Newsletter

The first Saturday of every month is Fine Free Saturday!

Insightful Librarian Blog

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Morning Book Club
Tuesdays at 9:00 am

cover the art of hearing heartbeats

November 8:
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Bring your own coffee or tea.
A breakfast snack will be provided.
This discussion is open to the public- there is no need to pre-register.

Friends of Norway Memorial Library host
Cribbage Afternoons
1:00-3:30 pm

Come to the library on Monday afternoons to socialize and play cribbage.
All skill levels welcome!

This ongoing program is free
and open to the public.

Adult Coloring
First Wednesday of every month
in the back of the library 6:30-7:30 pm

If you want to get started on the latest form of relaxation, tap your creative side, or need a quiet space to do your coloring visit the library on the first Wednesday of every month!
The library will provide coloring pages and pencils, though attendees are welcome to bring their own.

NEW in 2016

January 2016
February 2016
March 2016

The Teen Room has a Facebook Page!

"Norway Library Teen Page"

Amazing Resource:

Check out the UMaine Cooperative Extension's YouTube channel for a bunch of how-to & informational videos. Including topics such as how to prune a lilac bush, how to grow tomatoes, native plants in Maine, home composting bins, how to save on home energy and heating costs during Maine winters, gardening in limited space using container gardens, and many more.

YouTube Channel : for informational videos









Fall and winter Hours are in effect.
On Saturdays the library is open 10:00 am-3:00 pm

The library will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, 2016.
The Library will be closed for a staff development day on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
The library will close on Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 pm and remain closed on Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. The library will reopen on Friday, November 25 at 10:00 am.

Voter FYI:

League of Women Voters Easy-to-Read Election Guide

Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election

Wild Lands:
What They Mean to Us & What We Mean to Them
a book discussion and program series
Thursdays at 6:30 pm

Image of sunlight through trees in the Maine woods

September 29: book discussion
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Park

by Terry Tempest Williams
“The Hour of Land” is William’s collection of essays about our national parks and monuments – their past, present, and future. She chooses 12 different national parks, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, sets down the beauty and wonder of landscape and wildlife unique to each alongside the challenges they face in the 21st century. She asks what these wild places mean to us and how we can be responsible stewards for their continued existence. In the natural histories of these public lands, Williams sees “the parables of change and transition that might offer us maps to help navigate our future.”

October 6:
Nicole Grohoski, first woman through paddler of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will share a homegrown film of her solo trip as well as photographs and stories of her adventures on the trail since that achievement was completed. 

October 20: book discussion
On Wilderness: Voices from Maine
edited by Phyllis Austin, Dean B. Bennett, and Robert Kimber
Wilderness is central to the image of Maine most of us carry in our minds.  In this book, nearly forty writers, poets, artists, and photographers bear witness to the central role it plays in the lives of Maine people.  In Maine, wilderness is important to our understanding of nature, to our sense of who we are in the world, and to our very souls.  At a time when challenges to land use, ownership, and development threaten the rural landscape, these voices are particularly relevant.  In this collection some devote practical thinking to how we might recover and nurture wilderness in the future. 

October 27:
Stephanie Emery
, owner and operator of Adventure Bus, will present a slide show of her travels to America’s National Parks with small groups of traveler’s. Emery now lives in Utah, but she grew up in West Paris, Maine and returns east for visits with family and for the first time this year, to lead trips to Acadia National Park. Some of Stephanie’s national park photography is on exhibit in the library in through October and can be seen whenever the library is open.

November 10: book discussion
Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape by Bill McKibben
McKibben’s book describes a three week walk he took from his present home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks. It is a journey through two very different landscapes divided by Lake Champlain - one side holding more human habitation, the other at the edge of a still great wilderness.  Written in 2005, McKibben gives a brief history of the changing philosophies of the conservation movement.  As he walks the land, he visits with people who have worked to make their homes and livelihood compatible with the landscape.  He feels hopeful at the end of his wandering because he’s discovered … “no place where the essential human skills—cooperation, husbandry, restraint—offer more possibility for competent and graceful inhabitation, for working out the answers that the planet is posing in this age of ecological pinch and social fray."

December 1: book discussion
My Wilderness: East to Katahdin, Adventures in the American Wilderness by William O. Douglas
Not only was Douglas the longest serving Supreme Court Justice, he was a committed environmentalist and he wrote extensively advocating for the preservation and protection of wilderness across the U.S.   His writing in this book is a blend of scientific information, the excitement of the trail, and a philosophical understanding of the intricate patterns of nature. Here are descriptions of eleven primitive areas of our country from Arizona east to Katahdin in Maine. When Douglas writes of a summer blizzard the reader can feel the sting of snow and sleet, or when he observes a wild animal feeding or resting, the reader is at his side observing every nuance of the scene. 

December 8:
The series will conclude with a talk by Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. and the Quimby Family Foundation. St. Clair, son of Roxanne Quimby, worked as a proponent of the preservation of land recently designated as Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by President Barack Obama. 

All programs are open to the public and free of charge. They can be experienced as standalone programs. There is no need to pre-register.
For more information, please call 743-5309.

October is Energy Action Month
Sierra Club’s local Climate Action Teams have organized
“Home Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Roadshows”
where the public can view a display of tips & tricks for energy savings
and public forums. A roadshow exhibition will be
on display at the Norway Memorial Library October 7-22.

An Energy Efficiency Forum will be held
at the Center for Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE)
in The Commons, located at 447 Main Street, Norway

October 20, 6:30-8pm
the public is invited to attend to learn about:

• Efficiency Maine rebate programs 
• Making your home comfortable, healthy and energy efficient
• Oxford Hills residents who have weatherized their homes
• Information about Sierra Club’s Climate Action Teams, (CATs)
project with an invitation to participate locally

Book Quilt Raffle Winner
The winner of the Book Quilt raffle was drawn on August 26.
And the lucky winner is... Pat Shearman! Congratulations, Pat.

Pat Shearman winner of the 2016 Friends of NML Book Quilt Raffle

Thank you to everyone who joined or renewed their membership in the Friends of Norway Memorial Library. Winners of this year's membership prizes were Kelli and Ryan Knapp, Anne and Gary Stuer and Allison and Jeffrey Rosenblatt.
Pictured below are Allison Rosenblatt with a framed print of a painting of Norway Memorial Library by Vito DeVito and Kelli Knapp and her daughter with a Norway Memorial Library Bookbag and a Glass on Glass Mosaic by Sue Moccia. Anne and Gary Stuer won a framed print of the Norway Art Festival's 2009 "Looking Up" poster my Misha Tomic.

Memership Prize winner Allison Rosenblatt Freinds Membership prize winner Kelli Knapp



Set up an appointment with a librarian for a 45 minute one-on-one
to receive training or to discuss any of these topics below!

The Library Catalog (Minerva): Searching - Requesting - Renewing
Using the Internet
Better Google searching
MARVEL: Maine’s Virtual Library
Select a Subject : NoveList : Ancestry Library
Using the Download Library for different devices – Kindle & Amazon accounts, the Nook, and other devices!
Learning Express & the Maine State Library’s Information Commons
Basic Word & other Office Applications: How to create basic documents
Photos: Basic Manipulation - Transferring from camera to computer
Email Accounts: Setting up - Sending attachments - Creating Lists

Other Topics available upon request

For more information or to sign up, visit the Information Desk or contact us at 743-5309 or

Free & open to the public!



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