150 Years Ago

Journal of H. M. HowardAbout 35 years ago, Janet Heslam bought from an antique shop in Brooks four daily journals from October 1864 to October 1871.  It turns out they were written by a man in Montville who farmed, but he also supervised the one room school houses. At the end of the first journal, she found the signature of H. M. Howard. The other journals are not signed. Janet determined the journalist was 27, in 1865, and his daughter Eva died in 1864. Janet decided to transcribe these journals to share in her weekly letters to her grandchildren. She offered to share these transcriptions so they could be posted on the Library webpage for everyone to read. Usually, there will be one a month. Since we missed October, October 1864 and November 1864 will be posted this month. It will be interesting as we go through the year to compare the daily happenings of a man 150 years ago to the present day.   We hope you enjoy!

Note: Spelling, punctuation, etc. are that of the journalist and was not changed in most cases.

Food Pantry Donations

CornucopiaThis November and December, we will be once again collecting money and food donations for the local Food Pantries. Look for cans for money donations at various locations around town. There will be a bin for food donations at the post office and at the library. Suggested food items are cereal, pasta, dried beans, canned tuna, and spaghetti sauce. The donations will be divided among the Liberty Baptist Church, AmVets, and New Life Church in South Montville Food Pantries. They will be given around Thanksgiving and again around Christmas time. Please be generous to our neighbors in need.

International Artwork

Happy HensTake a tour of art from around the world at the Library this month. It's an ecclectic collection of paintings and folk art from India, China, Mongolia, Canada, and more, such as these Happy Hens from Dunedin, New Zealand. These hand painted ceramic hens are based on the traditional poultry breeds once kept by pioneer women. These hens can be found all over New Zealand ... and in Liberty, Maine. Their appeal is universal and their magic provokes good humor.

Discovery Kits

Geocaching Discovery KitBrochure.pdf

Discover the world around you! The library has 9 Discovery Kits for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and independent learners in the community to borrow and share with family and friends. Each kit contains a unique collection of multi-media materials including books, DVDs, games, and models chosen to appeal to a variety of learning styles and ages, such as the Geocaching Kit pictured above which contains an eTrex 10 Garmin GPS, inflatable globe, 2 books, maps, and more. See the brochure for the other kits and their contents. The  Library received a Community Building Grant form the Maine Community Foundation to provide hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and  Mathematics) education for children and their parents.

Mittens & Hats for Kids

knitted mittens The basket for hats and mittens for kids at the library has been filled several times. They are being given to Waldo Cap and Walker School for distribution. If you are a knitter, please help fill the basket once again with hand knit items. Small and very small (for one and two-year olds) sized mittens and small hats are what is needed at this point.

If you need a pattern, there are directions for 2-needle mittens in three different sizes and a simple hat pattern at the library. There is still some yarn left, too. A simple pattern for hats can be found here.


Story Time

Story Time logoThursdays at 10:30
Share the enjoyment of books and reading at preschool Story Time. It is a fun and safe environment for children and parent or caregiver to share time together at the library and to make new friends. There will be stories, songs, games, crafts, and a snack. See the Fall Flyer for dates and themes.

Disc Cleaning

disc imageWe have a disc cleaning machine to clean the library's DVDs and CDs. If you have personal DVDs, CDs, or game discs that need a buffing, bring them to the library and Jen will clean them for you. We ask for you to pay $2.00 per disc to help cover the cost for the cleaning solutions required. Jen is at the library on Wednesday and Friday afternoons or you can leave them at the library for her to clean. Please leave $2.00, your name and contact information with the disc. We will do our best to improve your discs, but we will not be responsible if the enhancement does not fix the problem or for any damage to the disc.


The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree

Celebrate fall and the with a StoryWalk on the Haystack Mountain Trail featuring children’s book The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree by Robb N. Johnston. Walk along a one-mile trail and read this beautifully illustrated story about an unlikely friendship between a woodcutter and a tree come alive. Views from the top of Haystack Mountain are sure to be lovely during the peak of fall color!

A StoryWalk features popular children’s books mounted on sign posts along local public access trails. This event combines love of outdoors, physical activity, family togetherness and literacy development. The signs and story will remain up through the November; the seventeen elegant wooden sign posts were locally crafted by Jim Macdonald. For more information see the SWLA (Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance) website.

The Haystack Mountain Trail is one mile and climbs 830 feet above sea level. The trailhead begins behind the Walker School Ball Field. The loop trail takes you to beautiful views surrounded by blueberry barrens at the top.

The StoryWalk is made possible with generous funding from RSU #3 and sponsored by the Sheepscott Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA).

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