April is National Poetry Month

It promises to be a rainy week so thought it appropriate to post this poem by Maine's native son, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Rainy DayHenry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Gardening in Tune with Nature

The New England Gardener's YearSat., May 10, 1:00 @ the Liberty Library

Reeser Manley, one of the author's of The New England Gardener's Year along with Marjorie Peronto, will do a presentation a focused on the major themes of the book, including their philosophy that the garden should be viewed as an ecosystem in which native plants predominate and all forms of life contribute to the gradener's success. He will also present the practical aspects of gardening that are covered in the book, including pruning, composting, and cover cropping. The presentation will be followed by a book-signing event for those interested in purchasing a signed copy of the book. Cosponsored by the Liberty Gardeners. Refreshments will be served.

Reeser Manley has gardened in South Carolina, Washington state (while earning a

Frogs of Maine

It was standing room only at the Frogs of Maine program Friday night. Naturalist Cloe Chunn taught how to identify, by appearance and sound, the 8 frogs and 1 toad that live Maine:

  1. Gray Treefrogfrog
  2. Spring Peeper
  3. American Bullfrog
  4. Green Frog
  5. Mink Frog
  6. Wood Frog
  7. Northern Leopard Frog
  8. Pickerel Frog
  9. American Toad

You can practice their identification at the website USGS Frog Quiz. If you are interested in learning how to become a frog monitor, there will be a FrogWatch USA training at the library on Saturday, May 31, 8:30 am-12:00 pm. Registration is required. If you did not sign up at the program, you can email us at the Contact Us form on left or sign-up at the library.

Cloe Chunn will be doing a different workshop, Discover Your Naturalist, at the

MVMS Art Show

MVMS artworkThe artwork of twenty-two Mount View Middle School students will be on display until May 4th. The work represents all three middle school grades as well as students from all corners of the district. There are pencil drawings, tempera paintings, and sculptures on display. Stop in and take a look at the wonderful work that the students have created.

2014 Maine Readers' Choice Award

Maine Readers' Choice AwardThe following titles have been selected for the 2014 Shortlist for the Maine Reader’s Choice Award:

  1. Benediction bKent Haruf
  2. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  5. The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
  6. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  7. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
  8. The Tenth of December by George Saunders
  9. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
  10. Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

The Finalists will be announced this summer.

The Maine Readers' Choice Award recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year. This year’s books were submitted by librarians and booksellers across Maine. Readers can vote online at the award’s website and at public libraries and bookstores throughout the state. The winner will be announced in October.

Story Time

Story TimeStory Time - Thursdays at 10:30
Preschool Story Time helps build a foundation for a lifelong love of books and reading. It is a fun atmosphere and safe environment for parent or caregiver and child to share time together at the library and to make new friends.

Please see the new spring  Story Time  brochure for weekly theme and more information.

Postcards From Liberty

Click the above link if you would like to see the photos online.

Disc Cleaning

disc imageWe have purchased 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 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.

Maine Shared Collection

Maine Shared CollectionsThe Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS) brings together eight of Maine’s largest libraries, plus the state’s consortium, Maine InfoNet, in an effort to create a strategy for the shared management of print collections in the state.

When searching at MaineCat (the Statewide Catalog combines and links library collections across the state), you might see a screen that looks like this: http://mainecat.maine.edu/record=b11956901~S0. This is an indication of e-book and print-on-demand records available.

These records link to electronic copies of public domain titles made available by HathiTrust and Google Books. The records are part of Maine Shared Collection Strategy's (MSCS) efforts to provide Electronic-On-Demand and Print-On-Demand

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