Maine Author Jeffrey Ryan and the Appalachian Trail

Thursday, 12/14
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Maine Author Jeffrey Ryan took 28 years to hike the Appalachian Trail. He kept meticulous notes and shot wonderful film, then digital shots of his journey. Please join us on December 14th to hear behind-the-scenes stories of Jeff’s humorous and eventful tale from his highly acclaimed first book: Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail.

Jeff will also talk about his newly released 2nd book: Blazing Ahead; Benton Mackaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail. Jeff traveled the country researching the unlikely partnership and rivalry between two men who dreamed of, and then created the AT – an undisputed national treasure. 

Copies of Appalachian Odyssey and Blazing Ahead will be available for purchase and the author would be delighted to sign copies.

Click here and scroll down to learn more about Jeff!

Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other

Saturday, 12/9
2:00-3:00 PM
Craig Grossi and Fred

In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog “with a big goofy head and little legs” who didn’t seem vicious or run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered—against military regulations—the dog began to follow him. “Looks like you made a friend,” another Marine yelled. Grossi heard, “Looks like a ‘Fred.'” The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.

Fred not only stole Craig’s heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag—risking jail and Fred’s life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig’s family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the U.S., it was Fred’s turn to save the wounded Marine from Post-Traumatic Stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—”it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it”–Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.

Meet Craig and Fred at this special event!
Both the adult and young reader’s editions of their book will be available for sale and signing!

Squirrel Tales in Maine

Thursday, 12/7
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating world of one of the most ubiquitous–and surprisingly mysterious, wildlife species in Maine, the Gray Squirrel. Noah Perlut, professor of biology at the University of New England, heads up Project Squirrel, a student-staffed research program (The Squirrelologists!) conducted on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. Perlut will discuss the project’s findings, and help us appreciate this fascinating denizen of Maine’s backyards, woods, and cities.

Life with Crows & Ravens: An Afternoon with Bernd Heinrich

Saturday, 12/2
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Bernd Heinrich, biologist and author of numerous books on the natural world, joins us on Saturday, 12/2, for a special weekend event. Bernd will discuss his new discoveries working with crows and ravens. His presentation will be followed by a meet and greet, and book signing.

Many of Bernd’s books will be available for sale, including his newest one, co-authored with Nathaniel Wheelwright, The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You. (This book would make a wonderful holiday gift!) For complete details, please click here!

The Atlantic Puffin, with Sue Schubel

January 4
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Atlantic Puffins“Seabird Sue” Schubel is the Outreach Educator for Audubon’s Project Puffin. She has been researching puffins and other seabirds since 1984 in Maine, California and the Galapagos.

We are excited to have Seabird Sue with us to share her expertise and insights about Maine’s puffin population. Click here and scroll down to learn more about Sue.

Democracy Café

Tuesday, January 9
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Thomas Memorial Library Democracy Café opens on January 9th! Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month as we take a deep dive into what a democracy is and how we can make our democracy better. The group will choose a topic to focus on each month plus we’ll bring in a few guest speakers.

Come prepared to talk – and to listen.

In January, our invited guest is Mark Eves, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, and one of many candidates for Governor in 2018. This is not a campaign event! Mark is joining us to help lead the discussion about what we, as citizens, can do to help promote a stronger democracy here in Maine.

Please join us to share, learn, and connect to help make our world a better place.