Join author Jean Flahive, illustrator Mari Dieumegard, and Islandport Press, as we celebrate the launch of their new children’s picture book, The Old Mainer and the Sea. The book tells the story of an elderly fisherman named Eben who finds himself in an unlikely tug-of-war with a porpoise. When Eben puts himself at risk of being lost at sea, hope arrives in the most unexpected form.
Please join us for book sales, a signing, and refreshments.
Kids in grades 5 – 8 can become part of this year’s Animal Advocates Club, offered in partnership with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP.) The club meets once a month after school with Felicia Mazzone from ARLGP for hands-on fun and learning through service projects, plus a different live animal friend from the shelter each month. FMI and registration information, please click here!
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!
Many of the engineering challenges facing humans today are similar to difficulties that exist in the natural world.
Join us as we explore the ways engineers have taken advantage of nature’s bright ideas through biomimicry–and meet somelive animals that help us draw comparisons between human-made products and animal adaptations!
Thursday, August 17 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Note: The library will be closed all day on August 17 so that staff may attend the Town’s Annual Staff Development Day. We will open at 6:00 p.m. for this special program only!
We have a variety of events related to the eclipse coming up. Please click here for complete details! (Please note, our eclipse glasses are gone, except for those we have in reserve for those we will distribute at upcoming events. If you already received some of our glasses and plan to come to our Eclipse Party, please bring them with you so we can make sure we have enough for others.)