Maine’s Spiders, with Donne Sinderson

Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Female Jumping Spider

Donne Sinderson, a Maine Master Naturalist, will discuss the fascinating world of one of the most misunderstood family of creatures: the spiders. Did you know that spider silk has different strengths depending on the purpose it serves, or that some spiders can change their color from yellow to white with purple spots and back again?  Come learn about Maine’s many species of benign, beneficial, and often beautiful, spiders.

This presentation is part of our Maine Wildlife Series.

Families Discover Great Artists: For Families with Kids Ages 4+

Saturday, February 3, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Families with children ages 4 and up (older children and teens welcome!) are invited to join Kiah on the first Saturday of each month for a hands-on family program exploring the ways great artists create their work. Learn about a famous artist, and work on art projects based on that artist’s distinctive style. No registration necessary!
This month: Discover the Work of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo self-portrait

Musical Story Hour with Jud Caswell on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Jud Caswell musician
Jud Caswell returns for a monthly Musical Story Hour on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m. Families with children ages 3 – 5 are invited to play musical games, sing songs, and listen to Jud read favorite stories along with his own musical accompaniment. Jud will join us on the second Thursday of every month. No registration necessary! 

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!

Warm Winter Camping

Saturday, February 10
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Does this phrase seem like a paradox to you?

If so, come find out why the words “warm” and “winter” aren’t mutually exclusive! Join veteran winter campers Tony Owens and Chris Bond as they share tales from their many years of winter trips from the Allagash to the Penobscot, using traditional equipment, wooden snowshoes, toboggans, cotton tents, and wood stoves. They will share tips on equipment, safety, and trip planning.

Bring a sandwich and enjoy your lunch outside with a cup of cider hot from the stove in the tent which will be set up in front of the library. We will then go inside to listen to Tony and Chris describe what makes winter camping so much fun. 

No registration necessary!

FYI: Tony will be leading a snowshoe outing in Robinson Woods through CELT following this event. CLICK HERE to register to snow shoe with the Cape Community Services and CELT.

Book Launch: The Old Mainer and the Sea

The Old Mainer and the Sea, by Jean FlahiveThursday, 10/26
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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.

Learn more about the author and illustrator by clicking here!