Artist Reception: Deborah Dawson – When They Leave

Thursday, October 3
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Deb Dawson’s photo exhibit, When They Leave; Photographs from the quiet season on Cushing’s Island, will be on display through the end of October. The Thomas Memorial Library Foundation is holding a reception for Deb on Thursday, 10/3. We hope you’ll join us then to enjoy a bite of food and view Deb’s unique art. 

“Cushing’s Island is a small island in Casco Bay, Maine. There are several cottages on the island that have been passed down from one generation to the next. They are now shared and enjoyed by extended families and renters that return each summer. After the summer residents leave for the long winter, the cottages have their own quiet story to tell of the families and their care for this treasured place. Some cottages appear to be in a prolonged state of disrepair, yet show no sign of disregard. Through photographs, I explore cottages as the residents left them for the winter. Family photos, musical instruments, books and other ephemera show what makes the island experience special in the well-worn spaces left behind.”




If you’re interested in chatting with Deb, here is her contact information:


email: contact @debdawson

phone: 207-841-1278

Address: 15 Sunrise Drive, Cape Elizabeth, ME   04107

A Fatal Obsession

Thursday, October 3
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We hope you’ll join us for a chat with best-selling author James Haymen. A native New Yorker, James Hayman worked in advertising for over 30 years before moving to Portland, Maine to continue his writing career. His first thriller, The Cutting, features Portland detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage. Five more McCabe/Savage thrillers followed landing Hayman on the NY Times, WSJ and USA Today best seller lists. His latest, A Fatal Obsession, is now available in hardcopy and e-book form.

This promises to be a fun evening of storytelling and discussion.

Chair Yoga

Monday, October 7
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

No prior experience is needed for this experience of gentle, mindful movement and deep breathing to calm the nervous system and focus the mind. You’ll stretch and move while sitting in your chair with a handful of standing and balancing postures accessible to all. We’ll finish with a guided body scan that invites you to relax into the present moment, that place where true power lies.

Yoga offers many benefits, including lower blood pressure, greater strength and flexibility, improved balance, and a calmer mind. You’ll learn why yoga is more than the physical postures you see in pictures and commercials, and how you can incorporate it into your life in a way that works for you. Chair yoga can be practiced at any age.

No prior experience, mats, or towels are needed. Just wear comfortable clothing, sneakers or flat shoes, and bring water to drink. 

When you tap into this ancient practice you’ll learn many ways to find a more peaceful, powerful you.

Learn more about our instructor
Martha Williams works with individuals and groups seeking optimal health and wellbeing. She draws on her training as a therapist and social worker, certified yoga teacher, and a trained shamanic practitioner. She offers a unique blend of services supporting individuals in the transformation of their life into one of optimal health and thriving in all areas. Through her yoga classes she invites deep connection to body, self and Spirit with gentle yoga and movement guided from within. She received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from the Yoga Spirit School of Yoga, studied core shamanic practices extensively with Dory Cote, and traveled to Peru and sat in ceremony with Q’ero Shamans, Alberto Villoldo, and the Four Winds Society. Martha worked for more than nine years at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and experienced a wide range of thought-leaders and transformational teachers. Her classes resonate with people seeking greater flexibility, improved balance, and a healthy break from a busy, full life.

Democracy Cafe

Tuesday, October 8
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Democracy Cafe meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to talk about all-things-Democracy. This month we’ll focus on the Supreme Court. What is the role of the court in a balanced democracy?

We hope you’ll join us this month for another great discussion with this thoughtful, welcoming group. All are welcome.

Maine Wildlife Series: Coyote ~ America’s Songdog

Thursday, October 10
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Photo by Jan Myers

Please join us with Conservation Biologist Geri Vistein to learn more about who this important and resilient carnivore is. This talk will center on “Perceptions and Relationships”… Coyote and Native Americans and European Americans, Coyote’s relationship with other wildlife and the ecosystem, and Coyote and us…how do we share our lives with Coyote.

This presentation gives our community members a chance to come together and share your own stories, ask questions, and share a dialogue that helps us understand better our very deep rooted relationships with all life, including our fellow humans.

Come hear the Song Dogs Sing!

To learn more about Coyotes, go to Geri Vistein’s educational website ~





Words of praise for our Presenter
“Geri Vistein’s presentation was one of the best we’ve had here at the library. Geri’s energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of her subject kept the audience enthralled. Best of all, the presentation had a truly transformative effect on the people who attended, including myself. Even those who already had an appreciation for Coyotes, left with a new awareness of these remarkable creatures.”
 ~ Rachel Davis, Assistant Director, Thomas Memorial Library