Democracy Cafe

Tuesday, 11/7
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Americans across the political spectrum are increasingly alarmed that the ‘system’ is ‘rigged — that it no longer resembles the constitutional republic our Founders and Framers had in mind. ‘The people,’ by and large, fret that the system is rigged in a way that keeps them from fully participating in the civic sphere in a way that allows their voices to be heeded, heard, and incorporated.

So how can we ‘unrig’ our system to get more done, to open up the conversations, and to re-engage with our government?

Enter Democracy Cafe.

Join us to be part of the conversation hosted by Socrates Café and Democracy Café founder Christopher Phillips.

About Our Presenter
Christopher Phillips has a passion for inquiry — and of a sort that transforms the way we relate to one another, to ourselves, and our world. An acclaimed, bestselling author, noted scholar and specialist in the Socratic Method, he reminds us that we ought to ask questions – “not about any chance question,” as Socrates put it in Plato’s Republic, “but about the way one should live.” He encourages us to roll up our mental sleeves, turn on our childlike questioning lenses, and become our own best thinkers, askers, doers. In a nutshell, Christopher helps people discover their unique stores of wisdom and talents so they can make the most of their mortal moment, and achieve what the Greeks of old called arête, all-around excellence.

This talk is sponsored by the TML Foundation.

Garden Club Workshop: Paperwhites!

Paperwhites require little more than to be potted and watered to produce clusters of fragrant blooms to cheer up your winter household. In this workshop, hosted by The Cape Elizabeth Garden Club, we’ll show you how to grow these gorgeous bloomers with nothing more than water and stones or pebbles.
Please bring a watertight container with sides about three to four inches high to contain the bulbs. Rock chips and bulbs will be provided.
The workshop starts at 6:30. Please join us for coffee and snacks beginning at 6 p.m.
This event is open to the public. You don’t have to be a member of the Garden Club to attend!

Film Screening: The Home Road

Tuesday, 11/14
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Do you remember the first time you left home?

In this touching film, local documentarian Tonya Shevenell tells the story of how her father, Ray, at age 74, decided to walk the pioneering path of his great, great grandfather, 19-year old Isreal Shevenell. In 1845, Isreal Shevenell needed work and walking from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford, Maine was the choice he made.

In this mix of family memoir and local history, Tonya crafts a tale that reminds us we can do amazing things when we set our minds to it.

Travel “home” with Tonya and Ray at this film screening, then join us for questions and conversation. 

What was your story when you first left home? 

Click here to see the film trailer.

Click here to learn more about The Home Road.

Click here to learn more from documentarian Tonya Shevenell.

The Threat and Consequences of Climate Change to World Order

Tuesday, 12/12
6:30-7:30 PM

Climate Change or “Global Warming” has enormous implications for the future of humanity and the earth itself. The threat of climate change will have an impact on many aspects of our daily lives and those of future generations. We will see more and bigger storms, floods, higher sea levels, melting ice caps and glaciers, and the disappearance of many species of plants, animals, and insects. In the near future, we can expect the impact of climate change to affect human behavior more and more negatively, resulting in security threats to our country from within and from outside as other parts of the world become destabilized by the effects of climate change. Many of the present day conflicts have climate change at their core. These include the droughts in Syria and Iraq and food insecurity in the region of Nigeria, Chad, and Niger that have produced Boko Haram.  

This presentation is an overview of some of these threats. Andrew will also attempt to look into the near future to underscore potential threats and some of the unintended consequences of what humanity has helped to bring about.

What actions can we take today to help? We hope you’ll join the discussion around this vitally important topic.

Click HERE to learn more about our presenter.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Cooperative Borrowing with Other Libraries!

Library cards from South Portland, Gorham, Westbrook, Scarborough, and Cape ElizabethWe are pleased to announce that, in addition to our existing cooperative arrangement with South Portland Public Library, you may now use your TML card at three other libraries close by: Scarborough Public LibraryWalker Memorial Library in Westbrook, and Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham! 


  • Will I need to get a new card at each library?
    No, your home library (TML) card will work everywhere.
  • I forgot my library card; can I still checkout?
    You will need to bring your home library (TML) card when visiting other libraries.  A photo ID may not be accepted when visiting other libraries.
  • May I return items borrowed from one library to another?
    If possible, return items to the library you borrowed them from. If you can’t, we’ll send them back.
  • Will I be charged late fees?
    Late fees are charged based on your home library’s rules (TML doesn’t charge fees). Please be respectful of other libraries’ materials and return them on time.
  • Can I place a request while at another library?
    No; this arrangement only covers materials on the shelf. Any ILL requests or holds should be made at your home library or online.