From Mice to Moose, Get to Know the Mammals of Maine!

Thursday, October 11
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

MAINE WILDLIFE SERIES

The Chewonki Foundation joins us in October with an interactive program that will introduce attendees to a mix of mounted animals. We’ll study those to compare teeth, feet, and fur to get a better understanding of how our animal neighbors adapt to their habitat. And we’ll learn about what role each animal plays in the food chain.

We’ll be joined by a surprise guest: a non-releasable wild mammal! What furry critter will we meet?

The Mysterious Music of the 12-String Kora

Saturday, October 13
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Musician Sean Gaskell joins us in October to perform traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African Kora.  The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.  All-ages are welcome!

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The Benefits of Eco-friendly Fall Gardening Practices

Tuesday, October 16
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What does putting your garden to bed mean to you? What practices do you employ? Are they eco-friendly?

An “eco-friendly” garden or landscape is about working with nature, not against it. How and what you do in the fall to put your garden to bed impacts the health of your gardens and landscape in the following growing season. Doing a big fall clean up may not be as necessary as you once thought. You can actually do less in your yard and let nature work for you. Amy Witt will provide eco-friendly fall gardening tips and ideas that will benefit your gardens, sustain pollinators, beneficial insects, and other critters through the colder months and help get your gardens ready for the next growing season.

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Writers’ Accountability Group – October

Wednesday, October 17
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
TML’s Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00-noon.
 
From future writers who haven’t found the time to get going, to published authors looking for inspiration for their next book, to poets ready to share their insights, we’re here to support you in a relaxed, safe setting. 
 
All levels of expertise and genres are welcome as we:
 
  • Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing. 
  • Share snippets of our work in a creative, supportive group setting.
  • Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as we are.
  • Give ourselves a deadline each month to show up with our latest work.
  • Have fun!

We hope you’ll join us to help get your WAG going!

How to Get Your Poetry Published

Wednesday, October 17
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Alice Persons is published poet – and a publisher of poetry. We hope you’ll join us to hear her story – how sometimes when you want to get something done (i.e. get your poems published), you just have to do it yourself!

Alice will read from her poetry, and will host a discussion to answer your questions about ways to get your poetry published.

More about our presenter
Alice Persons enjoys being editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press, established in 2003. The catalog is up to 102 books as of 2018 and includes poetry by poets from all over the country. Her first full length poetry collection was Thank Your Lucky Stars, published in 2011; her second collection was Fancy Meeting You Here, published in 2015. Eight of her poems were read on MPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Alice moved to Maine in 1983. She lives in Westbrook, Maine with two cats and a dog, all rescues. Alice volunteers for the nonprofit Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, New England’s largest horse rescue, based in Windham, Maine, and serves on the Westbrook library board. She also teaches part time at the University of Southern Maine. Alice loves walking her dog, holidays, travel, baking, and Maine in all seasons.