LIBRARY LAWN SERIES
It's time for our second annual Library Lawn Series, and we are so excited to announce a wonderful addition to our Series. Hearth and Soul wood fired pizza will be available on the Library Lawn from 3:00-7:00 on Mondays, and a portion of their proceeds will be donated to the Library. So get comfortable on the lawn for a relaxed time with various speakers and activities suitable for the whole family. You can enjoy some wonderful pizza that supports your Library, or feel free to bring something of your own.
6/27–The Lobster Coast: The past, present and future of coastal Maine
Colin Woodard shares the backstory of Maine, a harrowing and little understood saga of war and betrayal, of clashing empires and ethnic cleansing, of civil war and colonial occupation by Massachusetts of what had been a separate province. These events shaped Mainers as a people and explain some of the culture’s most impressive virtues and most frustrating faults.
Colin is a State and National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2016. He's also a New York Times bestselling author of six books, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Affairs at Salve Regina University, and a contributing editor at POLITICO.
7/4–Used Book Sale
Our July 4th annual book sale will be happening outside the Library (weather permitting) during the parade. Stop by before, during, or after to score some books at terrific prices! We'll be there from 9:30-11:30.
7/11–Music with Molly Gawler
Molly Gawler brings you a delightful assortment of songs and fiddle tunes rooted in the traditional music of Maine and the Northeast for music that will have the audience relax to a sweet lullaby and then tap their toes to a joyous beat. Molly grew up playing in the Gawler Family Band which continues to play music all around for folks.
7/18–Positive-Impact Living with Dennis Carter
Positive-impact living is a way of life for Dennis Carter, who opened and ran Deer Isle Hostel with Anneli Carter-Sundvquist. Stuart Kestenbaum interviews Dennis about life in his small cabin in the woods where he heats and cooks with wood, grows a whole year’s supply of food, raises chickens, and provides his own building materials, garden amendments, and energy. In the summers Dennis runs the only hostel on the Maine coast, providing budget accommodation and positive-impact living education for hundreds of travelers each year.
7/25–Hands-On Marine Life with Martha Bell
Martha Bell, Island Heritage Trust's Environmental Educator, provides an up-close look at live crabs, snails, sea stars and urchins. With a love for sharing the natural world with children, Martha has worked in Environmental Education for over 35 years. The presentation will be highly interactive, fun and informative for all ages!
8/1–Drinkable Healing Herbal Infusions with Brighid Doherty
Brighid Doherty discusses her new book, Drinkable Healing Herbal Infusions with Stuart Kestenbaum. Brighid has worked with medicinal plants in a variety of ways: as a student and a teacher; a gardener and a forager; a medicine maker and health consultant. She received a BA focused in Organic Agriculture and Herbal Medicine from Evergreen State College. Brighid will have samples of herbal infusions and copies of her book will be available for sale.
8/8–The Misty Mountain Singers
Come enjoy an evening of enlivening, healing singing brought to you by members of Misty Mountain Singers. They are an intergenerational, all-comers chorus based in Blue Hill that come together in harmony as a pathway towards weaving community, celebrating beauty, finding strength for healing, and uniting in joy. You will likely feel uplifted and inspired and, who knows, you may even find you want to join in!
8/15–Writing and Illustrating: A Partnership
Nature writer Kimberley Ridley and visual artist Rebekah Raye were friends before a publisher suggested they work together. Their shared passion for the natural world is evident in their books. They partnered on the multi-award winning books The Secret Pool, and The Secret Bay and are currently at work on their third book. Stuart Kestenbaum interviews them on their process and their friendship.
8/22–Children’s Herbal Scavenger Hunt
Brighid Doherty, author of Drinkable Healing Herbal Infusions, will teach children to identify and find common lawn herbs that grow all around us. Children (and parents) will practice looking for leaf shapes of these herbs hidden in the library lawn. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult.
8/29–Church of the Morning After Band*
Enjoy the music of your neighbors in the final Library Lawn Series event. The Church of the Morning After got its start with the late Stevie Robbins and continues his tradition of bringing musical joy to both those who play and those who listen. It’s more of a jam session than a concert, and you never know exactly who will be there or what they will play, but that just makes it more fun! *This event will run from 5:00-7:00.