As in person indoor programs slowly resume,
Volunteers always needed to assist with a variety of programs and projects. Donations of time, money, supplies, always welcome. We encourage new ideas and suggestions. Please contact us for more details.
Friday Morning Coffee Cafe' Host
Social Medial / IT/ Webpage Assistance
Community Garden: Gardening / Local Food Pantry Support
Book Donation Organization
Annual 4th of July Book Sale - Set Up / During / Breakdown
Community Events: Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, Christmas
Host a Story-time or other activity for children
Community Outreach / Book Delivery to shut-ins
Assist/Develop a new Program or Fundraising Event
Assist with Grant Writing
Become a Trustee
Building/ Grounds Maintenance
If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist.
Help patrons check books in and out.
Help answer questions and describe the other various library services we offer.
Every 4th of July we have a big, on-site BOOK SALE. Volunteers needed to organize before, during, and after. Sale repeats over the summer every Monday from 2-5pm in the Wilkins House basement.
Volunteers always needed at our annual Community Events: 4th of July festivities, Summer FUN'd Raiser, Easter Egg-Hunt, Halloween Trunk or Treat, and Waterford Community Christmas.
Each year fresh vegetables are grown behind the library in raised beds. Volunteers are always needed to help prep, plant, weed, harvest, or deliver food and donations to two local food pantries.
Every Friday morning during the warmer months, devoted volunteers host this popular social event with Coffee and yummy snacks. Join us on Zoom during winter. Meet your neighbors and make new friends!
Anything you can do to help is appreciated.
We are always open to new ideas.
Would you like to read to children?
Do you have a special story to share?
Over the winter, heavy beds of mulch were laid over all the grounds destined to be pollinating gardens, while a carload of bulbs wintered up in the greenhouses at Beech Hill Bison Ranch. Soon they will be united. This year we plan to grow herbs and vegetables specifically requested by the Food Banks in the backyard gardens.
Another summer of variable weather conditions yielded a great crop of 17 pounds of garlic. Covid challenges continue. We would very much appreciate some younger volunteers for next summer. Otherwise, thanks to Al's Goats, great strides were made in eliminating our widespread poison ivy problem and other invasive species. Library Trustees are busily converting the grounds into pollinating gardens. This should help with future vegetable production.
During the first wave of Covid, the Library donated all the funds designated for the annual Easter activities to both local Food Banks. Throughout the summer, brave efforts continued in the garden. The extremely hot and dry weather made growing vegetables a challenge, but volunteers did the best they could.
The Waterford Library Community Garden finished up the season with cucumber plants, winter squash, herbs and tomatoes in the beds. A total of 53 pounds of beans and 25 pounds of cucumbers and summer squash were delivered to the food pantries by Carol Rothenberg. Most produce went to Harrison, as Sweden is bi- weekly and our vegetables needed to go quickly. Thanks to Sandy Swett, the Harrison Food Bank has greatly expanded over the past year. We are grateful for this excellent local resource. Many thanks also to Linda Bradley for her leadership at the Sweden Food Pantry.
Due to lack of rain, and hungry tiny visitors, 2018 was a lean year. No amount of watering could compensate for scorching temperatures. The small harvest was discouraging, but lessons were learned. We are optimistic about production for 2019.
WATERFORD LIBRARY EXTENDS COMMUNITY GARDEN WITH DO IT YOURSELF GARDEN KITS
The Waterford Library Community Garden did spectacularly well last year harvesting 278 pounds of produce from two backyard raised beds and even more from the squash mounds.
The Sweden Food Pantry told us produce went out as fast as it came in. People really appreciated all those fresh vegetables. With that in mind, Geraldine O’Donnell, President of the Library Trustees, pursued the idea of assembling garden kits to go. The Maine Community Foundation agreed and funded the project with nearly $2000!
The grant paid for wooden kits purchased from Red Mill Lumber in Casco. Bags of organic soil were also provided through the grant. Veggie and herb seedlings were also donated by Jane Trail, Kimball’s Greenhouse, and from Geraldine’s own garden. Due to an overwhelming response, a special drawing was held for for the garden kits. Dan Drew, a local contractor, Jane Traill, Bob Spencer, and Geri delivered kits to all those selected.
HARRISON / WATERFORD FOOD BANK
OPEN: 1:30 pm -6:30 pm every Tuesday
Harrison VFW HALL Rte. 35/ 176 Waterford Road Harrison, ME 04040 207-890-9742 firstname.lastname@example.org
SWEDEN FOOD PANTRY
OPEN: 11 am-1 pm 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sweden Community Church Rte.93 /137 Bridgton Rd. Sweden, ME 04040