UPCOMING LIVE ZOOM EVENTS
TUESDAY JANUARY 12th 6:30 pm -
Sweden Maine author Rowland Creitz
"To Touch the Earth Again"
Only weeks out of medical school, Dr. Philip Springer sees disaster coming…but the wrong kind. He is forced to substitute for the only doctor in Possum Run, TN, a tiny isolated coal town in the rugged Appalachian mountains. To the doctor’s surprise, Possum Run defies many mining stereotypes. It is peaceful and harmonious and—despite the Depression—offers full employment. But trouble is brewing in paradise. A politically-connected miner is endangering the mine, and the huge slag dam high above the town is leaking badly. Even under the guidance of his faithful nurse, Philip learns to be a doctor and part of the town. Then one day, he and Possum Run face a danger far beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
New Jersey born, Rowland Creitz was a primary school teacher in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and an educational consultant for many years before becoming a full-time writer. He now lives in Stow, Maine and To Touch the Earth Again is his first novel.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2nd 6:30 pm
Maine author Deb Gould -
"Eastern 1 and 2"
Deborah Gould grew up in Portland and Brunswick, Maine. After college in New Hampshire, she moved to Boston and worked for a major publishing firm, but soon came to her senses—left the city and moved back to Maine. Her fiction tends to rise from her fascination with social history and the ordinary experiences and truths we share with those who have lived before us. Her work appeared in an anthology of women writers, Words on Wednesday Night. A new edition of her first novel, Household (2011) is due out shortly from Maine Authors Publishing. The first book in her acclaimed Eastern series (The Early Years) was published in 2015; and the second (Later On) in 2018.
In 2013 she was a Maine Literary Award short fiction finalist, then won that award in 2014. Her novel The Eastern: The Early Years was a 2016 Maine Literary Award finalist. Gould is a three-season resident of Brunswick; she summers on Flying Pond in Mount Vernon.
TUESDAY MARCH 2nd 6:30 pm
Maine favorite Bruce Robert Coffin
and Waterford author Judith Green discuss
'What makes a Good Mystery?'
CHRISTMAS IN WATERFORD
This year, 2020, has been like no other. Everyone of us has experienced unprecedented challenges. Never before have we been so isolated or divided, yet never before have we come together with such resilience and grace. So many losses, so much sorrow, so many changes, yet through it all, I am so immensely awed and humbled by the kindness and generosity of this small community we all are fortunate to call home.
This year, so much of what we all took for granted, vanished. Life as we knew it was Cancelled. But people found new ways to connect, stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and support each other. All our usual library programs reemerged online through the new medium of ZOOM. Many thanks to all the Maine authors who joined us remotely throughout the year! And, although all our annual public family and fundraising events could not be held, we instead gave back by donating to both local food banks, the Harrison-Waterford PTO, and Waterford Santa. And miracle of miracles, who knew that being closed during a pandemic, allowed for a new ADA accessible doorway, ramp, parking spots, paved walkway, and paved driveway to be installed.
For many years, Waterford Santa has been providing toys and gifts to the most needy families with children aged pre-k to 6th grade. A Facebook page let folks donate money or sign up to buy items. This year, with our annual Christmas festivities cancelled, the library instead joined with Waterford Santa to select books to match each child's specific reading level and interests. Then, everything was dropped at the town hall for distribution. The Library Board felt these strategies would most help our littlest children.
So although we are not celebrating together in public, you are always in our thoughts., We hope you can join us virtually during our weekly Friday 10am Coffee Cafe, or at the monthly author and book club events. Or, you can still drop in to pick up a book any Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm.
So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season's Greetings, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.
PREVIOUS LIVE ZOOM EVENTS
TUESDAY DECEMBER 8th at 6:30-8pm
Waterford author Sue Kolm's 4th book in the
Country Home series - "It Happened At Walnut Ridge."
Written for slightly older readers, this yet family friendly book follows Ted, May, and Andy, as Mike leaves for Kentucky while Micky begins university at Tufts. Brody still works at the hotel while attending culinary school, and Andy can't wait to graduate. Amid these life-changing events, horses are rescued and strangers with unknown purposes come into their lives. Filled with mystery and unexpected twists, you'll enjoy this story.
Born in NJ, Sue Kolm attended college in TX, then became a middle school teacher, followed by various careers in Retail, Human Resources, and Insurance. She spent summers at a non-working family-owned farm in Massachusetts. This farm inspired all her novels: The Perilous Summer, A Country Sanctuary, Brody’s Home, and now, It Happened at Walnut Ridge. All take place around a core of central characters plus horses and dogs.
Now retired and living Maine, she is self-described as being ADD, ascribing to a broad variety of activities including gardening, reading, crocheting, genealogy, kayaking, sewing, canning, travel, baking, and cooking. She is currently considering plots for her fifth novel.
Tuesday November 17th at 6:30-8pm
Laurie A. Chandler -"Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine's New National Monument"
Maine's Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument was two years young when Chandler embarked on a unique journey. After trekking its panoramic peaks on the Appalachian Trail, she traded in her hiking boots for a solo canoe. Taking the long way round, she followed age-old waterways into the upper watershed of the Penobscot River’s East Branch, then descended its wild waters and quiet byways, through the heart of the monument. This is a story highlighting the region’s rich history and wonders.
When life took a dramatic turn, it was a moment of awakening for Laurie Apgar Chandler. At age 53, she became the first woman to solo thru-paddle the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a story chronicled in her debut memoir, Upwards. She has been grateful to call Maine home for many years, treasuring snowshoeing, swimming, or discovering new wildflowers, just as much as her grand adventures. A former research forester, Chandler works in middle school special ed. She recently published her second book, Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine's New National Monument.
Tuesday October 13th at 6:30pm
Maine author Irene M. Drago - The Maine Point.
Award-winning author Drago grew up in a Navy family. She worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, has a MA in Spanish language and literature, and taught both high school and college. Falling under the spell of a historic home in Bath, she convinced her husband to move to Maine and was thus inspired to write Daughters of Long Reach and now The Maine Point.
When screenwriter, Anna Malone, rents an apartment at Marshall Point, she’s inspired by its lighthouse. She meets a NY editor, Dan Leone. They find a Maine connection: their grandmothers - both daughters of Yankee sea captains, were cousins who left Bath to work in NY City until their paths diverged during World War II. Weaving present and past together, The Maine Point continues the Daughters of Long Reach, illuminating how “fairwinds and following seas” can bring a family home.
The Waterford Flat Halloween was sadly cancelled, as we can’t safely offer all the usual community programs and activities this year. Instead, we have donated to the Harrison/Waterford PTO to help them variously support local children in BOTH elementary schools.
An alternate TRUNK or TREAT was held in
No. Waterford on Halloween from 6- 7:30pm at the church and Melby's parking lot where there is more room for social distancing.
The Library appreciates these efforts on behalf of the children.
Waterford Library BOOK SALE
The Annual BOOK SALE was held under tents
on the grounds of the Wilkins House on
Saturday October 10, 2020 - 11am to 2pm.
There was a great selection of books
thanks to our many wonderful donors.
Covid-19 safety protocols were in place.
Many thanks to everyone who kindly
came to shop, volunteer, or donate.
Your support means everything!
New ADA Door and Ramp Installed.
We are delighted to announce that the NEW ADA compliant Entrance, Door, and Ramp have been fully installed.
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed in ANY way to this project.
YOU ARE INVITED TO A LIVE EVENT!
Waterford author Robert Spencer discusses PROSPECTS, Mining Maine For Riches, his second historical novel.
WHERE: In The Barn at Bear Mountain Inn, Waterford Road, Waterford, ME
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 25th from 6-7:30 pm
DETAILS: In a socially distanced setting, Robert will read from his novel.
The story takes place from 1897 to 1904, when pegmatite mines were a vital part of the Oxford County local economy. Included will be a Q&A about how the book was created. Copies available for purchase.
All profits support the Waterford Library.
Due to Maine CDC guidelines, attendees limited to 30. Face-coverings required.
For Reservations contact Robert at email@example.comYou
ZOOM is available for remote attendees.
Admission is free, with a suggested $5. donation to support the Waterford Library.
Waterford Library Association
ANNUAL MEETING Jul 23, 2020 at 6:30 PM
PLEASE JOIN US
The Board is extremely excited to share an overview with updated information about the Library Ramp Project. Peter Leslie will offer insight into “Accessibility for All” – an issue the Board feels is important for our community. Due to current conditions, the meeting will be virtual and held via Zoom.
CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM
July 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Follow-up article in 7/29/20 edition
of the Maine Sunday Telegram
We are excited that Nick will share via Zoom his presentation on State of the Birds – Maine Audubon. Bird populations in Maine are continually changing. This presentation covers the last few decades and discusses which species are disappearing, increasing, and looks to identify the future of Maine birds. We look forward to you joining us for a fantastic and informative presentation. Best, Kerry & Doretta