Autumn is upon us, the Summer Reading Program is over, and it’s time for winter hours. Our new hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. New hours begin September 18, 2012.
The weather cooperated spectacularly for CHL’s most recent outdoor events, Arbor Day/Sense of Smell Day on April 28, 2012, and Armed Forces Day on May 19, 2012. While turnout was small, everyone had a great time. On April 28, participants got to test their ability to identify different scents, and also helped plant shrubs at the library. In the photo on the left, Elijah and Ella Burkhardt are planting an azalea near the library’s lower entrance, in celebration of Arbor Day. That was one of two planting projects on Arbor Day; library board president Sue Hawkes also donated a rhododendron, which she and board member Denise Deshaies planted by the library’s back fence.
On an equally beautiful Saturday, May 19, CHL celebrated Armed Forces Day with help from the Harpswell American Legion chapter. In the photo at left, Legionnaires Bob Webber and Jim Swol demonstrate proper flag folding technique, with help from Library treasurer (and former librarian) Sam Schwartz. Later that same day, library board member Hilde Bird and library patrons Lillian Everhart and Mary Watson joined Bob, Jim, and Sam for lessons in tying useful knots (see photo below right). No, Sam isn’t trying to strangle Mary, he’s helping her navigate the intricacies of the Bowline Hitch. Librarian Linn Caroleo took all the photos; that’s why she’s not in any of them.
The First Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cundy’s Harbor Library on Saturday, April 7, 2012, was an overwhelmingly successful event. At least 100 people (kids and parents) took part. Thank you to all of our volunteers and everyone who visited. The winner of the “guess how many eggs are in the glass bowl” contest was Cameron Durant from West Harpswell. He is one of our newest patrons and he guessed 600, when the amount of candy pieces was actually 567. Runner up was Abby Barbour of Topsham, who guessed 500.
If you missed the Easter Egg Hunt, don’t despair; there are more library events in the works. Since April 27th is National Arbor Day, and April 28th is Sense of Smell Day, we plan to celebrate another kids’ day event on Saturday, April 28th, with appropriate tasks, challenges and prizes for all kids who attend. Keep checking this web page and our Facebook page for times and details.
Cundy’s Harbor Library welcomes in Spring with the First Annual Cundy’s Harbor Library Easter Egg Hunt for kids, at the library, Saturday, April 7, 2012, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. Come one, come all. There will be lots of eggs to find, and there will also be a “Guess how many eggs in the bowl” contest, and “Pin the tail on the Easter Donkey”. All are welcome and admission is free.
The Search Committee sorted through a surprising number of very qualified applicants, and made their recommendation to the full library Board of Directors. The Directors accepted that recommendation unanimously. And it is with great pleasure and excitement that the board announces that Linn Caroleo is the new Librarian at Cundy’s Harbor Library.
Linn is a woman of many accomplishments, who will be bringing her talents to bear on making CHL a more vital part of the life of the community. Linn has taught mathematics at Southern New Hampshire University, Emmanuel College, Northeastern University, and other well-known schools; has run the education department of the Cocopah Indian Reservation in Yuma, Arizona, and is the author of the book, Maine Unleashed.
After two weeks of transition training with outgoing Librarian Sam Schwartz, Linn has taken the reins and has been running the library since Tuesday, March 20. Please drop in to meet Linn and to welcome her to Cundy’s Harbor.
Mud season may have arrived a little earlier than we usually expect it. Can spring be far behind? Celebrate this Saturday and the next one by starting off your day with a hearty, hot breakfast at Cundy’s Harbor Library’s Community Breakfast. Hot eggs, grits, potatoes, beans, breads, and other breakfast treats will be served for $6 per person from 7:30 am to 10:00 am on both February 25 and March 3, 2012, at Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell.
After four years of yoeman service, librarian Samuel Schwartz is retiring this spring. The library is seeking a replacement, and is accepting resumes from applicants until March 1, 2012. For more information, please see the job advertisement on the Maine State Library’s Library Jobs page.
Cundy’s Harbor Library has recently been the recipient of not one, but two grants to help us update our materials collections.
In September 2010, the Libri Foundation awarded CHL a matching grant of $700 as part of their Books for Children program. The award, along with $350 raised by the library at our August Cundy’s Harbor Days Square Dance, will buy $1,050 of new young adult and children’s titles to update our holdings for young people. Libri Foundation made CHL an additional special award of $350 to purchase titles in science and math for the young adult and children’s non-fiction section.
In October, the Community Health Information Program (CHIP), a project of Mid-Coast Hospital, Parkview Hospital, and Curtis Memorial Library of Brunswick, awarded CHL $400 for the purchase of new medical titles to update the library’s health collection.
We will be placing orders for new books purchased with the two grants later in October. Watch this page for announcements of the availability of the new materials. Remember, there’s always something new at your library!
Susan N. Pulsifer, founding member of the Cundy’s Harbor Library Board of Trustees and the “poet laureate of Cundy’s Harbor”, was honored at the library on Thursday evening, September 30, 2010. Karin Jackson, [insert KJ bio referene here], delivered a talk in which she reviewed Susan’s life and works. She was joined by Susan’s son, Jon Pulsifer, who added biograhpical remarks of his own and read some of Susan’s poetry. Nephew Nat Pulsifer also read some of her poems, after which he, other Pulsifer family members, and friends from the Harbor reminisced about the highlights of Susan’s life. The library’s meeting room was completely filled by the crowd of 29 people who turned out for the occasion.
Encouraged by the success of our first Library Square Dance back in November 2009, and finding that no one had planned an event for the Saturday night of Cundy’s Harbor Days 2010, your library stepped into the breach to create some more family fun. We wre fortunate that Walter Bull, square dance caller extraordinaire, returned with his great music, his wit, and his inimitable teaching style. Aided by members of the Sage Swingers square dance club, who provided expert help in each square to novices, Walt kept all 70 participants swinging and stomping well past the advertised ending time of 10:00 pm. A great time definitely was had by all. The dancers were fueled by refreshments provided by the library’s Board of Directors and the Sage Swinger volunteers. Intended as a benefit fundraiser for the library, the dance succeeded in raising the $350 we needed to match a Children’s Book Program grant from the Libri Foundation. Everyone had so much fun that we will definitely do it again, and we may not wait for Cundy’s Harbor Days to have another dance.
One of the highlights of Cundy’s Harbor Days has always been the parade on Saturday morning. Packed with the color of fire engines, antique autos and tractors, a color guard, and creatively designed floats built by community groups and ad-hoc neighborhood teams, the parade is the beating heart of the day. However, one thing has been missing -- there has been no band. Believing that a parade without live music is like a day without sunshine, this year librarian Sam Schwartz resolved to fill the one gap in the parade roster. For Cundy’s Harbor Days 2010, the Cundy’s Harbor Library Glee & Perloo Society Band rode forth (on a trailer and truck provided by Roger Allard and driven by Howard Nannen) to take its place behind the Color Guard and a pony trap. Clarinetists Robin Brooks and Katrina Gelwick, saxophones Julie Swol and Sam Schwartz, trombones Chris Hall and Lacey Donle, and drummer Andy Manos played John Phillip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March and the traditional Old Comrades march through the whole parade route. Band members received the accolades of all spectators, and Jean de Bellefeuille was so moved by the performance that he later donated three instruments, a baritone horn and two trombones, to the library’s permanent collection. Anyone wishing to join the fun next year is urged to contact Sam Schwartz at the library.