Gingerbread Creations Contest
Decorate a gingerbread creation and win a prize. Entries can be homemade or from a kit. All decorations must be edible. Submit them on a sturdy 18” by 18” or smaller board. Prizes for best youth entries (12 and under) and teen/adult entries. Drop off creations between Dec. 7 and Dec. 10. Vote for your favorite from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18.
Scrooge’s Tea Party Dec. 7
Don’t miss Scrooge's Tea Party, a virtual tea tasting with the Savvy Tea Gourmet on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Six teas will be provided ahead of time that we will sample during the event while we learn about their taste and health benefits. Space is limited at this event, please contact the library with your name and email address to register. There is no cost to participate.
On video, 'When Objects Talk Back' with Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes
The “Paranormal Couple,” Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes, dive deep into the phenomena of “haunted” objects during a talk at the Berwick Public Library recorded on Nov. 17. The couple, from the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Nation,” are the curators of “The Paranormal Couple’s Haunted Museum of Objects, Oddities, and Curiosities.” The link is through the library’s Blog page.
The library is now open with no restrictions on patron capacity, and visit time limits have been lifted. Masks are still required in the building. Curbside pick-up of materials remains available.
The library’s hours are: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (207) 698-5737.
Author Talk with Chris Boucher
Author Chris Boucher joined us for a presentation on Zoom at the beginning of November to talk about latest book, Front Pivot. It was inspired by his father-in-law's Vietnam War journal and features excerpts from a fictional diary by a veteran of our involvement in Afghanistan. Boucher also shared his process in researching and writing the book, as well as provided guidance to those interested in recording or interpreting similar experiences.
The recorded Zoom talk is available through the library’s website Blog link. It should be of interest to veterans who may be looking for meaning in their own experience, to the children of veterans, and to those with a keen interest in history or current events.
New video 'Ghosts From the Coast' with Roxie Zwicker
Maine's Mystery Maven Roxie Zwicker visited the library in October to talk about the legends, lore, and mystery of the Seacoast, from ghost ships to haunted lighthouses. The video is available through the library’s website Blog link. Roxie Zwicker is the author of eight bestselling books on New England’s ghost stories and folklore.
New young adult additions
New book titles include “Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things,” by Margie Fuston, “Vespertine,” by Magaret Rogerson, and “Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms,” by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise.
Storytime with Reesie the Blind Dachshund
Reesie, a blind dachshund, and her person, Paul Lachance, visited the library recently to share Paul's picture book “Reesie the Blind Dachshund.” All profits from this book will be donated to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which works to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with superbly bred and expertly trained guide dogs. Watch the video of Reesie’s visit through the library’s Blog page.
Your Berwick Public Library card now gives you access to over 20,000 comics and graphic novels. ComicsPlus is accessible by downloading the Library Pass application.
New art exhibit
The photographs of Corey Cain of York are currently on the walls of the Berwick Public Library. The large photographs include seacoast scenes and wildlife.
Bob Keyes talk on Robert Indiana
Bob Keyes talks about his book, “The Isolationist Artist: Scandal, Deception and the Last days of Robert Indiana,” in a new video through the library’s Blog link. The creator of the iconic LOVE sculpture, Robert Indiana was a reclusive artist who died in 2018 leaving behind dark rumors and scandal and an estate embroiled in lawsuits.
Berwick Fire Department Captain Travis Doiron shares a story, talks about fire safety and the protective gear the firefighters wear, and shows off the fire truck in a new library Storytime video. Click on the Blog link on the library’s website, www.berwick.lib.me.us.
Self-guided Hike Plant ID Packet
Download the Great Works Regional Land Trusts’ and Berwick Public Library's' summer self-guided hike packet. In this packet you will find poetry and a plant identification guide for each of the following preserves: Grants Meadow at Beaver Dam Heath, Newichwannock Woods, and Keay Brook Preserve of Berwick. Each preserve guide comes with a description and a map of the preserves as well as a poem and plant identification guide. The plant ID guide represents five common species of plants that can be found at the preserve. Find the link on the library’s Facebook page.
Storytime has returned! Storytime will be offered every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Call the library if you are unsure whether or not storytime will be held. All ages are welcome!
We have a STEM Zone set up in the library alongside our Lego area by the Young Adult and Junior Fiction books.
New Adult Fiction and Non-fiction Books
Check the library’s website for all the new titles.
Free Wi-Fi will remain available in the library’s parking lot, and digital books and audio books are available by download through the Cloud Library application on the library’s website. There is also a link to the Digital Maine Library, and a link for Stay-ay Home Resources.
People who have a Portland Public Library card have access to that downloadable collection as well. The research databases are available under the resources tab on the website for students and their parents.
Videos programs available through the library’s Blog page:
“Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine,”author talk with Mac Smith; Maine mystery authors Barbara Ross, Brenda Buchanan and Richard Cass on a panel to "Make Your Own Mystery.”; Piscataqua Junior Ranger Fife and Drum Corps; “There's No Such Thing as Away: Trash in our homes, our communities, and in Maine.”; “What is the Maine Climate Plan?” Roger Stephenson from the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses climate change; “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street,” author talk with Dr. Warren C. Riess; “Rebels in Portland Harbor!: The Civil War Career of Lt. Charles Read, CSN” with Dr. Michael Schroeder; “The Coming of Spring: Irish Tales of Mischief and Magic,” with Lynne Cullen; “Raptors and Reptiles” with the Center for Wildlife; Artist Talk with Thomas K. Merriam; Author Talk with Ross Alan Bachelder; “Three Notable Women of Maine” with David Ramsay; “Talking with Birds: Finding Mindfulness and Nature Connection in Your Backyard”; “A ‘Dam’ Fine Regiment: The 29th Maine and the Red River Campaign of 1864”; “The Great Turn-Out of 1841: Maine Textile Workers on Strike”; “Coyote: America's Songdog"; "Back to Maine,” music by Bilodeau Family Music; Charlene D’Avanzo’s Maine Oceanography mystery series; Author Samantha Simard; Matthew Langdon Cost’s book, “I Am Cuba.”; Glen Johnson has a presentation on “Modern Day Dowsing.”; Tom Hardiman, keeper of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, talks about his new book, “Money Revolution and Books.”
The Berwick Public Library is located at 103 Old Pine Hill Road, Berwick, Maine. The library’s telephone number is (207) 698-5737, and it is on the web at www.berwick.lib.me.us.
This article originally appeared on Fosters Daily Democrat: Berwick Public Library news Dec. 3 to 10