The February issue is ready!

The newsletter of the Windham Public Library Windham, Maine
February Vacation events for kids
Fiction Writing Group
The library will be closed
February 16th for
New evening knitting group
Presidents’ Day
Michelle Libby, Author Talk
Melissa Libby - Stitch Out Cancer project
February 10th, 6-7 pm
February 11th, 6-7 pm
Most of you recognize Michelle Libby as the Editor in
Chief for the local paper The Windham Eagle, but
did you know that she also writes
romance fiction? Join us in the
library meeting room to hear
Michelle Libby discuss writing.
Melissa Libby will present information about the
Stitch Out Cancer- Pink & White Scarf
knitting project. Knitters will be creating pink &
white scarves to donate to those participating
the in the 2015 Tri for a Cure.
Everyone who participates will be
honoring a loved one,
co-worker, family member or
friend who has had cancer or is a
cancer survivor themselves.
If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t
been written yet, then you must write it.
-Toni Morrison (author)
Monthly Genealogy Workshop
February 13th, 1-3 pm
Does the thought of researching your family tree overwhelm you? Don’t let it – it’s easier
than you think. During these classes, you’ll receive guidance for locating family information
at home, and in digitized records, books, indexes and other online sources.
Please call Barbara @ the Library (892-1908) to register for these free library workshops
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(email) [email protected]
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Director’s Note:
It’s that time of year again….tax season! This year the IRS has drastically reduced the amount of
supplies they will send us. Once forms arrive we will have available ONLY the basic forms but no booklets.
We are happy to assist you with printing what you need from the IRS website. In addition, you may have
noticed over the last two years a charitable contribution tax check off that supports
libraries in Maine through the Maine Public Library Fund. Be sure to look for it this
year and give if you can. The donations through this tax check off last year help the
Friends of the Maine State Library to support libraries throughout Maine. Last year
approximately $32,000 was raised through this check off. The funds supported
additional ebooks for the MaineInfonet Download Library, of which we are a
member. The money that is raised through this tax check off directly benefits
libraries in Maine and their community members. Thank you for your support.
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather our Library Tea was cancelled in January. We will be celebrating
our tenth anniversary tea, “Tea times Ten,” next month, March 17th at 1:30pm. Join us! The teas are a
great opportunity for community members of all ages to join together in a welcoming atmosphere to visit
with old friends and meet new ones! Thanks to Laurel and Barbara for all their hard work over the years!
Our new genealogy program has been very successful. Reserve your spot today! We had a full room of
community members learning about researching their heritage. Call and speak with Barbara for more
information 892-1908.
Ebooks are coming! We will soon begin offering a new ebook service called the 3M Cloud Library. This will
be an exciting new collection of ebooks in addition to the MaineInfonet Download Library already being
offered. This new collection will only be accessible to Windham Library cardholders and we will choose the
titles to add to it. There will be much more information to come about this exciting new service.
I hope to see you in the library soon!
~Jen Alvino
Library Director
Tuesday February 2nd, the American Library Association will be announcing the Youth Media Awards
at their mid-winter meeting.
Watch them online <
alayouthmediaawards> or check with Mrs. Parker
in the Children’s Room after 11:00am to see if
your favorite books of the year were recognized.
Are you interested in reading and discussing poetry?
Please contact Barbara at 892-1908 or [email protected]
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Amazing Tebahpla
Wednesday February 18th, 11 am-12 pm
If you can you chew gum and walk at the same time, then you’re ready for the next
challenge. After some planning, drawing, cutting and gluing, you will make your own
marble maze. So while the glue is drying… we invite you to strategically eat the
pretzels we provide, to try and create every letter in the alphabet. If that’s not
enough of a brain buster, then we’d like to see you
send the marble through your new maze,
while saying the alphabet……………BACKWARDS!
This craft and snack event is aimed at school-age children.
Chinese New Year crafts
Thursday, February 19th, 10 am-6 pm
Stop by the Children’s Room to make a few simple crafts to welcome in
the Chinese New Year of the Sheep. We’ll have supplies out for you to
make while you are here or for you to take home and enjoy.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Friday, February 20th, 10 am-6 pm
Visit the library’s meeting room to read a Caldecott Award or Honor Book from
the year everyone in your family was born. Certificates will be available, a
reading snack provided, and lots of good fellowship and sharing.
Is your child in K-2 grade? Have you heard the buzz about the Crazy8s Club for older
kids at the library? We’d like to start a new Crazy8s club for the younger set in
March. If you’d like to be a part of this exciting math club please give Mrs. Parker a
call at 892-1908 to get on the list. The date and time will be determined by what
works for the majority of the group signing up. See how much fun math can be!
Ongoing programs and displays
For more information about these or any other library programs, contact the library
or go to
Books and Babies
Tuesdays, 10:15 am
Ages 6-24 months and their parents or caregivers. Books and
Babies lasts approximately 20 minutes, and includes songs,
fingerplays, and a story. You may wish to call to verify that
program is still being held that day.
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Preschool Story Times
Mondays, 10:30 am and
Thursdays, 10:30 am
TNT Club
Children up to age 5 and their parents or caregivers. This 4
program includes two stories and several songs. Children
should be able to sit attentively throughout the 30 minute
program. You may wish to call to verify that program is still
being held that day.
Join us in the meeting room for free popcorn and a movie. TNT Club programs are
aimed at ‘tweens and teens (ages 10-18), but all ages are welcome. More info at
Wednesday February 11th, 2:15 pm
Maleficent (2014, rating PG, 97 minutes)
Wednesday February 25th, 2:15 pm
Million Dollar Arm (2014, rating PG, 124 minutes)
Go to our online calendar for more info about either movie.
Tea For You
@ The Library
No Tea this month,
but join us March 17th
This month:
February 24th, 6:15 pm
Fiction Writing
This month:
February 3rd, 6-7:30 pm
This month:
February 26th, 1 pm
Due to the blizzard on January 27th, our “Tea Times Ten”
celebration was cancelled. We will now be hosting the 10th
anniversary tea on March 17th. Special pictures, the guest books,
menus over the years, and other surprises will be included. We even
have a chocolate fountain being featured. Come join the fun. All
members of the community of any age are welcome to stop by.
We are hosting a discussion group facilitated by the Maine Humanities
Council in cooperation with the Maine State Library. This 5-part series is
entitled “Detective Fiction in the 20th Century: a Notion of Evil”.
Please call Barbara at the Library to reserve your spot in the group, to
get your copy of the monthly selection (“Strong Poison” by Dorothy
L. Sayers), or for more information: 892-1908. This group is aimed at
an adult audience, but all ages are welcome to attend.
Monthly meeting is open to fiction writers of all genres and all skill
levels. Read and give feedback on in-progress stories and novel
excerpts, while also discussing writing craft in general. For more
information please contact the facilitator, Garrin Bufo
([email protected]) or 730-2361.
Bring your own snacks and join us in the library meeting room for a
movie. This month we'll be watching Hachi : a Dog’s Tale (2008, rating
G, 93 minutes) starring Richard Gere.
This movie group is aimed at an adult audience, but all ages are
welcome to attend. Please call Barbara for more details: 892-1908.
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Whether you knit, crochet or do any other form of
needlework, you are welcome to join one of our informal
groups. Bring your own project to work on. All ages welcome!
This month:
Afternoon groupFebruary 10th & 24th, 1-3 pm
Evening group- *
February 12th , 5:30-7 pm
We have a group that meets twice a month in the afternoon,
and a group that meets once a month in the evening. You are
welcome to join any of them. * If attending the evening
group and will be arriving after 6 pm, be sure to call the
library before 6 pm so someone will meet you at the door.
Exhibit Case
Art Display
Feb 2, 2015 Apr 30, 2015
Feb 2, 2015 Apr 30, 2015
Tea pots
Virginia March
Robert Atterbury
For more information about our displays, go to
Mon & Wed
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tues, Thurs & Fri
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat & Sun
Access our library events calendar at
Library Director: Jen Alvino
Adult Services Librarian: Sally Bannen
Reference/Technology Librarian: Barbara Keef
Children’s Librarian: Laurel T. Parker
Children’s Room Coordinator: Diana Currier
Library Aides: Janet Stover, Jeanne Thurber,
Jennifer Dupree
Browse our newest library materials at
to see updates on new
materials, reminders about
programs, and other info
If you are reading a paper copy of this newsletter, please recycle it when you are
through. Thank you.
PS- Sharing it with friends is a great way to recycle it!
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