Past Events

2017 PAST EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 AT 5PM
PIHCINTU MULTICULTURAL CHORUS at the HARPSWELL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
The ORR’S ISLAND LIBRARY along with the HARPSWELL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PTO sponsored a FREE CONCERT featuring the PIHCINTU MULTICULTURAL CHORUS from Portland. This unique chorus of young women from Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, North Sudan, Republic of Sudan (South Sudan), Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen, along with children whose families have been in the United States for generations have formed a powerful bond. The immigrant children are restarting their lives in Maine after fleeing devastating realities in their homelands. They use the healing power of music to touch the hearts of all who hear them. We were thrilled to to welcome the Pihcintu Chorus to Harpswell.

THANK YOU Harpswell Community School PTO, Kerry Bailey and the Harpswell Community School teachers, staff, parents, and students, Orr’s Island Library supporters, and the Harpswell Community at large for welcoming the Pihcintu Chorus with such a terrific crowd. We hope all who came enjoyed the program. Thank you to everyone who volunteered. Your efforts are immensely appreciated. Thanks to all of you it was a wonderful community event.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM – CURT DALE CLARK

“Maine State Music Theatre”

Curt previewed the 2017 Performance Season at MSMT and the new 2017 class of 8 performance interns sang for us.

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SATURDAY, MAY 20, 9AM-Noon at the ORR’S ISLAND LIBRARY

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING (for TOWN of HARPSWELL RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES) AND BAKE SALE

A beautiful day for our shredding event and bake sale.  Thank you to all who stopped by and baked for this event.

Here is part of the bake sale crew and their new Mascot, Bayley!

THURSDAY, MAY 4 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM – MALLORY WALDMAN

“Weaving: History and Practice”

Great Island resident Mallory Waldman brought looms and shared her love for the craft with a little history and demonstration of what can be accomplished at home.  Participants had an opportunity to try weaving on the looms.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM – DOUG BANE

“Fine Art & Restoration”

Douglas Bane, the owner of the Gun Point Cove Gallery on Orr’s Island will talk about how to care for your art work. He will discuss cleaning and restoring art in your home. In 2016 Doug undertook the cleaning and varnishing of the Orr’s Island Bridge, 1888 painting bequeathed to the Library.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM – DON MISKILL

“Lets Go Hiking”

Don spoke about his experiences hiking and show photos from his travels; discussing where to go, what to bring, taking your dog, and how to find your way.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT NOON

HARPSWELL AGING AT HOME, FREE LUNCH WITH FRIENDS, SPONSORED BY ORR’S ISLAND LIBRARY

Island Community Church on Bailey Island. No reservation required. Come enjoy lunch and conversation. For a full schedule of these lunches, contact Harpswell Aging at Home.

Enjoy a Valentine luncheon with friends.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM – ED ROBINSON

“Lets Talk Pharmaceuticals”

Ed has worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry for 35 years. He will talk about drug development, regulations, and the expenses involved.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 6-7:30 PM, Harpswell Community School

The Orr’s Island Library participated in SCIENCE NIGHT, sponsored by the PTO.

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Thursday, January 5 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

Archival Film – “Objectives of T-Ledge Camp for Girls”

A group of nearly 50 people enjoyed an archival compilation of T-Ledge Camp from the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s.

2016 PAST EVENTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

“Lets Talk and Taste Apples!”

This dedicated apple group will discuss discovering interesting but forgotten Harpswell Heritage Apples. The trees are grafted and made available for sale. We will taste test some of their findings.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

“Embrace A Vet”, a non-profit based in Cundy’s Harbor dedicated to helping American Veterans

Several years ago Joy Johnson founded Embrace A Vet in Cundy’s Harbor to combat post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries in our returning vets and for those who returned decades ago from Vietnam. Now with a pet initiative, “Paws for Peace,” Embrace A Vet is making a difference in the lives of those veterans. A representative from Embrace A Vet will be at the library.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7PM – FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

Sailing around the World” with John & Margo Almeida. It took 10 years to transverse the globe. John and Margo Almeida, longtime Orr’s Island residents, will relive a journey across the seas of the world on the Calypso, their 40 foot Valiant.

 

Saturday, September 17 – Bowdoin Common Good Day participants paint the Orr’s Library shed.

THANK YOU BOWDOIN STUDENTS.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 9AM to 3PM – LIBRARY ANNUAL YARD SALE

It was a glorious day for the 4th Annual Library Yard Sale.  16 tables from 15 families and the Library White Elephant table enjoyed brisk buying and selling.  Next years date will be Saturday, September 2, 2017.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 AT 7 PM –FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM – “Growing up on Orr’s Island” with Bill Cotter

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Bill Cotter brought to life his early years on Orr’s Island, a sacred place he holds dear, to a full audience on the 1st Thursday of September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 30 – Reception for Joanne Rogers, our librarian

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Joanne Rogers, our librarian for 30 years was honored at a reception at the library on Friday, August 20. John Webster, Trustees President, presents Joanne with a framed etching of the library in honor of the occasion.

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, AUGUST 3-6, 10 AM TO 2 PM

ANNUAL BOOK SALE & FAIR – LOWELL’S COVE

Come search for books, CDs, DVDs, treasures on the White Elephant table and lots of goodies at the Bake Sale. On August 3, Amanda the Hula Hoop Girl will be at the fair from 10-11 am. At 11 am there will be games & activities for children.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 8:45 PM at Mackerel Cove.

Bob Page and Ron Thompson from the Southern Maine Astronomers will lead us in some star gazing and introductory astronomy with the aid of the Orr’s Island Library telescopes. Bring a chair or blanket, binoculars, a telescope, a flashlight (red light, you have one), bug spray, a thermos with a warm drink or water and join us as we relax and enjoy the night sky at beautiful Mackerel Cove. Please no pets.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 at 1:45 PM

COMMUNITY CONCERT by students from the BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

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THANK YOU BIMF members for a wonderful afternoon.  Shown in the photo from left to right is Kelly White, Community Concert Coordinator, Sacha Peiser, Music Office Director, who sang soprano for us, Luke Riderknecht who played the vibes (instrument show), and Samuel Beckwith who played a clarinet solo.  A great afternoon of music and refreshments.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 7 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

“Growing up on Bailey Island” with Nancy Johnson Jensen

Nancy Johnson Jensen will share what it was like to grow up on Bailey Island in a much simpler time. Drawing on family history, a story evolves that takes those who remember how it was on a memorable journey.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM “Scams, Fraud & Identity Theft”

A talk about scams, fraud and identity theft. This is the 2nd presentation in a series on this topic.

Memorial Day

The WW I and WW II Orr’s Island monuments were decorated for Memorial day to remember those who served.

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SATURDAY, MAY 21 AT 9 AM TO NOON
SHRED-IT TRUCK & BAKE SALE

Residents may bring items to be shredded free of charge. Pick up a goodie at the bake sale too!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 at 6 PM, THIRD ANNUAL ORR’S ISLAND LIBRARY FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER

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Betty Robbins was the winner of the gift basket drawing on Wednesday night at the Founders Day Dinner.  Congratulations Betty!

The Orr’s Island Library celebrated its 116 year history since it’s inception in 1900 with a dinner at the Giant Stairs Seafood Grille.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 5 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

“My Adventures as a Diplomat” with Pamela White

Maine native and Orr’s Island resident Pamela White is the former Ambassador to Gambia and Haiti and has held other diplomatic appointments all over the world. She will reveal some of her stories and triumphs in the diplomatic corp

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

SATAN’S CHAMBER by Karetta Hubbard & Molly Best Tinsley

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Karetta Hubbard read the prologue for Satan’s Chamber to an enthusiastic audience on Thursday evening.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 AT 7 PM

Money Smart Meetup Book Discussion
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Curtis Library sponsored a book discussion at the Library.  Future meetings will explore broader financial topics such as spending mindfully, practical economics and more.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM

“Weather 101” with Lexie O’Connor

Lexie O’Connor is a reporter/weather forecaster for WGME, CBS News Channel 13.  She spoke to a room full of library supporters at the Orr’s Island Library.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 AT 7 PM

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM
“Where Does Seafood Come From” with Ed Robinson

Harpswell resident Ed Robinson will talk about how seafood is produced and harvested. He will discuss the global seafood industry and talk about products found in local stores and restaurants.

Ed Robinson gave an enthusiastic crowd at the library some pondering thoughts about our fresh fish supplies in the US and what to look forward to in the future.

Ed Robinson gave an enthusiastic crowd at the library some pondering thoughts about our fresh fish supplies in the US and what to look forward to in the future.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 AT 7 PM
FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAM
“Vikings in Ireland” with James L. Nelson

In medieval times, the Vikings swept out of Scandinavia in their devastating descent on Europe. Nowhere was their impact greater than in Ireland, where they came first to raid but soon became an integral part of Irish society. Harpswell author James L. Nelson will discuss the Viking invasion of Ireland and the impact of that collision of cultures. Jim will have copies of his new book for purchase.

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2015 PAST EVENTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 7 PM

“A Wine Tasting with John VerPlanck of The Black Sheep” John will also talk about his recently published book, Pacific Air 55 is Missing, an aviation adventure novel. Limited number of reservations available. To reserve your spot, call Joanne Rogers at : 833-7811 or 833.5576.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 7 PM

“HARRIET BEECHER STOWE & ORR’S ISLAND”

Dr. Susan Beegel of Phippsburg gave an illustrated talk on Harriet Beecher Stowe and her Orr’s Island connections.

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A capacity crowd of 70 locals enjoyed an animated and detailed presentation of Harriet Beecher Stowe and how the wreck of the Hanover in 1849 influenced Stowe to write The Pearl of Orr’s Island.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 AT 1 PM

“REHABILITATIVE SERVICES”

Presented by CHANS & Mid Coast Hospital: Why we fall & how to prevent them.”

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 9AM to 3PM

WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE AT THE LIBRARY

Another glorious Yard Sale! Back by popular demand! We’re in our third year of our version of the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Stretching the length of the library front yard, island households have sold everything but their kitchen sinks (we even had one of those!). This year we’ll repeat the fun with a limited number of tables available at $10 each. Rain date: October 11. FMI or to reserve a table: John Webster, 207.833.5430 or jwebster85@comcast.net.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 7 PM

“BE PREPARED!”

Bob McAleer was head of the Maine Emergency Management Agency. As a new Harpswell resident, he now will move into the same position for the Town of Harpswell.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 7 PM

“WESLEY MCNAIR: MAINE’S POET LAUREATE”

Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine, kept an overflow crowd in rapt attention when he spoke at the Library.
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Steve Black Welcomes Wesley to the library.

Steve Black Welcomes Wesley to the library.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5-7 AT 10 AM TO 2 PM

ANNUAL BOOK SALE & FAIR – LOWELL’S COVE

Come search for books, CDs, DVDs, treasures on the White Elephant table and lots of goodies at the Bake Sale. On August 5, Amanda the Hula Hoop Girl will be at the fair from 10-11 am. At 11 am there will be games & activities for children.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 AT 10 AM

“RAISING CHICKENS & GUINEA FOWL”

How I Got Hooked and What I Have Learned!

Sue Rich, Great Island, will bring live guest birds for the kids inspection.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 AT 7 PM

AUTHOR TALK WITH ELISE JUSKA

Elise Juska, author of the new novel The Blessings, will read excerpts from her books. Elise lives in Philadelphia and spends summers writing on Orr’s Island.

Elise Juska was accompanied by her husband and infant son.

Elise Juska was accompanied by her husband and infant son.

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THURSDAY, JULY 2 AT 7 PM

“SMALL ENGINES WITH JOHN ROBBINS”

John Robbins of Bailey Island will crank up some of his gasoline small engines on the Library lawn, for a rousing beginning to the July 4 holiday. Perfect for all ages!

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4 AT 7 PM

“HARPSWELL TRAILS”

Back by popular demand, Ed Robinson of Orr’s Island will give a NEW presentation – with lots of photos — about the varied wildlife in Harpswell.

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 WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 AT 6 PM

“FOUNDERS DAY DINNER”

The Second Annual Founders Day Dinner will be held at the Giant Stairs Seafood Grille on Bailey Island. Cost: $25.00 per person (excluding beverage) with 3 entrée choices (price includes meal, tip and a $10.00 tax deductible donation to the library). Sign up at the Library or call 207.833.7811 (Mon, Wed, Fri afternoons or Sat)

Please spread the word. Everyone had a good time last year and we should expect the same in 2015.

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SATURDAY, MAY 23 AT 9 AM TO NOON

SHRED-IT TRUCK & BAKE SALE

Residents may bring items to be shredded free of charge. Pick up a goodie at the bake sale too!

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THURSDAY, MAY 7 AT 7 PM

“TIDAL MILLS OF NEW ENGLAND & MAINE”

John Goff, summer resident, architect & historian will talk about tidal mills in New England and Maine as well as those in early Harpswell.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2 AT 7 PM

“MAINE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA”

Jim Henderson of Harpswell will talk about his labor of love: Maine: An Encyclopedia,” an illustrated, accessible, user-friendly resource for Maine history.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5 AT 7 PM

“BRAD MCFADDEN: ARTIST, SCULPTOR & ARCHEOLOGIST”

Brad will highlight his beginnings — with artifacts — from his 10th Great Grandparents from the highlands of Scotland to the shores of Bowdoinham.

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Brad McFadden enlightened a capacity crowd at the library and presented his program “Long Journey Home”.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AT 7 PM

“MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATRE 2015 SEASON

Curt Dale Clark, Artistic Director of MSMT, will preview the 2015 season with some inside scoops!

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 AT 7 PM

“THE JORDAN FAMILY: 1191-2014”

John Orr married a Jordan; learn more about this important early Maine family from John Webster of Orr’s Island.

A hearty group of Harpswell residents braved sub zero temperatures s to hear John Webster tell the historical story of the Jordan Family in Maine.

A hearty group of Harpswell residents braved sub zero temperatures s to hear John Webster tell the historical story of the Jordan Family in Maine.

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2014 PAST EVENTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT 7 PM

BETH MULDOON

This special evening features dramatic readings from The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and other suprises!

At the December 4th, First Thursday event, Beth Muldoon, S. Harpswell resident read three Christmas stories from: Truman Capote, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, and Clement Clark Moore.

At the December 4th, First Thursday event, Beth Muldoon, S. Harpswell resident read three Christmas stories from: Truman Capote, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, and Clement Clark Moore.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 AT 3 PM

ROBERT FRESON COLLECTION EVENT

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On Sunday afternoon a capacity crowd of friends, supporters and family, honored Photojournalist Robert Freson of Bailey Island, with a photographic book collection, The Robert Freson Collection at the Orr’s Island Library. Books by renowned photographers are now available for inspection, research and loan. Refreshments featuring food delicacies from Robert’s numerous cookbooks were served to an enthusiastic crowd.

 

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 7 PM

POLLY KAUFMAN, Cundy’s Harbor

Polly Kaufman from Cundy’s Harbor delighted a room full of attendees with her statistical and informative presentation of the early Harpswell school system. Many of those in attendance who attended Harpswell schools into the 1950’s told of both their heartbreaking and hilarious experiences.

Polly Kaufman from Cundy’s Harbor delighted a room full of attendees with her statistical and informative presentation of the early Harpswell school system. Many of those in attendance who attended Harpswell schools into the 1950’s told of both their heartbreaking and hilarious experiences.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 9 TO 3 PM

WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE AT THE LIBRARY

Back by popular demand! Last year, the Library presented its inaugural version of the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Stretching the length of the library front yard, island households sold everything but their kitchen sinks (we even had one of those!). This year we’ll repeat the fun with a limited number of tables available at $10 each. Rain date: October 12. FMI or to reserve a table: John Webster, 207.833.5430 or jwebster85@comcast.net.

The 2nd. Annual Longest Yard Sale held Sat. October 11 was a huge success. 19 tables of goodies and treasure and a huge crowd of shoppers from all over the mid-coast. Shopping was vigorous and fun.

The 2nd. Annual Longest Yard Sale held Sat. October 11 was a huge success. 19 tables of goodies and treasure and a huge crowd of shoppers from all over the mid-coast. Shopping was vigorous and fun.

Some very interesting shoppers also showed up at the yard sale!!

Some very interesting shoppers also showed up at the yard sale!!

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 7 PM

HARPSWELL HERITAGE LAND TRUST

Come learn about the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and what they are doing to preserve and protect the Harpswell we love. Hear about the Land Trust’s work to protect land, build trails and educate people of all ages.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AT 7PM

MERRYMEETING BAY TRIAD

Cumberland County Sherriff, Kevin Joyce will be the featured speaker and will be facilitated by Connie Hooker. The main topic for this program is elder scams perpetrated against our seniors.

The Merrymeeting Bay Triad is a Coalition of senior citizens, law enforcement officials and community service providers working together to ensure and enhance the safety of older adults. Stolen personal and digital property, unsolicited sales people and telemarketing calls are often scams that seniors need to not only be aware of but how to handle such intrusions. This presentation will have ample opportunities for questions and answers.

Cumberland County Sheriff, Kevin Joyce and Merrymeeting Bay Triad representative Connie Lewis Hooker presented an informative program talking about elder scams to an enthusiastic crowd on Thursday evening.

Cumberland County Sheriff, Kevin Joyce and Merrymeeting Bay Triad representative Connie Lewis Hooker presented an informative program talking about elder scams to an enthusiastic crowd on Thursday evening.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 – 9

10 AM to 2 PM daily

ANNUAL LIBRARY BOOK FAIR!

Come search for books, CDs, DVDs, treasures on the White Elephant table and lots of goodies at the Bake Sale. On August 6, Amanda, the Hula Hoop Girl, will be at the fair from 10-11 am. At 11 am there will be games & activities for children.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 10-11 AM

CHILDRENS PROGRAM: “HELPING DOGS”

Volunteer puppy raisers from the National Education for Assistance Dog Services will have their current puppies-in-training demonstrate the training of and services provided by assistance dogs. We’ll discuss the many ways dogs help people. (Please do not bring your dog to the program.)

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 7:30 PM LIBRARY FUNDRAISER

BAILEY ISLAND LIBRARY HALL

A special evening of “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington”program by Sally Jones depicting Maine’s own Senator Margaret Chase Smith.

$10.00 at the door. Advance ticket sale for reserved seats $12.00, available at the Orr’s Island Library beginning May 15th.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 10-11 AM

CHILDRENS PROGRAM: CHEWONKI, “ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS & SURVIVING IN THE WILD

Webbed feet and camouflaged fur or spines are ways animals adapt to survive. Live animals and fun costumes to try on will make for a fun-filled hour.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 10-11 AM

CHILDRENS PROGRAM: “THE MAGIC OF CONJURING CARROLL”

By popular demand, Carroll Chapman returns with his blend of magic and lessons about the importance of reading.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 10-11 AM

CHILDRENS PROGRAM: CHEWONKI, “SCALES & TALES”

Four live, non-releasable reptiles highlight this perennial favorite. A hands-on program dispels fears by allowing children to touch and feel the reptiles.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 10-11 AM

CHILDRENS PROGRAM: “BUTTERFLY & INSECT SHOW”

From the Butterfly and Insect Museum in Lisbon Falls, Jim Nutting brings his fascinating world of mounted and live butterflies and insects to delight some — and creep out others!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014, 12:30-2 PM

PORTLAND LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE

Learn what’s available in Portland! During the visit, residents of Cumberland County may be issued a Portland Public Library card. A money management expert will be on board also to give information to protect your bank account from identity theft as well as tell you how to get a credit report.

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Joan Lester talks to the group while Tom Conway looks on.

Joan Lester talks to the group while Tom Conway looks on.

Joan Lester talks with Steve Black about his basket.

Joan Lester talks with Steve Black about his basket.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014 AT 7 PM

“NATIVE AMERICAN BASKETRY”

Joan Lester of Bailey Island and Tom Conway of Orr’s Island will present. Joan will talk about the history of Native New England basketry and Tom will talk about and demonstrate his contemporary techniques. Bring your basket for analysis.

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014 AT 6 PM

FIRST ANNUAL FOUNDERS DAY DINNER

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The First Annual Founders Day Dinner at the Giant Stairs Seafood Grille on Bailey Island was a resounding success.  Just under 40 people enjoyed celebrating the library’s 114th year.  A big thank you to Heather Coffin and staff for providing a delicious meal and lots of fun.

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014 9 AM TO 12 NOON

“SHRED-IT TRUCK & BAKE SALE AT THE LIBRARY”

The event went so well, with lots of documents shredded and baked goods sold, that we’re already booked for next year. Mark your calendar– Saturday, May 23, 2015– and start sorting through your paperwork .

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014 AT 7 PM

“HANDMADE PRESSED FLOWERS”

 

Lynette Bretton and her custom-made flower press.

Lynette Breton and her custom-made flower press.

Lynette Breton helped us celebrate May Day and showed us her handmade flower presses. She talked about how to press plants with a slide show and demonstration.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2-4 PM (RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH)

“NEW TELESCOPE DEMONSTRATION”

Come and learn about our new Orion Night Telescope. See it, touch it and learn how to use it prior to checking it out.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 AT 7 PM

“HARPSWELL TRAILS”

Ed Robinson, a Trustee for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, spoke about the Harpswell walking trail system and trust properties under development. There was a capacity crowd in the Sue Fisher Moren Memorial Reading Room.

Ed Robinson, a Trustee for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, spoke about the Harpswell walking trail system and trust properties under development. There was a capacity crowd in the Sue Fisher Moren Memorial Reading Room.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 AT 7 PM

“HARPSWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY”

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David Hackett, President of Harpswell Historical Society, gave fascinating information with artifacts at his March presentation.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 AT 7 PM

“EARLY BRASS & SILVER CANDLESTICKS”

An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed Malcolm McFarland’s talk on brass and silver candlesticks. Malcolm showed examples from different periods, discussed construction techniques and explained the vocabulary of candlesticks. Appraisals were offered to several attendees who brought examples for inspection.

An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed Malcolm McFarland's talk on brass and silver candlesticks. Malcolm showed examples from different periods, discussed construction techniques and explained the vocabulary of candlesticks. Appraisals were offered to several attendees who brought examples for inspection.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 AT 7 PM

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

“THE JORDAN FAMILY: 1191-2014” 

John Orr married a Jordan; learn more about this important early Maine family from John Webster of Orr’s Island.

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2013 PAST EVENTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5  AT 7 PM 

“WINTER HEARTHSIDE SING”

Local musician Matt Loosigian leads the group in song.

 

Matt Loosigian leads the group in song.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7  AT 7 PM 

“OVERCOMING BLINDNESS/CELEBRATING SIGHT:  A GRANDSON’S TRIBUTE TO JENNIE MUNSEY DOUGHTY”

Steve Black with some of his artwork.

Steve Black with some of his artwork.

Noted Orr’s Island photographer, Steve Black will give us a glimpse of his upcoming one-man show at Gallery Framing (Brunswick) and present some of his work from near and far.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 6-8 PM

GENEALOGY CLASS:  STARTING YOUR FAMILY TREE Explore your family tree! This class will provide an introduction to:  (1) how to get started researching your family tree, (2) identifying some of the best online resources for genealogists and (3) learning of local resources available to genealogy researchers.  This free class is open to all.  To register contact:  Liz Doucett at edoucett@curtislibrary.com

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 9 AM TO 3 PM

WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE ON ORR’S ISLAND!

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The library presents its version of the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Stretching the length of the library front yard, island households will sell everything but their kitchen sinks (perhaps those too). There will be a limited number of tables available at $10 each. This is a household, antique, collectible sale not a craft sale. Rain date:  October 13.  FMI or to reserve a table: John Webster, 207.833.5430 or jwebster85@comcast.net.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3  AT 7 PM 

“PUBLIC POETRY”

Steve Black, Maine poet Emily Rand Breitner and John Webster enjoyed an evening of sharing and reading of poetry.

Steve Black, Maine poet Emily Rand Breitner and John Webster enjoyed an evening of sharing and reading of poetry with community members.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5  AT 7 PM 

“HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME, WISH YOU WERE HERE!”

John Webster of Orr’s Island will take you on a 60-year journey collecting postcards.  Bring your own postcards for a swap or appraisal.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1 PM

“CELBRATION FOR LIBRARY RENOVATION & ADDITION”

Including the rededication of the War Monument in front of the library, celebratory remarks by Peter Hill, cannon blast by the Harpswell Historical Society followed by refreshments and library visits.

Celebration Cake!

Celebration Cake!

An enthusiastic crowd on a beautiful day.

An enthusiastic crowd on a beautiful day.

Color guard from John Leo Murray, Jr. American Legion Post #171

Color guard from John Leo Murray, Jr. American Legion Post #171

Librarian Joanne Rogers thanks everyone for making it all possible.

Librarian Joanne Rogers thanks everyone for making it all possible.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM:  CARROLL CHAPMAN, MAGICIAN

Carroll the Magician gets ready to amaze the audience!

Carroll the Magician gets ready to amaze the audience!

A real, live rabbit appeared!

A real, live rabbit appeared!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM:  CHEWONKI “SCALES & TALES”

We had a live corn snake, 2 foot long alligator, box turtle and a lizard!

We had a live corn snake, 2 feet long alligator, box turtle & a lizard!

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 AT 7 PM 

“GROWING UP ON THE ISLANDS”

Captain Jay McGowen of Orr’s Island  talked about what it was like growing up on the islands in an earlier time.  Lobstering, fishing, hunting and a laid back lifestyle.

Captain Jay telling stories of his youth on the islands.

Captain Jay telling stories of his youth on the islands.

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013

“HERE A CHICK, THERE A CHICK: RAISING CHICKENS AT HOME”

Susan Rich of Great Island talked about raising chickens at home — and brought along one of  her flock!   A popular hobby provides learning experiences for children and staples for the larder.

Susan Rich and one of her flock came for the talk!

Susan Rich and LaRoo came for the talk!

Sue's display of chicken books and photos of her flock.

Susan’s display of chicken books and photos of her flock.

After the talk, folks gather around for an up close look.

After the talk, folks gather around for an up close look.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

“MY LIFE & ADVENTURES IN PHOTOJOURNALISM”

Robert Freson, Peg Bonarrigo, Steve Black

Robert Freson, Peg Bonarrigo, Steve Black

Members of the audience visit before the show.
Members of the audience visit before the show.

Robert Freson of Bailey Island talked about his life and adventures in photojournalism.

An award-winning photographer and native of Belgium, Freson spent more than 40 years contributing to Vogue, Look, Esquire, National Geographic and many other prestigious publications. Come hear his story of photographing public figures, such as Queen Noor and President Eisenhower; movie stars, such as Sophia Loren and Lauren Bacall; authors such as W.H. Auden and Bill Burroughs; and prominent artists such as Chagall, Dali and Miro.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

“TO RESCUE THE CROPS: 

WOMEN’S EMERGENCY FARM SERVICE OF MAINE IN WWII”

Mary Bangs entertains a full house with her stories of working on the farms in WWII.

Mary Bangs entertains a full house with her stories of working on the farms in WWII.

Mary Bangs of Orr’s Island presented her first-hand account of serving in the Women’s Emergency Farm Service of Maine (WEFS) during World War II.  With the men at war, the WEFS worked hard to plant, cultivate and harvest farm crops in Maine. Mary worked in Grey, Maine.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013

“BEING A FURNITURE DETECTIVE”

A large crowd gathered on a cold, wintry night!

A large crowd gathered on a cold, wintry night.

Speaker Malcolm McFarland talks with Orr's Island resident Phil Sumner after the program.

Speaker Malcolm McFarland talks with Orr’s Island resident Phil Sumner after the program.

On February 7, at 7 pm the kick-off “First Thursday” program featured Orr’s Island resident Malcolm McFarland, who gave his informative and entertaining talk “Being a Furniture Detective.” Malcolm discussed the “secrets” of dating a piece of furniture or artifact, figuring out its origins and discussing how the piece was used by contemporaries.

Malcolm McFarland started collecting antiques over 40 years ago and began selling them in the 1990’s. He has learned about antiques from Ohio’s foremost furniture restorer Bernard Harter and Ohio collector Edwin Swift. In addition to attendance at seminars at Winterthur Museum, he has an extensive library for research. His interests center on Pennsylvania Furniture and Decorative Arts.

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NOVEMBER 1, 2012

HARPSWELL WOMEN WRITERS

Karin Woodruff Jackson and Beth Muldoon

Karin Woodruff Jackson and Beth Muldoon

Audience members visit before program begins.

Audience members visit before program begins.

The Orr’s Island Library hosted a lecture and reading on Harpswell women writers on Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 pm.

The speaker was Karin Woodruff Jackson of Cundy’s Harbor, who retired from teaching English at the University of Maine at Augusta in 2008. During the ‘80s she taught at Westbrook College in Portland (now part of the University of New England), where she researched Harpswell women writers as part of a grant from the Maine Humanities Council on the Maine Women Writers Collection at the college.

In her talk she focused on images and impressions of Harpswell in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s The Pearl of Orr’s Island, Marie Peary’s The Snowbaby’s Own Story, part of which tells about the Peary family’s life on Eagle Island, and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem, Ragged Island.

Karin was assisted by Beth Dunlap Muldoon of South Harpswell, an accomplished actress who read selections from the various works.

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SUMMER 2012

MAINE MYSTERY WRITERS SPEAK AT ORR’S ISLAND LIBRARY

Gerry Boyle and Kate Flora, Maine mystery writers, gave a lively talk on their craft.

The scene inside the library just about 7 p.m. on August 23rd.

 

The scene outside the library just before 7 p.m. on August 23rd

2012 Orr’s Island library fair

What a great place for a book fair.

There were loads of kids books.

calendars or chances anyone?

JULY  25th

bugs

and bugs

and kids

2012 Children’s Summer Programs 

and butterflies

and the butterfly man
who showed the bugs and butterflies to the kids on the rug in the reading room

 July 11

Chewonki: Endangered Species

  This is a new outreach presentation with live, non-releasable animals. The educators from Chewonki are great with kids and provide a wealth of learning as they help us explore our animal world.

July 18

Magician Conjuring Carroll

Back by popular demand with fun, magic tricks and comedy, and all the while weaving in the importance of reading.

 July 25

Butterflies & Bugs 

Jim Nutting is sure to delight with live specimens and interesting information. He travels to us from his Butterfly and Insect Museum in Lisbon Falls.

August 1

Hula Hooping  with Amanda Walden

Amanda will join us at our Annual Book Sale and Fair under the children’s tent. She is an enthusiastic instructor, equipped with lots of hoops for all to enjoy.

Summer programs run from 10 – 11 A.M.

They are suitable for children ages 5 and up.


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