Library Events

February 21, 2017
  • February 21, 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm • February 21, 2017

    Moving On discussion group

    Join us for this interactive discussion group for surviving spouses of retirement age. How do you move on after the death of a beloved spouse and the shared life you’ve had together over many years? After such a profound loss what can you do to build a new existence based on your new reality? We look forward to sharing observations, experiences and ideas with you. We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

  • February 21, 20172:00 pm - 3:00 pm • February 21, 2017

    Rare Reads Book Discussion

    A book group that discusses unusual and interesting popular fiction (and some nonfiction) that meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2pm and at 6pm. Email emma@topshamlibrary.org for more details. We're always looking for new members - no registration required! This month's book is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.

  • February 21, 20175:00 pm - 6:00 pm • February 21, 2017

    Young Critics

    Young Critics is an ongoing book discussion group for kids in grades 4 and 5. We meet every month from October to May at the library for great books, great conversation and a pizza dinner! Registration is required. Sign Up today! This month’s book is Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.

  • February 21, 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm • February 21, 2017

    Rare Reads Book Discussion

    A book group that discusses unusual and interesting popular fiction (and some nonfiction) that meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2pm and at 6pm. Email emma@topshamlibrary.org for more details. We're always looking for new members - no registration required! This month's book is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.

February 22, 2017
  • February 22, 201710:00 am - 2:00 pm • February 22, 2017

    Teen drop-in craft

    Muticrafting - Let your creative juices flow! We provide raw materials. You make great things! Stop by the YA room between 10am-2pm for our casual teen crafts program. Spend as little or as much time as you like. No registration required, ages 11-18 only.

  • February 22, 201710:00 am - 11:00 am • February 22, 2017

    Preschool Storytime

    At each themed Storytime we sing songs, dance, and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and of course, read stories! Storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes and is for preschool children ages 3-5. Often followed by an art project!

  • February 22, 201712:00 pm - 12:00 pm • February 22, 2017

    People's Choice Award Voting Deadline

  • February 22, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • February 22, 2017

    Drop-In Tech Support

    Need help setting up email? How about printing from your laptop? Do you know how to download apps? Our tech guy, Dale, will be available to help you navigate your laptop or tablet.

  • February 22, 20177:00 pm - 9:00 pm • February 22, 2017

    Trustees Meeting

    The trustees welcome members of the public to all meetings.

February 23, 2017
  • February 23, 20179:00 am - 12:30 pm • February 23, 2017

    AARP Tax Prep

    There will be tax professionals in the library to help prepare your tax returns. This a free service offered to low and moderate income individuals. Call 725-1727 for more information, what to bring with you, and to make an appointment.

  • February 23, 201710:00 am - 10:30 am • February 23, 2017

    Baby & Me

    Baby & Me gives your child the opportunity to hear lots of language and music while you spend time bonding together! We sing songs, participate in action rhymes, and share a board book! Program lasts about 15 -20 minutes, and is for babies ages birth up to 23 months.

  • February 23, 201710:30 am - 11:00 am • February 23, 2017

    Music & Rhyme Time for Twos

    At each Music & Rhyme Time we sing songs, dance and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and read one short story. Each lively and fun session lasts about 20-30 minutes. For TWO YEAR OLDS and their grownup!

  • February 23, 201712:30 pm - 2:30 pm • February 23, 2017

    Genealogy Drop In

    Interested in Genealogy? Join our Genealogy volunteer, Karen, to help you get started. She’ll help you use our resources such as Ancestry to find out more about your family tree. Bring along a notebook and a USB flash drive (if you have one).

  • February 23, 20173:00 pm - 4:00 pm • February 23, 2017

    Art Lab

    Experiment with different tools and techniques to create unique works of art!
    Exercises taken from the book “Art Lab for Kids” will encourage participants to explore mixed media and their own creativity! Materials will be provided, Art Lab facilitated by Mariah. Ages 6-13, REGISTRATION REQUIRED!!!

February 24, 2017
  • February 24, 20171:00 pm - 2:30 pm • February 24, 2017

    2nd Annual Friday of the Force

    Join us for Star Wars themed snacks, crafts and activities! Wear a costume for extra fun! All ages.

February 25, 2017
  • February 25, 201712:00 am - 11:59 pm • February 25, 2017

    Joy of the Lens applications available

    The Joy of the Lens is our annual juried photography exhibit which features original photography by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Prizes are awarded in the following categories: Color, Black & White, and Nancy’s challenge - Reflections. Fill out an application form online through our website, www.topshamlibrary.org, or pick one up at the front desk. The deadline for submission is March 18th at 4pm.

  • February 25, 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm • February 25, 2017

    Great Books

    Great Books meets on the 4th Saturday of each month and uses The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus, which can be purchased from the Great Books Foundation. We are ALWAYS looking for new members!

  • February 25, 201711:00 am - 1:00 pm • February 25, 2017

    Joy of Art Closing and Artist Talk

    Join us in the Crooker Gallery as we announce the winners of this year’s People’s Choice Award and the Library Lovers’ Lottery*. The winning artists in all categories will talk about their work.

    *In conjunction with The Joy of Art, the Friends of the Topsham Public Library are once again holding the Library Lovers’ Lottery. Become a member of the Friends by Saturday, February 25 at the Artist Talk and you will be entered into our lottery for a chance to win a very special piece of art! Current members are automatically entered into the drawing. You do not need to be present to win. The painting will be on display near the front desk along with brochures for joining the Friends group.

  • February 25, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • February 25, 2017

    Library Legos

    Come build with our Lego collection! We have giant bins full of Legos for older kids, and Duplos available for younger kids upon request!

February 28, 2017
  • February 28, 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm • February 28, 2017

    Moving On discussion group

    Join us for this interactive discussion group for surviving spouses of retirement age. How do you move on after the death of a beloved spouse and the shared life you’ve had together over many years? After such a profound loss what can you do to build a new existence based on your new reality? We look forward to sharing observations, experiences and ideas with you. We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

  • February 28, 20173:00 pm - 4:00 pm • February 28, 2017

    Mystery Readers Roundtable

    Once a month, fans of the mystery genre gather over hot drinks and share their favorite crime novels and good company. Have a few laughs, investigate themes, and visit some very dark places. If this sounds like your cup of tea (or coffee) come and join the group. This month we will once again read about a true crime, The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber.

  • February 28, 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm • February 28, 2017

    Reading Between the Panels - Graphic Novel Discussion Group

    If you love art and literature (and at the same time), then join Adrien and Dale each month as they discuss all things graphic novel. From classic comic book collections to the latest in graphic novels, we share our favorites, make recommendations, and talk shop about the writing, the art, and everything in between. Every fourth Tuesday at 6pm from October to May.This month we will explore the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan.

  • February 28, 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm • February 28, 2017

    CREA: Inspired by Nature

    EcoInnovation - How are people drawing on the wisdom of nature to solve human problems? Join Matt Dubel, CREA Executive Director, as he shares stories of eco-innovators who are using nature as a model for everything from growing food to designing products to making decisions. We’ll explore exciting work in biomimicry, ecological design, industrial ecology, living economies, permaculture, and systems thinking.

March 1, 2017
  • March 1, 201710:00 am - 11:00 am • March 1, 2017

    Preschool Storytime

    At each themed Storytime we sing songs, dance, and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and of course, read stories! Storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes and is for preschool children ages 3-5. Often followed by an art project!

  • March 1, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 1, 2017

    Drop-In Tech Support

    Need help setting up email? How about printing from your laptop? Do you know how to download apps? Our tech guy, Dale, will be available to help you navigate your laptop or tablet.

  • March 1, 20176:30 pm - 7:30 pm • March 1, 2017

    Environmental Challenges Facing Maine at the State and Federal Levels

    Join us for a presentation about the most significant environmental issues under debate in the Maine Legislature, including solar energy, mining regulations, protection of Maine’s forests, and food recovery and recycling bills. Pete Didisheim, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Natural Resource Council of Maine, will also share his views on how the current political climate will affect Maine’s environmental policies. Didisheim is one of Maine’s top experts on environmental policy, with 20 years of experience at the NRCM.

March 2, 2017
  • March 2, 20179:00 am - 12:30 pm • March 2, 2017

    AARP Tax Prep

    There will be tax professionals in the library to help prepare your tax returns. This a free service offered to low and moderate income individuals. Call 725-1727 for more information, what to bring with you, and to make an appointment.

  • March 2, 201710:00 am - 10:30 am • March 2, 2017

    Baby & Me

    Baby & Me gives your child the opportunity to hear lots of language and music while you spend time bonding together! We sing songs, participate in action rhymes, and share a board book! Program lasts about 15 -20 minutes, and is for babies ages birth up to 23 months.

  • March 2, 201710:30 am - 11:00 am • March 2, 2017

    Music & Rhyme Time for Twos

    At each Music & Rhyme Time we sing songs, dance and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and read one short story. Each lively and fun session lasts about 20-30 minutes. For TWO YEAR OLDS and their grownup!

  • March 2, 201712:30 pm - 2:30 pm • March 2, 2017

    Genealogy Drop In

    Interested in Genealogy? Join our Genealogy volunteer, Karen, to help you get started. She’ll help you use our resources such as Ancestry to find out more about your family tree. Bring along a notebook and a USB flash drive (if you have one).

  • March 2, 20174:00 pm - 5:00 pm • March 2, 2017

    4H Physics

    Do you use physics in your everyday life? Let’s find out! Using force, motion, inertia, and energy, we’ll make cars crash and marshmallows fly, build paper tables, and tall buildings. You probably use physics WAY more than you think! Open to grades 3-5, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

  • March 2, 20176:30 pm - 8:00 pm • March 2, 2017

    Friends of the Topsham Public Library Meeting

    The Friends of the Topsham Public Library is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting TPL financially and helping to further develop the library’s potential as a dynamic force in our community. Meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. FMI visit our website: friendstopshamlibrary.org

March 3, 2017
  • March 3, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 3, 2017

    The Librarian is in! Drop in

    Join Adult Services Librarian, Emma, for this drop in service. Ask reference questions, receive book recommendations or help with databases.

March 4, 2017
  • March 4, 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm • March 4, 2017

    Sip n' Stitch

    Join this knitting and crocheting group that meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month. All abilities welcome! Come and work on your latest project, share patterns, check out the library's knitting and crocheting resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. Would you like to learn to knit or crochet? Come along and we can help you with that too.

  • March 4, 20171:00 pm - 2:00 pm • March 4, 2017

    Music in March - Porch Light

    This week, we welcome acoustic duo, Porch Light, featuring Matt Loosigian and our very own Mariah Sewall. This acoustic duo offer daring and delicious vocal harmonies on Americana and folk covers. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 725-1727 or visit our website, www.topshamlibrary.org. Sponsored by the Friends of TPL,

March 7, 2017
  • March 7, 20175:00 pm - 6:00 pm • March 7, 2017

    Men's Book Group

    Rescheduled due to snow day: This month’s book is Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto by Tilar Mazzeo. New Members Welcome! Author talk to follow this discussion! For more info call 725-1727 or email emma@topshamlibrary.org.

  • March 7, 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm • March 7, 2017

    Tilar Mazzeo Author Event

    Rescheduled due to snow day: Join Tilar Mazzeo, bestselling author of Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto and The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris for this author event. Copies of Irena's Children will be available for purchase and signing.

March 8, 2017
  • March 8, 201710:00 am - 11:00 am • March 8, 2017

    Preschool Storytime

    At each themed Storytime we sing songs, dance, and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and of course, read stories! Storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes and is for preschool children ages 3-5. Often followed by an art project!

  • March 8, 201712:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 8, 2017

    Topsham Garden Club-Hardy Succulents and Rock Garden Plants

    Please join us for a bring-your-own lunch with coffee & dessert provided by the Club; and stay for the 12:30pm business meeting. You can also come at 1:30pm just to enjoy the program presented by Mark Brandhorst of Halls Pond Gardens in South Paris, Maine.

  • March 8, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 8, 2017

    Drop-In Tech Support

    Need help setting up email? How about printing from your laptop? Do you know how to download apps? Our tech guy, Dale, will be available to help you navigate your laptop or tablet.

  • March 8, 20175:00 pm - 6:00 pm • March 8, 2017

    Tween Reads

    Calling all 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders! We meet once a month to discuss great books and eat pizza! This month we will read We Were Liars by L. Lockhart. Pick one up at the library today! Tween Reads is facilitated by Mariah & Cyndi! Registration is required so we know how much pizza to buy!

March 9, 2017
  • March 9, 201710:00 am - 10:30 am • March 9, 2017

    Baby & Me

    Baby & Me gives your child the opportunity to hear lots of language and music while you spend time bonding together! We sing songs, participate in action rhymes, and share a board book! Program lasts about 15 -20 minutes, and is for babies ages birth up to 23 months.

  • March 9, 201710:30 am - 11:00 am • March 9, 2017

    Music & Rhyme Time for Twos

    At each Music & Rhyme Time we sing songs, dance and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and read one short story. Each lively and fun session lasts about 20-30 minutes. For TWO YEAR OLDS and their grownup!

  • March 9, 201712:30 pm - 2:30 pm • March 9, 2017

    Genealogy Drop In

    Interested in Genealogy? Join our Genealogy volunteer, Karen, to help you get started. She’ll help you use our resources such as Ancestry to find out more about your family tree. Bring along a notebook and a USB flash drive (if you have one).

  • March 9, 20174:00 pm - 5:00 pm • March 9, 2017

    4H Physics

    Do you use physics in your everyday life? Let’s find out! Using force, motion, inertia, and energy, we’ll make cars crash and marshmallows fly, build paper tables, and tall buildings. You probably use physics WAY more than you think! Open to grades 3-5, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

March 10, 2017
  • March 10, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 10, 2017

    The Librarian is in! Drop in

    Join Adult Services Librarian, Emma, for this drop in service. Ask reference questions, receive book recommendations or help with databases.

March 11, 2017
  • March 11, 20171:00 pm - 2:00 pm • March 11, 2017

    Music in March - Jud Caswell

    This week, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we welcome back the ever-popular Jud Caswell! This banjo picking one-man folk festival is back by popular demand. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 725-1727 or visit our website, www.topshamlibrary.org. Sponsored by The Friends of TPL.

March 14, 2017
  • March 14, 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm • March 14, 2017

    Moving On discussion group

    Join us for this interactive discussion group for surviving spouses of retirement age. How do you move on after the death of a beloved spouse and the shared life you’ve had together over many years? After such a profound loss what can you do to build a new existence based on your new reality? We look forward to sharing observations, experiences and ideas with you. We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

  • March 14, 20176:30 pm - 8:00 pm • March 14, 2017

    Topsham Historical Society-Duck Hunting, Yesterday & Today

    Frank Burroughs will lead a panel of local sportsmen to talk about duck hunting on the Bay, yesteryear and today. Mr. Burroughs has been an avid life-long outdoorsman and for many years has spoken and written about the Bay, its beauty, its history and its ecological importance. As author of Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay (with photographer Heather Perry), Franklin is a revered spokesperson for the interests of the Bay.

March 15, 2017
  • March 15, 201710:00 am - 11:00 am • March 15, 2017

    Preschool Storytime

    At each themed Storytime we sing songs, dance, and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and of course, read stories! Storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes and is for preschool children ages 3-5. Often followed by an art project!

  • March 15, 201711:30 am - 1:00 pm • March 15, 2017

    Southern Midcoast Chamber

  • March 15, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 15, 2017

    Drop-In Tech Support

    Need help setting up email? How about printing from your laptop? Do you know how to download apps? Our tech guy, Dale, will be available to help you navigate your laptop or tablet.

  • March 15, 20177:00 pm - 9:00 pm • March 15, 2017

    Trustees Meeting

    The trustees welcome members of the public to all meetings.

March 16, 2017
  • March 16, 201710:00 am - 10:30 am • March 16, 2017

    Baby & Me

    Baby & Me gives your child the opportunity to hear lots of language and music while you spend time bonding together! We sing songs, participate in action rhymes, and share a board book! Program lasts about 15 -20 minutes, and is for babies ages birth up to 23 months.

  • March 16, 201710:30 am - 11:00 am • March 16, 2017

    Music & Rhyme Time for Twos

    At each Music & Rhyme Time we sing songs, dance and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and read one short story. Each lively and fun session lasts about 20-30 minutes. For TWO YEAR OLDS and their grownup!

  • March 16, 201712:30 pm - 2:30 pm • March 16, 2017

    Genealogy Drop In

    Interested in Genealogy? Join our Genealogy volunteer, Karen, to help you get started. She’ll help you use our resources such as Ancestry to find out more about your family tree. Bring along a notebook and a USB flash drive (if you have one).

  • March 16, 20174:00 pm - 5:00 pm • March 16, 2017

    4H Physics

    Do you use physics in your everyday life? Let’s find out! Using force, motion, inertia, and energy, we’ll make cars crash and marshmallows fly, build paper tables, and tall buildings. You probably use physics WAY more than you think! Open to grades 3-5, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

March 17, 2017
  • March 17, 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm • March 17, 2017

    The Librarian is in! Drop in

    Join Adult Services Librarian, Emma, for this drop in service. Ask reference questions, receive book recommendations or help with databases.

  • March 17, 20171:00 pm - 2:30 pm • March 17, 2017

    Children's Costume Movie

    Wear whatever costume you want! We will show a movie and have some snacks! Movie to be determined. Open to children and their grownups!

March 18, 2017
  • March 18, 201712:00 am - 11:59 pm • March 18, 2017

    Joy of the Lens Deadline

  • March 18, 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm • March 18, 2017

    Sip-N-Stitch

    Join this knitting and crocheting group, All abilities welcome! Come and work on your latest project, share patterns, check out the library's knitting and crocheting resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. Would you like to learn to knit or crochet? Come along and we can help you with that too.

  • March 18, 201710:00 am - 2:00 pm • March 18, 2017

    3rd Saturday Teen Crafting

    Stop by the YA room between 10-2pm on the third Saturday of each month for our casual teen crafts program. Each month will have a different craft project, spend as little or as much time as you like. No registration required. Ages 11-18 only. This month's craft is drag art painting.

  • March 18, 20171:00 pm - 2:00 pm • March 18, 2017

    Music in March - Simons and Goodwin

    This week, we welcome back Simons and Goodwin! This duo covers all forms of Americana music including soft rock, country, pop standards, and more.
    Refreshments will be served. For more information call 725-1727 or visit our website, www.topshamlibrary.org. Sponsored by the Friends of TPL,