This Week At Your Library

August 17 – August 22

Mystery Readers Roundtable held the first ever outdoor book discussion at TPL.

This week’s activities:

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, August 22, & 29, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams on Saturday mornings during the month of August. Sessions will be held outside, practicing personal distancing and health safety guidelines, and are subject to cancellation in poor weather or due to changes in directives under COVID-19. All adults and teens are welcome. No prior experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing bring a bottle of water. Drop by if you are curious, and come back if you enjoyed your session. Don’t hold back if you missed a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Summer Reading Program Puzzle: As part of our summer reading program we have crafted a quiz following our theme Together, We Are Maine. How much do you know about the cultures that make up the people of Maine? Take the quiz and find out. You might be surprised at how much you know, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. All answers are easily found if you let your fingers do the walking. Adults have a bingo square to fill in with this puzzle. Teens get a raffle ticket. Of course, you can just do it for the fun of it too. Find it here.

August 10 – August 15

Look who came to visit the TPL gardens!

Hi Everyone,
Here are this weeks activities.

Teen Outdoor Craft: Leaf/Flower Spray Painting: Tuesday, August 11, 1pm –  2:pm: Join us on the library lawn for this craft project. Express your creativity using items from nature. Registration is limited to 8 teens. Need 5 to run. Rain dates TBA. Email cyndi@topshamlibrary to register. Registration deadline is Monday, August 10, 1pm.

Kids’ Zoom Book Buzz, Thursday, August 13, 3pm – 4pm: Do you LOVE talking about books?  Do you want new books to read?  Join our Zoom Book Buzz!  Share what you’ve been reading, and get some ideas for new books to read!  Ages 8-12, sign-up required. To sign up email: mariah@topshamlibrary.org

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, August 15, 22, & 29, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am)sessions with Margaret Williams on Saturday mornings during the month of August. Sessions will be held outside, practicing personal distancing and health safety guidelines, and are subject to cancellation in poor weather or due to changes in directives under COVID-19. All adults and teens are welcome. No prior experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing bring a bottle of water. Drop by if you are curious, and come back if you enjoyed your session. Don’t hold back if you missed a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Summer Reading Program Puzzle: As part of our summer reading program we have crafted a quiz following our theme Together, We Are Maine. How much do you know about the cultures that make up the people of Maine? Take the quiz and find out. You might be surprised at how much you know, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. All answers are easily found if you let your fingers do the walking. Adults have a bingo square to fill in with this puzzle. Teens get a raffle ticket. Of course, you can just do it for the fun of it too. Find it here.

August 3 – August 8

It’s great to have the Interlibrary Loan system active again.

Hi Everyone,
Everything is running smoothly as we reopen the library. Therefore, we are happy to announce that we are taking another step forward by returning to our full schedule of open hours, with all the usual precautions of course.

Library Hours Beginning August 3rd 
Monday  9am – 5pm
Tuesday – Thursday  9am – 8pm
Friday   9am – 5pm
Saturday  9am – 4pm

RETURNS ACCEPTED ONLY FROM FRIDAY AFTER 12 PM THROUGH 8:30 AM MONDAY AND ONLY IN THE OUTSIDE BOOKDROPS.

Thursday Theater: Think Like a Dog, Thursday, August 6, 8pm – 10pm: Topsham Rec Dept. and TPL are teaming up to bring you this enjoyable movie for the whole family. Twelve year old Oliver is a science whiz whose science experiment nets a surprising result and suddenly he and his dog can read each other’s thoughts. This causes complications and unexpected danger to Oliver’s life, which the duo must overcome. The movie will be shown on the lawn at the library. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Social distancing will be maintained. First come first served. Space is limited to 50 people. Rated PG, 91 minutes.

Teen Outdoor Craft: Sea & Sand Painting, Friday, August 7, 11pm – 2pm: Join us on the library lawn for this craft project. Create your own masterpiece using paint and sand.  Registration is limited to 8 teens. Need 5 to run. Rain dates TBA.  Email cyndi@topshamlibrary.org to register.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, August8, 15, 22, & 29, 9:00 – 11:00am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams on Saturday mornings during the month of August. Sessions will be held outside, practicing personal distancing and health safety guidelines, and are subject to cancellation in poor weather or due to changes in directives under COVID-19. All adults and teens are welcome. No prior experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing bring a bottle of water. Drop by if you are curious, and come back if you enjoyed your session. Don’t hold back if you missed a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Library Email Notification Glitch

Hotmail, MSN, Live, and Outlook emails are not getting notices from Maineinfonet. These notices are the hold pickups, overdues, and items that are coming due, on your account. You can go online minerva.maine.edu/patroninfo to log into your library account, especially if you are expecting a hold. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

MESSAGE FOR TEENS FROM CYNDI

Teens can start exchanging their summer reading bookmarks for tickets on Monday, August 3rd. Bookmarks will be accepted until September 15th.

There are three options:

Tickets can be filled out by teens in the library (just like last year).

Teens can swap bookmarks (by coming into the library or calling from the parking lot) for tickets to take home and fill out, and then return them to the library.

Teens can drop off their bookmarks and Cyndi will fill out tickets for them.

Remember: Clearly write your first name and telephone number on every ticket and bookmark.

Keep reading! Be well!

Children’s Summer Reading
The prizes for kids summer reading are in. Bring in your bookmarks and collect your goody bag. We have an extended reading program online through beanstack. FMI check our website. For questions email mariah@topshamlibrary.org.

Library Email Notification Glitch Continues
Hotmail, MSN, Live, and Outlook emails are not getting notices from Maineinfonet. These notices are the hold pickups, overdues, and items that are coming due, on your account. You can go online minerva.maine.edu/patroninfo to log into your library account, especially if you are expecting a hold. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Summer Reading Program Puzzle: As part of our summer reading program we have crafted a quiz following our theme Together, We Are Maine. How much do you know about the cultures that make up the people of Maine? Take the quiz and find out. You might be surprised at how much you know, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. All answers are easily found if you let your fingers do the walking. Adults have a bingo square to fill in with this puzzle. Teens get a raffle ticket. Of course, you can just do it for the fun of it too. Find it here.

July 27 – August 1


Our garden is in full bloom.

It is very important in our reopening plan to keep the library safe  for patrons and staff members, Quarantining items is a major step in that plan. Therefore we ask you to please pay attention to the following announcement.

RETURNS ACCEPTED  ONLY FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT AND ONLY IN THE OUTSIDE BOOKDROPS.

Thursday Theater: Dolittle, (postponed from last week) Thursday, July 30, 8pm – 10pm: Topsham Rec Dept. and TPL are teaming up to bring you this enjoyable movie for the whole family. Dr. Doolittle happily lives in solitude with a menagerie of animals who he converses with daily. However when Queen Victoria becomes ill the good doctor and his furry companions go on an adventure to find the cure. Movie will be shown on the lawn at the library. Bring your own chairs or blankets. First come first served. Space is limited to 50 people. Social distancing will be maintained. Rated PG, 102 minutes

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, beginning Saturday, August 1, 9:00 – 11:00am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams on Saturday mornings during the month of August. Sessions will be held outside, practicing personal distancing and health safety guidelines, and are subject to cancellation in poor weather or due to changes in directives under COVID-19. All adults and teens are welcome. No prior experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing bring a bottle of water. Drop by if you are curious, and come back if you enjoyed your session. Don’t hold back if you missed a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Library Email Notification Glitch
Hotmail, MSN, Live, and Outlook emails are not getting notices from Maineinfonet. These notices are the hold pickups, overdues, and items that are coming due, on your account. You can go online minerva.maine.edu/patroninfo to log into your library account, especially if you are expecting a hold. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Summer Reading Program Puzzle
As part of our summer reading program we have crafted a quiz following our theme Together, We Are Maine. How much do you know about the cultures that make up the people of Maine? Take the quiz and find out. You might be surprised at how much you know, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. All answers are easily found if you let your fingers do the walking. Adults have a bingo square to fill in with this puzzle. Teens get a raffle ticket. Of course, you can just do it for the fun of it too. Find it here.

July 20 – July 25

Come to the outdoor movie on our lawn!

Hi Everyone,
Here is the latest news and event schedule for this week.

Thursday Theater: Dolittle, Thursday, July 23, 8pm – 10pm: Topsham Rec Dept. and TPL are teaming up to bring you this enjoyable movie for the whole family. Dr. Doolittle happily lives in solitude with a menagerie of animals who he converses with daily. However when Queen Victoria becomes ill the good doctor and his furry companions go on an adventure to find the cure. Movie will be shown on the lawn at the library. Bring your own chairs or blankets. First come first served. Space is limited to 50 people. Social distancing will be maintained. Rated PG, 102 minutes

Returned items are being quarantined.
Our automated notification system has been resumed. You may receive the following message:
This is a reminder to let you know that the material listed below will be due soon. Please contact your local library if you have any questions. You may check to see if your items are renewable here.  If you have already returned this item, thank you. Many libraries are quarantining items for 72 hours before checking in, so this notice may be sent in error.
If you have already returned your items do not worry. The book may remain on your account during the week after you return it, while it sits in quarantine, and the message may go out. We have no control over that. It is a statewide system. But don’t worry, we are not charging fines during this time. Remember, you may return your items in  the outside drop boxes Friday after 12pm – Sunday night. Please do not bring your items into the library when we are open. They must be quarantined before processing.

Attention Teens! Do you need volunteer hours?
Review the NEWTTs (new teen titles). Teens can earn volunteer hours by reading and reviewing titles from the library’s teen collection. Swing by and pick up a bundle of 5 teen titles and 5 review forms. We will check the titles out for 6 weeks. Each review form is 1 page long. Every book review will credit you for 2 hours of volunteer time. If you are interested call 725-1727 and ask for Cyndi or email cyndi@topshamlibrary.org.

The Sharing Table is back beginning July 22, Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 4:30pm: The Topsham Sharing Table, an outreach of Merrymeeting Gleaners, will have a produce table in front of the library. This is free local produce for anyone who needs it. The produce is prebagged and there is a list of all the items in the bag for that week. The table is unmanned. Please help yourself to the number of bags needed and leave the rest for others. For more information contact merrymeetinggleaners@gmail.com.

Summer Reading Program Puzzle
As part of our summer reading program we have crafted a quiz following our theme Together, We Are Maine. How much do you know about the cultures that make up the people of Maine? Take the quiz and find out. You might be surprised at how much you know, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. All answers are easily found if you let your fingers do the walking. Adults have a bingo square to fill in with this puzzle. Teens get a raffle ticket. Of course, you can just do it for the fun of it too. Find it here.

July 13 – July 18

  Masks, social distancing, and self checkout help keep us all safe.

Hi Everyone,
We had a great first week open. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our community safe. We enjoyed being able to see you and talk with you again. We have begun our Summer Reading Programs, pandemic style. Our theme is Together, We Are Maine. Don’t forget to download or pick up your materials. We also have some activities in person and on Zoom this week.

Maine Humanities Council Book Discussion, Tuesday, July 14, 6pm – 7pm: Topsham Public Library is partnering with the Maine Humanities Council for the Summer Discussion Project 2020. The theme is Maine at 200: How should life be? This is a three part discussion series with other meetings on August 4, and August 25. Registration is required. Twenty spots available. Text will be provided online or can be printed if necessary. For more information visit here. To register – email emma@topshamlibrary.org with your name, phone number, and email (your details will be shared with the facilitator and the Maine Humanities Council.)

Topsham Public Library Annual Meeting on Zoom, Wednesday, July 15, 7pm – 9pm: The Board of Trustees invite all community members to attend the Annual Meeting on Zoom. Items of note on this year’s agenda include the recognition of Board members who are stepping down from the Board, election of a new Trustee, and a by-law change. Anyone who is interested in attending should email Director, Susan M. Preece for a virtual link to the meeting. She will send a secure link for connection prior to the meeting. For more information, questions, or requests for online access, please email Susan at director@topshamlibrary.org.

Zoom Book Buzz, Thursday, July 16, 3 pm – 4 pm: Do you LOVE talking about books? Do you want new books to read? Join our Zoom Book Buzz! Share what you’ve been reading, and get some ideas for new books to read! Ages 8-12, sign-up required. To sign up email: mariah@topshamlibrary.org

Teen Book Discussion, Thursday, July 16, 3pm or Friday, July 17, 11am: Cyndi will lead the first of 3 summer book discussions for Teens both in person and on Zoom. Pick a day & time to attend in person or on Zoom and earn 3 raffle tickets for each discussion. Registration is required. The first book is Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley. Find more details on the Teen page on our website. To sign up email cyndi@topshamlibrary.org. Books are available at the library.

Interlibrary Loan is opening too!
Beginning on July 13th, you will be able to request items from other libraries in the Minerva system. In addition, if all goes as planned, MaineCat requesting (universities and other libraries not in Minerva) will resume during the week of July 20th.

Attention Teens! Do you need volunteer hours?
Review the NEWTTs (new teen titles). Teens can earn volunteer hours by reading and reviewing titles from the library’s teen collection. Swing by and pick up a bundle of 5 teen titles and 5 review forms. We will check the titles out for 6 weeks. Each review form is 1 page long. Every book review will credit you for 2 hours of volunteer time. If you are interested call 725-1727 and ask for Cyndi or email cyndi@topshamlibrary.org.

A Special Thank You
We would like to thank the family of Paul & Mimi Aldrich. In honor of their birthdays, three generations of Aldrich family members made these beautiful bookmarks as an Act of Kindness Project for the patrons of our library. We appreciate the time and work you have put into this endeavor and we are sure our patrons will enjoy them. Happy Birthday Paul and Mimi!