This Week At Your Library

May  25 – May 30

This lovely acrylic painting by Emelia Barker is part of the MSAD75 Student Art Exhibit.

Hi Everyone,
Happy Memorial Day to all of you. It seems like summer might really be here at last. However so much else remains the same. We do have some exciting news though.

Drum Roll Please!
Announcing the publication of:

Yes, folks you read that correctly! Our Emma is now a published author and we just can’t help but brag a little on her behalf and spread the news.

Within its pages, you will meet secret societies who contract deadly diseases on purpose, dancers helping each other avoid “below,” monstrous children who must be loved before they return to the sea, a taxidermy-obsessed mother, small blue devils in the Maine woods, a black cat that retrieves the dying, the last witch in Florida, and “a huge dog of potentially supernatural origin.” Visit haunted houses, a Hollywood nightclub, limbo, Whitechapel, and other stops on a death tour, and a childhood hangout that spells destruction for kids and dogs alike. Listen to a punk rock sermon in a post-apocalyptic matriarchal society, witness crustaceans that have trouble staying dead, a cannibalistic romance, a gothic love story to tuberculosis and a downtrodden wife’s transformation.

What other authors say:

“Careful, or you might cut yourself on these stories—little gems with sharp edges which deserve to be treasured alongside the jewels of Shirley Jackson and Sylvia Townsend Warner—in the tradition of the illuminating dark.”
—M. Rickert, World Fantasy Award-winning author of You Have Never Been Here

“Visceral, searing, and whimsical all at once, Emma J. Gibbon’s work somehow combines and carries on the bloodlines of Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Johnny Rotten. Dark Blood Comes from the Feet is a perfect rainy-day read. The Mary Poppins of Horror has arrived!”
—Morgan Sylvia, author of Abode

“Gibbon invites us to macabre destinations, including a strip club in Purgatory, a Lovecraftian orphanage, and a day at the beach that would make Cronenberg proud. In this collection of short stories, we meet relatable characters in horrific situations, and may even recognize ourselves among the pages.”
—Michelle Renee Lane, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of Invisible Chains

“Gibbon is a compelling new voice in horror. Part punk, part metal, part crooner, her work resonates beautifully.” —Catherynne M. Valente, NYT/USA Today Bestselling Author of Space Opera and Deathless
Learn more about Emma and read some of her other stories on her website, emmajgibbon.com.

Dark Blood Comes from the Feet is available wherever books are sold. Of course we will have a copy at the library as well.

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Coming in June! Pick up Services!
Beginning June 2, we will begin accepting requests and delivering items to your vehicle in our parking lot. Please stay tuned for details next week.

Join us in saying Hello Topsham on the website! We would love to see you there! It’s easy to join in the fun. Take a picture of yourself, your pet, a scene from your environment, perhaps a picture of what is keeping you busy while at home, or anything else you want to share. Think of a caption to tell us what is happening. 3rd person is best e.g. “Here’s Emma with her 3rd coffee of the day.” Then email the picture and caption to Dale and he will put it on the website. Please, don’t leave us up there all alone.

Reflections of the Times: This is a new page on our website. We would love it if you would contribute to it. It is a way for us to connect to one another and share what we are experiencing in this strange time. Years from now our children or grandchildren will be able to look back and see what life was like for us today. You can remain anonymous if you like. To add your thoughts, email them to Cyndi@cyndi@topshamlibrary.org.

Book Drops will be open for returns every Saturday and Sunday. There are no fines being assessed at this time. All items are now due on July 10th.

Annual MSAD75 Student Art Exhibit
May 16 – June 6, 2020
This one always brings smiles to visitors’ faces and we did not want anyone to miss out on that! We are happy that we were able to open this exhibit up to all of MSAD75 and host the exhibit in our virtual gallery. In this online exhibit are works of art created in school under the guidance of our wonderful art teachers as well as examples of what children have been creating at home for the pure enjoyment of it. Visit our gallery to enjoy these delightful works of creativity and self-expression. After viewing you will be able leave comments to encourage our budding young artists.

Where is the library staff?
Play this virtual escape room puzzle made by Linda just for fun.

Video Storytimes:
Access them here.

The CloudLibrary:
Instructions here

To help you find materials while we are all at home:
Stay at home mega list.

May  18 – May 23

The returns are coming in! The drops will continue to be open on weekends.

Hi Everyone,

Time marches on and we do our best to travel with it. As we progress in this attempt, please remember that as with everything surrounding this pandemic, our plans are subject to change. Please bear with us! It’s our first pandemic too!

Weekend Collection Continues
We will continue accepting material returns through the book drops on Saturdays and Sundays only. The drop boxes will remain closed Monday thru Friday so that the returned items will be untouched for the CDC recommended quarantine time before being handled by staff. No library items in your possession are due and they are not accruing fines, so you are welcome to continue to hang onto them if you prefer.

Interested in becoming a trustee?
The Governance Committee of the Topsham Public Library Board of Trustees seeks interested community members to fill up to 4 open Board seats beginning July 1, 2020. The Board of Trustees is the governing board responsible for setting policies and overseeing the overall operation of the library as implemented by the Library Director. The library’s mission,”…to provide residents of all ages with books, informational resources, technology and services to stimulate personal growth and enrichment while serving as a center of study and community activities…” guides the Board as it fulfills its duties. For more information or to apply visit https://topshamlibrary.org/board-of-trustees-application/

Topsham Public Library truly a community center for all!
Information is a powerful thing. The right information at the right time can change your life! Just before the library closure in March, we were notified that the Topsham Public Library is one of thirteen libraries in the nation to receive a competitive “Libraries Build Business” grant from the American Library Association and Google. The goal of this program is to provide a template for successful outreach for libraries of all sizes and demographics on how to best assist entrepreneurs, small businesses, and jobseekers. We are honored to have been chosen!

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program
As we begin to move toward reopening our libraries, it has been decided that MRBP or “walk-in” borrowing is on pause until further notice. Patrons will not be able to borrow items from any library except their home library.

Summer Reading 2020
Many of you have asked about our summer reading programs. YES – we will have a summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults this year. It may be a little different than it has been in past years, but we guarantee it will be fun! We hope to begin Summer Reading by June 15! Watch the website for more information: www.topshamlibrary.org!

Clynk bags are back
By popular demand we have placed clynk bags in the corner of the porch near the book drops. This is a fund raising program of the Friends of the Topsham Public Library. Just place your returnables in the bag and return to the Topsham Hannaford clynk receptacle. We thank you in advance.

Coming in June! Pick up Services!
Beginning June 2, we will begin accepting requests and delivering items to your vehicle in our parking lot. Please stay tuned for details to be announced as the time draws near.

Join us in saying Hello Topsham on the website! We would love to see you there! It’s easy to join in the fun. Take a picture of yourself, your pet, a scene from your environment, perhaps a picture of what is keeping you busy while at home, or anything else you want to share. Think of a caption to tell us what is happening. 3rd person is best e.g. “Here’s Emma with her 3rd coffee of the day.” Then email the picture and caption to Dale and he will put it on the website. Please, don’t leave us up there all alone.

Reflections of the Times: This is a new page on our website. We would love it if you would contribute to it. It is a way for us to connect to one another and share what we are experiencing in this strange time. Years from now our children or grandchildren will be able to look back and see what life was like for us today. You can remain anonymous if you like. To add your thoughts, email them to Cyndi.

May  9 – May 16

Early Edition

This weekend the drop boxes will open!

Hi Everyone,
This is such important news that we are sending it out early!

A Note from the Director:
Thank you for your patience during this pandemic!  We are anxious to get back to business but, as you know, public health and safety must come first. We are hopeful that we can begin to provide some of our services in June, however the library remains CLOSED to the public. As you will read further, we are going to open our book drops in a VERY LIMITED way. This is a first step – please hang in there with us as we all try to cope with our “new normal.”  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at director@topshamlibrary.org or call and leave a message at 536-8170 and we will return your call.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of our MOMS!

ON WEEKENDS ONLY STARTING MAY 9TH

As a first step in our process of slowly bringing library services back to Topsham, we will begin accepting material returns through the book drops. The drop boxes will remain closed Monday thru Friday so that the returned items will be untouched for the CDC recommended quarantine time before being handled by staff.

No library items in your possession are due, and they are not accruing fines, so you are welcome to continue to hang onto them if you prefer. For the month of May, those of you who would like to return your library items are welcome to do so on Saturdays and Sundays only.

We hope to provide additional services as soon as it is safe to do so for you and for the staff. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

A Message from the Friends of the
Topsham Public Library

The Friends of Topsham Public Library have announced that the Annual Book Sale scheduled for September will be cancelled this year.

With the uncertainty created by the COVID19 pandemic and our inability to safely handle book donations, we have reluctantly made this decision. We cannot accept book donations this year.

The Book Sale has been our main fundraiser to support virtually all programs at the library. We look forward to finding other ways to support our mission. We are grateful to our many donors, buyers and supporters.

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Join us in saying Hello Topsham on the website! We would love to see you there! It’s easy to join in the fun. Take a picture of yourself, your pet, a scene from your environment, perhaps a picture of what is keeping you busy while at home, or anything else you want to share. Think of a caption to tell us what is happening. 3rd person is best e.g. “Here’s Emma with her 3rd coffee of the day.” Then email the picture and caption to Dale and he will put it on the website. Please, don’t leave us up there all alone.

Reflections of the Times: This is a new page on our website. We would love it if you would contribute to it. It is a way for us to connect to one another and share what we are experiencing in this strange time. Years from now our children or grandchildren will be able to look back and see what life was like for us today. You can remain anonymous if you like. To add your thoughts, email them to Cyndi.

 Annual Topsham Schools Student Art Exhibit
May 16 – June 6, 2020

This one always brings smiles to visitors’ faces and we did not want anyone to miss out on that! We are happy that we were able to open this exhibit up to all of MSAD75 and host the exhibit in our virtual gallery. In this online exhibit are works of art created in school under the guidance of our wonderful art teachers as well as examples of what children have been creating at home for the pure enjoyment of it. Visit our gallery to enjoy these delightful works of creativity and self-expression.

Click on the link above to visit our annual Joy of the Lens photo exhibit. You can find a portion of the Maine Bicentennial Exhibit in the virtual gallery, as well.

Where is the library staff?
Play this virtual escape room puzzle made by Linda just for fun.

 

Video Storytimes:
Access them here.

The CloudLibrary:
Instructions on our website

To help you find materials while we are all at home:
Stay at home mega list.

April 27 – May 2

Spring is definitely on the way now. Our garden is growing.

Hi everyone,
How can this be? May is here! We are really looking forward to some warmer weather. How about you?

Missing us as much as we miss you? Let’s talk about movies! Tuesday, April 28th, 1:00pm: What’s your favorite movie or the worst you’ve ever seen? Do you need recommendations on what to view next, or have any to share? Join us each Tuesday for Touching Base With TPL- a virtual meet-up!  We can talk books, movies, pets, food, anything but the virus that must not be named. It’s also a chance for you to tell us what else we can do for you during this time of digital service. To join the meeting, click on the link and choose ‘open zoom’. That’s all there is to it. You can see our familiar faces and we can see yours. To join, email tplinfo@topshamlibrary.org to receive the link to enter the meeting.

CloudLibrary has come through with more ebooks. Along with the big order they added at the beginning of the month, they have added 350 multi-user books written by indie authors to the collection. From the IAP website: The Indie Author Project (IAP) features top indie-published books in adult and young adult fiction. The books are curated by Library Journal and library editorial boards in regions across North America and were chosen by editors and librarians from thousands of submissions. IAP Select features NY Times and USA Today best-selling authors, numerous award winners, as well as the 2019 Indie Author of the Year Ran Walker’s award-winning title, Daykeeper. All IAP eBooks are circulated sustainably in an unlimited, simultaneous use model to library patrons (more than one person at a time can read them). To view this new collection, visit our CloudLibrary page: https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/topshampl/Featured

Join us in saying Hello Topsham on the website! We would love to see you there! It’s easy to join in the fun. Take a picture of yourself, your pet, a scene from your environment, perhaps a picture of what is keeping you busy while at home, or anything else you want to share. Think of a caption to tell us what is happening. 3rd person is best e.g. “Here’s Emma with her 3rd coffee of the day.” Then email the picture and caption to Dale at tpltech@topshamlibrary.org and he will put it on the website. Please, don’t leave us up there all alone.

Reflections of the Times: This is a new page on our website. We would love it if you would contribute to it. It is a way for us to connect to one another and share what we are experiencing in this strange time. Years from now our children or grandchildren will be able to look back and see what life was like for us today. You can remain anonymous if you like. To add your thoughts, email them to Cyndi at cyndi@topshamlibrary.org.

Calling All Students! MSAD 75 Virtual Student Art Show: Our annual student art show is always a happy event and we’re hoping you’ll help us continue that tradition of spreading smiles. Have you been creating during your time at home? Do you have a favorite piece of artwork from this school year? Would you like to create something new? We want to see it and share it! All K-12 students, both public and home schooled, may participate. One submission per student, please. Email a high-resolution jpeg scan or photo (at least 4×6”, 300dpi) of your artwork to Monique  at tplgallery@topshamlibrary.org by May 2nd. Include your name, age, title & medium (both optional). The exhibit will run from May 9 – June 6, 2020. Please contact Monique at the link above  with any questions.

The Crooker Gallery has gone virtual!:  Visit our annual Joy of the Lens photo exhibit. You can find a portion of the Maine Bicentennial Exhibit in the virtual gallery, as well.

Video Storytimes:
Access them here.

The CloudLibrary:
Instructions are here.

April 20 – April 25

Happy National Library Week everyone! Help us celebrate by taking part in one of the activities below or just send us an email at tplinfo@topshamlibrary.org saying what your library means to you.

Hi Everyone,
We really miss you and we’re sorry we can’t be there to provide our regular services but we have found lots of other ways to connect and to get materials for you online. Here are some of them.

Join us in saying Hello Topsham on the website! We would love to see you there! It’s easy to join in the fun. Take a picture of yourself, your pet, a scene from your environment, perhaps a picture of what is keeping you busy while at home, or anything else you want to share. Think of a caption to tell us what is happening. 3rd person is best e.g. “Here’s Emma with her 3rd coffee of the day.” Then email the picture and caption to Dale at tpltech@topshamlibrary.org and he will put it on the website. Please, don’t leave us up there all alone.

Reflections of the Times: This is a new page on our website. We would love it if you would contribute to it. It is a way for us to connect to one another and share what we are experiencing in this strange time. Years from now our children or grandchildren will be able to look back and see what life was like for us today. You can remain anonymous if you like. To add your thoughts email them to cyndi@topshamlibrary.org.

Video Storytimes: Miss Mariah has been busy at home finding ways to reach out to ‘her’ kids. She has come up with some good ideas like Video Pals and personal requests. She has ideas on how to make shakers at home so you can make music too. And maybe most importantly she been recording storytimes for you to watch online. Access them here.

Teen Online Book Discussion with Cyndi and Mariah, Thursday, April 23, 3pm: We are going to try a Zoom book discussion. If you are interested, here is how to get the book. Visit the Teen page on our website and click on Stuck At Home Spring 2020, scroll down to Sources of free eBooks and click on TEEN BOOK CLOUD. On this site click on the teal colored Fiction button, click on Teen Fiction and go to the 3rd page. Look for Whatever Doesn’t Kill You by Elizabeth Wennick. Then to join the discussion on April 23rd contact cyndi@topshaamlibrary.org for the Zoom link.

The cloudlibrary. It is a very good resource and quite user friendly. You can read books on eReaders, phones, and even your computer. There are instructions on our website and we have tech help available by email if you need it. I know it’s not the same as a ‘real book’ but it does allow you to read in a time like this.

To help you find materials while we are all at home, the library is curating a growing list of free electronic resources for families, teens and adults. We are calling it our Stay at home mega list. You can find easy links to everything from jellyfish cams (yes, that is a thing) to NASA at home.  Miss Mariah has posted virtual storytimes on the kids page of the library website and Cyndi has lots of ideas for teens on that page, as well.

Missing us as much as we miss you? Join us on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM for Touching Base With TPL- a virtual meet-up!  We can talk books, movies, pets, food, anything but that virus who must not be named. It’s also a chance for you to tell us what else we can do to serve you during this time of digital service. Email tplinfo@topshamlibrary.org for more information.

The Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery has gone virtual! Our annual Joy of the Lens photo exhibit can be found on the library website.  There is a link on the box on the right of the page.  You can also find a portion of the Bicentennial Exhibit in the virtual gallery, as well.

MSAD 75 Student Virtual Art Show: Our annual student art show is always a happy event and we’re hoping you’ll help us continue that tradition of spreading smiles. Have you been creating during your time at home? Do you have a favorite piece of artwork from this school year? Would you like to create something new? We want to see it and share it! All K-12 students, both public and home schooled, may participate. One submission per student, please. Email a high-resolution jpeg scan or photo (at least 4×6”, 300dpi) of your artwork to Monique at tplgallery@topshamlibrary.org by May 2nd. Include your name, age, title & medium (both optional). The exhibit will run from May 9 – June 6, 2020. Please contact Monique at the above address with any questions.

April 13 – April 18

Alicia from Aussie Aquarium came in to clean our fish tank and care for the fish. She left Chewie in charge to watch over them while we are gone.

Hi Everyone! We sure miss seeing you.

Do you need some book suggestions? There is a new page on our website called Find Your Next Read. It will be an ongoing resource for book suggestions. It hosts bookmarks like the paper ones in the library that help you to find just the right book. There are links to other websites there that can help too.

CREA: Seabirds to Pollinators, Research and Art At Bowdoin’s Scientific Station on Kent Island, Tuesday, April 28, 6 p.m.: The BSS Kent Island Director and Bowdoin Biology Professor, Patricia Jones, will tell the remarkable story of the history of the station and discoveries made by researchers on Kent Island. She will also discuss how artists in residence contribute to the life of the station and the communication of science and environmental issues.
This talk will be LIVE-STREAMED with the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. REGISTER via the link BELOW to receive details and a link to watch and participate online on April 28th.

Seabirds to Pollinators: Research and Art at Bowdoin’s Scientific Station on Kent Island ONLINE EVENT

News from the Town of Topsham: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, April 2, 2020, the Board of Selectmen conducted a virtual meeting to change the date and location of Town Meeting to June 17, 2020 , 7:00PM at Mt. Ararat Middle School, Orion Center. We will keep you updated to any further changes. For all the latest information from town hall, check out the Town of Topsham website.

April 6 – April 11, 2020

It looks like we are all at home for another month. We will continue to do our best to help you through this time with new material and ideas for learning and entertainment while we are all self isolating.

Our newest staff member, Nicole, shares a lesson on painting with watercolors here.

For those of you using Cloudlibrary or trying it for the first time, please don’t give up. They are suffering from the sudden surge in use during this time. They have been working hard to upgrade their capacity to accommodate the heightened demand. Keep trying. Remember they have eAudiobooks too.

Temporary Online Library Card
We know that those of you who receive this newsletter are already members, but please pass the word to others you know who might not have a library card–neighbors, family members, coworkers. (but only from a distance of course).

Are you a Topsham resident who never got around to getting a library card but could really use one to access our CloudLibrary during this time? You can get an online library card! Just complete the form and you will be sent a library card number to use. If you want to convert this card to a permanent one once this is all over, all you have to do is visit us with some ID showing your photo and your address.

Census Day – April 1st – No foolin’. This was the date when all of us should have received our invitations to take part in the 2020 census. Now is the time for us to respond. You can do it online, through the mail or by phone. But please do it. The numbers gathered by the census are the numbers used to determine the number of representatives we have in congress. They are also used to decide how federal government fund are allocated. They provide money for our schools, our towns, and even our libraries. If you fill out your census form, you are supporting your library, helping us to continue to meet the needs of our community. That could be more important than ever in the aftermath of this challenging time when all of our resources will be stretched to the limit. Learn more here.

March 30 – April 4, 2020

How are all of you doing? We hope you are at home, snug as a bug in a rug, and staying healthy. We are still offering all the great online services I mentioned last week and here are a couple more.

Tech Help: If you’re having problems accessing our at home activities like Cloud Library please contact our Tech Guy, Dale, at tpltech@topshamlibrary.org

Storytime Online: Mariah has been busy at home and is recording storytimes. Visit with Digital Miss Mariah! They are FABULOUS! Tune in with your little ones, or just for yourself. Who couldn’t use a good storytiime about now? She has other great ideas for you too.

March 23 – March 28, 2020

Hello Everyone,
While the library is closed we have decided to add this feature to the website. It is a replica of the weekly newsletter that we send to those who choose to receive them. All our up to date information on the status of the library during this pandemic will appear here until further notice.

Here we are: If you would like to see what we are doing at home, visit our website and check out our Hello Topsham feature. Feel free to join in the fun by emailing pictures of what you are doing at home to emma@topshamlibrary.org. Add a caption too.

How are you doing on reading material? We are happy to tell you that we have been able to use some of the additional money added to the Cloud Library fund to add many new eBooks to our collection. There are some new eAudiobooks too.

Don’t worry about those items you do have. On Friday March 20th all items that have due dates from between February 1 (long overdue) and April 15 have been given more time. We will set a blanket due date on these items that will be April 15th. We will revisit that timeline by April 10th and will adjust again as necessary. This means you shouldn’t receive any pesky emails about overdue books; but if you do get one, just ignore it. Please keep all your items at home until you hear from us.

Cyndi has been scouring the net for the teens as well and has changed her teen ‘Things to Do’ page to ‘Stuck at Home’  and is adding awesome ideas to keep teens happy and engaged at home.

We have locked the outside drop boxes to ensure that no living virus will be on items when we reopen. We want to do everything we can to halt the spread of this disease and keep everyone safe. Please keep all items at home until you hear from us. There will be no fines assessed on anything.

We will continue to do everything we can to provide distraction and reliable information for you during this time. Any new information will be posted on our website as soon as we have it.

So until next week –

STAY AT HOME! WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN! TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER!
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!

 

Archive of COVID-19 Announcements

March 17 – Corona Update 1

March 16 – Library Closing