This Week At Your Library

Upcoming Events May – June

Here are examples of works done by Nancy Marstaller and Bonnie Bishoff, who will be presenting an Artists  Talk this month. See details below.Here are examples of works done by Nancy Marstaller and Bonnie Bishoff, who will be presenting an Artists  Talk this month. See details below.Here are examples of works done by Nancy Marstaller and Bonnie Bishoff, who will be presenting an Artists  Talk this month. See details below.
Here are examples of works done by Nancy Marstaller and Bonnie Bishoff, who will be presenting an Artists Talk this month. See details below.

In the Crooker Gallery May 10 – June 3, 2021
Stop by our Crooker Gallery to see an exhibit of the 2021 Joy of the Lens award winners, featuring original photographs by current Maine residents, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older.

Artists Talk via Zoom, May 25, 6:30pm: Join us online for this presentation by Markings Gallery members, Nancy Marstaller and Bonnie Bishoff. Nancy prints on fabric and paper, does collage, paints with watercolors, and draws. Bonnie uses polymer clay as art medium, creating furniture, lighting, wall art, and jewelry. They will discuss their art and techniques and show examples of their work. To attend the event email emma@topshamlibrary.org to get the zoom link. All are welcome.

*****THE BOOK SALE IS COMING *****

book-sale-June-19-2021

Exciting New Program

Return to Regular Hours

The Month Ahead – February 2021

We haven’t been in touch for awhile. We want to make sure that when we contact you, we have relevant information to share and aren’t just filling up your inbox. For now we will update monthly until we have more activities to share. Of course with COVID 19 still at the forefront we are not having programs, but we are still here for you in many ways. For for those of you who don’t want to enter the building, Parking Lot Pick Up is still available. Here are the details. We are open regular winter hours for 30 minute visits per day, including computer time and printing services. You must wear a mask covering your mouth and nose for the entire visit, and use hand sanitizer upon entry. 

ArtPrevious Joy of Art Winners are on display in the Crooker Gallery and Joy of Art 2021 is on the library website at until February 13th.
 
In conjunction with the Joy of Art is the Library Lovers’ Lottery. Mary Becker Weiss has graciously donated two works of art for our Library Lover’s Lottery. If you aren’t a member and would like a chance to win one of these beautiful pieces, join the Friends before February 13th at  friendstopshamlibrary.org/membership/ or stop by the library. The drawing will be held on February 13, 2021. All current members of the Friends of TPL are automatically entered into the drawing.
  
Joy of the Lens 2021: Caling all photographers!  Registration opens on February 20th at 9 a.m. online only.The annual Joy of the Exhibit, inaugurated in 2009, features original photographs by Maine residents, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older. There are three entry categories: Color, Black & White, and a special “Challenge” posed by the previous year’s winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award. Awards are made in all three categories with an additional Peoples’ Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. This signature event is co-sponsored by the Trustees and the Friends of the Topsham Public Library. This year’s exhibit will be on display in the Crooker gallery and on our website’s virtual gallery from April 3 – May 8. The deadline for entering is March 27th at 4 p.m. Visit the Friends’ website beginning on February 20th for more details.
 
Children
Zoom Storytimes: 
We will sing songs and read a few stories together in REAL TIME! Designed for ages 3-5.  Attendance is limited and registration is required. To sign up, email Mariah (mariah@topshamlibrary.org) or call the library. All Zoom storytimes are on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. 

Virtual Storytimes: Not able to make it to Zoom storytime? Watch our recorded virtual storytimes whenever you want! Virtual storytimes are longer than Zoom storytimes, and feature additional stories. You can find our virtual Storytimes at topshamlibrary.org/kids/digitalmissmariah/.

Do you wish Miss Mariah would do a certain Storytime theme? Let her know! Email her your theme suggestion (last year it was unicorns and elephants!) and she will record your request! 

Storytime Themed Book Packs: Missed storytime? Loved storytime? Want even MORE of storytime? Request our storytime themed book packs! They come with 4 books on the storytime theme, materials for a simple craft, and ideas for games and sensory activities! You can pick them up at the library, or call us to have them delivered to your car for extra convenience! Email Mariah to submit a request (mariah@topshamlibrary.org) or call the library to reserve (725-1727)!

Recomendations: Need help finding a good book to read? Check out the new books and more page for book talk videos on our newest chapter books, fill out a form for a personalized to-read list, or email or call Mariah for recommendations! Helping someone find the perfect book is one of Mariah’s favorite parts of her job – make her happy and ask for a recommendation today!

Teen Book Bundles 
Starting February 1st, Topsham teens between the age of 11-18 are invited to stop by the library and pick up a free Teen Book Bundle. (Parking Lot Pickup is also available.) Each bundle includes a free teen book, craft project, and more. The 15 book bundle titles and descriptions can be found here.
 
Bundles will be handed out on a first come first served basis as long as supplies last, one bundle per teen. To reserve your bundle call 725-1727 or email cyndi@topshamlibrary.org any time after 9am on Monday, February 1st.
 
This teen program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Topsham Public Library. Thank you!

Taxes
Unfortunately, AARP cannot offer their tax filing assistance at the library this year. For more information, contact them at the AARP Maine State office at 866-554-5380.

The state of Maine will not send us tax booklets in bulk. You may order a Maine Individual Income Tax Booklet by calling 207-624-7894. Leave your name and mailing address and they will send you a booklet. You may also order one online at www.maine.gov/revenue/tax-return-forms/electronic-request-form

We have ordered federal tax booklets in bulk and will have them available when they arrive. You can always download forms (but not instructions) here free of charge, 

Free Books
We continue to have a box of books that you may take and keep for your reading pleasure. Currently these include biographies and history. 

December 21 – December 26

Storytime with Santa
Santa was disappointed not to be able to come and read to all our children this year and he knew they would be disappointed too. So he decided to record a storytime so everyone could have a virtual visit with him. Thanks very much, Santa. See it here.
Art Still Cheers Us. While many of our library programs are on hold at this time, we are still able to bring you beauty in our gallery, Our current exhibit is by Libby Sipe and will be on display from December 12th – January 9th both online and in the Crooker Gallery. Working primarily in acrylics and collage, Libby gravitates towards expressive painting techniques and colors. Always willing to explore new tips and tricks to add to her work. Libby’s latest work explores the idea of how memories are altered not only by the passage of time, but also by the influences of the real world and the imagined world. Libby is a 2020 Joy of Art award winner.

Speaking of the Joy of Art, registration for this year’s exhibit is open until January 9, at 4pm. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library and the Library’s Board of Trustees, the annual Joy of Art exhibit features two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by current Maine artists, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older. Awards are made in several categories identified in the published guidelines, with an additional Peoples’ Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. For more information visit the Friends website. This year’s program will be on display in the library and featured in our new virtual gallery from January 16th to February 13th.

In conjunction with the Joy of Art is the Library Lovers’ Lottery. Mary Becker Weiss has graciously donated two works of art for our Library Lover’s Lottery. If you aren’t a member and would like a chance to win one of these beautiful pieces, join the Friends before February 13th at friendstopshamlibrary.org/membership/ or stop by the library. The drawing will be held on February 13, 2021. All current members of the Friends of TPL are automatically entered into the drawing.

In more Joy news, the Joy of the Pen literary journal is now updated for the year! You can read the winning entries here: joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org.

Zoom Storytimes, Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.: Join Miss Mariah for live storytimes presented on Zoom. Registration is required. Email mariah@topshamlibrary.org or call 725-1727. If you can’t attend the Zoom meetings, there will be recorded storytimes on our website at topshamlibrary.org/kids/digitalmissmariah/. They may be viewed anytime.

Winter Weather Closings 
It’s that time of year when unexpected closings may happen. When bad weather hits we will place closing info on the local TV stations. We also place it on our webpage. Of course you can always call 725-1727 to get up-to-the-minute decisions.

Free Books – Vicarious Travels
Tired of staying at home? Visit China, go on a Safari, or sail the Atlantic. Check out our free book box. We are adding new titles and many of them are travel adventures.

Register Now!
CREA – Fire on the Maine Landscape
, December 22, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: We’ve all watched in horror as wildfires blackened millions of acres out west, leaving many homeless and destroying habitat on an unprecedented scale. Join us on Zoom to learn what role fire has played in Maine’s landscape and how it can be used as a management tool to maintain rare habitat and diminish fire danger. We’ll also learn whether changes to Maine’s climate are affecting the risk of fire and associated need for more active land management. For details or to register, visit the CREA website.

December 14 – December 19

An Art Exhibit by Libby Sipes is in the Crooker Gallery.
Art Still Cheers Us. While many of our library programs are on hold at this time, we are still able to bring you beauty in our gallery, Our current exhibit is by Libby Sipe and will be on display from December 12th – January 9th both online and in the Crooker Gallery. Working primarily in acrylics and collage, Libby gravitates towards expressive painting techniques and colors. Always willing to explore new tips and tricks to add to her work. Libby’s latest work explores the idea of how memories are altered not only by the passage of time, but also by the influences of the real world and the imagined world. Libby is a 2020 Joy of Art award winner.
 
Speaking of the Joy of Art, registration for this year’s exhibit is open until January 9, at 4pm. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library and the Library’s Board of Trustees, the annual Joy of Art exhibit features two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by current Maine artists, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older. Awards are made in several categories identified in the published guidelines, with an additional Peoples’ Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. For more information visit the Friends website. This year’s program will be on display in the library and featured in our new virtual gallery from January 16th to February 13th.

In more Joy news, the Joy of the Pen literary journal is now updated for the year! You can read the winning entries here: joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org.

Winter Weather Closings 
It’s that time of year when unexpected closings may happen. When bad weather hits we will place closing info on the local TV stations. We also place it on our webpage. Of course you can always call 725-1727 to get up-to-the-minute decisions.

Free Books – Vicarious Travels
Tired of staying at home? Visit China, go on a Safari, or sail the Atlantic. Check out our free book box. We are adding new titles and many of them are travel adventures.

Register Now!
CREA – Fire on the Maine Landscape
, December 22, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: We’ve all watched in horror as wildfires blackened millions of acres out west, leaving many homeless and destroying habitat on an unprecedented scale. Join us on Zoom to learn what role fire has played in Maine’s landscape and how it can be used as a management tool to maintain rare habitat and diminish fire danger. We’ll also learn whether changes to Maine’s climate are affecting the risk of fire and associated need for more active land management. For details or to register, visit the CREA website.

Support the Library When You Shop this Season
Sign up at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0268926

 

November 30 – December 5

GivingTuesday is here.

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on December 1, 2020. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea in response to the consumerism of Black Friday: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. To participate, visit our website on Tuesday, December 1st, and donate.

Annual Appeal in progress
 This GivingTuesday we are in the midst of our Annual Appeal. Many of you have already responded and we cannot thank you enough. If you have yet to give, we would love to hear from you. 

Support the Library When You Shop this Season


Sign up at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0268926

For other ways to support us visit the Support page on our website.

November 9 – November 14

Veterans Day 2020

We are grateful for all those who served. Thank you.

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Free Book Section
In order to make room for new books, we remove books from our system which haven’t gone out in 5 years. Usually these books go to the book sale. Since we are not having a book sale this year, and since many people are still hunkering down at home for the most part, we would like to offer them to you, our patrons. They are in the space in the middle of the adult stacks. Our newest items there are craft books, including knitting, bead work, Christmas crafts, and more. Please feel free to give them a good home.

New Study Area Open
We have heard you. For those of you looking for a quiet place to work or study we have you covered. We have opened our large meeting room for quiet individual activity. There are 12 stations set up for use. BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) and headphones if needed. The room must be silent for everyone’s benefit. You must be masked and may stay for up to 2 hours per visit. Spaces are available on a first come first served basis and you must sign in. Stations will be disinfected between visitors.

The Crooker Gallery – now through November 27th
We are happy to be able to present live exhibits in the Crooker Gallery again. Please come by and enjoy the artwork of Natasha Kempers-Cullen. Her exhibit is called Enso Practice. You may also visit the exhibit virtually by clicking here. Kempers-Cullen describes her work. “Zen monks draw circles. These special circles are called Enso. The circle is endless, whole, simple. It represents wisdom, power, enlightenment, the universe itself. The drawing of Enso is a daily spiritual exercise for some of the Zen monks. I was immediately drawn in to this practice on a purely visceral level. The series of paintings in this exhibit is one of my responses to the practice. My interpretations include lots of color (of course!!), movement, and the interactions of shapes. My paintings are made with textile paints on fabric. They are torn or cut, applied to canvas, and then enhanced with inks, oil sticks, and various markers. They are really mixed media collages.”

 

November 2 – November 7

New Hours Monday9-5 Tuesday 9-6 Wednesday 9-6 Thursday 9-6 Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-5 Sunday closed

New winter hours beginning November 2nd.

New Study Area Open
We have heard you. For those of you looking for a quiet place to work or study we have you covered. We have opened our large meeting room for quiet individual activity. There are 12 stations set up for use. BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) and headphones if needed. The room must be silent for everyone’s benefit. You must be masked and may stay for up to 2 hours per visit. Spaces are available on a first come first served basis and you must sign in. Stations will be disinfected between visitors.

The Crooker Gallery – now through November 27th
We are happy to be able to present live exhibits in the Crooker Gallery again. Please come by and enjoy the artwork of Natasha Kempers-Cullen. Her exhibit is called Enso Practice. You may also visit the exhibit virtually by clicking here. Kempers-Cullen describes her work. “Zen monks draw circles. These special circles are called Enso. The circle is endless, whole, simple. It represents wisdom, power, enlightenment, the universe itself. The drawing of Enso is a daily spiritual exercise for some of the Zen monks. I was immediately drawn in to this practice on a purely visceral level. The series of paintings in this exhibit is one of my responses to the practice. My interpretations include lots of color (of course!!), movement, and the interactions of shapes. My paintings are made with textile paints on fabric. They are torn or cut, applied to canvas, and then enhanced with inks, oil sticks, and various markers. They are really mixed media collages.”

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK TONIGHT! (November 1)

October 12 – October 17

Grown-Ups need fun things to do too.

New Feature on our Website
Are you having a hard time finding the next book in your favorite series? We may have the answer. We have new resource that lists all our adult regular fiction, mystery, and science fiction series books in chronological order. Check it out here. https://topshamlibrary.org/chronology-of-book-series

Grab Bags for Grown-Ups
We are beginning a series of home projects for adults. Our firs one is available this month. It is an adult coloring kit, with colored pencils and bookmarks for you to decorate. Stop in and pick one up. Stay tuned for new projects to appear over time.

Mango is Back!
Mango is an online language database that allows you to learn a new language right from your own home. You can even study ‘Pirate’. Go at your pace with a program designed just for you. To learn more check out our website, topshamlibrary.org/resources-materials/online-resources/ and scroll down to find Mango.

Topsham Public Library Annual Report
Every year the library prepares this report so you can see what we have done with the resources that have been allocated to us. It shows what happened over the last year, and gives a glimpse into the years to come. To check it out visit the links below.
Annual Report FY20 Part 1
Annual Report FY20 Part 2 

October 5 – October 10

Chewy points the way.

New Feature on our website
Are you having a hard time finding the next book in your favorite series? We may have the answer. We have new resource that lists all adult regular fiction, mystery, and science fiction series books in chronological order. Check it out here. https://topshamlibrary.org/chronology-of-book-series

Notices from Your Library
Many of us (yes, we get them too) are receiving email notices that items are overdue or billed, when we know we have returned them. That’s because the notices are automatically sent out by the computer program that runs many of our state’s libraries. We have no control over them locally. Because of our quarantine procedures, everything you return is kept isolated for at least 72 hours after you return it. Only then do we check items back in. This is why it looks like you still have them out. When you receive those notices, stop and think. How long ago did I return that book? If it has been less than a week, the item is probably in quarantine. There is nothing to do but wait. If it has been more than a week since you returned something, please call us and ask about it. It’s rare, but sometimes things do slip by us and get back on the shelf without being checked in. Don’t worry, though. No fines or fees are being charged for lateness during this time.

Why Do We Do It?
Have you ever wondered about our COVID safety practices?

Why do we require you to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building?
If everyone sanitizes on the way in, there are far fewer germs to spread by touching. Using hand sanitizer helps us keep each other safe.

Why do we require masks covering both mouth and nose during your entire visit, even if no one else is close?
If you remove your mask from your nose, mouth or both, your breath may be in the air where you are browsing. If you happen to cough or sneeze a there is a greater chance of spreading germs, even if there is no one in the aisle with you.

Why are the drop boxes only open on the weekends?
Maine State Library recommended safety protocols suggest 72 hours of quarantine for library items. Putting your items in the drop box over the weekend allows them to sit in the intake room for three days. We do have small bins inside the library if you are unable bring things back during the weekend. Please place your items in the bins if you are dropping off during the week.

We are very happy to be open and want you to safely come in, if you choose. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from everyone and the wonderful sense of community we share in Topsham and the surrounding areas. We are all working together to care for one another and to beat this virus. Together we will win!

Topsham Public library Annual Report
Every year the library prepares this report so you can see what we have done with the resources that have been allocated to us. It shows what happened over the last year, and gives a glimpse into the years to come. To check it out visit the links below.
Annual Report FY20 Part 1
Annual Report FY20 Part 2

October 5 – October 10

Our fall colors are showing.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturdays, as long as the weather permits, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Book Groups Usually Scheduled to Begin in October
Young Critics, Tween Reads, Rare Reads, Men’s Book Group, and Reading Between the Panels are temporarily on hold. We are working out the details of how and when we may safely resume these discussion groups. Thank you for your patience. Please check back with us in the new year.

September 28 – October 3

A bird’s eye view of the library

September 27 – October 3 Is Banned Book Week.
Begun in the 1980’s in response to increased activity in favor of exerting control over what people, especially children, should be allowed to read, and the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case, Banned Book Week is a celebration of our right to access information in libraries and schools without censure. It reminds us that we must be vigilant in protecting everyone’s right to learn, explore, and express ideas freely. It is hard to believe but there are still books being challenged and banned from local libraries and schools in our country, and around the world, today. For more information and to check out the most frequently challenged books and the top ten most challenged books, visit the American Library Association webpage.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturdays, as long as the weather permits, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Sign Up for the Joy of the Pen
This competition is open to Maine residents for unpublished works only. Entries will be accepted in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine related nonfiction, and teen categories of fiction and poetry. This year for the first time we are including children’s categories of fiction and poetry for kids in Grades 3 – 5. There will also be a special category, Pandemic Reflections, for all age groups. The deadline for applications is October 3rd at 4pm. Find out more at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org or call us at 725-1727.

Book Groups Usually Scheduled to Begin in October
Young Critics, Tween Reads, Rare Reads, Men’s Book Group, and Reading Between the Panels are temporarily on hold. We are working out the details of how and when we may safely resume these discussion groups. Thank you for your patience. Please check back with us in the new year.

Free Books
In order to make room for new books, we remove books from our system which haven’t gone out in 5 years. Usually these books go to the book sale. Since we are not having a book sale this year, and since many people are still hunkering down at home for the most part, we would like to offer them to you, our patrons. There will be a cart with books on it outside, next to the front door. Please feel free to give them a good home.

September 21 – September 26

Now is a perfect time to escape into reading.

CREA Virtual Event: The Wildlands of Monhegan Island, September 22, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Learn how science, art and history have informed each other on Monhegan Island through dynamic decades of deforestation, recovery and resilience. Bowdoin Biology Professor Barry Logan will share milestone events in the ecology of Monhegan Island wildlands along with artistic representations down through the ages. He will share his optimism and awe over the dynamic and resilient forests we live in and around. This presentation will be presented via Zoom. Registration is required to attend. Register at
https://creamaine.org/event/the-wildlands-of-monhegan-island/.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, September 26, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Sign Up for the Joy of the Pen
This competition is open to Maine residents for unpublished works only. Entries will be accepted in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine related nonfiction, and teen categories of fiction and poetry. This year for the first time we are including children’s categories of fiction and poetry for kids in Grades 3 – 5. There will also be a special category, Pandemic Reflections, for all age groups. The deadline for applications is October 5th at 4pm. Find out more at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org or call us at 725-1727.

Book Groups Usually Scheduled to Begin in October
Young Critics, Tween Reads, Rare Reads, Men’s Book Group, Great Reads and Reading Between the Panels are temporarily on hold. We are working out the details of how and when we may safely resume these discussion groups. Thank you for your patience.

September 14 – September 19

Here is another sample of the wonderful Mya Sol exhibit in the Crooker Gallery through September 29th.

Summer Reading is Ending This Week

Be sure to hand in your bookmarks and bingo cards by 8pm on Tuesday, September 15. If you have not finished it please do not worry. It’s been a rough year and we are glad you participated. All children who return their bookmarks will get goody bags. All teens and adults who return their bookmarks and bingo cards will be entered into the raffles.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, September 19, & 26, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Sign Up for the Joy of the Pen
This competition is open to Maine residents for unpublished works only. Entries will be accepted in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine related nonfiction, and teen categories of fiction and poetry. This year for the first time we are including children’s categories of fiction and poetry for kids in Grades 3 – 5. There will also be a special category, Pandemic Reflections, for all age groups. The deadline for applications is October 5th at 4pm. Find out more at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org or call us at 725-1727.

Book Groups Usually Scheduled to Begin in October
Young Critics, Tween Reads, Rare Reads, Men’s Book Group, Great Reads and Reading Between the Panels are temporarily on hold. We are working out the details of how and when we may safely resume these discussion groups. Thank you for your patience.

September 7 – September 12

Our first live post-isolation art exhibit is up! Here is a sample of what you’ll see.

ive Art Exhibits Return
We are excited to host our first live exhibit in the Crooker Gallery since reopening to the public. Come and explore the works of local artist, Maya Sol. She will exhibit her works of nature using gauche, colored pencil, pastel, and graphite. She will also be exhibiting her relief prints inspired by African and Peruvian masks. The proceeds from the sales of her work goes to animal rescue. The exhibit will run from September 1st through September 28th, 2020.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, September 12, 19, & 26, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss a Saturday, the material will be covered each week.

Sign Up for the Joy of the Pen
This competition is open to Maine residents for unpublished works only. Entries will be accepted in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine related nonfiction, and teen categories of fiction and poetry. This year for the first time we are including children’s categories of fiction and poetry for kids in Grades 3 – 5. There will also be a special category, Pandemic Reflections, for all age groups. The deadline for applications is October 5th at 4pm. Find out more at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org or call us at 725-1727.

Summer Reading Is Ending September 15th!
Be sure to hand in your bookmarks and bingo cards by 8pm on Tuesday, September 15. If you have not finished it please do not worry. It’s been a rough year and we are glad you participated. All children who return their bookmarks will get goody bags. All teens and adults who return their bookmarks and bingo cards will be entered into the raffles.

August 31 – September 5

We have a great art wall in the children’s room. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

 
 
Returns
This time of quarantines and special return days can be confusing. So, let’s break it down into basics:We would prefer items be returned between noon on Friday and 8am Monday morning in the outside drop boxes, this is the easiest way for us to quarantine a large number of items.

  • In the event that you cannot get your items back on the weekend, we have bins inside the library, under the table in front of the indoor book drop. Please keep the use of these bins minimal as they don’t hold many items and we have a limited number of bins.
  • Due to the 72-hour quarantine period on all returned items before they are handled by the staff, items will remain on your account after you have dropped them off. If you get an automated overdue notice, keep in mind that we are not charging fines as long as quarantining continues. We will also override the system that blocks you from check-outs when you have returned items waiting in quarantine.

We are taking every precaution to keep you and our staff safe, while also doing our best to make sure your library needs are met. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Stay well!

Activities
Joy of the Pen Writing Competition Registration Opens, Saturday, September 5th. This competition is open to Maine residents for unpublished works only. Entries will be accepted in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine related nonfiction, and teen categories of fiction and poetry. This year for the first time we are including children’s categories of fiction and poetry for kids in Grades 3 – 5. There will also be a special category – Pandemic Reflections, in all the age groups. The deadline for applications is October 5th at 4pm. Find out more at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org or call us at 725-1727.

Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, September 5, 12, 19, & 26, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss 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 24 – August 29

Our teens enjoyed an outdoor socially distanced crafting session.

 
 
If you have received a bill
Don’t panic. The automatic system has kicked in and it’s time to return all items that you have had out since before our closure. Consider it a reminder to return them soon. Remember we are only accepting returns from Fridays after noon until 8am Monday mornings. Once you return the items the fees will disappear. We are not charging fines.If you think you returned those items you may be right. They sit in quarantine from the weekend until Thursday, so they might be here and not be checked in yet. Wait until the next Friday and check your account online to see if they are still there. To do that go to the catalog https://minerva.maine.edu/search~S39.In the upper right hand corner you will see My Library Account. Click on it and fill out the boxes and click submit. On the left side of the screen you will find links to show your account activity. Just click on the appropriate link for the account information you want to see. If the items are still there, please feel free to call us. We will check the shelves for you and see if the materials are here.This week’s activities
Mindful Practices at TPL: Spring Forest Qigoing and Tai Chi, Saturday, August 22 & 29, & Saturdays in September, 9am – 11am: We are pleased to offer free Spring Forest Qigong (9-10am) and Tai Chi (10-11am) sessions with Margaret Williams and Robin Brooks. 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 and 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 miss 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 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!