CURRENT EVENTS

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Check out these virtual events we've held at the library!

Artist and Author Talk with Ruth Ann Bleau
Filmed August 2020

Local artist and author Ruth Ann Bleau shares poetry from her book Firedance while showcasing the corresponding artwork on display at the library through mid-October. 

Author Talk with Portsmouth Athenaeum Keeper Thomas Hardiman Jr.
Filmed August 2020

Keeper of the Portsmouth Athenaeum and local author Tom Hardiman discusses his book Money, Revolution, and Books: A Multi-Generational Perspective on the Portsmouth Athenaeum's Library of John Fisher of London.  

Author Talk with Matthew Langdon Cost
Filmed August 2020

Matthew Langdon Cost discusses his new historical fiction novel I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. 

Modern Day Dowsing with Glen Johnson
Filmed August 2020

Glen Johnson talks about how the ancient practice of dowsing fits into modern day living.

Author Talk with Samantha Simard
Filmed September 2020

Samantha Simard talks about her books Stitches and Scar Tissue and shares her experience with self-publishing.

Author Talk with Charlene D'Avanzo
Filmed September 2020

Maine author Charlene D'Avanzo spent more than thirty years as a professor and marine biologist before becoming an environmental mystery writer. Her Maine Oceanography mystery series features amateur sleuth Mara Tusconi. Check out Charlene's author talk to learn more about this series!

Author Talk / Zoom Chat with Mary Plouffe
Filmed September 2020

Mary Plouffe, author of I Know It in My Heart: Walking Through Grief with a Child, joined us for a special Zoom presentation to talk about her book and coping with grief.

How Colleges Choose Students with Wendy Thompson - Zoom presentation
Filmed September 2020

Wendy Thompson joined us on Zoom to answer questions, share advice, and help families understand the role essays, standardized testing, interviews, extracurricular activities, sports, and other factors play in the admissions decisions colleges make.

Bilodeau Family Music - "Back to Maine"
Filmed September 2020

Bilodeau Family Music presents a celebration of Maine in a concert of old, new, and original music played on piano, fiddles, mountain dulcimer, flute, mandolin, and other instruments. You'll hear traditional tunes and historic works interwoven with interesting and inspiring stories collected from all over the state.

"Coyote: America's Songdog" with Geri Vistein
Filmed September 2020

Geri Vistein, Conservation Biologist and author of I Am Coyote, visited the library to present a fascinating talk about coyotes and our relationship with them, including things we can do to better coexist with them.

The Great Turn-Out of 1841: Maine Textile Workers on Strike
Filmed September 2020

Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe, Professor of History at the University of New England, presents a little-known tale of ordinary women mill workers who took extraordinary measures to demand just treatment. This special program was generously sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A Dam Fine Regiment:  The 29th Maine and the Red River Campaign of 1864
Filmed October 2020

When most Mainers think of the Civil War, the 29th Maine and the equally obscure Red River Campaign of 1864 are not the first things that come to mind. Yet the 29th was part of a Civil Engineering feat that prevented that campaign from becoming a complete debacle for the Union. In this lecture. Dr. Schroeder will show how this came about and why it is a bit of Maine history that deserves to be remembered.

From Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Stories and Legends with Roxie Zwicker
Filmed October 2020

Maine's mystery maven Roxie Zwicker joined us for a special Zoom presentation to give an exploration and virtual tour of the fascinating legends, lore, and symbolism from northern New England’s most curious burial grounds. She talked about Colonial and Victorian burial customs, gravestone artwork, and beliefs and also shared ghost stories from some of the most beautiful and long forgotten cemeteries in the area.

Talking with Birds: Finding Mindfulness & Nature Connection in Your Backyard
Filmed October 2020

In this talk, lifelong naturalist and bird expert Dan Gardoqui shares how we can easily remember and re-learn the common language of nature by simply giving our attention and time to listening to the birds. Through stories and "how-to" steps, Dan explains the simple things we can do to find deeper connections with nature and overall mindfulness through immersion in nature. He also gives of how to better balance your screen time with more "green time."

Author Talk with Ross Alan Bachelder
Filmed November 2020

Local author Ross Alan Bachelder visited the library to discuss REVENGE: Tales Best Read in the Twilight Hours, his new book featuring stories that are "not only decidedly quirky, they're also disturbingly sinister."

Raptors and Reptiles with the Center for Wildlife
Filmed November 2020

We visited the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, ME to learn more about their brand new facility and meet some of their raptor and reptile ambassadors.