What’s going on at the library?

Port City Sound: a Barbershop Quartet will join us here Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 in the beautiful Hazzard Reading Room.  Port City Sound will enchant us with their robust and vibrant harmonies.  Members include lead singer Walt Dowling; tenor Fred Moore; baritone Jim Curtis and bass Jim Simpson.  Come and listen!
Our annual Summer Reading Programbegins in a couple of weeks.  Charlene Wagner, our Children’s Librarian, blogged about that a few weeks ago.  This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading”.  Join us for Crafts on Tuesdays, and watch for other fun events to happen!  Don’t bury yourself in front of the television or computer – dig into a new author!
Visit the Young Adult area on the last Thursday of each month for “Snacks & Games for Teens”.  Enjoy a rousing game of “Apples to Apples”, “Scrabble” or even “Tic Tac Toe”!  We’ll provide water and something to munch, and the teens provide the enthusiasm.
Interested in a temporary tattoo?  Explore the art of henna on Tuesday, June 18th beginning at 6:00!  We’ll have 2 local henna enthusiasts here to fix you right up with a henna tattoo.  There will also be several different colors of fingernail polish available while you wait.  I’m not sure, but . . . I think there will probably be snacks as well!
Like many libraries around the country, we have 2 book discussion groups that meet here at the library.  One group reads a very eclectic and varied list of titles.  They usually meet the 3rdor 4th Tuesday of each month to discuss a book chosen the previous month.  The other group, fondly called the “RIP-pers”, meets the 1st Tuesday of each month.  This group “Readers Into Paranormal”, reads a variety of items, both fiction and non-fiction, but everything is at least a bit out of the main stream.  Each of these groups is open to new members, so join one soon. 
Something new we are trying here in Gardiner – loaning out book group sets.  The library purchases several copies of books for our discussion groups, and, once the discussion has happened, those books are available for borrowing as groups.  Each book group set contains between 3 and 8 books, and is available for you to borrow for your book group.  Check out the list here, and come on in for books for you and your friends.
Did you know you could use your Gardiner Public Library card at two other area libraries?  A few years ago, library directors of Gardiner, Waterville and Augusta formed a partnership.  Since so many of our library users live and work in different communities, it made sense to them that these 3 libraries begin a reciprocal borrowing agreement.  Here in Gardiner, we have visitors several times a month using their library cards from either Lithgow Public Library, or Waterville PublicLibrary.  We all know how wonderful our borrowing and lending is through the state wide Inter-Library Loan program – sometimes it is even more exciting to know you can borrow items from another library with your home town library card.  Try it the next time you are in Augusta or Waterville!
These are just a few of the exciting things happening in Gardiner.  Please check back often for other exciting events or check the library calendar!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian