2916 Sennebec Road, Appleton, Maine  04862       207-785-5656

 2017 Current Events


Wednesday, October 4 and 11, 6:30 -8:00 pm: Birding by Ear. Have you ever wondered what that bird is singing just out of view? Then join Maine Guide Gary Roberts for the last two weeks of a 4-week class on bird identification not with binoculars or spotting scope, but by listening to a species individual song and calls. The class will start with a visual review of common birds of Maine, then each week we will listen to and practice identifying a selected number of birds by their songs and calls using recordings and common mnemonics. No charge.  Please contact the Appleton Library at 785-5656 to register. 


Thursday, October 5 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, or by appointment: Tech Assist.  On the first Thursday of every month, Julie Sells will be available to help with basic computer questions, and can help troubleshoot Microsoft word issues.  Julie can discuss the merits of using Excel, teach you the basics of PowerPoint for your presentation, or setup your Word document for that memoir or novel you want to write.

 Thursday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Family Game Night.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy a variety of games on the second Thursday of every month!  If you have a favorite board game, please bring and share with us.


Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 – 4:00 pm:  Fiber Arts Tuesday.  Itching to complete that fiber arts project?  Come and stitch with Penelope Olson and Julie Sells on the third Tuesday of every month.  We promise dynamic discussions, and perhaps, laughter while we work on our projects.  As Penelope is an expert fiber artist, please come with questions.


Thursday, October 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Introduction to Astrology.  Please join Elisabeth Goodridge for an introduction to Astrology.  Lisa will provide us with the basic tools of constructing a Horoscope, for curious beginners.  


Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am – Noon: Decorate a Mask for Halloween. Join us to decorate masks for Halloween! Jackie Dunham will lead this activity providing masks she's created. We have paint, glitter, glue, and everything you need. For planning purposes, please RSVP.


Ongoing Children Activities:

Saturdays at 10:30 am: StoryTime
for children of any age - hear a story. 


Future Programs
Stay tuned for 2017 Programming Events.  If you have any suggestions, please contact Julie Sells at 785-5656 or  appletonlibraryjulie@gmail.com.


2017 Past Events



Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Library Book and Bake Sale.  In conjunction with Appleton Historical Society’s Treasure Hunt and Auction fundraiser for the Appleton Meetinghouse Restoration Fund, Appleton Library is having a Book and Bake Sale fundraising event.  Donated baked goods are needed.


Wednesday, September 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 6:30 -8:00 pm: Birding by Ear. Have you ever wondered what that bird is singing just out of view? Then join Maine Guide Gary Roberts for a 4-week class on bird identification not with binoculars or spotting scope, but by listening to a species individual song and calls. The class will start with a visual review of common birds of Maine, then each week we will listen to and practice identifying a selected number of birds by their songs and calls using recordings and common mnemonics. No charge.  Please contact the Appleton Library at 785-5656 to register.

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Preserving Your Harvest.  Are you overwhelmed with your garden produce?  Do you know how to preserve your harvest to enjoy in the winter?  We’ll highlight the many resources available through the Maine County Extension office, including watching “How To” videos.  Many handouts will be provided.   For the experienced, come   share your tried and true techniques and recipes. 


Thursday, August 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Solar Eclipse 2017.  What’s a solar eclipse?  Will we see a total eclipse or partial on August 21st?  Can we make our own viewers? We will discuss the answers and learn more about this celestial event.

Saturday, August 19, 10:30 – 11:30 am:  Bikes for Books Party! Join us for the raffle of six bikes generously donated by the Masons. Be sure to let us know how many books or pages you have read prior to the raffle, so you have chances to win a new bike!  You do not have to be present for the raffle.

Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Repair Café.
This free event pairs skilled repair specialists with items that can be repaired rather than thrown out.  A team of volunteer repair specialists with very varied skills will be available to help teach you to fix your: appliance (blenders etc.), furniture, sewing project, bicycle, computer, watch, and more. We’re looking for you to bring in your fixable item and we’re looking for skilled repair specialists. Interested? Contact Julie at 785-5656


Thursday, July 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Intro to Nature Journaling.  Join Maine Master Naturalist Andrea Lani for an evening of art and nature. In this one-hour hands-on presentation, participants will make a journal and try out a range of drawing techniques designed to hone observation skills and silence the inner critic. No drawing or naturalist experience necessary.  


Saturday, June 10, 10:30 am:  The Bugmobile. This Chewonki traveling natural history program will draw crowds interested in all things related to insects.  Live specimens are one of the highlights. This event is made possible by the Rose and Samuel Rudman Grant through the Maine Community Foundation.
 
Thursday, June 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm:  Book Discussion on Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants and Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees.
Please let us know, if you are interested.

Thursday, June 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Civics 101 and Civility.  
Presenters will review the basic structure of our federal government and origins, and the Appleton Resolution.

Saturday, June 17, 10:30 am:  Bikes for Books Kick Off!
Join us to win a bike and read interesting books too!  Once again, the Masons are generously donating a total of six bikes.  The bikes are chosen by raffle.  Read many books and you have many chances to win a new bike! Saturday,


May 6, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm:  Annual Appleton Library’s Book and Bake Sale and Appleton Historical Society’s Plant Sale.  Also, Pine Grove Cemetery clean-up from 9:00 am – noon.

 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:30 am Deb Vendetti—Local Artist Reception and Hands-on Demonstration for All Ages. Join us for an informal reception (parents are encouraged to bring children ages 7 and up) given by Deb Vendetti regarding her graphite and eraser drawings currently on display.  Ms. Vendetti will demonstrate and discuss materials used and her approach to mark making.  She will be available for questions and conversation.  Tea and coffee will be available.

About Deb Vendetti: During a period of almost twenty years, Ms. Vendetti participated as a member in artist-run cooperatives:  Artfellows in Belfast, Gallery 407 in Rockland, and in Union of Maine Visual Arts.  Ms. Vendetti continues to enjoy putting marks on paper with a variety of media...including the recording of "light" for digital image making !

Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Book Discussion on: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.   Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer richly weaves together wisdom from two traditions: science and Potawatomi Nation. If you are interested, please  let our staff know or email: appletonlibraryjulie@gmail.com


Thursday, April 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Re-wilding Your Landscape:  The Benefits of Using Native Plants, Shrubs and Trees.  Julie Sells will present a general overview of the importance of adding “natives” to your garden and yard, provide lists of plants, and review the available resources.  

This new monthly series will feature topics of community interest.  Future talk topics include: Civics and Civility, Weeding Naturally and Ways to prevent identity theft and elder abuse and  falling victim to scams.  Have an idea for a Third Thursday Talk?  Interested in sharing your expertise?  Contact Julie Sells at appletonlibraryjulie@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Help Keep Appleton Scenic!  Celebrate our first annual Earth Day with us!  Appleton Library with Deer Foot Farm and Appleton Historical Society will facilitate a litter pick-up along Appleton Ridge.  Meet us at the Appleton Village School parking lot. Please bring your own bags and reflective vests.  Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.





Ongoing Events


Art Exhibits:  Daily, during Open Library Hours.
Stroll through the front foyer and the Main Library to admire our revolving-displays, featuring local artists and crafters. Past exhibits have featured oil, acrylic and water-color paintings, sculpture, hooked rugs, quilts, and photography. If you are interested in having your work exhibited, please contact the Library.

Permanent Exhibit: Our permanent exhibit featuring the work of the late Bernard Langlais, gifts from the Colby College and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.


Saturday Story Hour at 10:30 am: Weekly Story time takes place during the school year. Stories and crafts are provided to preschoolers and their caregivers by volunteers. During school vacations and in the event that Union 69 schools are canceled or delayed, this program will be canceled.


Tech Assist.  On the first Thursday of every month, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, or by appointment, Julie Sells will be available to help with basic computer questions, and can help troubleshoot Microsoft word issues.  Julie can discuss the merits of using Excel, teach you the basics of PowerPoint for your presentation, or setup your Word document for that memoir or novel you want to write.

Family Game Night: Second Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Bring your a group of friends or family, and enjoy a variety of games. If you have a favorite board game, please bring and share with us.


Fiber Arts Tuesday. From 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, join us. Itching for spring, or completing that fiber arts project?  Come and stitch with Penelope Olson and Julie Sells on the third Tuesdayof every month.  We promise dynamic discussions, and perhaps, laughter while we work on our projects.  As Penelope is an expert fiber artist, please come with questions.

Cribbage: Interested in a regular cribbage game?  We’re looking for a group of players.  FMI: 785-5656 or appletonlibraryjulie@gmail.com

Library Seed Catalog: Started in 2013, the Library has utilized an old card catalog to house garden seeds for patron planting. We also welcome donations of garden seeds to add to our catalog!