​​Past Events - 2018


Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am - 11:30 am: Chewonki's Traveling Nature History Program on Vernal Pools.

Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Yoga with Kyla. Every Tuesday evening, Kyla Cech will offer yoga classes in our meeting room. First class is free and subsequent classes are $10 or in trade. Please bring your own mat.

​Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6–8 pm: Tech Assist.  Every Thursday evening, we will be available to assist with basic computer questions and trouble shoot Microsoft and Google issues.

Saturday, June 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Bikes for Books Kick Off Celebration! Sign up for our Summer Reading program and your chance to win a new bike donated by the Union Masons.

Thursday, June 14, 6–8 pm: Family Game Night.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy fun games on the 2nd Thursday each month!  Feel free to bring a favorite game to share.

Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open Studio with Jackie Dunham. Please join us to create a drop-in art project. Materials provided. All ages and abilities welcome!

Tuesday, June 19, 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. Please come with questions.

​Thursday, June 21, 6:30 - 7:30 pm; Summer Solstice Craft with Patti, Patti will lead us in a craft activity to celebrate the longest day of the year.

​Thursday, May 3, 1–2 pm or by appointment & 6-8 pm: Tech Assist.  On the first Thursday of every month, Julie Sells will be available in the afternoons and Patti Chapman will be available every Thurs evening to assist with a variety of computer questions, software programs and Google features.

Saturday, May 5, 10 am - 1 pm: Repair Cafe. A team of volunteer repair specialists with varied skills will be available to help teach you to fix your appliance (blenders, etc), furniture, sewing project, bicycle, computer, watch and more.

Thursday, May 10, 6–8 pm: Family Game Night.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy fun games on the 2nd Thursday each month!  Feel free to bring a favorite game to share.

Thursday, May 17, 7 pm; Third Thursday Talk: Pictures of the Place Where You Live, A slideshow presentation of the Hammond Collection of Old Appleton photos in conjunction with the Appleton Historical Society.

Saturday, May 19, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open Studio with Jackie Dunham. Please join us to create a drop-in art project. Materials provided. All ages and abilities welcome!

Wednesdays, April 4, 18 & 25, 6:30–8:30 pm: Birding By Ear; Join Maine Guide and Naturalist, Gary Roberts, and learn to identify the songs and calls of common warblers and other returning spring migrants.

Thursday, April 5, 1–2 pm or by appointment & 6-8 pm: Tech Assist.  On the first Thursday of every month, Julie Sells will be available in the afternoons and Patti Chapman will be available in the evenings to assist with a variety of computer questions, software programs and Google features.

Thursday, April 12, 6–8 pm: Family Game Night.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy fun games on the 2nd Thursday each month!  Feel free to bring a favorite game to share.

Tuesday, April 17, 3–4 pm:  Fiber Arts Tuesday.  Come stitch with Penelope Olson and Julie Sells on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month.  Dynamic discussions and laughter will ensue.  Penelope is an expert fiber artist, please come with questions.

​Thursday, April 19, 7 pm; Third Thursday Talk: Maine Boy Goes to War & the story of Mizpah, Paul E. Marshall will present a talk about his life experiences at the Appleton Library. Born in 1924, Mr. Marshall grew up in the northern woods of Maine near Mt. Katahdin with his parents and six siblings.

He was a combat medic during WWII and witnessed much destruction and despair in Europe. In 1964 as a Christian missionary, he built and ran a school on the south Pacific island of Truk.  During his years there, he encouraged the people to attain autonomy and freedom through the power of love and family. He later served as a minister here in Maine.

Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open Studio with Jackie Dunham. Please join us to create a drop-in art project. Materials provided. All ages and abilities welcome!

Thursday, Feb 1, 1–2 pm or by appointment & 6-8 pm: Tech Assist.  On the first Thursday of every month, Julie Sells will be available in the afternoons and Patti Chapman will be available in the evenings to assist with a variety of computer questions, software programs and Google features.

Thursday, February 8, 6–8 pm: Family Game Night.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy fun games on the 2nd Thursday each month!  Feel free to bring a favorite game to share.

Tuesday, February 20, 3–4 pm:  Fiber Arts Tuesday.  Come stitch with Penelope Olson and Julie Sells on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month.  Dynamic discussions and laughter will ensue.  Penelope is an expert fiber artist, please come with questions.

Saturday, February 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open Studio with Jackie Dunham. Please join us to create a drop-in art project. Materials provided. All ages and abilities welcome!


Thursday, January 4, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm or by appointment & 6:00-8:00 pm: Tech Assist.  On the first Thursday of every month, Julie Sells will be available in the afternoons 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.  Patti Chapman will be available in the evenings to assist with a variety of software programs and Google features.

Thursday, January 11, 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, January 16, 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, January 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: 3rd Thursday Talk: Goal Setting, Motivation & Vision Boards

Thursday, January 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Artists' Reception

Past Events - 2017


Thursday, December 21, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Cookies, Caroling and Shed Celebration.  Please join us as we sing in the holidays, and celebrate our new garden shed.

Thursday, December 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Make Luminaries to light our celebration.

Tuesday, December 19, 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.

Saturday, December 16, 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, December 14, 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.

Saturday, December 9 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Make an Ornament. Join us to make ornaments for the holidays! Jackie Dunham will lead this fun activity.

Thursday, December 7 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, November 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Third Thursday Talks:  Cycling Around the World.  Please join Denis Beaudry, a new Appleton resident, as he shares his extraordinary adventures.  Five years ago, he cycled around the world. Beaudry’s cycling career includes many touring trips, including cycling from Fairbanks to Seattle, and cycling around Scandinavia, Morocco, Iceland, the Pyrenees, and New Zealand.  Come hear all about his fascinating experiences!

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.

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.


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