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Author Talk: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

Bowdoinham welcomes Author Nancy Striniste, author of Nature Play at Home.   Monday, April 29 at 7pm

Nature play can awaken children’s senses, challenge their bodies, inspire their imaginations and build self-confidence. In order to grow up healthy and happy, children need abundant, unstructured time to play and explore in the natural world, but today’s children rarely have the opportunity to roam free outdoors. Bringing nature to the places where children spend their time is an answer.


Well-designed nature play spaces are inviting and endlessly engaging for children AND good for the planet. With rich, inspiring images from around the world, Nancy explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more.

In this interactive, 45 minute presentation, Nancy Striniste will share research with us, show us numerous images of natural play spaces, and guide the audience in their own search for creating outdoor playspaces for children of all ages.  More information about Nancy can be found at her website,  and on her Facebook Page,  at EarlySpaceLLC

 

 

 

Nancy will have books for purchase, $24.95 and she is happy to sign them as well. The author talk will take place in the Kendall Room of the Coombs Municipal Building, across the hall from the library, 13A School Street in Bowdoinham.  Call the library at 666-8405 if you have any questions.

The event is free.

Richard A. Ferrier Scholarship Fund- Deadline April 1st

 

This scholarship is for the “road less traveled,” meaning opportunities beyond the traditional school environment.  Have you always wanted to take riding lessons? Do you picture yourself backpacking with Outward Bound?  Want to perfect your soccer skills at a summer camp?  Do you want to take dance lessons? How about taking up guitar? This fund will help you pursue your passion.  What do you want to do?

 

Eligibility Criteria

Residents of Bowdoinham between the ages of 13 and 18 as of April 1 this year are encouraged to apply.  There is a preference for applicants for whom a scholarship will make a demonstrated difference in his/her ability to participate in a program.

To apply for the scholarship, please visit the Maine Community Foundation. Scroll down to the Richard A Ferrier Schlarship and click on “download application”.

 

The Annual Luke MacFadyen Edible Book Contest

 

Cook, bake or arrange some kind of food that makes you think of a book, either because it looks like the book cover, represents the title, or makes a literary joke or pun.

 

This event is named after our dear friend Luke McFadyen. He was a co-founder of both the Bowdoinham Food Pantry and the Bowdoinham Farmers Market. He lovingly created and shared delicious food with the Bowdoinham community up until his death in January of this year. The picture above shows one of his beautiful entries from 2017.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Entries will be judged in two classes: ages 12 and younger, 13 and older.

 

To enter, call or email the library by April 3rd to register: 666-8405 or kcutko@bowdoinham.lib.me.us.

Date:

Friday April 5th

Time:

2-5 p.m.: Entries must be dropped off at the Town Hall

6 p.m.: Doors open to vote on your favorite edible books. Then we eat them!

Place:

Bowdoinham Town Hall

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