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Next up in our Spring Parenting Series:

anxious boyMay 5: Parenting Your Anxious Child

All children experience worry and anxiety as they grow up and up to 20% have a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

Parents often cope with their children’s worry and fear by providing constant reassurance (“There is nothing to worry about, you will do fine on the test” ) and facilitating avoidance of feared situations (“If you are too scared to take the bus, I will drive you to school”) because nothing else seems to work. Yet these comforting responses don’t solve the problem and ultimately impair the development of skills for handling worry and anxiety.

This workshop will teach parents what anxiety is and how it works. It will outline a practical approach for parents to help their children to “move through” their anxiety so that they can become more independent and courageous and ultimately engaged more fully in life.

Dr. Elizabeth Kubik will present and lead a discussion for about 1 hour, followed by ample time for questions and answers.

Beth Kubic

Dr. Kubik has been working in her private psychology practice with adults and adolescents for 10 years. In that practice, she specializes in treating anxiety and related disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Elizabeth earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine. She continued her graduate training at Boston University’s Boston Medical Center and Harvard University’s Boston VA Medical Center, where she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship, working with anxiety and trauma in children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. She continued her work with anxiety and trauma during her post-doctoral fellowship, after which she opened up her private practice in Portland.




May 12: Beyond “Just Say No”-
Teaching your child the social, neurological and global implications of recreational, illegal drug use. Will include ideas about what parental behaviors can aid in drug prevention.
Panel:  Adelaida Gaviria, educator and native of Medellin, Colombia
Eric Haram, LADC, Director of Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center
Melissa Fochesato, Director, Access Health & Substance Abuse Prevention

(Additional Panel Member to be announced)

Edible Book Festival 2016!

Edible Book Festival 2016!

EdibleSealBowdoinham’s participation in the International Edible Book Festival was a huge success!

We had 19 entries, from both adults and kids.  We had sweet and savory. We had cakes and we had salads.  We had interpretations of titles and we had puns!  Most of all, we had fun.  And everyone wants to do it again next year, so file away those ideas and we’ll see you on April’s Fools Day 2017.


Congratulations to Susie Drucker, who’s gorgeous interpretation of Winnie the Pooh was the “People’s Choice” Winner by a huge margin.  Caitlyn Johnson was awarded Second Place for her beautiful cookies inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Fern Beede and Olivia Cox worked together to make the prize-winning Harry Potter cake among the kids. Thanks to Lisa Wesel for instigating the madness and making it all happen.  The Caterpillar may have been hungry, but we weren’t! The food was delicious!

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“Spoon River Anthology”, Community Read Discussion

Please join Franklin Burroughs on Thursday, March 17 from 1-2:30 P.M. at the Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham. Franklin will lead a community discussion of the book, “Spoon River Anthology,” by Edgar Lee Masters.  Published 100 years ago, the book vividly describes the inhabitants of a fictional small town in the Midwest through a series of interconnected,… Continue Reading

“Appy Hour” for Seniors

Join Librarian Kate Cutko to learn all about “Apps”. They will tell you the weather, measure your pulse, give you directions and wash your dishes. OK, maybe not wash your dishes. Kate will preview some award-winning apps and teach you how to load them onto your smart phone, your tablet or other devices. Friday, February… Continue Reading

Snow Closure

Library is closed today (Friday, February 5) due to snow. Open tomorrow, Saturday at 10. Also-  please stop by the library’s “Frozen” Karaoke contest at the Ice and Smelt Festival. Saturday, 11-12 at the Arts Center! Continue Reading

Fantastically Full February

We start off the month in support of the Meerymeeting Arts Center’s Ice and Smelt Festival, February 5 and 6. We will host a Frozen Karaoke contest on Saturday, February 6th at 11am at the Arts Center/Watersong Music studio.  Always wanted to release your inner Elsa? Here is your chance! Kids and grown-ups welcomed! Don’t… Continue Reading

Check here for Unscheduled Library Closings

If the library is closed due to bad weather, then it may be a perfect day to explore the ebooks and audiobooks available to our library patrons via Maine Infonet, and the Overdrive collection. Try it out at download.maineinfonet.org. (You will need your 13 digit library card # to borrow the titles.) Continue Reading

Annual Library Book Sale

Annual Used Book Sale! Saturday, November 7, 2015 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Paperbacks .50 Hardcovers 1.00 One room full of Adult books, and another filled with children’s books. Volunteers needed. Please call 666-8405. Continue Reading

Library Hosts Community Blood Drive

  In conjunction with the library’s summer reading program, “Every Hero has a Story”, we will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 5 from 8am to 1pm. The drive will be held at the Bowdoinham Town Hall. We know that blood donors are heroes and that the need for blood increases during… Continue Reading