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Examining Hate

We had a great turn out at our event on Thursday 1/31/19 with 30 people in attendance!  Howard Solomon started by giving an overview of his December talk on anti Semitism. He reviewed how anti Semitic ideas were both formed and spread, tying this into contemporary concerns about the media, including social media. This was followed by a lively group discussion.  The evening concluded with some ideas on how to keep the conversation going. Suggestions included:

  • A lecture and discussion on nonviolent communication
  • A workshop hosted by Craig Freshly, a professional mediator who aims to bring people of all political ideologies together
  • A gathering to talk about the book Waking Up White by Debbie Irving

What event are you the most interest in? Is there a way you can help make it happen? Let us know!

We also invite you to come into the library to start your own examination of hate by checking out Sally Kohn’s book The Opposite of Hate, We have two copies available! If you are interested in learning more in the comfort of your home, check out Kindness is a Skill by David Brooks.

Continue the Conversation

Thursday January 31st 7-9pm

In the Kendall Room of the Coombs Municipal Building 13 School Street

People who gathered for Howard Solomon’s talk about Anti-semitism last month were hungry for more. Let’s gather and talk about how we can move forward as a community with all of our diversity. Race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation… we can address the “isms” that divide us. All ideas welcomed. Coffee, tea and sweets will be served.

We will be kicking off with a short Ted Talk by Sally Kohn: “What can we do about the culture of hate?”. She is the author of The Opposite of Hate, “a must read book for the moment we’re in”.

We are hoping that this is the beginning of an ongoing community dialogue about “isms” and we will be inviting participants to generate ideas for continuing the conversation.

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In 2017, Bowdoinham Public Library was awarded a $1000 grant to establish the  “Welcoming Library”, a travelling collection of picture books and resources focusing on the immigrant or “new arrival” experience.  Thanks to this grant the program was launched and has since tripled in size and reach due to the resonance of the topic and the effectiveness of the materials. Please help create other grant opportunities by donating the the Maine State Library Fund via your Maine Income Tax form using “Schedule CP: Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes”. Donating $5 or more is this easy:

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How do these funds help?

Fall 2018 Program Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant amount Grant funds will be used for:
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library $2,500 Large-print book club for a nearby retirement community.
Lubec Memorial Library $2,500 Local oral history video series.
Washburn Memorial Library $2,141 Lego program for local students.
Orono Public Library $1,800 Culture Packs program.
Norway Memorial Library $1,500 Community art project.
Skowhegan Free Public Library $1,360 Youth robotics and coding program.
Bonney Memorial Library, Cornish $1,000 Young artists sketching program.
Dyer Library, Saco $900 Digitization of local historical photographic collection.
Lincolnville Community Library $500 Method Writing Workshop.
Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, Appleton $450 Youth animation workshop.
Stockton Springs Community Library $400 Weekly tai chi classes for seniors.
Fall 2018 Wireless Hardware Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant Amount Grant funds will be used for:
Andover Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Belgrade Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Brooksville Free Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Florence Sturdivant Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Lincolnville Community Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Milbridge Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Spaulding Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Veteran’s Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Winter Harbor Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Winterport Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Spring 2018 Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant Amount Grant funds will be used for:
Waterboro Public Library $5,000 STEM programming for children
Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta $3,600 Expanding podcast capabilities
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell $2,500 LEGO library and programs for tots to teens
Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, Mt. Vernon $2,500 Mobile shelving to expand children’s room space
Paris Public Library $2,500 Craft cart and monthly crafting programs
Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland $2,500 Portable digitization lab
McArthur Public Library, Biddeford $1,800 Outdoor movies program
Brown Memorial Library, Baldwin $1,700 Children’s room improvements
Guilford Memorial Library $1,300 STEM discovery kits
Cary Library, Houlton $1,000 Quiet maker space for teens and challenged adults
Gardiner Public Library $1,000 Children’s monthly nutrition programs
Patten Free Library, Bath $1,000 Books on the Bus seat covers
Pittsfield Public Library $1,000 ARSL Conference attendance
Springvale Public Library $1,000 Family summer sensory story time

 

Join Bowdoinham resident Howard Solomon for a conversation about the history of anti-Semitism. What does it look like? Why does it exist? How do we respond to it? Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7pm.  Bowdoinham Town Hall 13 School Street, Bowdoinham Howard taught history at Tufts University (1971-2004) and served as scholar in residence at… Continue Reading

Letters From Vietnam

Join Frank Connors (Formerly of Bowdoinham, currently of…somewhere other than Bowdoinham) as he shares his 1967 letters home from Vietnam during his service with the 173rd Airborne Division.  Coffee and sweets will be served.  Free and wheelchair accessible.   Tuesday, February 13, 7 pm. Coombs Municipal Building. 13 School Street , Bowdoinham 666-8405 For More… Continue Reading

Documentary Film and Discussion

  The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. Watch the film and join in… Continue Reading

An Evening with Naomi Schalit

Thursday, January 19th at 7pm Kendall Room, Coombs Municipal Building The Bowdoinham Public Library welcomes Naomi Schalit, a senior reporter from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.  Naomi has just published a five part series entitled “Single Parents in Poverty: The crisis no one will name”. In this powerful series of articles, Naomi calls… Continue Reading