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Next up in our Spring Parenting Series:

April 28 : Author talk and BooksigningTim Hollister.  Thursday April 28th 6:30-8pm.

Award- winning author of Not so Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving,   th724BOAPCWhen Tim’s son Reid was killed in a car accident in 2006, it inspired Tim to become an advocate – not just for safer driving practices, but for parents learning to support the new drivers in their families. Tim has since toured the country with his advocacy work.

The Bowdoinham Public Library, through the support of a local CHIP grant, has 10 copies of this book, available to area libraries, schools, or other organizations that serve teen drivers. The books will be available for signing and distribution to representatives of those agencies at the talk on the 28th. First come, first served!

Tim HollisterHollister has received national public service awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Governors Highway Safety Association. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, the Home and Family Show on the Hallmark Channel, and Kyra Phillips’ Raising America on HLN.

thF59VDNXXHollister’s latest book is titled “His Father Still; a parenting memoir”.  Tim began the journal writing that would become this book, in the immediate aftermath of Reid’s death in 2006.  While it chronicles the loss and grief Tim and his family experienced, it focuses on the parenting relationship that Tim shared with Reid- a relationship that was brought into focus, changed, challenged and reformed in the days before and then after Reid’s tragic death.  The book holds universal truths and hopeful messages which make for inspiring reading.

Are you parenting a child with a learning disability? Parenting an adopted child? Or are you just doing your best to parent a teenager?  You will feel that warm sense of empathy as you listen to the words of this dad.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Anyone who would like to read the book prior to the event is encouraged to come to the library and borrow a copy.



May 5: Parenting Your Anxious Child
How to help your worried child become more courageous and independent
Dr. Elizabeth Kubic, PhD, in private practice

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