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Baxter Library Events for August

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GORHAM – Baxter Memorial Library at 71 South Street in Gorham has multiple events on the calendar for August.

Saturday, Aug. 7

10-11 AM

Papermaking w/ Ecomaine – Ecomaine will be on the library lawn showing us how to make paper from recyclables.  This is a multigenrational program. We welcome both adults and children to this hands-on papermaking program!  

Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. 

Monday, Aug. 9

9:30-9:50 AM

Babies on the Lawn – Bring your baby and a blanket to join us for an interactive, socially-distanced, outdoor lap-sit program. Ms. Dani will present stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers. Masks will only be required when physical distancing is not possible.

Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

10-10:30 AM

Toddlers on the Lawn – Join Ms. Dani on the lawn as she uses stories, music, and movement to present and enhance early literacy skills and foster a love of reading.  Masks will only be required when physical distancing is not possible.  Ages 18 months to 3 years. 

Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.  

Tuesday, Aug. 10

10-11 AM

Sharks w/ Mary Cerullo – What a great way to celebrate Shark Week!  Join us on the lawn as shark book author Mary Cerullo shares info from her latest book!  “Sharks are often depicted as scary people-eaters, but these skilled predators are essential to sustaining the health of the world’s oceans. What if the services that sharks provide to the ocean ecosystem looked like the jobs that humans do on land? A visit to an aquarium helps a young girl imagine the important jobs that sharks do in the ocean. Recognizing some of the things we have in common may make people want to work to protect sharks from their top predators: us! We’ll share the story behind the story of Sharks at Your Service and have plenty of time to ask your most pressing shark questions. If you think that all sharks are scary, Sharks at Your Service Mary Cerullo’s eighth book on sharks will show you sharks in ways you never imagined. You will say, “Good work, sharks!”  All ages.

Our wonderful local bookstore The Bookworm will be on hand with many of Mary’s shark books for the author to sign for you!  Happy Shark Week!

Rain date August 11th 10am

Thursday, Aug. 12

1-2 PM

Learn on the Lawn – West African Dance with Marita Kennedy-Castro – Dance and drumming are a rich part of culture and community in Guinea. There are traditional rhythms and dances that accompany all manner of life’s passages and natural cycles, including births, weddings, coming-of-age ceremonies, the planting and harvesting of crops, full moons, and celebrations of many sorts. Wear comfortable clothing to move in (and leggings if wearing a skirt, because we might kick up our legs a bit), bring water for hydration, and we generally dance barefoot but lightweight shoes are fine too.

6-7 PM

Irene Drago, author of The Maine Point: Maine’s History is Naturally Romantic! – Please join us for a talk with Irene M. Drago as she discusses writing historical fiction.  Her books are Daughters of Long Reach and The Maine Point, both available to borrow from the library.  

Award-winning author Irene M. Drago grew up in a Navy family. Before moving to Maine, she worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, and taught at the high school and college level. When she fell under the spell of a historic home in Bath, she convinced her husband to follow her to the coast of Maine where she was inspired to write Daughters of Long Reach and its sequel, The Maine Point. Ms. Drago is the recipient of a Next Generation Indie Book Award and a Spirit of Bath Award. In the summer, she and her husband enjoy piloting their boat around Casco Bay with their children and grandchildren.

Friday, Aug. 13

10:30-11:15 AM

Shaw Cherry Hill Farm – Building Fairy Houses – Join Mr. Jeff for Nature Walks throughout the summer. He will be leading these programs in different parks throughout Greater Gorham. Each one will begin at 10:30am. We plan on spending 45 minutes per excursion.

Have you walked at the Shaw Cherry Hill Farm and seen those amazing structures in the woods? Well, let’s see what we can do to add to the area! We are going to get hands-on and build fairy houses from the resources we find lying on the ground.

Rain date: August 20th, 10:30

Wednesday, Aug. 18

Closed for staff professional development – The library will be closed for staff training and professional development.

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