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What’s in a name?

The mysterious literary society…The Tragic Treehouse…The Monstrous Gorilla.  What do these names have in common?  They are all possible names for the new program for middle school students at the Ellsworth Public Library.  The group met for the first time on Friday to brainstorm names and figure out how the group should be structured.

Here are a couple of pictures from our meeting:

Apples with caramel sauce was the snack of the day.

And, as you can see in the picture above, we used a library resource, Chase’s Calendar of Events, to look up random things that happened on our birthdays.  The book also lists celebrity birthdays, which were fun to look up.  If you want to give it a try, this website lists fun holidays and celebrity birthdays for today.

After talking about some upcoming program and fundraiser ideas (I see a read-a-thon in our future…) we went on a behind the scenes tour of the library that included the storage area, staff lounge and offices that are usually off-limits.

There is so much potential for this group and the members have already come up with some great ideas for projects.  Now we just have to settle on a name.

Youth Services Librarians:  do any of you have a program for middle school students?  If so, I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments!


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The Reading Pros Recap: Gone-Away Lake

Ellsworth has been so hot, busy and crowded this week, I wouldn’t mind escaping to the solitude of Gone-Away Lake–the fictional secluded village in Elizabeth Enright’s classic book.  Gone-Away Lake is the story of two cousins who only get to see each other during the summer.  The book takes place in the late 1950s and recounts Julian and Portia’s carefree months exploring the woods and catching rare butterflies.  Their summer changes when they stumble across the abandoned village of Gone-Away Lake.  It’s not completely abandoned because there are two people still living there “in hermitude” as one character put it.  The children form a bond with these older, grandparent-like figures and discover the history behind Gone-Away Lake.

We discussed what it would be like to live at Gone-Away.  What would it be like to live with only one other person for company (and a bunch of chickens and goats)?  What would we miss the most about living in society?

Some book club members said they would appreciate the quiet atmosphere.  Most would miss technology (especially video games).

We ate our snack (“homemade bread”-from the bakery at Hannaford with homemade raspberry jam and watermelon) and played Uno.  The older couple in the book plays cribbage to pass the time, but I didn’t have enough time to teach the kids how to play.  Uno was fun although I forgot what a long game it can be!

In closing, I just wanted to mention that Maine St. Andrews did a wonderful job last night at the library.  Here’s a picture of Kate (one of our Reading Pros!) playing alongside her mom, Susan.

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Summer Bucket List: Pick strawberries

1.  Pick strawberries

I remember going strawberry picking with my mom, cousin and grandfather when I was little (we would get there around six in the morning to avoid the crowds and the sun) but I haven’t had a chance to do it in several years.  This year I don’t want to miss out on any quintessential summer activities, so I’m making a list.  Here’s what picking your own strawberries in Maine looks like:

Cathy and Cam picking strawberries.

About halfway done!

These dogs have it made in the shade.

 I plan to freeze some of the berries to use in smoothies during the winter.  If anyone has a good suggestion for a strawberry recipe, I’d love to hear it in the comments.

Summer Bucket List count:  1 down, many more to go 🙂

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And the winner is…

And now, I will announce the winner of the Pay it Forward Giveaway Hop!  (drumroll please….)

The winner is Elizabeth from Book Addict!

When asked where she would like to go on vacation, Elizabeth responded:

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“I’d want to go to Malaysia because it has everything I love — beaches, awesome rain forests, exotic markets, ancient ruins and really nice hotels and resorts with all the amenities…”

Congratulations, Elizabeth!  I will send you an email shortly.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway 🙂

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Pay it Forward Giveaway Hop

Are you ready to hear what you can win in the “International Delights” Giveaway?  Again, this contest has nothing to do with no relation to coffee creamer, just so we’re all on the same page 🙂

My contest is open to U.S. residents only, so I thought I would feature items that I had discovered while studying abroad (with the exception of the featured book, which I discovered while stateside, but it is written by a foreign author).  One of my favorite parts of travel is discover new books, music, and movies that I would never have heard of otherwise.  So, without further ado, here is the prize:

1 copy of Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock (a British writer and author who is based in British Columbia)

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This beautiful book is a love story through letters.  The illustrations and unique format make this one a memorable read.


1 copy of the CD Between Waves by David Fonseca (the multi-talented Portuguese Pop Singer)

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This is his latest album (to my knowledge) and I happen to have two copies of it (I couldn’t part with my CD/DVD set!)  Although David is Portuguese and has sung in his native tongue in previous bands, his solo work is in English.  One of my favorite singers for sure!


1 copy of the DVD Talk to Her directed by Pedro Almodovar

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My year abroad in Spain included many Almodovar films (I once heard him described as the Spanish Tarantino).  Odd movies, but they make you think for sure.  The movie is in Spanish, with English subtitles, if desired.


To enter, simply comment below and answer the following question:

If you could take a vacation to a foreign country, which country would you pick, and why?

(Only one entry per person, please!)



Make sure to enter your email address in addition to your user name when you comment, so I will have a way to get in touch with you when you win.  The winner will also be posted on the blog on Sunday, July 1st!!!


Here are the rules, which look surprisingly similar to Roof Beam Reader’s rules (I hope he doesn’t mind I borrowed them).


–Must be a follower of this blog (E-mail or WordPress subscriber).
–Must be 13+ with parental permission if under 18.
–Winners must respond to e-mail within 48-hours or new winner selected.
–Winners chosen randomly through Random.org.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time (USA) on Saturday, June 30th.


Thank you Roof Beam Reader for these rules as well as the giveaway blog hop! 🙂

Good luck!  Now, head over to the other blogs for a chance to win more fabulous prizes…

  1. Roof Beam Reader (Int)
  2. Shooting Stars Mag (Int)
  3. Karen White Audiobooks (USA)
  4. BookHounds (USA)
  5. BookHounds YA (USA)
  6. Jinky is Reading (Int)
  7. Abel G. de la Cruz (UK)
  8. Noble Valerie (USA)
  9. There’s A Book (US/Canada)
  10. Tales of an Intrepid Pantster (USA)
  11. Leeswamme’s Blog (Int)
  12. The Lupine Librarian (USA)
  13. Sweeping Me (USA/CAN)
  14. Kristen Pelfrey Writes (USA)
  15. Love Saves the World(Int)
  16. Reading With a Broken Heart (Int)
  17. Book Addict (Int)
  18. Cheryl Rainfield (Int)
  19. Candace’s Book Blog (Int)


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Pay it Forward Giveaway info will be announced tomorrow!

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say I am still going to participate in the Pay it Forward Giveaway.  My giveaway will feature 3 international delights (not the coffee creamer):  one book, one movie, and one CD.  That’s all I’ll say for now, but I will announce the items tomorrow and let you know how you can sign up to win!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more info and have a fantastic day 🙂


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Moonbird sighting in New Jersey

When I attended Reading Roundup in April, I heard Phillip Hoose speak about his upcoming book called Moonbird:  A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.  This non-fiction book, due out on July 17th, is about an extraordinary bird who is thought to be at least 19 years old and has traveled an estimated total of 350,000 miles during its yearly migrations.

In late May of 2012, bird enthusiasts we excited to hear that B95 was spotted on a beach in New Jersey.  To read more about the B95 sighting as well as Hoose’s book, please click here to read an article from The New York Times.

Please check back soon for an interview with Phillip Hoose!


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