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Adult Literature Series: Living in Maine

This year the committee continued the Adult Literature Series with the theme of "Living In Maine." In keeping with the results of our membership survey our theme celebrates all things "Maine." A wonderful roster of guest authors is in the making—certain to entertain with the stories, humor, cultures, and flavors that are unique to our state. We are also going to vary our program times with two programs being offered in the evening and two being offered on Sunday afternoons.

Announcements of our programs are always on our Web site and in the Library's newsletter Footnotes* Plus. We look forward to seeing you.


Image: Maine Curiosities book jacketAuthor Steve Bither
Maine Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities And Other Offbeat Stuff
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Friends had a wonderful turnout for the first program in the Literature Series, Living in Maine, with humorist and Maine author Steve Bither. Steve used his book, Maine Curiosities; Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Oddball Stuff, to take the group on an entertaining trip around Maine. Many people learned about things they did not know existed in our state! Steve shared some of his experiences visiting these places and meeting some quirky characters. A good time was had by all!



Image: Cider Still Tastes Funny CoverAuthor John Ford
This Cider Still Tastes Funny!
Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
A retired Maine Game Warden, John Ford has been shot at by desperate prison escapees and outwitted by wily trappers. Despite these perils, he always had a good quip ready when he slipped the handcuffs on a violator. John's adventures have been captured in his first book, Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste So Good. He brings his engaging storytelling style to his second book, This Cider Still Tastes Funny.



John Ford

John entertained with tales of his experiences in the woods of Maine.


Image:  George Washington's Secret NavyAuthor and maritime historian Jim Nelson
Sunday, January 19, 2 - 4 p.m.

In keeping with our theme, his talk is titled The Far Edge of Conflict: The Naval War of 1812 on the Coast of Maine. Mr. Nelson is an award-winning author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, that reflect his fascination with ships and the sea. Nelson's books strive to bring a new focus on the maritime world, from the Viking raiders of the 9th century to the naval action of the American Civil War.

Visit Red Over Red, the author's blog and his website.


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Jim Nelson brings the naval War of 1812 to life for his audience.



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Author Jennifer Wixson
Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Jennifer Wixson is a Maine farmer and Quaker minister. She will talk about her Sovereign series set in the small Maine town of Sovereign. A wealth of agricultural history is embedded in these novels, narrated by the town's minister. Visit Jennifer's blog for insight into the series and its characters.



Special Family Event

Wind Over Wings: Birds of Prey
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Scarborough Middle School Cafeteria

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A large, enthusiastic audience enjoyed a presentation by Wind Over Wings, a nonprofit, wildlife educational center featuring magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment. They were introduced to a great horned owl, a raven, and a falcon, and the star of the show, Skywalker, a golden eagle with a 6-foot wing span. Families learned about these beautiful birds, their environments, and what Wind Over Wings is doing to protect them. The program was offered free to the community by the Friends.

Quotable: " 'Dig Into Reading' proved to be a popular theme for the 2013 Summer Reading Program. Over 700 children and teens (the largest number of participants ever!) signed up to participate in this year's Summer Reading Program, made possible through financial support from the Friends of the Scarborough Library."