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 An Afternoon of Poetry with Moon Pie Press
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Friends continues this year's "literary themed" programming with an afternoon of poetry readings presented by acclaimed Moon Pie Press poets. Moon Pie Press was started in 2003 by Alice Persons and Nancy Henry. In 2002 they collaborated with Lillian Kennedy on an anthology of Maine poetry called A SENSE OF PLACE. Moon Pie Press has published more than 60 books, including 6 anthologies. Nancy left the press in November 2006. Alice is continuing with the press as Editor and Publisher. A fun fact: Garrison Keillor has selected works from Moon Pie poets over TWENTY SIX times for his popular National Public Radio show "The Writer's Almanac." Guest poets will be Alice Persons, Kevin Sweeney, and Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel. Read more about Moon Pie Press.

Image: MoonPie Press authorsKevin Sweeney "is the chair of the English Department at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, where he has been for more than twenty years."

Alice Persons "teaches part time at USM and serves on the Walker Library Board in Westbrook. Her poems have been published in various journals; eight poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac on NPR."

Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel "is an American historian (M-Phil Columbia University); history teacher of 25 years; poet; once theater person, kibbutznik (daughter born, Corinna Shulamit), craftsperson, Maine backwoods homesteader (son born, Barak Azriel), construction site foreman."

As a bonus to this program, attendees are invited to participate in an "Open Mike" sharing after the guest readings.This event is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Image: Bill roorback with Book JacketA Friends of the Library Event
Bestselling Maine Author Bill Roorbach
Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Friends kick off their 2016 programming with award-winning author Bill Roorbach. A Maine writer and new resident of Scarborough, Bill is a bestselling novelist, short story writer, and journalist. He received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and his latest book, The Remedy for Love: A Novel, was chosen as the "Amazon Best Book of the Month" for October 2014. Kirkus Reviews, the book review magazine, called it "...a hopelessly grownup love story" and named it a finalist for its 2014 Kirkus Prize. His bestselling book, Life Among Giants, is in development at HBO for a multi-year drama series. You can learn more about him in this 2013 Press Herald article "Succeeding as a Novelist—in a Big Way." This event is free to attend and open to the public. As always, the Friends provide delcious refreshments for attendees.



Image: Abstract musical backgroundHere is your ticket to a trip down memory lane! "Come on along and listen to the lullabye of Broadway". It is said that music is the soul of any society—and that theatre reflects life. Lorraine Masure, a former University of Maine System Administrator and current Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) instructor will take you to "The Great White Way" as she shares the history behind some of Broadway's most memorable musicals. This Friends program is free to attend, and refreshments are also included!

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Australia: A Photographic Journey of Discovery
September 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Here's the chance of a lifetime to experience some of Australia's natural beauty through the lens of Marie Jordan. After studying biology at UMO, Marie taught in Maine until her retirement. She then decided it was time to explore America's natural beauty, especially its birds. More recently, Marie's horizons have expanded beyond our own shores. She has visited Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Panama, Costa Rica, Iceland, Japan, and Australia. At this 1st Friends program of the new membership year, Marie's beautiful photographs will combine her interest in birds and the natural world. Come and let Marie be your guide to some of the birds and natural wonders of Queensland and the Northern Territory. No visa required and all seats are 1st Class!