Saturday, March 18, 2017

Children in the Library

Learning with bubbles, Legos and trains
Seeing the smiles, laughing and games
Learning the alphabet, numbers and rhymes
Singing the tunes, melodies and songs
Learning to share, care and to socialize
Hearing the cries, howling and screams
Learning about music, voices and rhythm
Loving the happiness, imagination and fascination
Learning their names, faces and friends
Reading on the chairs, couches and stairs
Learning about books, pictures and the lizard
Feeling the love, hugs and hands
Learning the craft, pasting and coloring
Reading aloud with caregivers and children
Sharing a new book together with you
Brightens my life in unbelievable ways

Ginni Nichols, Children’s Librarian


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Latest Additions to the Archives!

We have received an amazing donation of more than 50 historic, Gardiner-centric scrapbooks:

These gems were kept by a life-long Gardiner resident and encompass primarily local happenings (along with some regional and national highlights) from the early 1930s all the way through the 1990s & early 2000s.  The detail is impeccable and many of the clippings are entirely new to our collection.

They are a treasure that we are delighted to preserve and make accessible to researchers, generations to come, and anyone interested NOW!  They contain SO much that we have only just begun to fathom their depths -- so, in the meantime, here's a (tiny) sampling of highlights for your enjoyment:

We couldn't be more delighted with this new donation of such an historic treasure.  These samples do not remotely represent the tip of the iceberg of just how much these scrapbooks contain.....  We invite and encourage you to stop by the Archives to pay this new collection a visit in person -- and absolutely promise that you will not be disappointed!

- Dawn Thistle
Community Archives Room

Saturday, March 4, 2017

eBooks & eAudios

For those of you who have used and either LOVE or at least tolerated the OverDrive eBook and eAudio service that we here in Gardiner, as well as libraries across the state, have been using for the past several years . . . .

Maine InfoNet, the entity we, as libraries in Maine, work with, has changed our eBook & eAudio provider.

As of Wednesday, March 1st, we are now using the CloudLibrary by Bibliotecha.  The address for the new service is

Visit the site, and with your valid library card you have access to many, Many, MANY books using your eReader right from your own home!

You will need to download an App.  The CloudLibrary website takes you right to the App Store for easy downloading, and then you are ready to begin!

Assuming this works, there was a great piece on WABI the other day.  Click on the link to find the story.

Take a few minutes and check out this service!