Since washing our hands is more important than ever, now is the perfect time to learn how to make soap. Join us Tuesday, June 16 at 1:30 pm for Soap Making 101.

Brooke Isham of Lomah Farmstead in Sangerville will teach us how to make beautiful, cold processed natural soap from ingredients that can be found locally, using simple equipment. She currently sells her soap online and at various Farmer’s Markets. She specializes in soaps that are free of synthetic fragrances & colorants.

Feel free to ask questions & share your own soap making tips!

This program is free & open to the public. To participate, join the Zoom meeting at: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/88370670600 (Meeting ID: 883 7067 0600). You can also dial in by phone at: 1-646-876-9923.

Enjoy the holidays at TFL!

At 6 pm on Friday, Dec. 6, Hometown Holidays kicks off with a special free showing of a brand-new Disney Christmas movie in the library’s downstairs meeting room. This charming take on a timeless tale features the wonderful Anna Kendrick (from Portland) as Santa’s daughter as well as Emmy winner Bill Hader and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine. A fun time for the whole family with hot cocoa and cookies too.

The festive vibe continues on Saturday, Dec. 7 as TFL’s lead elf, Ms. Michelle, hosts ornament making from 9 am to noon. This Hometown Holidays program spotlights simple crafts aimed towards kids.

That same day from 9 am to 1 pm be sure to visit the Dover Cove Farmers Market downstairs. Support local farmers, get gift ideas, and stock up for all your holiday get-togethers. And don’t miss this year’s cookie walk. Super yum.

Ms. Michelle spreads even more holiday cheer with Christmas cookie decorating from 4-5 pm on Thursday, Dec. 19. You get to take home your own merry and bright (and tasty) treats.

The library elves want you to know that the Hallmark Channel isn’t your only refuge this holiday season. Our awesome holiday stash is on full display: an impressive lineup of new and classic DVDs and winter-themed books for all ages to keep you holly jolly and content. If you’ve lost your yuletide mojo, need some no-cost fun, or want to explore something a bit deeper, December at TFL will meet your expectations.

Holiday hours:

  • 9 am – 1 pm on Wednesday, Dec 24 & Tuesday, Dec 31
  • CLOSED on Wednesday, Dec 25 & Wednesday, Jan 1.

Sunflowers brighten the day and lighten the mood. The world needs more of that, so come to our Planting Sunflowers program on Thursday, May 30 at 3:30 pm. The seeds will grow in the library windows until they’re ready to plant and then you can take some home; the rest will be donated to the Sunflower Circle in the Children’s Garden at Law Farm. All ages are welcome.

Looking for another way to get involved? Submit your sunflower-themed artwork to Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s poster-making contest.

Join us on Thursday, May 9 at 1:30 pm for our next TFL 101 event:

Holly Johnsen shows us how to create, embellish, and bind a simple pocket journal using paper items & recycled materials. You’ll be able to chronicle your memories, stories, & feelings–or a special adventure! Please bring your old maps, wallpaper, stationery, ticket stubs, photos–even junk mail–and your creativity! It’s sure to be a fun time!

About the TFL 101 Series: These monthly programs are lively, informative, interactive demonstrations from the practical to the creative. Pick up some basic how-to’s, then learn & explore on your own. Or, just satisfy your curiosity & have fun.

Attention Dr. Seuss fans: join us at the library on Friday, April 19 at 2 pm to celebrate your love of Dr. Seuss and get excited about SOCP Kids upcoming production of “Seussical Jr.” (a fantastical musical extravaganza directed by Bobby Keniston), which will be playing May 3-May 12 at Center Theatre.

Come play games and make crafts, and wear a Seuss-themed costume for a chance to win a set of Dr. Seuss books  donated by Center Theatre.