By Sally Holt, librarian
At the Library
The Raymond Garden Tour in June was a tremendous success. Many thanks go out to the sponsors, the garden owners and the many visitors who came from far and wide to visit the beautiful gardens in Raymond, Maine. We continue to receive positive comments about the tour and are pleased that it was so well received. Our volunteers for the garden tour were the best! The time, energy, interest and work that was donated for this project is impossible to measure. All proceeds from the garden tour will benefit the library.
The Summer Reading Program continues for young children through teens. On Monday, August 5, at 10:30 a.m. Sarah Sparks returns with another science activity, soil presentation. This will be a hands-on activity for all age groups, held outside the Raymond Village Library. If it is raining, it will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building. On Monday, August 12, Lisa Davison will show participants how to make straw rockets. This activity will be held outside the library at 10:30 a.m. On Monday, August 19, the Summer Reading Program will conclude with an awards picnic, complete with prizes at 11 a.m. at the library. All programs are free.
On Sunday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be an end of summer tent book sale. This is a great opportunity to get great deals on books of every type including children's books, puzzles, audio books, music and videos for sale. If you spot tents and balloons as you drive by, stop in. If it is raining the book sale will be moved inside. Mark your calendars for a day filled with fun and great deals!
Gazing at the stars with a telescope to view the night sky is a great way to spend a summer evening. We have an Orion Starblast 4.5" Telescope for loan at the library. And if you are in the mood to spend a day with wildlife, a community pass to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is available upon request. Although it does not cover the entire entrance fee, it cuts down on the fee considerably.
The book group will meet at the Hawthorne House on Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Abide With Me” by Elizabeth Strout. The novel takes place in the late 1950s in the small town of West Annett, Maine, where a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family and happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings when a dark secret is revealed. All interested readers are welcome. The book will be available upon request at the library.
There is still a lot of summer left, but if you are starting to think about your child's return to school stop in and talk with us about MARVEL, a database provided to all residents of Maine through the Maine State Library. It has some terrific resources that can be used for school research and assignments for all ages. Call the library for more information at 655-4283.
For more information on these and all the library programs, call 655-4283, check Facebook, or visit www.raymondvillagelibrary.org.