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Happy faces at story time

by Goodall Library Staff

Recent Successes:

Programming is back in full swing at the library, and we have been delighted to see so many new patrons enjoying our variety of offerings, particularly in our family events. Recently, we had delightful feedback following our showing of the film “The Princess Bride,” our spring themes in our weekly story times, and our Dr. Seuss Craft Kits (we sold out all 100 kits in just two days!). We also had great participation in our Quilt Raffle, which helped to raise funds for future programming and library services. Congrats to Ruth for winning!

Since January 2022, we have issued library cards for about 100 new patrons. We welcome you all into the Goodall Library community and welcome your feedback as you begin to access our services, programs, and space. 

Two new Board Members were recently voted into Goodall’s Library Board – Julie Norseworthy and Eric Logan. We are thrilled they have joined and look forward to the wonderful work and ideas they will contribute.

Upcoming Programs/Events:

Wednesday April 6th @ 3:00pm – 4:30pm: Kids Read to Dogs
All ages welcome. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot to read to a certified therapy dog from Golden Love Therapy Dog Team here at the library.

Friday April 15th & Saturday April 16th: Easter Craft Kits Available
Easter craft kits for ages 4 and up will be in the library lobby to take home and enjoy during open hours on these days. Available while supplies last. 

April 19th @ 10am – 4pm: Bunnies at the Library
Visit with two live rabbits. Learn about them and even read them a book if you’d like! (No appointment necessary.)

April 30th @ 10am: Bicycle Maintenance Workshop
For ages 10 – adult. Sign-ups required. Outdoor event if no rain. Bring your bicycle and learn to work on it with tools and assistance from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Perfect for father/son duos, couples, bike enthusiasts, and more.

Every Wednesday @ 2:00pm – 4:30pm: Lego Club
For ages 5-12. Drop in any time to socialize, build a Lego creation, and display it in the Children’s Room for a week. NOTE: There will be no Lego Club on April 6th.

Every Thursday: Story Times
Baby/Toddler Rhyme Time (ages 0-3) from 10:30am – 11:00am. Pre-K Story Time and Craft (ages 3-6) from 11:00am – 11:45am. NOTE: There will be no story times on April 14th.

Please note: 

  • The library will be closed from 12pm – 1:30pm on Wed April 6th for a staff meeting.
  • The library will be closed on Mon April 18th in honor of Patriots’ Day.

New Books:

  • Adult Fiction: The Untold Story (“Invisible Library” #8) by Genevieve Cogman. If time-traveling librarian spies and historical fantasy seem like your cup of tea, then this is the series for you, and its latest does not disappoint. In this novel, Irene (the librarian spy) is trying to uncover the truth about Alberich, who may or may not be her father. But when the Library orders her to kill him, she has limited time to find out the depth of his secrets, and must cross multiple worlds and dive into a wide array of myths and legends surrounding the creation of the Library itself to find her way.
  • Adult Nonfiction: From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks. This instant New York Times bestseller provides a roadmap to finding the utmost happiness, meaning, and success as we age. Author Brooks provides real-life stories alongside advice to build habits and set priorities. 
  • Young Adult: Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil. Perfect for anyone with a fascination of the Romanov family, this latest historical fiction provides another possibility for what may have happened to Anastasia, the daughter who was thought to have escaped when the rest of the royal family was killed during Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution. It alternates in perspective between “Anna” and a peasant communist supporter named Evgenia, who is trying to help Anastasia without realizing exactly who she is. It is a harrowing tale that is unique in that readers get to understand both sides, while showing who the real villains can be. 
  • Children’s: Midnight & Moon by Kelly Cooper. This beautiful new picture book tells the story of a girl who doesn’t fit in befriending a blind horse who also struggles to find his place in his herd. The story, aside from being exceptionally illustrated, is a must-share because it shows readers that their differences are positives, and that everyone has a place in this world because of those differences. 

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