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by Springvale Library Staff

So many wonderful things to tell you about, but first, we want to wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for here at the library, most notably being able to offer you so many amazing programs and activities. We are putting all the crafts of the past year in the Goodall cabinet. Dawn and Lesley had so much fun putting together the adult crafts for you. Now that it is getting colder and darker you are going to need more books! We are keeping the staff picks wall stocked for you, and if you don’t like the book you can blame the staff! We have added some fun stuff to the Library of Things. You’ll have to wait for the snow to start flying before you can use the snowshoes that LL Bean donated for your use. If you check them out be sure to send us a picture of your adventure, we love to experience your fun vicariously!


The Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 24th and 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Annual Appeal mailers will be in your mailboxes this month. We are so grateful for your generosity year after year.

We are now accepting donations of gently used jewelry once again for our annual book sale. We are starting from scratch-we sold all of the jewelry during the last sale!

Have you noticed the changes happening outside? We are in the process of building a Carriage House. It will be used for storing outdoor materials as well as book sale setup items.

Thanksgiving Quotes

“ Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.” -Wale Ayeni

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” -H.A. Ironside

Children’s Programs

Outside Story Time with Sheila Fridays at 10 am We will be meeting outside on the library lawn for a storytime geared for 2-5-year-olds. Bring a blanket and join us for movement stories, fingerplays, and parachute play. In case of inclement weather, Sheila will read stories on Facebook Live.

Kids Craft of the Week is a weekly offering of fun crafts for making at home. Miss Nancy has some fantastic crafts available this month, you are not going to want to miss them! You can email us pictures of your crafts at

TAG Teen After School Wednesdays 3:30-4:30. What does TAG mean? It stands for Teen Activity Group Ages 12 and up.

Adult Programs

Chuck Radis, author of Go By Boat: Stories of a Maine Doctor, 11/17 @6 pm. Masks are required. Doc Martin meets All Creatures Great and Small for this uniquely American true tale about an island physician off the coast of Maine. Fresh out of training, Dr. Chuck Radis convinces his wife, Sandi, to move to Peaks Island to fulfill a Public Health scholarship obligation. Absent-minded and initially oblivious to island mores, Dr. Radis slowly adapts to a medical practice where x-rays and advanced laboratory testing are available only on the mainland.

Knitting With Dawn every Tuesday from 3-4:30 pm in our front room as we were before the pandemic. Any handcrafters are welcome to join the fun! We are so excited to get back into a normal routine!

Cook the Book Join Dawn on the second Tuesday of every month (on a month-by-month basis) on the patio at 5:30 pm to try out a new cookbook. If you are new to the group, stop by or visit our website for details. If plans are changed Dawn will email the group prior to the meeting. This month’s meeting is on 11/9, and will be a Friendsgiving feast!

Adult Craft of the month is a folded paper turkey made with a recycled book! You can pick up the kits anytime this month. Lesley will be on Facebook Live on Thursday, November 18th at 6 pm. You have to name your turkey friend!

Staff Picks

The Stranger in the Mirror Liv Constantine *Sam
State of Terror Hillary Rodham Clinton *Sam
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law Mary Roach *Sam

The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides *Lesley
The Therapist B.A. Paris *Lesley

The Reading List Sara Nisha Adams *Dawn
The Last Green Valley Mark Sullivan *Dawn
When Ghosts Come Home Wiley Cash *Dawn

What I Carry Jennifer Longo *Sheila
Under the Whispering Door TJ Klune *Sheila

Pride and Prescience Carrie Bebris *Paula
The Paris Wife Paula McLain *Paula

How to Walk Away Katherine Center *Rebecca
Dracula Bram Stoker *Rebecca

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