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April is National Poetry Month!

Maine Map

Also on the map board, we are paying special attention to the five contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine, though all of Maine was once Wabanaki territory, and Wabanaki people today live all through the state, as well as all around the globe.

More about Wabanaki history, culture and current events can be found at the tribal websites: the Aroostook Band of Micmacs (Mi’kmaq), the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe (2 communities in Maine), and the Penobscot Nation; or through the Abbe Museum.


Happy Birthday to Maine which turned 199 years old as a state on Friday, March 15!

Maine’s state bird, the chickadee, has been in the news a lot lately. There was some talk about choosing between the black capped and the boreal – but ultimately, the state legislature decided to just go with chickadee in general.

Maine’s flag has been in the news too. The current flag was adopted in 1909 and there has been some talk about going back to the original 1901 version. The legislature decided not to decide, so now it’s up to the Secretary of State

Aristotle’s Observations

Aristotle, the library’s resident observer and keeper of wisdom keeps a keen eye on the library! Lately, he’s been watching…



  • 2nd grade studying the “Fantasy” genre (bright green label) and reading The Clever Stick (FANT  E  LEC).
  • 3rd grade is delving into the incongruity of metaphor and poetry;
  • 4th and 5th grade perfecting their knowledge of where each genre is located
  • All the new books hitting the shelves and going out the door with happy readers!

Book Awards

Maine State Chickadee Award

This year, the 2nd and 3rd grade classes read all ten of the books nominated for the Maine Chickadee Award and voted on which one we want to see win! We’re still waiting on statewide results, but at Harriet Beecher Stowe, the winner was The Catawampus Cat.


Maine Student Book Awards

4th and 5th graders independently read from the list of nominees and those who submitted three or more summaries for books they had read were invited to the voting party where we cast our ballots for best book. We are still awaiting statewide results, but at Harriet Beecher Stowe, the winner (by just one vote) was Orphan Island, with a three way tie for second!  A close contest indeed!

Grants to the Library!

  The library sends out a huge thanks to the Elk’s Lodge for their extremely generous gift of  $2,000! Thanks to this gift, the library has new books on energy, space, relationships, cooking, crafts – and lots of just plain fun books to read!!

We are thrilled to have been selected by the Brunswick Community Education Fund (BCEF) for a grant to build a Wabanaki studies collection. This grant will buy books, objects, and fund visits from tribal historians. Funds from this grant will also allow the library to partner and consult with the  Akomawt Educational Initiative, an indigenous owned organization “dedicated to furthering knowledge of Native America through innovative learning approaches designed to impact how we teach history and contemporary social issues.” 

What’s more, the library is thrilled to be part of a second BCEF grant as well as we partner up with  Ms. Pelletier to create a collection of adaptive books for scholars who engage with literature through picture imagery.



Nipper The Dog, our resident research expert, is busy investigating rocks and minerals. He’s curious about this planet of ours, and the stuff that makes up the ground itself.  

Nipper began his studies, naturally, with a trip to the library shelves.

The nonfiction section of the library is organized by the Dewey Decimal system – a way of organizing the nonfiction books by the kind of information they contain.

500 – 599 is the the section dedihttp://dogco.com/the-legend-of-nipper-the-rca-dog/cated to natural science and mathematics, so it’s no surprise that that’s where he found Rocks and Minerals by Chris Pellant (549 PEL) and Rocks and Minerals by Tracey Staedter (522 STA), both of which have come in handy!

When the Bowdoin Earth and Oceanographic Science Department heard that Nipper was researching geology, they very generously loaned the library a collection of five study specimens. Nipper is currently looking at…

  1. Beryl
  2. Lepidolite
  3. Sulphur 
  4. Kyanite
  5. Calcite

Place of the Moment

Up on the map board, our current Place of the Moment (thanks Atlas Obscura) is…


Namib Sand Sea

A desert that rolls right up to the ocean, where it’s so dry animals live off the fog.

The beautiful red sand of the Namib Sand Sea flows right up to the actual waves of the ocean.

It’s one of the world’s only coastal deserts, with dune fields winding over its 3 million hectares. There are two dune systems at work here, one that is ancient and one that is young. It’s also known as the world’s oldest desert, believed to have been formed by the erosion of materials from thousands of kilometers away. While it is incredibly arid, with fog as the primary source of water, the desert still boasts a wide array of endemic wildlife, including the Welwitschia plant, the Dune Lark, and various reptiles and invertebrates.

The Namib Sand Sea was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.


Citation of This Work:

“Namib Sand Sea.Atlas Obscura, Accessed 12, APril, 2019, https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/namib-sand-sea.



Word of the Week

This week, thanks to Merriam-Webster, our Word of the Week is:



 noun (1)

\ ˈskrīb  \

Definition of scribe

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a member of a learned class in ancient Israel through New Testament times studying the Scriptures and serving as copyists, editors, teachers, and jurists
2aan official or public secretary or clerk
ba copier of manuscripts


 verb (1)


Definition of scribe (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

to work as a scribe WRITE


 verb (2)


Definition of scribe (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1to mark a line on by cutting or scratching with a pointed instrument
2to make by cutting or scratching


 noun (2)

Definition of scribe (Entry 4 of 5)


 biographical name

\ ˈskrēb  \

Definition of Scribe (Entry 5 of 5)

(Augustin-) Eugène 1791–1861 French dramatist

First Known Use of scribe

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1651, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1812, in the meaning defined above