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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 “Realistic Fiction” genre (dark blue label) and reading Come With Me (REAL E MCG).


  • 3rd grade embarking into chapter books of several genres;
  • 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 

Place of the Moment

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

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle

In 1889, a fire raged through the fledgling city, razing much of the wood buildings in the business district. The blaze was widely attributed to a careless worker heating glue over a gas fire, catching the furnishings and floor on fire in a cabinetry shop. Founded on the logging industry, most of the original city was built of wood and little survived the flames that destroyed 31 blocks.

In the wake of the fire, new building ordinances required building from stone and brick; in the process of rebuilding, the decision was made to raise the city streets out of the swampy grounds. Retaining walls were added alongside the streets and filled to make new roads. Shops and businesses that had already rebuilt found the first and sometimes second stories of their buildings facing a concrete wall, the new street several feet above.

Eventually, new sidewalks were added at street height, and the underground largely forgotten–[…]

In the 1950s, Seattle local Bill Speidel began a campaign to save the neglected Pioneer Square area, largely on the strength of the story of the underground city. He began giving guided tours in 1965, and his company continues these today. Since then, rival tours have cropped up, each offering a slightly different take on the underground.

Visitors can join a guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets, exploring the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. The guides relay stories of the city’s colorful and sordid past. The tours walk through three blocks of the underground, including an old saloon, shopfronts, and a hotel.

Know Before You Go

The original Bill Speidel tour departs from Doc Maynard’s Public House in Pioneer Place Park. Look for the glass and cast-iron pergola, a cable-car stop built in 1909, and the huge totem pole.

“Seattle Underground.” Atlas Obscura, Accessed 23, March 2019, https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/seattle-undergroundl.



Word of the Week

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



adj | blun·​der·​ing | \ ˈblən-d(ə-)riŋ



: characterized by or prone to foolish or careless errors

// a blundering fool, a blundering attempt


Did You Know?

First known use: 1710

“blundering” Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 March, 2019, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blundering