2016-03-17 / Neighbors

Lose a little, gain a lot of ...time

By Bob Cochran

You may be a bit upset about losing that hour of sleep last weekend, but there’s something you can do to add some extra hours of enjoyment, not just for yourself, but the whole community.

Libby Library is always looking for ways to better serve its patrons. As part of that process, staff and management are exploring the possibility of extending the library’s operating hours. They have been asking patrons assist them in this effort by completing a very brief survey. The survey has only two questions and can easily be completed in less than a minute. The first asks whether the participant is satisfied with the current hours of operation, or would like to see them expanded. The second lists four options for these expanded hours, and asks the participant to rank them in order.

The survey is being conducted both at the library and online through SurveyMonkey.com. Links to the survey can be found on the library’s website, ooblibrary.org, or on its Facebook page. Those with limited Internet access can pick up a copy of the form at the library. The response so far has been very good, but even more participation is needed so the Library can show there is genuine community support for expanded hours. The deadline for submitting a survey form is Thursday, March 31.

This current survey is not the only good reason to “like” and visit Libby Memorial Library’s Facebook page. The Facebook page is a great way to stay informed about upcoming lectures, workshops, children’s activities and the many other events presented by the library. I would

Fundraiser will benefit Stackpole Bridge efforts

Every Tuesday night Flatbread in Portland shares a portion of pizza sales (eat in or take out) with a charitable cause. From 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, proceeds will go toward Stackpole Bridge in Saco. Then night also includes raffles.

Money raised will go toward the rehabilitation of the stone bridge. Friends of the bridge will be on hand to share the story of the bridge.

Flatbread is located on Commercial Street in Portland. FMI, call 283-1025. also recommend checking out the library website on a regular basis as well. There you can utilize the online catalog, find out what new books have been added to the collection, learn a language using Mango or teach your child to read with TumbleBooks. There’s also a variety of other useful resources such as Maine InfoNet’s Marvel!, which is an online repository of various newspapers, magazines and abstracts. You can also find out about upcoming events here as well as on Facebook.

Speaking of upcoming events, there is space still available for the Adult Mappette Workshop being conducted by renowned Maine artist/cartographer. Molly Holmberg Brown, owner of MollyMaps.com. Her work has been featured in The Alpinist, The Middlebury Magazine and The New York Times. Participants will create watercolor maps of local places with special significance using current and historic maps as sources. This twohour workshop will held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. You can register by calling the library at 934-4351, by Facebook message or by sending an email to director@ooblibrary.org.

I also just found out that space is still available for the “Tween and Teen Candy Making Workshop” scheduled for noon Saturday, March 26. Registration can also be made via phone, Facebook message or email.

There’s a couple more workshop updates to tell you about before wrapping up. This month’s “Medicare Minute,” which was scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, has been canceled. The monthly workshops will resume next month on Wednesday, April 27.

There’s a lot more events I could tell you about, but I can feel the editor yanking me off the stage with a virtual hook. I’ll be back in a few weeks. Until then keep checking out the website and Facebook page for any event updates.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer with Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach.

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