2016-10-06 / Editorial

Fall brings community to McArthur

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By Brooke Faulkner

In the blink of an eye, we are already several weeks into the fall, which is always an exciting time at McArthur Library.

We are delighted to have been selected as the beneficiary for the month of October for the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. Each time someone buys one of the reusable blue bags for $2.50 at the Biddeford Hannaford supermarket this month, McArthur Library will receive a $1 donation. We are so grateful to be a part of this program, which provides a simple way for people to reduce their use of disposable paper and plastic while they support the library at the same time.

October is Family History Month at McArthur. We’ll have expert genealogist Emily Schroeder here from the Maine State Library noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 to demonstrate how to get started with Ancestry.com. Then, don’t miss an evening with author Irene Cote Single from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. She will be at the library to discuss her book, “Two Countries, Two Women: A Story Based on True Events of Adventure, Faith, Tragedy and Courage,” which is fictionally based on the true story of her grandmother. Finally, each Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during the month of October, you can drop in for help beginning your genealogy searches using databases and the library’s local collections.

Monday, Oct. 24 is National Food Day and once again McArthur Library will participate with games, crafts and tastings. Each year on Food Day, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real local food. Drop in anytime between 1 and 7 p.m. and help enjoy what Maine farms and dairies have to offer and learn creative ways to incorporate them into your diet. The event is organized by the children’s department at McArthur, which also is starting up a great new drop-in program for kids who love LEGOs. Each Saturday during October, kids can drop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a Block Party. Show off your creativity and super building skills by tackling a suggested challenge with the library’s LEGO bricks.

October is also a busy month for teens. Wednesday, Oct. 19 is the Biddeford Public Schools’ next early release day and teens can drop in between 1:30 and 4 p.m. for crafts and games, to work on their Halloween and cosplay costumes and for a free showing of a classic Tim Burton film. Avid teen readers are invited to the next meeting of the Book Ninjas from 3:30 to 4:30p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to choose from a large selection of pre-publication teen books and talk about whatever they’ve been reading. For teens who’ve got ideas for programs and materials they’d like to see at the library, come on out to the next meeting of McArthur’s Teen Advisory Group 4 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Finally, we’re already looking forward to November and are extremely excited to welcome bestselling, Edgar Award winning author William Kent Krueger to McArthur Library on the evening of Monday, Nov. 14. Make sure to save the date!

Brooke Faulkner is teen services/reference librarian at McArthur Public Library in Biddeford.

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