2016-11-10 / Editorial

Hard boiled wisdom offered from Libby Library mascot

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By Bob Cochran

Tuesday, Nov. 1 saw a new addition to the Libby Library family when a wayward lobster in search of a life not filled with bottom feeding and trap evading sauntered into their midst. This lobster came looking for something to read while taking the Downeaster to the Boston Aquarium to visit some old pals. At the library, he found not just a good book, but a place he could genuinely call home.

The lobster, like the library, goes by the name of Libby. I had a chance to meet and chat with Libby Lobster the other day. After briefly recounting the event that first brought him to the library, he told me about the various things that led him to stay. Here are some excerpts from that interview.

Me: What were the main qualities about Libby Library that led you to make your home here?

Libby: One of the main things was this past weekend’s Coast Encounters program where I got a chance to hang out with my ol’ sea snail, starfish and sea urchin buddies while library patrons of all ages got to learn more about us folks who hang out on the bottom of Saco Bay.

What really got me to stay was the friendly, courteous staff and the real commitment they have toward the members of the community, human and crustacean alike. They also have great books about sea life when I get a bit nostalgic. It’s kind of like looking at a high school yearbook.

Someone tried to interest me something called “hardboiled” mysteries, but I thought that was in bad taste.

Me: Are there any programs in particular you like?

Libby: The practical side of me is drawn to things like the half hour Medicare Minute programs that take place every fourth Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

There’s also the community aid programs like the current Roll Call that’s going on from now through Nov. 15. If you bring a minimum of one four-pack of toilet paper and your overdue materials, you will have your overdue fines forgiven. The library will then donate the TP to the Community Food Bank. It’s a win-win!

Oh ... and I just love those kids programs. The Lego Club on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. is great, especially if you have opposable thumbs. Me, I just made a big mess.

I really got to love those Friday Family Films, especially the free popcorn, once I got over the smell of melted butter. You can catch those every first and third Friday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The next one up is Norm of the North. I auditioned for a potential sequel, Emil of the East. The role was a main course, but I blew the audition. I can’t help being allergic to parsley!

Those STEAM-Powered Saturday programs are a ball, too. I’d love to bring my clam pals, but they just can’t get past the name.

Me: It’s almost time to wrap up. Maybe I shouldn’t say that to you ... Anyway, how can people keep tabs on your happenings, and do you have any advice for the readers?

Libby: Use your library. It’s easy for you ... you have hands. Try turning pages with these claws. Oh, and you can follow my pearls of wisdom either on the Libby Memorial Library’s Facebook page, or on Twitter at OOBLibrary.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer with Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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