2017-02-02 / Editorial

February brings family fun and advice

By Bob Cochrane

This morning I paid a visit to Libby Library to see what its well versed mascot, Libby Lobster, thought of the latest action film featuring a super hero with power to put the perfect crease in in any type of trouser. I sought him out in in at the new fiction shelf, one of his favorite hangouts. He was nowhere to be seen.

I eventually found him in the quiet room, where he appeared to be absorbed in a book on parenting. He saw me, and waved me in. It turns out he was reviewing the library’s copy of Dr. Michael Popkin’s book, “Active Parenting.” He looked up from the book and said, “I figured I could use it.”


“I took some of my kids to a birthday party, and let them play in the bouncy castle, forgetting a key feature of lobster claws.”


“They’re sharp. It was like an Irwin Allen movie in miniature. I never heard so many bisque-related threats in my life.”

“I guess that means you’re looking forward to that active parenting workshop.”

He responded enthusiastically, and went on to describe it in great detail. The multi-session program will be offered on the third Tuesday of the month starting Feb. 21. This highly acclaimed program, presented by Patrice Leary-Forrey of Kids Free to Grow, is geared toward parents of children from 5 through 12, and offers insight and advice on a variety of topics including nonviolent discipline, encouraging school success and opening the lines of communications. Materials, which include Dr. Popkin’s book, “Active Parenting,” and accompanying workbook, are provided free of charge. Each session starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs approximately 90 minutes.

I next asked Libby how his book, a lobster version of “The Brady Bunch,” was coming.

“Not too well. You try coming up with 600 children’s names.”

He showed far more enthusiasm for the library’s upcoming series of book talks. The first of these is coming up Tuesday, Feb. 7 and features local author David Arenstam. He’ll discuss his debut novel, “Homecoming: A Soldier’s Story of Loyalty, Courage and Devotion.” His novel, which has been nominated for the William E. Colby Award for military fiction or nonfiction, is based on Arenstam’s series of interviews with Russell Warriner, a Vietnam veteran who lived in Old Orchard Beach. There will be a 30-minute meet and greet with the author at 6 p.m. Discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m.

I became distracted by a rather revolting smell, and asked Libby what it might be.

“It’s the new flavor popcorn I came up with for Family Movie Night, lamprey. I don’t why I can’t sell the staff on it.”

“Speaking of Friday Movie Night, what’s coming up next?”

It turns out that, once again, there’s a great line up of family friendly films coming up. They include “The Mighty Ducks” on Feb. 3 and “The Good Dinosaur” on Feb. 17. The movies start at 5:30 p.m. with free popcorn. Don’t worry, the popcorn is butter, not lamprey flavored.

Be sure to stay warm and safe. We’ll have more exciting news to relate next month.

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

Return to top