Death Café in Stockton Springs May 18, 2018

Stockton Springs Community Library’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”  invites you attend a Death Café on May 18. 

Chuck Lakin and Nancy McAlley will lead the all day conference, which will deal with issues related to end of life, death and choices. The event will be held at the Stockton Springs Town Hall on Friday, May 18, 2018. 9 am – 4 pm.  Lunch is offered along with morning and afternoon snacks. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required.

Death Café is not a physical location, but is an event hosted at someone’s house, library or other pop-up/ temporary venue. The official objective of a death café is to help people make the most of their finite lives. Individuals can discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other areas of death and dying at these events.

Nancy McAlley is a retired nurse with extensive end-of-life care experience. She is also an interfaith minister, a home funeral advocate, and a member of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County and the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine.

Chuck Lakin is a home funeral educator who teaches people how to make their own wooden coffins, which he says are usually cheaper and can be decorated.

For more information about what to expect at a death café event, we recommend two Bangor Daily News online articles. Meg Haskell’s 14 September 2017 article in the Bangor Daily News titled ‘Death cafes’ serve up end-of-life conversation, planning, which discusses  Lakin’s work and an article by Abigail Curtis, 17 April 2013 highlighting McAlley called Midcoast ‘Death Cafes’ create safe space to talk about death .

Limited seating. Prior-registration is required for this event. Call SSCL to sign-up: 207-567-4147 or stop by the library to register in person.

May 2018 is LYME Disease Awareness Month! Get ready now for prevention!

“TICK TALK” Friday April 20 at 7pm at Stockton Springs Community Library.

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” Third Annual Speakers’ Series will present:

Dr. Beatrice Szantyr, MD, FAAP and Constance “Happy” Dickey, RN to discuss what you and your family should know about the causes,

incidence and difficulties of medical diagnosis and the steps you should take to protect yourself and family. Q & A at end of talk.

Thanks to the support of the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for their support of this program.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org or phone 207-567-4147.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Stockton springs Community Library Saturday, April 14th

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will celebrate National Library Week with a “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” for children of all ages on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 am.

Come to SSCL and enjoy sandwiches, fruit, cookies, juice, kid friendly tea, and of course the topsy turvy cake. The story will be Alice in Wonderland. There will also be games, activities and surprises.

Children’s events at SSCL are always a great time so we hope you’ll join us!

National Library Week is April 8 – 14.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.”

The event is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 207-567-4147.

Award Winning Animated Film “Coco” at Stockton Springs Community Library Wednesday, April 18th

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) invites everyone to come to the library on Wednesday, April 18th at 6:15 pm for a showing of the award-winning animated film Coco.

Coco is the story of young Miguel, an aspiring musician, who is confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music. Miguel goes on a journey to the Land of the Dead to find his great great grandfather, a legendary musician.

Coco won an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature Film, in addition to dozens of other awards.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal and blanket. There will be refreshments and beverages. The event is free. For more information call the library at 207-567-4147.

Tai Chi change in time

The time for Tai Chi has changed. It is now meeting on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 am. This change is in effect for the next 7 weeks. The place has not changed. Tai Chi meets in the Stockton Springs Town Hall, lower level. Come join us!

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” 2018 Speakers’ Series for April – June

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” 2018 Speakers Series Announcing three new upcoming programs. 

“Tick Talk”
Friday, April 20, 2018.  7 pm.
Beatrice Szantyr MD, FAAP and Constance “Happy” Dickey, RN
Informative talk about ticks, Lyme disease. The diagnosis and and steps to protect and prevent. No prior registration required.

“Death Cafe”
Friday, May 18, 2018. 9 am – 4 pm
“Death Cafe” ~ Conference friendly discussion by Chuck Lakin and Nancy McAlley about issues dealing with end of life, death and choices. Lunch with morning and afternoon snacks.
Limited seating. Prior-registration is required for this event.
Call SSCL to sign-up: 207-567-4147 or stop by the library to register in person.

“Life experience and how it may effect your end of life decision planning”
Sunday, June 10, 2108. 2 pm – 4 pm ~ Session ONE
Sunday, June 24, 2018. 2 pm – 4 pm ~ Session TWO
Two-part discussion of life experience and how it may effect your end of life decision planning. Eliza Eager of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County. Advanced care materials available. No prior registration required.