The library is looking for a few good volunteers

The library is looking for volunteers.

If you can give us 3 hours once or twice a month that would be great. As you all know, we are an all volunteer library and like to have 2 people on every shift, We are avery friendly bunch, the job is not hard and you can keep as busy as you want, or just be friendly with our patrons.

Please stop by or give us a call. 207-567-4147.

We would also appreciate it if you would share this message with friends and family in the area.  Thank you!

Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 1-3pm the Stockton Springs Community Library’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs”,

2018 Speakers’ Series is presenting Eliza Eager of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, discussing “Dying Better by Talking Sooner”.

Eliza works with Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, developing and presenting programming to build better communication skills around health issues. She is available to support individuals and communities in thinking about advance health care directives.

These workshops are very interactive, creating a space in which participants can reflect on experiences with family at the end of life and how these memories shape our attitudes toward end of life choices.

Advance care planning materials and handouts with technical information provided.  The discussion of the forms and various ways to complete will be central to the talk.

Light refreshments will be served at end of talk.

If you have questions please contact the library at: 207-567-4147.

Many thanks to the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for their support.

17th Annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale at Stockton Springs Community Library June 2nd

On Saturday, June 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm the Stockton Springs Community Library will host its Annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale at the library on Main Street in Stockton Springs.

Library volunteers are busy dividing perennials for this popular fundraiser. There will be a wide variety of flowers and herbs to brighten your gardens. You can stock up on books for summer reading while snacking on delicious homemade baked goods. There’s always a great variety of sweet and savory baked goods available. Also for sale will be DVDs, VHS films, and audio books.

The Stockton Springs Community Library was founded in 2001 and is located in the historic Colcord House, which is owned by the Stockton Springs Historical Society. The library is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome.

Colcord House Revised May 2018 Calendar

The calendar has been revised to reflect that the Lego Program ended in April. The SSCL Board meeting on May 8th is at 6:30. The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet a little earlier than usual at 1:15 on Sunday, May 6. Also that hot dogs, chips, and iced tea will be available. There will not be any Tai Chi on May 19th because the Death Café will be meeting at the Town Hall where Tai Chi usually takes place.  If you want to download a copy of the calendar you can do so on the Bulletin Board page.

“Dying Better By Talking Sooner”.

SAVE the DATE! ” Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” 2018 Speakers’ Series presents: “Dying Better By Talking Sooner”.

Eliza Eager, Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, Sunday, June 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Janet Eager, Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County

Many doctors encourage their patients of all ages to think about their Health Care Directives and the “what ifs?” if something serious occurs, whether due to accident, age or illness.

Eliza will discuss the forms that are available to help residents understand and convey their wishes about what they would wish to be done in case of any of the above occurring.

A very important part of the process is to be sure your health care directives are discussed with family and doctors, and most important are filed with hospital, doctor and your health care designee.

Eliza will have the latest forms with her to review in detail the choices you can make. The discussion of the forms and various ways to complete will be central to this discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact the library at 207-567-4147.

Thanks to the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for their support of this 2018 Speakers’ Series.

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.