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Tai Chi and Qigong Presentation at Stockton Springs Community Library May 21st

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” speaker series will host Michael Shunney speaking about Tai Chi and Qigong at the library on Sunday, May 21st at 2pm.

Mike Shunney has studied and played Taijiquan and Qigong here in the states and in China. He has attended many workshops and has learned from some of the finest Taijiquan and Qigong Masters in the world. He has competed successfully nationally and internationally, including in Fuzhou, China with the ten member U.S. Taijiquan team. He has focused on community education programs as well as teaching in college and university programs. Mike and his wife Constance Evens operate Inner Works Healing Arts Center in Rockland.

The word Qigong (pronounced chi kung) is a combination of two ideas. “Qi” means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body, and “gong” means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

This monthly series of talks at SSCL is in response to the growing interest in “Aging in Place” a widespread movement geared towards helping senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. With the current growing number of elders, this movement has the potential to improve the quality of life for many seniors. 

Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information phone 207-567-4147.

Free Composting Workshop at Stockton Springs Town Office May 16, 6 pm.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your organic waste into “Black Gold” to fertilize your gardens! Wayne Kraeger will present a Composting Workshop at the Stockton Springs Town Office, Lower Level on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 pm.

Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic materials from your kitchen and yard/garden waste into a rich soil known as compost. Backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. By composting your organic waste you are returning nutrients back into the soil in order for the cycle of life to continue. An important added bonus is the reduction of your household waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Finished compost looks like soil – dark brown, crumbly, and smells like a forest floor.

The Composting Workshop is sponsored by the Stockton Springs Community Library and the Stockton Springs Recycling Committee. The program is free and all are welcome.

For more information contact the Stockton Springs Community Library or the Stockton Springs Town Hall.

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Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County Presentation at Stockton Springs Community Library Sunday, April 30th at 2pm

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” speaker series will present Flic Shooter of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County at the library on Sunday, April 30th at 2pm.

Shooter will share information about the organization’s work, services, volunteer opportunities, training, and much more.

What criteria is used to determine eligibility for hospice?

Do people pay for Hospice care?

What is a POLST and does it make sense to have one if you have an Advanced Health Care Directive?

What types of jobs do Hospice volunteers do? When and where is the training for volunteers?

These and many other questions (including your questions!) will be answered.

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County has been training volunteers to offer free, confidential, non-medical support and assistance to anyone with a life limiting disease or illness and their families since 1981.

Flic Shooter has been a hospice volunteer since 2001 and on the staff since 2003. She lives in Monroe.

This monthly series of talks at SSCL is in response to the growing interest in “Aging in Place” a widespread movement geared towards helping senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. With the current growing number of elders, this movement has the potential to improve the quality of life for many seniors. 

Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information phone 207-567-4147.

Animated Film “Sing” at the Stockton Springs Community Library Friday, April 21st

Everyone’s invited to the Stockton Springs Community Library for a special end of school vacation week screening of the animated film “Sing” on Friday, April 21st at 6:30 PM.

Sing is a 2016 animated film which was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. When a koala impresario (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is in danger of losing his grand theater after one flop too many, he hatches a plan to stage a gala singing competition to save the day. But when a typo inflates the grand prize to 100,000 dollars, the contest attracts the attention of a number of singing animals, including a harried pig mom (Reese Witherspoon), a teenage gorilla (Taron Egerton), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly), and a punk porcupine (Scarlett Johansson). Seth MacFarlaneJohn C. ReillyJennifer Hudson, and Nick Offerman also lend their voices to this animated musical comedy. 

Movie snacks will be served. Wear your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed animal and pillow. The event is free and all are welcome.

For more information call 567-4147.

“Gardening – Let’s Talk About It!” Stockton Springs Community Library Monthly Informal Gardening Discussions

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will once again host a monthly gardening discussion program at the library on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. The series will begin on Monday, April 3rd at 6:00 pm.The program will take place monthly through October.

The format will be very informal. Participants may share whatever they are doing in their vegetable, flower, and perennial gardens. We will talk about what works well and what might not be working so well. The group will be encouraged to discuss and ask questions on any garden-related topic.

The meeting will be held at the library the first Monday of every month, April through October, at 6 pm. All gardeners and other interested people are welcome to attend.

The program is free and all are welcome.

For more information call 207-567-4147.

Stockton Springs Community Library Story Hour Saturday April 1st at Noon

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will present a special Story Hour on Saturday, April 1st at noon and celebrate spring with an eggsational surprise! Also, pizza will be served.

This will be the last story hour until November. SSCL will host its usual summer reading series this year.

Come enjoy the story, snacks, and activities at the Stockton Springs Community Library! The event is free and all are welcome.

Patricia Oh, AARP Age-Friendly Consultant, to Speak at Stockton Springs Community Library March 26th

Stockton Springs Community Library’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” group will present Patricia Oh, AARP’s Age-Friendly Consultant on Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 pm, as part of the monthly healthy aging speaker series. She will discuss the benefits and activities of AARP in Waldo County.

Patricia Oh, LMSW, MS, works as an age-friendly consultant with AARP and the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging. She is also Coordinator of Older Adult Services in Bowdoinham, Maine, where she works with Bowdoinham’s Advisory Committee on Aging to provide services and advocacy that enable older residents to live in their homes for as long as possible and to remain active and engaged in the community.

Patricia is a PhD candidate and adjunct faculty in the Department of Gerontology at U-Mass, Boston where she is writing a thesis about the development of age-friendly communities. She has presented her research about designing, implementing, and maintaining age-friendly communities at national and international conferences. Her review of the age-friendly community movement in Maine was recently published in the Maine Policy Review.

Following Oh’s presentation there will be time for Q & A and group discussion.

One question that will be addressed is:

“What effect will the repeal of the Affordable Care Act have on Medicare benefits and how would the ACA repeal change the cost of purchasing individual health insurance for people aged 50 – 65?”

SSCL is also participating in AARP’s “Aging Well in Waldo County” survey. Residents of Waldo County age 50 and older are eligible to take this quick and beneficial survey. Come into the library to complete the survey or online at www.agingwellinwaldocounty.org

April’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors speaker will be Flic Shooter of Waldo County Hospice Volunteers on April 30 at 2:00 pm.

The program is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information phone 567-4147. 

Stockton Springs Community Library's "Neighbors Helping Neighbor" group has initiated a program in conjunction with Spectrum Generations.

The USDA thru Good Shepard Food Bank supplies low income seniors over age 60 with a box of non perishable food the first Wednesday of every month. The food for Waldo County is delivered to Belfast and is available at 9:30 A.M. Our group is volunteering to pick up the food in Belfast and deliver to Stockton seniors.

We have placed USDA posters at various locations in Stockton Springs to advise seniors of this program. Attached to the posters are applications and proxy forms to be completed and sent to Spectrum Generations in Belfast. All information is included on the applications. We have placed posters outside on the library bulletin board and inside to the left of the door.

Please direct any interested patrons to the applications and proxies on the shelf below the inside poster. We are only responsible for making available the applications.

REMINDER: ELIGIBLE LOW INCOME SENIORS OVER 60 MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND SEND TO SPECTRUM GENERATIONS, 18 MERRIAM ROAD, BELFAST, ME 04915. Spectrum Generations: Phone: (207) 338-1190 Fax: (207) 338-6101 Public Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00. Website: http://spectrumgenerations.org/

 

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The website for Aging Well in Waldo County is http://agingwellinwaldocounty.org/

 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Speaker Series Returns to Stockton Springs Community Library

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will resume its “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” monthly series with a screening of “Being Mortal,” a PBS Frontline Documentary, on Sunday, February 26th at 2 pm. SSCL began this series last year in response to the growing interest in “Aging in Place,” a widespread movement geared towards helping senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. With the current growing number of elders, this movement has the potential to improve the quality of life for many seniors. 

Death is something we will all face one day. So why is it so hard for doctors to talk with their patients about dying? How can the medical profession better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose?

Renowned surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande explored those questions in his best-selling book, “Being Mortal.”  Gawande teamed with FRONTLINE (PBS) on this documentary that brings his personal journey — and the stories of his patients and their families — to life and challenges us all to reexamine how we think about death and dying.

“You don’t have to spend much time with the elderly or those with terminal illness to see, over and over and over again, how medicine fails the people it is supposed to help,” says Gawande, who practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-‐‐Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“Hope is not a plan,” Gawande adds. “We find from our trials that we are literally inflicting therapies on people that shorten their lives and increase their suffering, due to an inability to come to good decisions.”

Three years in the making, the Being Mortal film explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors – including Gawande – struggle to talk honestly and openly with their patients who are dying. Being Mortal is an intimate and revealing journey with relevance to all of us.

Small group discussions will follow the screening.

On March 26th “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” will present Patricia Oh of AARP will discuss the benefits and activities of AARP in Waldo County.

The program is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information phone 567-4147.

 

Special Reading of “Ivy Lost & Found” by September Sparrow at Stockton Springs Library February 4th

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will celebrate national “Take Your Child to the Library Day” with a special reading of “Ivy Lost & Found” by September Sparrow, of Verona Island, on Saturday, February 4th starting at noon with a pizza party.

The 6th annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” will be celebrated in libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. Children always receive a warm welcome at SSCL. The children’s room is named “Mary’s Room” after the late Mary Staples, one of the founders of the library. Children and parents will discover together the books and movies available to borrow. The library also offers many wonderful children’s programs on a regular basis: story hours, Lego Club, movie nights, author visits, and much more.

“Ivy Lost & Found” is based on the true story of Ivy, a tiny West Highland white terrier who was found lost in the woods. Ivy had been living in the woods for several months and no one knows how she got there or where she came from. Ivy found her forever home and Ivy Stories are tales of her adventures.

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Sparrow will also bring coloring pages from the book for the children to color.

“Ivy Lost & Found” is the first book in the Ivy Stories Series. The book sparks the imagination with funny and diverse characters that let children see, by being true to themselves, they can be anyone they set their mind to.

Hardcover and paperback versions of “Ivy Lost & Found” will be available for purchase.

The event is free and all are welcome.

For more information call 567-4147 

 

Free LEGO Club at the Stockton Springs Community library

 The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is proud to offer free LEGO programs on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:00 – 5:00 PM starting November 17th 2016 through April 20th 2017.legoclub

 Focus age group is 4 through 10 years old, however children of all ages are welcome to participate in the LEGO Fun! No registration is necessary.

 The purpose is to become a creative, engaged, lifelong learner while having fun. The library provides the LEGO bricks and participants provide their imagination and creativity! LEGO creations will be displayed in the library until the following month’s LEGO Club.

 Mark your calendars: November 17, 2016, December 15, 2016, January 19, 2017, February 16, 2017, March 16, 2017, April 20, 2017.

SSCL is located at 6 Station Street in Stockton Springs. For more information call 567-4147.

Stockton Springs Community Library Monthly Story Hour Begins November 5th

The Stockton Springs Community Library’s Story Hour will take place on Saturday, November 5th 10:00 – 11:00 am and continue on the first Saturday of each month through February.  Story Hour will take place in Mary’s Room, the library’s colorful children’s room.

Dates for Story Hour: Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Saturday, January 7th, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Saturday, February 4th, 10:00 – 11:00 am.Mark your calendars and come enjoy the fun! Children of all ages are welcome!

The library is an all volunteer library located on Main Street in Stockton Springs. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. www.stocktonspringslibrary.org 207-567-4147.


 

Stockton Springs Community Library Endowment Fund

The Stockton Springs Community Library has an endowment fund through the Maine Community Foundation.MFC

“The foundation has an excellent track record of managing funds for nonprofit organizations,” said Pat Curley, director of the library. “This service allows us to focus more on our mission,” Curley said.

The community foundation manages more than 200 nonprofit agency funds of different sizes from across state. “Maine relies on the critical work done by its nonprofits,” said Meredith Jones, the community foundation’s president and CEO. “Managing their endowments and other long-term funds is one way we can help them to grow and prosper.”

Through its diversified primary investment portfolio, the Maine Community Foundation offers nonprofit organizations access to institutional investment strategies and management normally available only to large investors. The foundation employs multiple professional investment managers with experience in specialized sectors of the investment markets.

The Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and nonprofits to build strong communities in Maine since 1983. More information about the community foundation can be found at www.mainecf.org or by calling 1-877-700-6800.

The Stockton Springs Community Library is an all-volunteer library founded in 2001. For more information, call 567-4147.


 

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Stockton Springs Community LIbrary Events Schedule

Events - May 2017

DONATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE ANNUAL BOOK< BAKE & PLANT SALE.

The Library is now accepting donations of fiction and non-fiction, books, videos, CDs in good condition for the Annual Book, Bake, and Plant sale, which will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 9 am to 3 pm.booksale

Homemade bake sale items will be accepted the morning of the sale, Saturday June 3.

Perrenials can be dropped off the day before. Please contact the librarians at 567-4147 for more information or to volunteer to help out with the event.

Interested in starting a SSCL Seed Library? There are several related books at the library that gardeners might be interested in, including: "Seed Libraries: And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People" and "The Seed Underground – A Growing Revolution to Save Food".

Ongoing every Wednesday except during holiday closings, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Painting Group. For all artists regardless of your skill level. Two hour work sessions.

May 1, Monday, 6 pm. The Garden Discussion Group will meet at 6 pm the second Monday of the month from April through October.

May 2, Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Genealogy Group. Anyone with an interest in family research is welcome to join this informal group. We cover a wide range of topics.

May 9, Tuesday, 1:00 pm. DAR Meeting. Open to local DAR members.

May 9, Tuesday, 6:30 pm. SSCL Board Meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

May 11, Thursday, 10:00 am. Kindle help sessions every second Thursday from 10-12. All are welcome. Appointment recommended. Call Judy at 322.7377 or leave a message to set up an appointment.

May 12, Friday, 6 pm. Friday Night Supper Club.

May 16, Tuesday, 2:00 to 3:30 pm SSCL Tuesday Reading Group meets the third Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

May 18, Thursday. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.SSCL Thursday Book Club Open group. Monthly book discussions.

May 21, Sunday, 2:00 pm. “Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” speaker series will host Michael Shunney speaking about Tai Chi and Qigong at the library on Sunday, May 21st at 2pm.

May 26, Friday, 10:00 - 11:00Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Stockton Springs. The focus of this group is to assist aging individuals in Stockton Springs who want to remain in their homes. This is a volunteer group that meets the last Friday of every month.

May 26, 11:00 - 12:00. Circle of Friends meets immediately after Neighbors Helping Neigbhors.

May 29, Monday - The Library is closed on Memorial Day.

May 31, Wednesday, 7 pm. Seed Saving Workshop presented by MOFGA. Every one is welcome. Donations to MOFGA will be appreciated. Refreshments served.

Future Events

June 3, Saturday, 9 am. SSCL's Annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale will take place the first Saturday in June from 9 to 3 pm. The library does not have room to store books in advance, so we will begin collecting them some time in May. This event is one of our biggest fundraisersand favorite events of the year.

Stockton Springs Community Library Neighbors Helping Neighbors Upcoming Speakers

Wednesday, June 28, 7pm Randy Mailloux, Belfast Attorney Fundamentals of Lifetime and Estate Planning to Protect Yourself and Others

Sunday, July 30, 7pm Kasey Smith, Owner ETERNAV, A Funeral Planning Service Affordable Choices for Funerals

Sunday, September 24, 2pm Judge Susan Longley, Waldo County Probate Court Probate Issues for Seniors

Notifications:

Library donations: Please consider making an annual donation to the Library's Endowment Fund. This library is entirely run by volunteers and funded through the support of our community. The library is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible.

Notifications by email
If you would like to receive occasional emails about library events, just send an email to the library with the subject “Email List.” We will add you to the list. Our email is stocktonstaff@stocktonsprings.lib.me.us

Library closings:
Notifications of library closing due to bad weather or other emergencies are made on WBLZ Storm Center Closings. Notifications of library closings are also made on the SSCL Facebook Page and Twitter accounts.

Online Access to SSCL Catalog and to Destiny Quest
SSCL is proud to announce that our patrons can now view our library catalog and Destiny Quest online, from anywhere, 24/7. Click Here to try it out! Patrons and volunteers can also download two different free "Apps": 1) Follett Destiny or 2) Destiny Quest from your tablet or smart phone to access our library catalog. You can use it to see what is new at the library and even see which books and movies are among are the current top 10 items borrowed at SSCL.

Mardi Gras party. February 2017 SSCL Friday Night Supper Club.

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