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Special Events at SSCL

Author Cathie Pelletier to speak at Stockton Springs Community Library, Sunday, July 28th at 2 PM.

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will present author Cathie Pelletier discussing her work on Sunday, July 28th at 2 PM. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. Stop into the library or call 207-567-4147 during open hours to reserve your seat. A book-signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available to purchase. Click here for more information about the author and the event.

Summer Reading Program at Stockton Springs Community Library Begins Tuesday, July 9th

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will host a Summer Reading Program on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM from Tuesday, July 9th to Tuesday, August 6th.

We will explore themes such as endangered animals, ways to repurpose, recycle, and reuse, and more. There will be stories, activities, snacks, and lots of fun. 

Come to one session, all sessions, or come whenever you can! This is a free program and open to all. For questions contact the library at 207-567-4147.

Art Exhibit and Silent Auction by Mark Quigley at Stockton Springs Community Library Starting June 22nd

Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will exhibit paintings by Stockton Springs resident Mark Quigley starting Saturday, June 22nd and continuing through Sunday, July 28th. Some of the artworks will be in a silent auction throughout the exhibit. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the all-volunteer library.

Mark Quigley is a retired teacher and Stockton Springs resident. Paintings in the exhibition include local landscapes and other familiar Maine locations, such as Schoodic Point.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours: Mon. & Wed. 3 – 5 pm, Tues. 4 – 7 pm, Thurs. 9 am – noon and 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and Sat. 9 am – 3 pm.

Raffle tickets $100 gift card to Sweet Cheeks. Proceeds benefit SSCL.

SSCL is also currently engaged in a raffle to raise funds for the all-volunteer library. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at SSCL during open hours. The drawing for a $100 gift card to Sweet Cheeks Bakery will take place at SSCL’s annual Pie & Art Festival on August 17th at 2 pm.

Ongoing Meetings & Programs

SSCL Garden Group. 1st Mondays, 6:30 pm during gardening season. First meeting of the year is in March. Meet up with fellow local gardeners. Anyone interested in gardening is welcome.

SSCL Board Meetings. 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 pm. Public welcome to attend.

SSCL Tuesday reading group. 3rd Tuesdays, 2 pm. via Zoom
Upcoming readings and discussions include:
Book List – updated 1/22/2024

Jan “The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese
Feb “Find a Way” by Diana Nyad
Mar “Pedro Parma” by Juan Rulfo
Apr “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingslover
May “The Comfort of Crows” by Margaret Renkl
Jun “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithy
Jul “The Postmistress of Paris” by Meg Waite Clayton
Aug “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt

SSCL Knitting and Crafters Group. Wednesdays – The July dates for the Knitting and Crafting group are Wednesday, July 10th and Wednesday July 24th from 6-8 PM at the library. All are welcome. Please come and join us! Please note that changes in the current schedule are also posted on the SSCL Facebook Page.

SSCL Make & Take Lego Group. First Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Focus age group: children ages 4 through 10. Free to all children of any age. After building your lego creation, take it home with you! No registration required. Come to one, some, or all.

SSCL Thursday book group. 3rd Thursdays. Currently meeting in the library. 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Contact the library for the latest reading list.

SSCL Story Hour. November through March. Every FIRST Saturday of the month 10 – 11 AM unless otherwise noted at the top of this page. We’ll meet each month for fun and seasonal stories, an activity and a snack together! Free and open to all children. Library membership is not required. Questions please call 567-4147. 

Tai Chi twice weekly
Starting May 14, the Tai chi group will be meeting at the harbor, weather permitting. We will meet every Tuesday and Friday. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, Tai Chi will be held at the town office. Registration is required. Sessions start at 9:30 am both days.

A special thanks to our teachers Dean Anderson and Bill Philbrick for their excellent leadership. And to the Town of Stockton for continued support. They all go above and beyond for us.

If you are not already a member of the Stockton Springs Tai Chi group and would like to join – please call the library at 207-567-4147 to register and get on our email for updates.

Tai Chi at Stockton Harbor. Co-sponsored by Stockton Springs Community Library and The Town of Stockton Springs.

Historic Colcord House. Stockton Springs, Maine

Annual Events

Annual Pie and Art Festival
Held in August. Exact date for 2024 to be announced later this spring.
2023 participating artists: Judy Belasco, Deborah Bergman, Sarah Faragher, Scott Moore, Donna Newall, Mark Quigley, Betty Schopmeyer, Harriet Seekins, Martha Shaw, Dawn Staples-Knox, Jo Swift, Peter Walls, Jacob Walls, and Anne Marie Welsh.

Annual Great Event & Community Yard Sale 
September 7, 2024.
First Saturday after Labor Day. The grounds of the Library, Historical Society, and Town Office are filled once a year in September with a giant community yard sale, bake sale (yes, we have home made donuts), BBQ, children’s activities, and much more. Crafters, yard sale, local organizations welcome. Reservations for tables and/or table space usually go on sale the first weekend in June.

Annual SSCL Book, Bake and Plant Sale.
June 1, 2024.
First Saturday in June.
This event is our biggest fund raiser! Volunteer donations of books and plants for the sale are accepted a few days before the event as we do not have sufficient storage space to collect them sooner. Donations of home baked goods are brought in before 9 am (or call 207-567-4147 for other arrangements) and sell out quickly!

For more information about the annual sale – see our blog post:

You can also download and print a copy of this flyer here.

For more information, contact Stockton Springs Community Library staff at 207-567-4147, Healthy Acadia. Health Quest, and the National Library of Medicine.

Volunteers needed

Stockton Springs Community Library needs a few more volunteers. To maintain 501(c)3 status, and with it the ability to secure much needed grants, SSCL needs to stay open 18 hours a week. Two volunteers work each shift. You can help by working as little as one shift a month (shifts are 2 to 3 hours depending on the day). Complete training is provided.

Help in our lovely gardens is also welcome.

Digital Maine Library is available to every resident of Maine.

SSCL offers wi-fi internet service to the public from both inside and outside the building. Access with your wi-fi enabled device from the safety of your vehicle, the front porch, or the library gazebo where a charger station is also available. Please maintain 6 foot physical distance guidelines, wear a mask when appropriate, and wipe surfaces down before and after you touch them.

Additional information about SSCL monthly programs, special events, and services is available on this website, on the Facebook page, and by contacting the library at 207-567-4147.