SSCL needs you!

Volunteers needed at the Circulation Desk

Due to Covid-19 health concerns Stockton Springs Community Library has experienced a decline in the number of volunteers currently able to work during open library hours. 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. You can help by working as little as one shift a month (shifts are 2 to 3 hours depending on the day). Two volunteers are needed for each shift. Complete training is provided. So are masks and gloves. So here’s your chance to live your secret dream of being a librarian! 

The library also needs volunteers to work in its lovely flower gardens. Even an hour or so once in awhile will help keep the weeds at bay. 

Please contact SSCL at 207-567-4147 or just stop by during open hours and let us know how you are able to help.  Thank you! 

Open library hours are Monday and Wednesday 3-5; Tuesday 4-7; Thursday 9-12 and 6:30-8:30; and Saturday 9-3.  Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library and membership is free to anyone from any community. 

Virtual Story Time with Ms. Patsy Baldus, Sat. July 18, 10:00 am on SSCL Facebook Live

Ms. Patsy Baldus, former teacher and Maine author, will read The “Wing Shop” by Elvira Woodruff, illustrated by Stephen Gammel. While published in 1991 this story has a timeless message of “there’s no place like home.” 

The little boy, Matthew, moves with his family to a new home, but he misses his old home, and wants to find a way to get back there. He stumbles on a  magical Wing Shop where a young girl outfits him with different animals or objects’ wings so he can fly. He has some crazy adventures  but is finally happy to fly back home. 

The virtual story hour will start with a wing craft that the kids will enjoy making at home. Next Ms. Baldus will read the story and will end with a simple writing activity to spark the young (ages 4 – 8) listener’s own creativity. The program should last around 20 minutes and will be filmed in “Mary’s Room” at the library.

Virtual Story Time will be aired live on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 am on the Library’s Facebook Page. All you need to do is go to our Page and look for the live video. It will also be posted for viewing anytime at your convenience. Last month’s Virtual Story Time is available to watch on our Facebook page (under videos) and on our website  look for the tab “Online for Children.” We hope your children and grandchildren enjoy these virtual events and their time with you at home. 

Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library located in Stockton Springs, Maine. Membership is free to anyone from any community. Call us at 207-567-4147 if you have any questions about this event. 

Mac Smith to discuss “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine” at SSCL

Mac Smith will talk about his newly published book “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine” at the Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) on Sunday, July 12 @ 4 PM.  He will have books available for sale and also will be happy to sign your books.  There is no fee for this program.

To assure proper seating arrangements, seats are limited, reservations will be required, as will face coverings.

Mac Smith, author of newly released book "Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine"

Mac is a Stockton Springs native and lives in the village of Sandy Point.  He is a veteran of the First Gulf War and a former reporter for the Bar Harbor Times.

His first book “Mainer on the Titanic” is available to loan at SSCL.  He is currently working on his third book for Down East Books.

Please call the library at 207-567-4147 for reservations.  Our hours are Monday and Wednesday 3-5; Tuesday 4-7; Thursday 9-12 and 6:30-8:30; and Saturday 9-3.  Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library and membership is free to anyone from any community.

Search the SSCL library catalog from home

Stockton Springs Community Library has re-opened as of June 1, 2020 . Covid-19 related restrictions are in place to make the library a safe place for you, your family, and our volunteer library staff. 

The new rules are posted on the library door, our Facebook page, and website. Please call during library hours if you have questions or concerns. 

One way you can make your visit safer and faster is to search our catalog online and request items in advance of your visit.  Please allow sufficient time for a volunteer to fulfill your request. You can also check to see if an item is available before you come.The following slides provide instructions and examples on how to access the library catalog from our website.

Mac Smith previews his new book “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine”

Mac Smith will be holding his first talk about his newly published book “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine” at the Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) as soon as it is possible to hold a group event again in the library.


While we wait, he thought it might be fun to provide us with a “teaser” video of what we can expect. We are sure that as soon as you see this short video you will want to run out and buy the book for yourself! It is published by DownEast Books and is available everywhere good books are sold. You will be able to borrow it from the library after he regales us in person.

His first book “Mainers On The Titanic” is also available to purchase locally and online and is available for loan at SSCL.

Mac Smith is currently working on his third book for Down East Books, but don’t ask him what it’s about. You’re just going to have to wait to find out.

Mac Smith is a Navy veteran of the First Gulf War and former news reporter for the Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead.

The video presentation is available through this link

 SSCL_teaser_peytonplace_smith.mp4

(Unfortunately, the file is too large to post here.) You can also view the video presentation on our Facebook page under the Videos section.

If you have questions about his upcoming book talk at SSCL, please call us at 207-567-4147 or email us at stocktonstaff@stocktonsprings.lib.me.us

Tai Chi classes – on Zoom

Interested in learning Tai Chi? Thinking you missed your opportunity to join the SSCL Tai Chi group because of the restrictions of social distancing? You are in luck! While we are currently unable to meet in the same room, we do get together twice a week to learn and practice Tai Chi via Zoom (an online video conferencing platform)!

The SSCL Tai Chi group meets via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 am (ends around 11 am). You will be able to interact with the instructors and other group members in real time.

If you would like to join us, please call the Library at 207-567-4147. If no one is there to take your call, leave a message saying you are calling about Tai Chi with your name and phone number. Your phone call will be returned by a SSCL Tai Chi class organizer as soon as possible.

Tai Chi exercise focuses on gentle, flowing movements

SSCL re-opens June 1 with new policy

THE LIBRARY WILL RE-OPEN MONDAY JUNE 1, 2020

In order to keep our volunteers and patrons safe this is our new policy:

1. Don’t come to the library if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19

2. FACE COVERINGS are required for volunteers and patron safety

3. Maintain 6 feet physical distance in all areas of the library

4. No food or drink, including closed containers

We are allowed 5 patrons into the library at one time, so please limit the time that you are in to give others a chance.

Those that do not wear a face covering will be limited to curbside service subject to volunteer availability.

While we are following the state re-opening safety guidelines, patrons should be aware that there is some risk in using shared spaces with shared materials. We cannot guarantee a perfectly safe space.

COVID-19 SSCL Update

The Stockton Springs Community Library will continue to remain closed through May 31, 2020. We hope to open June 1st and will continue to follow the State of Maine CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our volunteer staff and patrons. The Library will be following Department of Economic and Community (DECD). Maine CDC and Maine State Library guidelines and protocols for Libraries when we re-open.

The Library’s free wi-fi is available outside the building. We recommend patrons follow CDC guidelines when accessing this service for the safety of everyone.

Additionally, the Library’s annual Book, Bake, and Plant sale, that had been planned for June 6, has been canceled.

Due to Coronavirus Concerns, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Suspends Service Until Further Notice

For those who had planned to come to the Library for AARP Foundation Tax-aide, please be advised that this service is canceled during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Please visit their website and/or call them for further information.

PORTLAND: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-based tax preparation and assistance service, has announced that it will suspend tax preparation services at all sites effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. The action is due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The program’s website, www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide and toll-free number 1-888-227-7669, are the best resources for information and updates regarding changes in service availability.