Library to Host Activities for All

By Kaileigh Deacon


The programming at the Calais Free Library has always offered a variety of activities for Calais and the surrounding areas. The start of 2018 brings new activities and an old favorite.

One of the new events that the library is looking forward to is their Storyteller Group. Once a month in January, February and March the library will host a local storytellers group from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings. This event was created to get the community to come together and talk about their memories of living and growing up here and sharing their experiences so that others can enjoy and learn from them. Storytellers of all kinds are encouraged to come and share or just listen. Stories can include everything from memories, recipes, anything about our local area. While the storytelling often includes fictional stories, these events are designed to encourage the telling of actual events that highlight our history. 

Also on Saturdays the library and Kyle Wilson are encouraging kids to get involved in science. Wilson and the library have offered a robotics event in the past teaching kids about coding and building their own devices. The kids had so much fun that they are bringing it back from 2-3:30 p.m. Wilson is also bringing science to kids with citizen science, where kids will learn about the world around them. Citizen science shows kids how to identify wildlife, like birds in their own backyard and teaching them other skills such as identifying scat. Citizen science will be just before robotics from 1-2 p.m. All science Saturday events will take place every Saturday from January 20 through March 4. 

The knitting group that currently meets at the library will now be offering a get-together on Saturdays once a month January 27, February 24, and March 4. Bring your current project, bring a pattern to share or just bring your needs and yarn and let inspiration guide you. 

“See the show, be the show,” Kathleen Staples and the librarians at the Calais Free Library are encouraging with their new Coffee House event. The event has no format, no cast and no guidelines. If you’re interested in trying your stand-up act, family friendly of course, singing a song, sharing a poem you wrote or just want to enjoy the show, stop in. It will take place once a month from now until March from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays evenings with coffee and sweets. Dates are January 26, February 23, and March 3. 

Also on Thursdays the library opens its doors and books for Homeschool Thursdays. This event allows students and parents to get together to talk about what they’re doing, researching programs or projects and just have a support group to connect with. Homeschool Thursdays are every Thursday from 10 a.m to noon. 

If you’re interested in more information about any of these activities you can contact the Calais Free Library at 454-2758.  If you’ve got a passion for something and there isn’t a current group or event for it you can contact the library to see about getting something going.