The program that was held last Wednesday at the library, "How to Digitize and Scan Historical Documents,” was well-received by the attendees, and much interest is certainly developing in this area of preserving, with our new technological advances, materials that might otherwise be lost for future generations.  The workshop was led by Al Churchill, who has for years shared his historical knowledge of the past in this very paper. For the past couple of years, Colin Windhorst, who is well-known for his enthusiasm for local history, as well as history in general, has been taking an online course in this very subject and is hoping to be able to make use of his new expertise to assist others in doing what is so dear to his own heart - saving the irreplaceable information and materials of the past … for the future.

To celebrate Poetry Month, the library is welcoming all who would like to stop by during open hours (Mondays 4 - 7 p.m. & Tuesdays & Fridays 1:30 - 4 p.m.) and share in the gift of poetry in our lives.  If you have a poem you’d like to share, or even just a rhyme, the librarians and/or other visitors would be delighted to hear it … or them!  If you need some ideas on what poems you might like, there are a few of our poetry books handy on a card table, so you can browse.  At another library, “downstate” in Brunswick, people are encouraged to carry around a "Poem in a Pocket" to share with anyone anywhere who will listen.  Try it yourself, and remind them that you’re celebrating Poetry Month!  When the pencil delivery occurs, there will also be a “reward” of a library-themed pencil for all poetry readers.  This will extend through Monday, April 30th … or whenever someone wants to share a poem … or the pencils run out!

On Friday, April 20th (I got this wrong last week - sorry), the library will hold its twice a month Movie Night beginning at 6:30 p.m., with cider, water, and popcorn available.  The evening begins with the next installment of "All Creatures Great & Small,” and will be followed by “The Body in the Library,” which is delayed from April 6th, when the gathered group decided to watch a Campion mystery called “Look to the Lady.”  We certainly trust there will be no actual “dead body” in our library to add to the “atmosphere!”

Don’t forget the great Tim Sample Performance at the Edmunds School on Friday, April 27th which will begin at 7 p.m.!! It’s a "family-friendly" look at the world through the humorous eyes of our new-ish Washington County resident.  Lots of Maine jokes and stories will have us all chuckling or roaring with laughter.  Even the stories he’s told before always have a little different slant, as do all good stories told by a consummate story-teller.  It’s for a good cause too - raising funds for the playground - Fun for Funds for Fun!!  What a deal!  Buy the tickets now at the school, the Pembroke Irving, or the Olde Boston Shoe Store in Calais (which is certainly no longer an actual shoe store, but a really neat place to explore!) OR, for $4 extra, at the door on that Friday night.  See you at the show!

Dennys River Historical Society

A Midwife’s Tale will be featured at the Dennys River Historical  Society’s regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville.  This remarkable film recounts the day to day life of Martha Ballard near post-revolutionary Augusta, Maine, as she managed her family, and tended to the needs of expectant mothers in early Maine.  The story is based on her diaries, often recorded at the end of long days, carefully researched by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and published in 1991 as  A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 .  The public are welcome to come and enjoy the film, discussion and refreshments afterwards.   For more information please call 726-3905, or contact the Historical Society at