Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thanks to all who participated. The theme for this summer was The Great American Novel and reading lists are still available at the circulation desk, if you'd like to check out the recommended books. Participants were asked if the book they read was, in their opinion, a great American novel and to rate each book from 1 (not even close) to 10 (Yes!). Here are some of the comments and ratings submitted:
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
rating 6 - " To Kill a Mockingbird it ain't, but very honest and vivid none the less."
rating 4 - "HARSH!"
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
rating 10 - no comment
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
rating 4 - "Good story, I love Morrison - but not the Great American Novel."
Washington Square by Henry James
rating 4 - "Excellent book, but definitely not the Great American Novel."
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
rating 8 - "Profound for all."
rating 10 - no comment
Caretakers by Tabitha King
rating 7 - " A great look at the conflict between summer visitors and the natives in Maine communities - very enjoyable read."
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
rating 7 - "So close! Such imagery, but not quite."
Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore
rating 8 - "Moore paints a picture of Maine coastal life that is harsh and yet warm at the same time. Thanks for including some Maine authors on the list."
Native Son by Richard Wright
rating 9 - "Everyone needs to read this to understand race relations and themselves."
I hope everyone who participated enjoyed the books we selected. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about the Summer 2009 Challenge, please let me know.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Our friend and co-worker, Ruth MacIntosh, passed away on July 25th. We feel a great sense of loss and sadness because of it and we know that all of you feel the same way. Ruth was a presence in the Belfast community and many of us will miss that presence. All of us who work here at the Belfast Free Library have been guided and shaped by Ruth. She taught us not only the variety of tasks needed to make the library function and serve the community, but also how to work together as a staff and get along as colleagues.
She was filled with good humor, integrity, and a tremendous amount of heart and she willingly shared all of those things with those of us who were lucky enough to know and work with her.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
The 2008 Summer Reading Program at the Belfast Free Library, “Catch the Reading Bug”, begins June 28th at 11:00 with a concert by Dennis McGuire’s One Man Band. McGuire, a summer visitor to the area, plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, bass drum, tambourine and kazoo. He also does the vocals for a variety of foot stompin’, hand clappin’ favorites. Youngster and oldsters will be dancing in the aisles!
This year’s reading program has something for everyone and incorporates several events going on in town this summer, including the Celtic Festival and the Co-Motion program.
Story Hours for young children will be held Thursday at 10:00 (infants) and Friday at 11:00(preschoolers). Craft and game afternoons for elementary school children will be held Wednesdays at 2:00, beginning July 2. Book Discussion Groups for grades 4 – 6 and 7-9 will be held Mondays from 6:30 – 7:30. Check at the library for a schedule and books. Family entertainment will be featured throughout the summer. Check the library website, http://www.belfastlibrary.org/, or pick up a schedule at the library.
All youngsters will be encouraged to meet a summer reading challenge by charting their reading. Free books will be awarded to youngsters completing their goals. Charts, book bags, instructions, and schedules will all be available at the Dennis McGuire Concert.
For more information, contact the library at 338-3884 x 24.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
If it falls into the right hands, it is transformed into an art object that may or may not resemble its original form as a book. An “altered book” is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Searching the catalog:
Not only can you search the BFL catalog, but the catalogs of all the libraries in the Minerva system, the University of Maine System libraries, the Community College and Technical College library systems and Bowdoin, Bates and Colby College libraries are all available to you from home.
Start with the Minerva catalog by clicking on "Library Catalog" on the BFL homepage (belfastlibrary.org). If you want to search only the BFL collection, you can limit your search by selecting it from the drop down menu under "select library" but you might want to search the whole Minerva Catalog because in a later section, I'll tell you how you can request items not available at BFL from other libraries. If you still don't find what you are looking for, there's one more place to look. If the book, video, audiobook, music cd, or magazine that you are looking for isn't available in Minerva try looking in statewide library catalog by clicking on the "Search MaineCat" button on the search screen.
View your own patron record:
While looking at the search screen in Minerva, click on the "Patron Record" button in the tool bar below the entry box. You will be prompted for your name (last name will do) and barcode number (no spaces) and then taken to a patron record screen. From here you can look at the items you have checked out, any fines you might owe, and any books that you have on hold. If you have items that are due to be returned and you need more time, you can request a renewal from here. Click on "Items Currently Checked Out" to get the list. You can click the button that says "Renew all" and the system will renew anything that is renewable, or you can select items to renew. Items borrowed from this library can be renewed 3 times, while those from other libraries can only be renewed once.
Request from other libraries:
This process has become so quick and easy that we are borrowing and lending hundreds of items each week for Maine library patrons. This option makes many more items available to you than we can afford to provide and we hope you will take advantage of it. We receive daily deliveries so most items can be here in a few days. Once you have found an item that you want either in Minerva or MaineCat, and you note that the item status is "available" click on the "request this item" button or link, fill out the requested information - last name and barcode only for Minerva items, home library, last name and barcode for MaineCat items - and submit your request. If you find that the item you want is in Minerva, but is checked out, you can still request it and you will be added to the list of holds for that item. When one becomes available, it will be sent here for you. MaineCat is a little less flexible. It won't let you request items that are also in Minerva libraries and it won't let you request items that are already checked out - you have to wait for them to be available.
That's it for now. Take a look at these online services when you get a chance, and check back here for more. In Part II, I'll tell you about Marvel and some other resources that you can access from home.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
- To assist the library in developing and maintaining its services and usefulness in our community through financial support.
- To encourage the community to support the library through gifts of gently used book, volunteer services, financial gifts, and other resources.
- To promote the use of the library in the intellectual and cultural enrichment of life in Belfast by sponsorship of programs, concerts, and other public events.
To become a member of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library, please ask for a membership application at the Circulation Desk. The annual membership fee is $10.00/individual, or $15.00/family.
President Pat Aldrich conducts a recent meeting of the Friends. Topics of discussion included the upcoming annual book sale (in June - look for more information soon), a recap of the recent card party fundraiser, the need for a new microfilm reader/printer for the Special Collections area, and this blog.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Besides National Dance Week, the show and concert will honor World Dance Day and Poetry Month. All are invited to attend this free celebration of dance and poetry in the Kramer Gallery and Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Here is a brief sample of the childern's work. Visit the entire exhibit on the 2nd floor.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 20 – 2:00 p.m. Special Collections
LDS Digital Project Presentation
Volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Utah who have been in the area scanning court and town records for FamilySearch.org will be on hand to talk about the society and the work they have been doing in Maine.
[note: Here's an image from the Feb. meeting, provided by Maureen Taylor]
Wednesday, March 19 – 2:00 p.m. Abbott Room
Searching for Census Dead Ends
Having trouble finding Great Grandpa Fred in the 1920 census? You know he has to be there, but you can’t find him in the index? Send your toughest census dead end in before this meeting (email@example.com) and Dereka Smith will bring out her bag of tricks and tips to track them down.
Wednesday, April 16 – 2:00 p.m. Abbott Room
Sarah's Journey:Retracing an Ancestor's Life with Military Pension Files
Dale Mower, President of the Maine Genealogical Society, will share the story of Sarah Shannon and the genealogical treasures that can be found in pension records.
Each program will be followed by a time for sharing information and refreshments, ending at 4:00 p.m.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
If you have any questions about this group leave a comment here or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 338-3884 ext. 25.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
“The Season’s of Belfast” Belfast artist Debbie Flood is a collection of watercolor paintings that all have a common theme: Belfast in its different seasons. Seasons from long ago are depicted through the Belfast’s past series, seasons from now and the past in Debbie’s life are depicted through images of her children at play on the shore at the Belfast City park, sliding in the snow at their grandmother’s Belfast home, steamers from a summer day, picnicking with family, and star fish caught in tidal pools. Fall scenes that reflect something that has been lost, but found again in the full circle of life. All the paintings in this exhibit encircle the theme of nature and the seasons of our lives in Belfast. The exhibit will be on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library February 4th through March 3rd 2008.
To find out more about Debbie Flood go to her website at
Watercolor: "Brooding on the Shore"