The Waldoboro Public Library Board of Trustees and staff will host a reception Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon to honor library volunteers. The library staff truly appreciates the many hours and various tasks performed by their volunteers.

Also on April 17, a dedication ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. to honor the memory of Randy Gross who passed away on March 1. The Genealogy and Historical Research corner of the library will be dedicated to Gross. A special framed photograph of Gross, created by Waldoboro photographer Linda Eastman, will be unveiled. Gross spent countless hours in his corner and on the computer researching the history of families and the community. He held monthly sessions at the library focusing on genealogy for anyone in town. The culmination of much of his work was the publication of his two volumes detailing the genealogical information from all of the cemeteries in Waldoboro. Gross was so proud of this accomplishment and enjoyed sharing his wealth of information and presenting programs for local organizations.

The reception and dedication ceremony are an opportunity for library patrons and community members to show their appreciation to the many volunteers who help keep the library running smoothly, and to honor the memory of the longest-serving volunteer, Randy Gross. Refreshments will be served.

The Friends of the Library will host a program Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. featuring author James H. Ellis, who will speak on his book “A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812.” He will discuss the role of Maine in the war with particular attention to events in the Waldoboro area. Ellis will share tales of common folk caught up in the unwanted turmoil. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase (cash or checks only). The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at 832-4484 or visit waldoborolibrary.com.