Vose Library, located at 392 Common Road in Union, will host a variety of programs from Sept. 21-28 — covering a wide variety of topics, from bullying to mosquito-borne diseases.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Bully Busters workshop.

This workshop will cover common situations and some solutions: avoiding common playground altercations, handling name calling and teasing, protecting personal "space" and possessions, assessing appropriate defense, verbal skills to back off a bully, and physical escapes from grabs or pushes.

The start of a new school year brings with it new challenges for kids to face. Midcoast Marital Arts will lead this workshop designed to equip kids for a wide variety situations. Kids gain confidence when they know they have choices and alternatives to handle difficulties they may encounter.

Kids should dress in comfortable clothes similar to what they would wear at school (for authenticity). Bring a water bottle if possible. Space in the workshop is limited to 15 kids, to ensure individual attention and the best class experience. Please sign up early at the library, so that staff has an idea of attendance. A second session of the workshop will be offered on the same day if the response is big enough.

This program is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Dr. Stephen Sears, medical director for the Maine Center for Disease Control will discuss the challenge of mosquito-borne diseases in Maine.

In the last few years Maine has had both West Nile Virus as well as Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus identified in several areas of the state. In 2009 several horses died from EEE in central Maine and in 2012 a man in Portland contracted WNV. These viruses are carried by mosquitoes. This talk will look at the what, where ,and why of WNV and EEE in Maine. There will also be some discussion on rabies.

This program is free and open to the public.

Mimi McGee will lead a Kids' Food for Llife cooking program on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.

McGee, an instructor from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s Food for Life program, will bring nutrition information to kids of the Union community in a way that is fun, interactive, and tastes great.

Children will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes that make their plate a powerful one.

Enjoy a smoothie-making demonstration, try healthy, tasty snacks, and share thoughts about food with friends.

Please RSVP and let staff know about any food allergies or sensitivities. Suggested $1 donation.

For more information on any of the programs, call Vose Library at 785-4733.