The Friends of the Library and the Waldoborough Historical Society will co-host a program at the library featuring Gail Rowe and her book, "The Roots of a Family – Life in Rural Maine" on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m.

Rowe was born and raised in Maine and graduated from Colby College in 1972 followed by a master's degree from the University of Maine. After 27 years of teaching at Southern Maine Community College, she retired in 2003. Retirement has included traveling with her husband in Southeast Asia, gardening at home in Southern Maine and writing her book.

"The Roots of a Family – Life in Rural Maine" was originally written for her family, but after receiving encouraging and positive reviews from non-family members, Rowe decided to self-publish the book at The success of the book has led to invitations to speak at 11 libraries and historical societies plus at Penobscot Valley Senior College. Her book is also being used as a text in a history class at Brewer High School.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear more about how three remarkable families endured life in Maine during the Depression and World War II. Learn of the importance of knowing and sharing one's own family history. For more information, please contact the Waldoboro Public Library at 832-4484 or visit the