Owls Head Village Library announces expanded hours, new items

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Owls Head Village Library will be open Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library has seen an increase in usage since re-opening July 18. Many people visiting over a four-hour period became challenging due to a limit on inside patrons, and some patrons were waiting outside for entry.

The library also has a new DVD Collection of Maine Movies, all either written by a Mainer, about Maine or filmed/set in Maine, many in the Midcoast, donated by Michael Mullins. New book donations have exceeded 400 volumes and feature many current or recent bestsellers.

A survey is available at Town Office for anyone wishing to provide input to Library Association members. Exterior and interior improvements are being made in the coming weeks.

Beginning Sept. 25, patrons will be able to call the library at 593-0302. For more information, visit the Owls Head Village Library page on Facebook.

Virtual talk on blueberry industry offered Sept. 17

ROCKLAND — Rockland Public Library will host David Yarborough, an Emeritus Blueberry Specialist and Emeritus Professor Horticulture of University of Maine, for a virtual presentation on Maine's wild blueberry industry. Yarborough will describe the establishment of the wild blueberry plants as the glacier receded 10,000 years ago and discuss the beginnings of the blueberry industry in the 1800s.

Additionally, the talk will cover the research and development-integrated pest management techniques and health-research that have allowed the wild blueberry industry in Maine to prosper and compete with cultivated blueberries in a world market.

“Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry” will be held via the Zoom platform Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. To receive the link to attend, email sbillings@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on the day of the event.

Multi-partisan peaceful protest to be held at Chapman Park Sept. 19

ROCKLAND — This multi-partisan event at Chapman Park, next to Walgreens, offers all and any participants of every party – Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian and Unaffiliated or other to stand together in unity to reflect on shared commitments to the promise of America's Civil Rights as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation.

This event will begin at 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Sept. 19. A speech on civil rights and judicial reform will be given at 10:15 a.m., with a following series of other speakers from varied backgrounds. Visitors and participants are asked by event staff to remain peaceful, tolerant and inclusive.

If interested in speaking on the topic of Civil Rights, email Mike Mullins at mullins01@gmail.com.

Chili and chowder fundraiser at Thomaston Public Library Sept. 19

THOMASTON — The annual Friends of Thomaston Public Library Fall Chili, Chowder and Book Sale is going to look a little different this year. Join the library Saturday, Sept. 19, (rain date Saturday, Sept. 26) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a physically-distanced book sale on the lawn at the library. Library staff will have chili and chowder takeout available, as well as baked goods and many books for sale.

A cup of chili or chowder with cornbread or roll on the side will be $6 each. Baked goods will be priced as marked. Hardcover books will be 3 for $2, and paperbacks will be $0.25 each. Cash or checks accepted.

If interested in donating baked goods or volunteering, contact the library at 354-2453 or at library@thomastonmaine.gov.

Voter Registration Drive to be at Rockland Public Library Sept. 22

ROCKLAND — Volunteers from the Midcoast Maine League of Women Voters will be stationed outside the Rockland Public Library at the White Street entrance from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, to register new voters. Remember to bring your current Maine state ID or driver's license. Masks and social distancing are required.

Fall prevention classes offered Sept. 23

VIRTUAL — Many believe that falls are inevitable as we get older. That doesn’t have to be the case. Building balance and strength are essential to preventing falls and maintaining your independence.

Join personal trainer Rachael McCormick and certified  facilitator Megan Day Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., to learn exercises and easy changes you can implement at home to decrease your chances of falling.

Class is free, space is limited. Registration is required in order to gain virtual access. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

McBrien to talk on Maine’s Malaga Community at Cushing Library Sept. 23

CUSHING — Katherine McBrien, the deputy secretary of State for Archives, will discuss the tragic Malaga events in a Zoom presentation for the Cushing Public Library Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

In the 1860s, a mixed-race community began to settle this small island. According to McBrien, in the early 20th century, the eugenics movement, a popular theory that the poor, immoral or criminal were born that way, was accepted widely by teachers, heads of state (among others, Teddy Roosevelt), and scientists.