Waldoboro Public Library returns to curbside service

WALDOBORO — Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and an anticipated surge after Thanksgiving, the Waldoboro Public Library has returned to curbside pickup service only. During this time when the building is closed, the following services are still available.

Checking out library materials (books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines), interlibrary loans, photocopying (give items to the staff at the window), outgoing faxes and 24/7 wifi connectivity, which is accessible in the parking lot, is still offered. Staff can also print out items from a website or email for patrons who don't have a computer or printer at home.

Call the library at 832-4484 for assistance.

Patrons can also use ebooks and audiobooks through CloudLibrary downloaded to their devices at home. Patrons need to be added to the CloudLibrary system to use it.

Contact the library at info@waldoboro.lib.me.us or call 832-4484 to be added to the system. CloudLibrary can be accessed at waldoborolibrary.org.

The library’s used bookstore, The Village Bookshop, is closed until further notice. It will re-open once safe to do so. Updates on the library and bookstore will be posted at waldoborolibrary.org.

The drawing for the wooden hand-crafted train raffle will be Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the library’s take-out window. Pictures of the train can be seen at waldoborolibrary.org.

Town of Union seeking residents who need food, energy assistance

UNION — The town of Union has assistance available for families who are struggling during this holiday season. Families and elders are encouraged to reach out if they need aid with food, heating, children's holiday shopping, etc. If you know a family who is struggling this holiday season, send their information to Town Manager Jay Feyler.

St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series on difficult conversations Dec. 13

ROCKLAND — The Community Speakers Series organized by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will resume using Zoom. The first program in this series will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, and is titled “Love in a Time of Coronavirus” with Manette Pottle presenting.

She will speak about her experiences of losses, challenges and unexpected gifts of the pandemic, and what she has learned about maintaining relationships. Attendees will be invited to share their experiences in small groups followed by a short concluding discussion.

Pottle is a member of the St. Peter's community and a documentary film producer with a passion for justice and transformative story-telling. Prior to film production, she produced the Camden International Film Festival and operated a sustainable landscaping company and farm in Appleton.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations. Future dates will be in 2021 and announced later.

The programs are free and open to all. See the “Latest News” announcements at stpetersrockland.org to participate.

Free introductory class to meditation Dec. 15

VIRTUAL — New to meditation, or have questions about practice? This noon to 1 p.m. class will include a guided meditation and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss experience.

Class is free but pre-registration is required in order to obtain virtual access. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

Free Advance Care Planning Workshop offered virtually Dec. 15

VIRTUAL — Advance care planning is an organized process of reflecting upon and discussing goals for future health care decisions.

Join trained advance care planning facilitator Vikki Swan Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. for this virtual workshop where you will begin the process of filling out an advance directive, which is a written a plan that represents individual preferences and tells others what medical care you want or do not want to receive if you become too ill in the future to tell them.

Class is free; pre-registration is required in order to obtain virtual access. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

Presentation on Maine's role in the Civil War to be held Dec. 16

CUSHING — Dr. Candace Kanes will explore a lesser known aspect of our state’s role in the Civil War, From Enslavement to Maine, in a Zoom talk presented by the Cushing Public Library Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

The story of the Underground Railroad before the war and the military deeds of Mainers during combat are relatively familiar. But since 2013, as part of her research for a major exhibition at the Maine Historical Society, Kanes has been studying old newspapers, census data and local historical resources to learn more about the 300-400 formerly enslaved people who came to Maine after the war.

The talk is part of the “World in Your Library” program sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.