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Community briefs July 2

Jun 22, 2020

Registration open for University summer courses July 6

ROCKLAND — Registration for over 50 University courses, which run in seven-week Summer Session II, is still open at UMA Rockland.  Courses will meet through distance education modalities from July 6 until Aug. 22.

Subject areas include anthropology, aviation, accounting, computing, English, history, human services, information security, justice studies, math, music and psychology.

According to Rockland Director, Deborah Meehan, "This is an excellent time for students home for the summer from other colleges, or high school students wanting to earn college credits, to earn three credits or more over the second half of summer.

UMA is the leading distance education institution in Maine and was recognized by US News and World Report as one of the "best online programs" in 2020.

Free academic advising appointments with UMA Rockland staff are available via web conferencing or by phone to help students choose summer and fall courses. Contact them at 596-6906 or at and a staff member will get right back to you.

Summer reading program offered at Waldoboro Public Library

WALDOBORO — The Summer Reading Program at the Waldoboro Public Library is still on for this summer. In-house programs are not allowed because of COVID-19, so the SRP has a new format for this summer.

There will be three different options for children in grades K-6. Participants may follow one option or mix and match among the three. All are intended for children to indulge reading-related activities and provide incentives for reluctant readers.

The first option is a packet of activities and a reading log that can be picked up when registering for the program. New activities will be added weekly during the seven-week program. The second option is to play book bingo or activity bingo, which can be picked up at the library. For each bingo win, a participant will earn a gift certificate for a small ice cream from Delano’s Dairy Dream.

The third option is to participate through Beanstack, an online reading program. Participants earn virtual badges for reading, completing various activities, and/or for writing book reviews to recommend books to other readers their age. The program is free and begins Thursday, June 25, and will continue through Aug. 13.

If health conditions allow for it, there may be an outside wrap-up celebration in August. To register, call the library at 832-4484 or email to More information is also available at

The library will also be a free lunch site in conjunction with Healthy Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Summer Meals program. These will be free healthy bag lunches available to all children age 18 and under. The lunches will be take-out only this year and served Thursdays, June 25 through Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 832-4484.

Vose Library now offers curbside pickup

UNION — The Vose Library now offers curbside pickup service. Registered patrons may order books from the Vose Library collection only. A limit of five items may be ordered with each patron account number at, emailing (remember to include name, phone and the title and format of each item), or calling 785-4733.

The library staff is working limited hours and available items should be ready for pick up within 24 hours during Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Patrons will be called or emailed once their items are ready, and the patron should call when they arrive at the library parking lot. Staff will place the bagged and labeled order on a chair near the entrance, and patrons are asked to remain in their vehicle until the staff member has re-entered the building.

The Book Drop is open for returns and overdue fees during the closure.

FMI:, Vose Library Union Maine at Facebook or call 785-4733.

Cushing Public Library opens this week

CUSHING — Volunteers of the Cushing Public Library will allow patrons back July 1. The schedule will be from Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday hours will resume at a later date.

In accordance with Maine CDC and Maine State Library guidelines, the library set policies to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. Masks and social distancing are required. Only five people, including volunteers, are allowed inside at a time. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Whenever possible, only one family member at a time is permitted. Time in the library is limited to 30 minutes.

Returns should be placed in the book depository outside, even if patrons are coming in to use the library. Items handled while browsing will be cleaned and quarantined before re-shelving. Patrons will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes. Hand sanitizer should be used before handling materials. Only one computer will be available for public use. Volunteers will sanitize high-touch surfaces throughout the day.

Curbside services will continue to be available as follows: Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. For more info on the policies or curbside service, contact Wendy at 354-2341 or at

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