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By Charlotte Henderson | Nov 19, 2020
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson From left, local coordinator for the Alewife Access Restoration Project Brian Alves and Merton Moore of M&M Excavation work together on removal of the small dam in Washington Village. Next steps in the project include evaluations that before snowfall.

Gibbs Library seeks volunteers

In order to return to a full schedule and daily open hours, Gibbs Library needs to rebuild its roster of desk volunteers. These are the special people who check books in and out, mind the phone, help find what people want and much more.

It may sound daunting, but volunteers don’t have to have all the answers. There’s training, support and there are plenty of crib sheets with hints and reminders.

Right now, Gibbs Library is open 15 hours a week and the goal is to add hours Wednesday and increase hours Saturday. The shifts needed are for Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m., and for Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.

For COVID-19 safety, Gibbs Library is under strict guidelines provided by the State of Maine and the Institute Museum and Library Sciences, which require face coverings, distancing, limited numbers of people and careful use of sanitizer.

Gibbs Library staff, board of directors, volunteers and patrons have been working together doing a very efficient and accommodating job through difficult adjustments. Now, Gibbs needs to get back to “normal.” It will be good to have this service back at full capacity. With help from the whole community, it can happen.

If you would be interested in being a library volunteer or in coming back from a break, contact Kate Nichols, the library manager, at 207-845-2663 or info@gibbslibrary.org. Library duty is a great gig in a very nice setting surrounded by culture, history, humor, and more. What’s not to love?

Getting better indoor air

After a delicious Indian summer, we are looking at a few months of mostly indoor living.

Cue the groan.

During those recent gorgeous days, I spent some time in the garden, deciding whether to bring any plants inside for the winter. Which put me in the mood to check out plants for freshening indoor air. The Old Farmer's Almanac says spider plants, chrysanthemums and golden pothos all help reduce indoor pollutants. There are others as well, and I’d love to hear about your experiences with air freshening plants.

Another interesting one is Sansevieria, or the snake plant. According to NASA’s clean air study, snake plant filters several nasty sounding chemicals out of the air and releases oxygen at night (making it ideal for a bedroom). There are several different sansevieria: Sansevieria trifasciata is the one I know as snake plant.

Mmmm, oxygen is good. Sounds like a place to start.

Free smoke detectors

Another preparation as we head into winter, is checking smoke detectors to make sure the batteries are new and the device works. If you need a smoke detector, Washington Fire Department will provide one free for Washington residents and also install it for you.

To get one, call the town office at 845-2897 or the fire department at 845-2245 and leave a message. Someone will call you back to make a plan for getting the smoke detector installed into your home.

Let’s try to make sure everyone has this fire protection device that saves lives.

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