News from the Pierson Library

Thursday: The Friends of the Pierson Library meet on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:30pm. If you have ideas on how the library could be improved or would like to learn more about what’s happening, please feel free to attend.

Friday Open Play: Our younger patrons are invited to come by the library on every Friday in Aug. at 10:30am for a variety of games and crafts.

Alice in Wonderland Party: The magic happens at 1pm on Saturday, Aug. 13. Join us for a mad tea party, flaming croquet and wacky crafts. Please register in advance.

Story Time and Crafts with Caitlin: Join Youth Assistant Caitlin on every Monday morning in Aug. at 10:30am for stories and crafts. The theme for Aug. 15 is construction!

Coloring for Grown-Ups: Take a break to relax and let your creative spirit shine. Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 2pm for an afternoon of coloring. We provide the books and the colored pencils and pens. You provide the talent!

Tuesday Night Book Club: The group will meet at 6:3pm on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to discuss The House on Mango Street by Susan Cisneros. Copies of this short book are available at the front desk if you would like to join us.

Wednesday Morning Book Club: The group will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Aug. 17 to discuss “Trans-sister Radio” by Chris Bohjalian. If you have read this book or would like to learn more about it, please join us for the discussion.

Library Trustee Meeting: The trustees will be meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7pm. If you would like to learn more about the plans for the expansion of the library or have issues you would like to raise, please feel free to attend.

Knitting 4 Peace: Bring your knitting or crocheting project to the library on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10am to join others who are creating items for those who are in need. More yarn will be available if you need any, but do bring your own knitting needles or crochet hook.

New Displays at the Pierson Library: We are currently featuring books and DVDs about Language and in our “Explore Your World” series, we are focusing on Maine. It’s not too late to plan a trip to Maine before school starts or Labor Day arrives!

Coming this Fall: Healing Democracy Circle: Inspired by a 2011 by Parker Palmer called Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Heart, this Healing Democracy Circle will meet monthly from September through February on a Monday from 6pm to 8:15pm at the Pierson Library, preceded by an optional potluck at the Library from 5:30 to 6pm. The first session will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, followed by sessions on Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, and Feb. 6 although the dates may change when we discuss at our first session whether these dates work for the greatest number. The basic idea is to create a safe space for focused conversations with a diverse group of people around issues related to reconnecting to our communities and rehumanizing our democracy in these fractured times. Co-facilitators for the sessions are Lara Keenan, Pierson Library Director and David Leo-Nyquist, a semi-retired educator and school consultant. For further information or to reserve a spot in the Democracy Circle, please contact Lara at 264-5017 or by e-mailing her at or contact David at 233-5565 or by e-mailing him at

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