What is your history with the library?
I have been a member for a long time, but I started using the library heavily once my kids were born. We’ve taken advantage of numerous playgroups/storytimes/book clubs/ Lego clubs that the library offers for kids. We’ve also read thousands of dollars worth of books.
More recently, as a member of the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School PTF, I’ve been involved in coordinating activities between the library and the school. Because of the library, our elementary school kids got to have Chris Van Dusen come talk to them! The library also coordinated activities with us and helped out at our evening event for Harry Potter Week.
What do you value most about the library?
I value that the library is a welcoming place for my whole family and that it has great connections to many other community organizations like the school and The Grand. And, of course, we love the books!
Where is your favorite place in the library?
I don’t use it now that my kids are older, but I’ll always love the boat in the children’s picture book room. I have very fond memories of reading to my boys there.
Have you read anything good lately? We always like to hear recommendations!
I have a few recent favorites. I really loved A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay. He’s one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint. His language is beautiful and the characters were fascinating.
As a family, we just finished reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. It’s a beautiful book told through the point of view of a tree. It deals with friendship, immigrants, and finding how you can help in the world.
The last one I’d recommend is The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman. This book which is a nominee for the 2019-20 Maine Student Book Award tells the story about a 12-year-old girl in the present wondering about her biological parents and a 12-year-old Jewish girl in 1940 who is sent to live in America from Luxembourg to escape the Nazis.
What are you looking forward to most about summer in Ellsworth?
I’m looking forward to reading some new books outside in my hammock, enjoying some outdoor music, and not packing lunches in the morning.