Ellsworth Public Library

Join us for our first NEA Big Read celebrating the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren with FREE programming!  Programming will take place from April 25-June 6, 2020.

The NEA Big Read is a series of community events focused around one book. This year, we’re reading the memoir Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  Hope is a geobiologist who believes that anyone can be a scientist– all you need is curiosity and to be willing to experiment.   In this spirit, we’re encouraging people to get outside and explore their backyards by taking up gardening, participating in citizen science initiatives, or planting a tree.  We’re planning workshops, presentations, a keynote speech from Amy Stewart and more!  Check out the NEA Big Read: Ellsworth Facebook page for more information!

Big Read Kick-off at The Ellsworth Public Library on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for activities for all ages, including science experiments, art projects, and a seed giveaway!

Ellsworth Garden Club will be assisting with plant distribution. Plants must be ordered in advance from the Hancock County Soil and Water District.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Presentation:  Fiddleheads 101 with Dave Fuller on Wednesday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Learn about the science and sustainability as well as safe cooking tips for one of Maine’s beloved spring greens: ostrich fern fiddleheads!

Dave Fuller is the Agriculture and Non-Timber Forest Products Professional for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County.

Presentation:  Mary Ann Clark:  Her Legacy in Ellsworth Gardens with Terri Weed Cormier at Moore Community Center on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Mary Ann Clark was a precocious Ellsworth teenager in the late 1800s who, after attempts at a career as a china and fine art painter, began training as a gardener and landscape architect with an apprenticeship at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She was a member and past vice president of the Josselyn Botanical Society of Maine. From the early 1900s until the late 1930s she headed M.A. Clark Inc., a major Ellsworth greenhouse and florist. Clark was an important voice at the beginning of the Ellsworth Garden Club; it is said she chose the club’s name.

Terri Weed Cormier, a lifelong Ellsworth resident and past president of the Ellsworth Historical Society, has a vast knowledge of the city’s history from partnerships with Ellsworth historian/authors such as Mark Honey, Deale Salisbury, and Darlene Springer. Her own investigations into the stories and artifacts of Ellsworth have shed much light on our past.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Keynote:  Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist at The Grand Auditorium on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Love gardening and a good cocktail? Discover how you can become a backyard bartender with New York Times Bestselling Author Amy Stewart! Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Blue Hill Books.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Book Discussions:  Lab Girl
Ellsworth Public Library on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. and Thursday May 7 at 6 p.m.

Join us to discuss the NEA Book Read selection, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren! Free copies will be available at the Ellsworth Public Library while supplies last.

We’ll post to the Facebook event page when the books arrive!

Workshop:  Gardening Forever with Ellen Gibson of the Maine AgrAbility Program at Hancock County Cooperative Extension (63 Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth) on Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 667-8212 to sign up!

“Gardening Forever” is an appropriate label since Ms. Gibson promotes scaling gardens to one’s ability to tend them and proper tool use/ergonomics. The session will include hands-on application as well as a time for questions from the audience. While it may be of greatest interest to gardeners who are experiencing physical challenges, the youngest of gardeners can benefit by applying the approaches and enjoying a lifetime of benefits.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Presentation:  “The Firefly and the Mantis World Tour” with Carol Leonard

Carol Leonard, Maine author and member of the 2019-2020 class of Maine Naturalists will speak about her year of observing nature from the same rock. She will share her naturalist’s journal,
“The Firefly and the Mantis”

Learn how to start a nature journal!

Find out how you can become a citizen scientist

For more information, check out the Facebook page.

NEA Big Read Conclusion:  The Future of Maine’s Trees with Schoodic Institute at Ellsworth Public Library on Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Discover the future of Maine’s trees and learn about local citizen science initiatives with speakers from the Schoodic Institute.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

More information is coming soon!

All Big Read events are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from Arts Midwest.

Questions? Feel free to email neabigreadellsworth@gmail.com or call the library (667-6363).