February Pathfinder: Find a cure for cabin fever

What is a pathfinder?

Have you ever wanted to know more about a topic, but had no idea where to start? The internet provides a lot of information, but it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. Whether you’re researching a paper or just want to satisfy your curiosity, a pathfinder might be a good place to start.

Sometimes there is too much information about a certain subject.  How do you know which sites you can trust?  (Image from: gregagustinjr.com)

Sometimes there is too much information about a certain subject. How do you know which sites you can trust? (Image from: gregagustinjr.com)

A pathfinder is a list of reliable resources about a specific topic. There are two pathfinders on this page. The first one is designed for kids. Please scroll down for the pathfinder for teens and adults.



Find a Cure for Cabin Fever


Are you sick of being stuck inside? This month’s pathfinder will give you inspiration to get out of the house and have some winter fun!

Outdoor activities:


Image from: komar.org

Image from: komar.org

Winter in Maine means lots of snow. Have you already gone sledding, had a snowball fight, and built a family of snowmen? This site will give you some great ideas for other snow games and activities.


Slideshow: Winter Activities for Kids—It’s Not Too Cold Outside to Play


Library Programs:

Looking for something to do during February vacation? Come to the Ellsworth Public Library! We are offering an afternoon program Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during February vacation (we are closed Monday for President’s Day). All programs are at 2:00 p.m. For more information about these programs, please check out the library’s online calendar (http://www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/about/calendar/)

Tuesday, February 19th: Magic Tricks

Wednesday, February 20th: Mad Science

Thursday, February 21st: Messy Art

Friday, February 22nd: Puppets

Programs in the community:

Have you ever tried human ice bowling? Come to Ellsworth’s Winter Carnival and give it a try! For all of the scheduled events for this fun weekend, please visit:

Winter Carnival


Friday, February 8th at 10:00 a.m., The Grand will be showing Chimpanzee by Disney Nature. For more information, please visit:

PAC: Chimpanzee by Disney Nature


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Image from: http://www.grandonline.org/events/pac-chimpanzee/

Indoor Activities

Sometimes it’s just too cold to go outside! Here are some fun indoor activities to keep you busy:

Incredible Indoor Games



Teens and Adults

Many of us stay inside during the cold weather or a storm. That may cause us to become a little stir crazy and we develop a sense of “cabin fever”. People feel cabin fever in the winter months when more time is spent indoors, and when interacting with the outside world is less frequent. We also experience a shortage of sun light due to our short days in the winter. Cabin fever affects everyone differently–here are some ideas to help.


There are lots of ideas on how to “cure” cabin fever and playing music is one of them. You can download 3 free songs a week at the new music site on the Ellsworth Public Library’s website (www.ellsworth.lib.me.us). The site is called Freegal–just click on “online resources” on the Library’s homepage and you will have access to hundreds of songs from the Sony Library.

To help you look for music, see a list of the best songs of 2012 at:



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Image from: http://curiousloveofgreen.wordpress.com/

Another way of avoiding cabin fever may be to get lost in a good book. So plan on attending Ellsworth Public Library Cabin Fever Book Sale. There will be other items for sale too–such as movies and books on tape (and, the price is always right!).

The sale takes place Friday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m.

Select some books to look for at:



Spend a snowy afternoon watching a good movie. Check out the list of many at the following site. Or check the Libraries catalog (https://ellsworth.biblionix.com/atoz/catalog/) under “What’s Hot” to see what’s new here.



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Image from: loveyourgut.com

Always important, but even more so in the winter!





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Image from: afgfitness.com

Depending on what type of “winter weather” you are experiencing, this site will get you outdoors and doing things with your kids:


For even more ideas, try:


Or get some exercise indoors with some of these ideas:


The Library has been offering programs on organizing (the next one is Feb. 13 at 1, PM) and frugality (the “Tightwad Exchange” meets every first Wed. of the month at noon). So this next website is for them.

Frugal Ways to prevent Cabin Fever


For more information about library programs, check out the calendar on our website: http://www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/about/calendar/