June Pathfinders: Summertime fun in Maine

Hey, summer (we hope) is just around the corner–it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do while we have good weather.  The Ellsworth Public Library has several events over the course of the summer. Keep an eye on our calendar each month to see what is coming up. Find the calendar here or stop in and pick one up.

There will be a special story time June 15 entitled “Dino Digs” and the Summer Reading Program will begin on the 17th.  Events will be listed on the calendar or stop in & check with any of the librarians about programs that will be taking place.

(Please scroll down for the Teen and Adult pathfinders)



Play, learn, and grow this summer!


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A school free summer shouldn’t mean a learning free summer! Don’t worry, there are lots of fun ways to keep your brain busy. Here are a few:


What’s better than a game of cards on a rainy day? Here are some card games that will help you with your math skills.

10 Card Games to Boost 2nd grade math skills:  http://www.education.com/slideshow/card-games-second-grade-math/subtraction_war/


Brush up on your geography with these fun online games:

Geography Learning Games for Kids:   http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/geography_games/random_games.html


Keep your spelling skills sharp with these games:

Spelling Games—PBS Kids:   http://pbskids.org/games/spelling.html


What do you “see” in your future this summer? Make a pair of cool shades, like the ones here:

Kids Artists: Sunglasses: http://kidsartists.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunglasses.html


Read, read, read!

Set a goal for summer reading. For example, if you want to read 1000 books this summer, plan to read 14 books a day for 10 weeks. That may be a little ambitious for some readers! If you read one book a day for 10 weeks, you’ll have read 70 books by the time school starts in the fall.

And, don’t forget to sign up at the Ellsworth Public Library for the Summer Reading Program. Record all the books you reads (or someone else reads to you) this summer and you can earn stickers, prizes, and more! Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program starts on Monday, June 17th.




Summer Bucket List

1.  Go swimming at midnight  2.  Eat popsicles for breakfast  3.  Get a summer job  4.  Read on the beach…

What are 43 things you want to do this summer?  Sign up to make a list of your goals and share your progress with others.

43 Things:  www.43things.com

Express yourself

What can you do with Sharpies?  Sharpie on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sharpie#

If that’s not enough inspiration, check out this site.  10 Cool Sharpie Projects: http://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/10-cool-sharpie-projects/#stationary


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Make a Smash Book (like the one shown above) to record everything that made this summer one to remember:

Homemade Smash Book: http://julieannshahin2.blogspot.com/2011/07/homemade-smash-book-its-okay-just-smash.html




If you like art, there are several art galleries in the Ellsworth area. Eight local galleries are listed at this site.


Also every month, Ellsworth Public Library has a different local artist hanging their work in their Riverview Room. Call ahead (667-6363) to be sure the room is not in use when you want to visit or when a reception may be taking place.



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The Grand is having a couple of live performances this month.  Jonathan Richman will take the stage on June 11 and The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Youth will perform on June 15.  Check out all the events at:



Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill runs a series of music events all summer. Through the summer there will be a ten programs festival, presenting concerts Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. On June 17 (all day) there will be a Special Program for Maine Students. For more information, see their website at:



If you are willing to travel an hour, there is a whole line up of events at the Stonington Opera House in June, including “PS, I Love Music: Musical Expeditions with Paul Sullivan and Friends on Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM. Check out the Opera House’s calendar at:




There are several museums in the Downeast area.  This site lists eight and some of them are rated.


Pictured below is Woodlawn Museum (check out the snow 🙂 ) located right here in Ellsworth.

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Headed to Bangor? Check out the Maine Discovery Museum. The Ellsworth Public Library has one pass available per day for cardholders. Please visit our Museum Pass Page for more information about this great opportunity.

Maine Discovery Museum http://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/


Also for kids, George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at the College of the Atlantic is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. It has a touch-tank where you can see and feel starfish, sea cucumbers and various other sea life first hand. See their website at:



Other Kinds of Activities


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Whether you’re visiting “from away” or a Mainer taking a “stay-cation,” these activities will make the summer special.

22 Great Things to Do with Your Kids in Maine’s Acadia National Park:  http://ouracadia.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/22-great-things-to-do-with-your-kids-in-maines-acadia-national-park/


You can tour Helen and Scot Nearing’s organic gardens and hand-built stone home on Cape Rosier in Brooksville from June through September.  For more information, visit the Good Life Center at:  http://www.goodlife.org


Related to farming, there is going to be a summer lecture series in Stonington.  The first in the series is a film entitled “Betting the Farm” on June 13th at 5:30 p.m.  Penobscot East Resource Center sponsors this series.  Check out their site:  http://www.penobscoteast.org/

For something very different, try the “Lumberjack Show” in Trenton.  After June 14th, there are shows every night at 7:00 p.m.  Their site is:   http://www.mainelumberjack.com/

Check back with us in July for more summer fun!