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Winter Concert/Art show - posted December 2016
Steve Hartley from Cherryfield and Curtis Russet from Steuben will open the 2017 Winter- Spring Music and Art Series at the H.D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben, on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 3:00 pm. They will be playing selections from their repertoire of tunes and songs, mostly rooted in the Appalachian tradition. Steve plays banjo and guitar and hosts the "High On A Mountain" radio show on WERU. His extensive knowledge of the genre informs both his song selection and his playing. Curtis listens to Steve's show and was awarded "best guitar picker" at the 1997 Bluegrass Band competition in Sampson County, North Carolina. To top it off, Steve and Curtis are good friends. They enjoy each other's company and will enjoy playing for you. The artist, Ray Carbone, will exhibit representative works in wood, stone and bronze. His studio is located on the Pigeon Hill Road and is open to the public. In his words: "Skills learned during twenty-five years of wood and stone working converge in my sculpture. The tidal zone and its rhythm is my dooryard. My work continues to evolve and be influenced by my sense of place and the rich natural environment surrounding me." This event is free although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information contact the library at 546-7301.

Quilt Raffle - posted May 2016
As part of the Lobster Fest celebration, we will raffle off a counted cross stitch picture donated by Library Director Jeanne Benedict. The winner will have their choice from three different pictures, each valued at over $500. Tickets are on sale now - 1 for $3, 3 for $5, or for the best deal, 7 for $10. The drawing will be held at the Lobster Fest on July 17 and you do not have to be present to win. The pictures are on display at the library during library hours. All proceeds will go to the endowment fund for the library and community center.

Flatbay Collective Performance- posted March 2016
On Monday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8 PM, the Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will host a mixed program of music, poetry and fiction readings, and a demonstration of turned wooden bowls. The presenters, Leonore Hildebrandt, Donna Kausen, Brian Dyer Stewart, and Robert Froese are members of the Flat Bay Collective, a group of local artists from Harrington, Addison, and beyond (www.flatbaycollective.org). Leonore Hildebrandt will read from her new book of poems, The Next Unknown. She is a German-born poet, teacher, and editor. Her poetry and translations have appeared in many journals. With Brian Dyer Stewart, she performs original music. Donna Kausen will show her beautiful wooden bowls, turned from local wood: maple, birch, ash, apple, and as special orders “from people’s favorite burls”. She will show her tools and talk about the tricks of her trade. Brian Dyer Stewart will play the piano and perform songs and improvisations. He is a computer wizard who has brought his music to the community in schools, churches, pubs and online piano concerts. He has recorded several CDs. Robert Froese will read from his fiction. He is the author of 4 novels and has recently switched to writing short stories. He is retired from teaching English at the University of Maine at Machias. CDs, bowls, and signed copies of their books will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

MedlinePlus Tutorial Sessions- posted February 2016
The Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library will host hourly walk-in MedlinePlus tutorial sessions from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, February 27, upstairs in the library. Sessions will run 30–45 minutes and begin at the top of each hour. "We are excited to offer these free, interactive sessions to introduce community members to MedlinePlus. It?s an easy-to-use online resource that offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, on any device, for free," said Tracey Gamache of Healthy Acadia, who will be facilitating the sessions. Produced by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library, MedlinePlus provides peer-reviewed information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a user-friendly format suitable for patients, families, caregivers, and learners of all ages who seek to better understand their health and diagnosed illnesses or disorders. Workshop attendees will navigate through the MedlinePlus portal to explore the wide variety of health resources available, search health topics, explore health videos and interactive tutorials, optionally sign up to receive periodic online and/or print health updates, and check out other interactive tools. Healthy Acadia staff are available to provide MedlinePlus tutorial sessions for service providers and community members throughout Hancock and Washington counties. Workshop sessions may be individually tailored to meet the needs and interests of those attending. For more information, or to schedule a free, Medline Plus workshop or tutorial session for your staff, clients or group in Washington County, contact Tracey Gamache at tracey@healthyacadia.org or 255-3741. In Hancock County, contact Nina Zeldin at nina@healthyacadia.org or 667-7171.

Winter Concert Series Kicks off with Velocipede- posted January 2016
The lively duo Velocipede will play for the first winter concert and art at the H.D. Moore Library and Community Center, Steuben, on Sunday, January 17 at 3:00P:M, with a snow date of January 24. In addition to the music, Elizabeth and John Iaquessa will be showing their jewelry. Hailing from Maine, Julia Plumb (fiddle, foot percussion) and Baron Collins-Hill (tenor guitar, mandolin) play original and traditional fiddle tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. They play with a tight, close sound, staying true to the tunes and bolstering them with driving dance rhythms and sweet harmonies. Julia and Baron are thoughtful teachers and experienced players, performing for dances, concerts, weddings, and other events. As the duo Velocipede, formed in 2011, the synergy of Julia and Baron’s playing is manifest. Whether delivering a ripping set of reels for a contra dance, teaching crooked tunes from their journeys to Quebec at a workshop, or harmonizing with an achingly beautiful march in concert, Velocipede is sure to catch listeners’ ears and set toes tapping. Elizabeth and John Iaquessa bought an old farmhouse in Steuben in 2013 and settled in. Looking for things to do they started to make jewelry from vintage pieces of silverplate silverware . Beginning with elephant and squid necklaces, which quickly brought interest, they have now expanded to making a variety of necklaces, bracelets, rings and wind chimes. They say it is amazing what can be made from an old knife, spoon and fork, and call their adventure “Something from Yesterday’s Farm.” .

Matching Grant from Bar Harbor Bank and Trust- posted September 2015
The H.D. Moore Library and Community Center is pleased and excited to receive a dollar for dollar match up to $10,000 from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust to go to the Moore for the Future Endowment Fund. Between Sept. 1 and December 31, 2015 all donors' gifts up to the dollar limit will be doubled. When matched to the maximum, $20,000 will be added to the endowment campaign. "Libraries and community centers are important to keeping our small towns in Maine vibrant places to live, work and play. They provide residents with opportunities to stay connected, engaged and enriched," said Curtis C. Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. "Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to offer this matching grant to the Moore for the Future campaign. But, it is only through donations from others that the Bank can also support the future of this valuable community resource for residents of the Town of Steuben and surrounding communities. Therefore, I invite you to invest with us in the long-term financial stability of the H.D. Moore Library and Community Center. We are pleased to match your gifts dollar for dollar." In 1911, Steuben native, Henry D. Moore, gifted this unique community building with the vision it would meet the social, educational, cultural and recreational needs of the people of Steuben and surrounding towns. For over 100 years it has been a hub for fun and learning and a space for public and private use. An active Board, a dedicated librarian, and many volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually to keep the library and community center current and thriving with multiple events and offerings. In addition to a very well equipped library, community activities include dinners, concerts, children's programs, a book club, movies, and more. Financial support has come from the town and RSU, individuals, grants, fundraisers and an endowment that Henry Moore and his sister, Vida created long ago. However, due to greatly increased community usage of the library and building, and the steady rise in operational costs, we need to increase the endowment now to ensure that we can continue to provide such important programs and services far into the future. Thus the H.D. Moore Board of Directors launched the Moore for the Future Endowment Campaign with a letter to Steuben residents and library patrons in the summer of 2014. To date, close to $100,000 has been raised through the generous donations of residents, patrons and friends, businesses, and from special events. The fulfillment of this matching grant from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will bring us almost half way to our firts-phase goal of $250,000. We hope many library/ community center supporters will take part in this great matching opportunity BHBT has given us toward meeting our objective. To make your gift, simply make a check payable to Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library and send it to P.O. Box 127, Steuben, Maine 04680. Please write on the memo line: BHBT Endowment Match. For more information contact the library at 546-7301 or jbenedict@msln.net, or the treasurer, Keith at 546-2306. You can visit our webpage at www.moorelibrary.org or www.facebook.com/HenryD.MooreLibrary.

African Drumming - posted August 2015
The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will host a free family music program of African drumming presented by West African master drummer Jordan Benissan on Tuesday, August 25th at 1 p.m. Audience participation will be encouraged!! Jordan Messan Benissan, of the Ewe People, was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. Jordan has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level and he is currently a member of the Colby College music faculty. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic's Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra.

Student Concert - posted April 2015
Steuben Rockin’ Boogie is a band based around a core of two amazing young musicians from Steuben. They are Jacob Russet, on accordion, and Percy Zentz, on piano. Jacob’s brother Seamus helps out on bass when he’s not busy with Search and Rescue duties and finishing up at Sumner High School. Jacob, or JFinn as he is better known, plays “piano” accordion in the style of the late great Clifton Chenier. How “the groove” got so deeply imbedded in his being is anybody’s guess, but we are all the beneficiaries. He is innovative and fearless in his playing. You’ll just have to see for yourselves. Percy, aka PZ, can rock on the piano in a way that will shake you down to your very soul. You know that sound from somewhere deep in your past—how can it be coming out here and now from the fingers of this 14-year old wizard? The two of them were raised practically as brothers, and their musical rapport shows that. Add another brother to the mix, Seamus Creek Russet on the bottom end, and you’ve got something truly special. Their “teacher”, Sepp Huber, who learns at least as much from them as they do from him, will help out on rhythm guitar. Curtis Russet, the Russet boys' Dad, will contribute some lead guitar. The drummer will either be Orlando Herrera Vargas of Milbridge or Sheila Unvala of Steuben. What emerges from these creative musicians is a lot of Louisiana-inflected boogie and blues. Various other students of Sepp Huber, ages 7-14, will contribute musical interludes. Art work by Ella Lewis Students will be on display throughout the Library and Community Center. Donations are welcomed. Refreshments will be offered.

February Winter Concert - posted February 2015
On Sunday, February 15 at 3:00pm Celeste and Pepin Mittelhauser will present a concert of varied music, including blues, folk, classical, Celtic, and world music for the second winter concert and art event at the H.D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben. Celeste and Pepin are a sister and brother duo, who have grown up in Gouldsboro and are well known in the Downeast community for their musical talent. They have both been members of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine, with Pepin playing a lead role in the production this February. They have also been part of the Schoodic Summer Chorus and Schoodic Steel Drum Band. Celeste sings and Pepin sings and plays the tenor guitar. This is their second performance in the Community Center Hall. Shelley Shapiro from Steuben will show and offer for sale her beautiful handcrafted pottery before the concert and during the intermission and the library will also be open during those times for Connie Knuppel’s art show. Delicious refreshments will also be available. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Library and Community Center.

Joyful Winter Concert - posted December 2014
To liven up a January afternoon, four talented musicians from Downeast Maine will play a joyful program of music, including melodic pieces, jazz, blues, pseudo-classical and lots of improvisation. This is the first of the 2015 Winter Concert Series at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center. . Bruce Cassaday, is a virtuoso jazz trumpeter and is the organizer of the Jazz Collective, a group of musicians who play all around Eastern Maine. Leonore Hilderbrandt is a vocalist and percussionist, as well as a songwriter. Kenny Pierce is a marvelous guitarist and cellist who plays classical and Latin jazz on the cello, and Brian Stewart ties it all together on the keyboard with lots of improvising. Before the concert and during the break, Jeff Benedict will have wood carvings on display and the library will be open upstairs for viewing of Judith Colemann’s Solstice art show. Delicious refreshments will also be available. Donations are welcome and go to benefit programs of the Library and Community Center.

Online Catalog Launch - posted December 2014
Many of you are aware that the library made a decision to automate about a year and a half ago. We have been busy barcoding the collection and issuing new library cards with bar codes. After many, many volunteer hours, we are ready to begin checking out books with this new system on January 2, 2015. It is hoped that the new system will be more efficient and offer more options to patrons and staff. Patrons will be able to search our catalog at home and even put books on hold if someone else has that book or movie you’re looking for checked out. You will also be able to check to see what books you have checked out at any given time. You can find the catalog here—be sure and bookmark the page so that you can visit it whenever you want. You will be able to check the catalog and manage your account through this page. (If you have your new library card you can check at the library to get your user name and password.) We’ll be working over the next months to get the rest of the collection/patrons barcoded and also ask you to be patient with us as we adjust to the new system!! We shall also be having a party soon—with cake—to celebrate and further introduce Balsam/Evergreen.

Technology Petting Zoo - posted December 2014
Special Notice: On Saturday, December 6th from 11 am to 4 pm, the Cherryfield Public Library will host a Technology Petting Zoo*. The Maine State Library will be bringing toys to play with and learn on. There will be presentations and hands-on time with: · Nook SimpleTouch (e-reader) · Kindle Fire (tablet) · Kindle PaperWhite (e-reader) · Apple iPad Mini (tablet), · Nook HD+ (tablet), · Google Nexus (tablet). There is also a good chance they will bring a 3-D printer for you to try out as well. Cookies and refreshments will be available. For more information call 546-4228. *(We had hoped to plan one of these events here in Steuben but since we didn’t get it organized in time, it’s exciting that Cherryfield is offering it. This is a great chance to check out the different technologies and decide what you might like to have/give this holiday season!!)

Featured Artist: Judith Coleman- posted November 2014
Judith Colemann will be the next Featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. There will be an opening reception on Monday, December 1st from 5:30-7:00pm and the show will be available during library hours until January 31st. Judith grew up in the Army, moving every few years throughout the eastern United States and Europe. She spent the 70’s in Eastport and then took a teaching job on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, where her palette changed from blue and green to red, orange, and pink. This first contact with a non-European culture caused her to want more in order to better understand her own culture. During time in China, Colemann focused her painting on social interactions rather than the landscape. Colemann also spent time working for DODDS (Department of Defense Dependents Schools) which led her back to Wuerzburg, a small German city with fairytale architecture where she had graduated from high school. It was a homecoming for her and a new look at the Army from a different perspective. Ms. Colemann now lives near the ocean in Jonesport, surrounded by woods and fields. The basic natural elements are what occupy her attention at this time. You can also keep up on events at the library at www.facebook.com/HenryD.MooreLibrary. For more info, call 546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net.

Henry D. Moore Library Offers “Let’s Talk About It” Book Group - posted August 2014
The Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the Library. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library. The series “Defining Wilderness, Defining Maine” begins September 2 at 4pm at the library and continues for 4 more sessions, through November 25. Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm by Dean Bennett, Fly Rod Crosby by A. Hunter and Earle Shettleworth, Campfires Rekindled by George Kephart, and We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich. A scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions. “Exploring ideas and issues through literature has always been exciting and fun,” said Lizz Sinclair, director of “Let’s Talk About It.” “We find that there is great interest among adults in getting together to discuss what they’ve read with others. Having a discussion leader like Colin Windhorst who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating can help to deepen this experience.” Books for the program are available for loan at the Moore Library. Please call the Library at 546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series. The Library is open M 5:30-8:30, T 10-4, W 10-6, T 10-4, and Sat. 10-1. This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council by a grant from the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council, see www.mainehumanities.org or call the office in Portland at 207-773-5051.

Illustrator Matthews Myers Coming to the Library- posted July 2014
Artist Matthew Myers will be at the library Monday, July 28, from 6-7:30 to talk about illustrating children’s books. Matt will show sketches and talk about how he arrives at the characters and scenes depicted in his books. Bring paper and a pencil because he will be giving the kids (and any willing adults) a short illustration project. He will also be happy to answer questions and take a few drawing requests. Matthew Myers' career as a children's book illustrator began in 2011 with two starred reviews: Publisher's Weekly, which named him a Flying Start, and Kirkus, which said, “Myers’ oil paintings truly amaze.” Since then he has illustrated several books, including Clink, Tyrannosaurus Dad, A is For Musk Ox, Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, EIEIO!, and Battle Bunny. Rather than adapting each book to his own style, Myers prefers to adapt his oil painting style to best fit the idea of each book he is working on. You can see his illustrations and fine art at myerspaints.com.

Lobster Festival a big success! - posted July 2014
About 250 people turned out for the Steuben Lobster Fest, held on July 4th for the benefit of our Moore for the Future campaign. Perfect weather and perfectly prepared and cooked food along with lots of fun activities ensured that all had a grand time. Close to $3000 was raised for the campaign. Thank you to the many who put in lots of hours of volunteer time organizing and running the event as well as to all of the fishermen and pounds that donated so much of the delicious lobster consumed. Click here to see some photos and read one participant's enthusiastic perspective on the event.

Mad Science is coming to the Henry D. Moore Library this summer! - posted July 2014
Join us on Wednesday, July 16th at 10am for the “Fizz, Pop, Boom” show to celebrate the theme of our 2014 Summer Reading Program. This jaw dropping hour long science show is packed solid with cool reactions! We are experts at making science come to life and it just so happens that our specialty is “Fizzing, Popping, and Booming Science!” Didgeridoo tubes that produce flames, foaming flasks, sizzling test tubes, colorful oozing soap suds, mysterious oscillating colors, gases that do the mamba, exothermic reactions that demonstrate the power of catalysts, gaseous genies escaping from bottles, combustible gases that make streamers fly, and a real-life Mad Scientist that loves to bust molecules. These are a few of the aah!..mazing Mad Science reactions that will take you on the wild side of chemistry! Join us for a show that will make your mind FIZZ with questions, POP with excitement, and BOOM with Fun! For more information on Mad Science Programs call 878-2222 or go online to www.madscience.org/maine.

Author Talks at the Library - posted July 2014
Authors Allan Lockyer and Richard D. Rowland will be at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben on Monday, July 14th from 6-8 pm to share insights from their books and answer questions. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Allan will speak about his memories of living in Steuben during his high school years in the late sixties. He is a 1969 graduate of Sumner Memorial High School and attended college in Arkansas, earning a B.S. degree in geography at Southern State College in 1974. He later earned an M.A. degree in geography at Western Kentucky University in 1977, and his Doctor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado in 1986, where he wrote his dissertation on The Survival of Country Stories in Eastern Maine. Lockyer has been on the faculty of Francis Marion University since 1986, where he is currently the Neal D. Thigpen Professor of Public Affairs and Professor and Coordinator of the Geography Program. His books include Clamdiggers and Downeast Country Stores: Eastern Maine’s Vanishing Cultures, Imagining Maine: Essays and Stories, Beauty and Decay: A Humanistic Geography of the Other State of Maine, and Journeys, a travel memoir. Richard D. Rowland will talk about his book Unspoken Messages: Spiritual Lessons I Learned from Horses and Other Earthbound Souls. Rowland graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Police Administration and a minor in Corrections and is a retired sergeant from the Kentucky State Police. He lives in Elizabethtown, Ky., on a horse farm with his wife Jennifer, his son Richard and many different animals, where they operate an equine stabling and training facility. He also tries to spend time each year in Steuben with his wife’s family. In August of 2008, Rowland was diagnosed with a relatively rare disease, related to two tours of service in Vietnam; a virtual death sentence. His wish and the reason for writing this book are to restore a sense of optimism to those facing the same trials in their lives. Both authors will have copies of their books available for sale and signing. For more information about this and other events at the library, email jbenedict@msln.net, or call 546-7301.

"Fizz, Boom, Read" Summer Reading Program - posted June 2014
Children and adults from Steuben and area towns are welcome to participate in our 2014 Summer Reading Program “Fizz, Boom, Read.” Registration begins at 10 am on Saturday, June 21st. Register, pick up a book log, check out some library books, and read—it’s that easy. The first 50 children to register will receive free Seadogs tickets, and all readers will be able to earn prizes for hours read to reach certain goals. Mad Science of Maine will be at the library on Wednesday, July 16th (10am) with their “Fizz, Pop, Boom” program, and Bess the Book Bus will be here again at the end of August. Stay tuned for more details about these events. Keep track of all library activities via the library website's upcoming events page or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HenryD.MooreLibrary. You can also contact the library at jbenedict@msln.net or 546-7301.

"Reader of the Pack" Program- posted June 2014
The Henry D Moore Library in Steuben is introducing their new “Reader of the Pack” program during a kickoff event which will be held at the library from 10 -11:30 AM Saturday June 21. Brought to the library by Silent Sidekicks, the program will encourage children to read by having them read to a therapy animal – in this case, Nemo, a lovable Golden Retriever. The kickoff event will be facilitated by Elin MacKinnon, who is Nemo’s human partner in animal assisted activities. During the event, MacKinnon will explain the program and its guidelines. Parents and caregivers will have a chance to ask questions and meet Nemo. The children will get a chance to sign up for subsequent sessions. During those sessions, children will each have 15 minutes to read with and get to know Nemo. Children can also sign up for a “Reader of the Pack” card which will be punched at each visit, allowing the children a chance to earn rewards. Animals are good reading companions, according to Elin, because they listen attentively, and don’t laugh, judge, or criticize, allowing children to move at their own pace without feeling intimidated. Participating children can make enormous strides in reading and communication skills while building self-esteem, confidence, and social skills. Although animals can’t read, they are great listeners. Their presence creates an inviting and motivating environment for the children. Silent Sidekicks, based in Lincoln, Maine, is a nonprofit organization that provides animal-assisted therapy and activities to the people of Maine through a network of volunteers. More information on Silent Sidekicks and their programs can be found on their website at www.silentsidekicks.org or by liking the Silent Sidekicks Facebook page. For more details on the topic or for an interview contact Danielle Ireland, Founder/Executive Director of Silent Sidekicks, at 207-290-4967 or email info@silentsidekicks.org. To contact the library email jbenedict@msln.net or call 546-7301.

Heather Thayer Exhibit - posted March 2014
Mount Desert Island artist Heather Thayer will be the April featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. There will be an opening reception on Monday, April 7th from 5:30-7:00 pm and the show will be available during library hours from the 1st to the 30th. Heather Thayer studied painting at the University of Pennsylvania and at the International School of Art in Umbria Italy. She now calls Mount Desert Island home. Quiet winters and the ever-present Maine coast have influenced Ms. Thayer’s work. Oil paintings from two recent series “Hill” and “Boat Out of Water” will be on display. Thayer says “I am interested in the emotional power of images, in the inherent beauty of the mundane and with humanity’s imperfect relationship to the rest of the world … I strive to find the inherent beauty and power in the curve of the road that is driven every day, in the listing telephone poles we pass so quickly, and in the crow we may barely notice.”

Holiday Community Potluck full of good cheer- posted December 2013
This year's holiday community potluck drew quite a crowd, who enjoyed the wide variety of delicious dishes everyone brought to share. These potlucks are a great chance to socialize with your neighbors and meet some new friends, as well as enjoy a tasty meal. To view some fun images from the event, click here. Check the events calendar to keep posted of upcoming potluck events.

November Holiday Craft Fair and Flea Market Very Successful- posted December 2013
This year's holiday craft fair and flea market at the Parish House, held in conjunction with the Steuben Craft Fair at the school was quite the event, with a good turnout of people browsing the many booths set up with a wide variety of things to buy for seasonal gifts. To view some fun images from the event, click here. Many thanks to all who helped to make it happen!! The flea market and swap socials at the Parish House have been quite popular, and we are looking for a person or two or three to take over the cooordination of them. If you are interested, contact Susan Morrill at smmorrill@gmail.com.

"Let's Talk About It" Book Group- posted August 2013
The Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer "Let’ s Talk About It", a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council's Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library. The series "The Passage of Time, The Meaning of Change: Perspectives by Five Writers from Maine" begins with discussion of the first book on Tuesday, September 10th at 4pm at the library and continues every 3 weeks for 4 more sessions, through December 3rd. Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, Collected Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay, One Man’ s Meat by E. B. White, As We are Now by May Sarton, and The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Shute. Colin Windhorst, a scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council, will facilitate the discussions. Books for the program are available for loan at the library. Please call 546-7301 or stop by the library to register and pick up the first book of the series.

Richard Kapral Exhibit - posted August 2013
Richard Kapral will be the featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library during the month of August. An opening reception will be held on Monday, August 5th from 6-8 pm and the show, featuring paintings of flower and moss gardens in Steuben, will be available for viewing during library hours from August 3rd through the 31st. Kapral’s inspiration for these paintings is taken from his gardens and the gardens of Jane Weil, Richard Elias, and Dan Griswold. Richard Kapral is a graduate of Cooper Union in New York City. Before moving to Maine, he exhibited extensively in New Jersey and New York City, and has won approximately 25 awards in Juried Shows. His paintings are displayed in the Jersey City Museum, Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, and in private collections in Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and more and he is listed in Davenport’s Art Reference. Mr. Kapral has always worked in a semi-Abstract Expressionist manner, a style that became popular in the United States in the 1940s, and he continues to follow that tradition today.

Fred and Patty Hartman Exhibit - posted July 2013
Fred and Patty Hartman of DownEast Drawing will be the featured artists for July at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Their show will run from July 1st until July 31st during library hours. The Hartmans specialize in art featuring your favorite wildlife and Maine scenes. They have won more than 60 awards (including best of show) in Maine competitions and have done the bird poster every year for the Downeast Maine Birding Festival. Fred is a retired professional wildlife biologist and his years of experience help him to put correct details in his wildlife art. Patty is a native Mainer and exemplifies the spirit of Downeast Maine in her photography. They actively participate in conservation and business organizations and have been featured on PBS’s “Made in Maine” series. Their art features puffins, loons, geese, ducks, lighthouses, Maine scenes, still life, flowers, lobster boats, and more and you can check out their gallery at www.downeastdrawings.com.

"Dig Into Summer" Summer Reading Program - posted June 2013
Following up on last summer's very successful reading program, the library is expanding the effort this year to include adults as well as children. All you have to do is come register and then read books, keep track of your time, and report it in to the library!! It’s that simple. We’re going to have prizes for the top readers in a few different age categories and also have a competition between the children and adults to see which group can read the most. Be sure and come in Saturday morning June 15th, 9 AM to 1 PM to register and join the fun. If you can’t make it that day you can still register after the 15thCall 546-7301 for more information. The program will also be hosting some special fun events during the summer such as the puppet show "Everybody Loves a Pirate" by the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers on June 27th at 10 AM (admission free and open to all).

Eline Barclay Exhibit - posted May 2013
We are pleased to announce that Eline Barclay will be the next featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Her show will be available for viewing during library hours from June 1st until June 29th and there will be an opening reception on Monday, June 3rd from 6-8pm. The show is titled “Coastal Weather” and features paintings of Downeast Maine, Newfoundland, and Scotland. Barclay has a B.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking and her work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries in Maine and New York and can be found in several corporate collections. Eline looks for places that evoke a certain spirituality – a sense of peacefulness. The horizon where sea and sky merge and the ever-changing effects of weather form the source of her inspiration. According to Barclay, “there is a mood of elegy in my work that reflects a deep concern for a threatened ecosystem.” “…surely the horizon is where the gods live… what better shrine for the designer to seek out for contemplation than the horizon, to find a promontory where the sky and sea form that primordial divine line. The line where the sun and moon are born and die…” (Glenn O’Brien) Call 546-7301 for more information.

Historical Photograph Exhibit- posted March 2013
The Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben is pleased to host an exhibit of historic Washington County photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum's collection opening April 1st. "Washington County Through Eastern's Eye" is drawn from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company collection, based on glass plate negatives shot from 1909 through the 1950s for use as photo postcards. The museum has more than 50,000 glass plate negatives of one-of-a-kind images of farms, industries, small businesses, stores, bridges, schools, and other "ordinary scenes." The Washington County exhibit follows the highly successful Waldo and Knox County exhibits and will be on display through the month of April. Kevin Johnson, curator and photo archivist for the collection, will give an illustrated talk on the Washington County photos at a reception with light refreshments on Saturday, April 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm. This is the second stop for the exhibit which opened in Cherryfield in February. The exhibit features 33 framed prints with captions, and a companion "virtual exhibit" will feature dozens more photos and captions on the museum's website. Research for the exhibit was conducted by PMM volunteer Liz Fitsimmons who worked with individuals and historical societies from virtually every Washington County community. The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and will be the first of four county exhibits the museum will produce. The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos, taken a century ago, are aesthetically beautiful to view and are fascinating on many levels for the history and sense of place that they convey. The founder of the company sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns all over the region, instructing them to ask local citizens what was important about their town. This is a unique feature of the Eastern collection, giving it great breadth and authenticity. The collection is a survey of what nearly every New England town looked like in the first of half the 20th century. The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives. The museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern's negatives, and have recently added a searchable database online on their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection. The exhibit will be open April 1 – 26 during library hours, at the Henry D. Moore Library, 22 Village Road, Steuben. Call 546-7301 for more information .

Magical World of Wonder Storytelling Workshops- posted February 2013
Designed for children grades 1-4 (all are welcome). Saturdays in March 2,9,16, 23, 30. Time: 11am–12 noon. We are planning an interactive children's storytelling and expression workshop in March called the Magical World of Wonder (Magical WOW). There will be storybook development and character ideas for kids, puppeteering and puppet making activities, and dynamic physical expression. The course will offer charismatic, lighthearted, structured instruction on verbal expression and voice management (speed, tone, intonation, style, pitch, and volume control, etc.), art and illustration crafts, and theatrical interpretation. While, the program is designed for children grades 1–4, to inspire literacy development skills, imagination, creativity, and a love of story, everyone is welcome to participate. Classes build on skills developed in previous classes, so all children who attend all five dates will receive an official "Junior Storytellers Certificate". The program is free of charge, but donations are welcome. If you would like to assist in sponsoring the children's programs, you can volunteer or send a check or money order in care of the "Junior Board and Youth Committee", The Henry D Moore Library, P.O. Box 127, Steuben, ME 04680. Any and all support and assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information leave a message at 1-207-370-7012 or email myjerabesh@gmail.com and someone will contact you ASAP.

Art in the Library: Wendilee Heath O'Brien- posted January 2013
Wendilee Heath O’Brien will be the next Featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Her show will run February 1–28 and her work includes watercolor, pastel, Asian ink, and oil paintings. Quaker roots and life in Downeast Maine are guiding rhythms in what she does. While her work in regards to mediums and styles is diverse, her vision is focused. Burrowed in Quaker thought and practices and a deep reverence for nature, paintings have a Query questioning human convention. Intertwined with this orientation is the work and way of life O’Brien internalized while living in Asia. She takes the individual to the universal, returning to the particular as done in the art of Haiku. Says Wendilee, “I attempt the three steps classical Chinese and Japanese artists pursued - first to elicit the response, ‘Oh how nice.’ Greater success achieves the reaction, ‘I want to visit’ and then in a true painting, the viewer wants to remain a participant. This goal of beauty melds with my need to paint what can be, not the ignoble in our world.” This vision came while parenting, watching children and nature (which she often sees as synonymous as their health and growth are at adult mercy). She follows their questing and exploring, thrilled by their capacity to wonder. Wendilee raised her children here in Maine grateful that they, too, can experience the humbleness of humanity in the awesomeness of this land. While versed in conventional painting techniques – both West and East - she choose to transcend and manipulate these into whatever form is needed to tell the story being told. Why different mediums? Each one has distinct and unique qualities and therefore, evokes different feelings. Watercolor catches light from within and the washes and liquid blooms let the white of the paper emanate out. Pastels’ layers create sculpted shapes. Asian art respects the empty space and the quickness of a moment. As a Quaker business woman, O’Brien has made a commitment to create only original art. Part of her business goal is to do whatever she can to keep original art affordable and accessible. This includes rent to own and installment payment plans. The show will be available for viewing during normal library hours and also during the winter concert on Sunday, February 10th from 3-5pm. During the concert intermission, the artist will be available to answer questions about her work.

Meet Local Authors and Hear them Read from their Latest Works- posted October 2012
Authors Priscilla Audette and Kim Raikes will be at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben on Monday, October 22nd, at 7pm to read from their books and discuss them with the audience. Priscilla Audette’s book, Seismic Influences, is a literary novel that is set in the turbulent years of the sexual revolution. It is a combination coming-of-age novel, murder mystery, romance, and historical novel. In addition a philosophical base-note resounds throughout. Kim Raikes’ book, The Quadrant is set (mostly) in 19th century Maine. It’s a sea-going journey narrative shared by three men who learn to embrace one another’s cultures, even though they are divided and conflicted by differing global traditions. Please join us for the presentation, discussion, book signing and refreshments. For more information about this and other events, please visit our website at www.moorelibrary.org or call 546-7301.

Saturday Swap Shop and Socialize to Continue Every Saturday 'til Christmas- posted October 2012
The first Saturday Swap, Shop, and Socialize event at the Henry D. Moore Library was a success so we plan to continue every Saturday between now and Christmas. Come visit us each week to see what new items are for sale – everything from baked goods and local products, to yard sale items, antiques, books and handmade crafts. Or just stop in for a cup of coffee and a visit and maybe put a few pieces in on the current puzzle. We’re also looking for people to rent tables. It’s a great opportunity to sell your antiques, yard sale items, baked goods, crafts, art, etc. Rental fees are minimal – $10 for a large table and $5 for a half or card table. Email swapshopsocialize@gmail.com or call 546-0284 if you’re interested in renting a table for one or more weeks or would just like more information about the events.

Saturday Swap Shop and Socialize Events Starting Up - posted October 2012
We're going to have our first Saturday Swap Shop & Socialize event on October 13th from 9-12. If you would be interested in having a table to sell yard sale items, antiques, crafts, art, food, local products, etc., we can offer you a table for free the first week. Just let Susan Morrill know that you're interested and what type of items you'll be selling by Thursday of this week if possible - smorrill@maine.rr.com or 546-0284 (leave a message). If you're interested but can't do it that Saturday, you can also book another time with Susan - we're going to try it every Saturday between now and Christmas. The cost will be $10 for a full table and $5 for a half.

Special End of Summer Events- posted August 2012
A representative from Birdsacre will be at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben on August 31st at 12:30 pm to talk about owls. He will be bringing 3 owls: a Great Horned, a Barred, and a Saw-Whet Owl, along with various props and specimens, for a lively discussion followed with question and answers about Birdsacre and these injured and non-releasable, mysterious creatures. Birdsacre is a non-profit public facility that is a memorial to Cordelia J. Stanwood, Maine's pioneering ornithologist photographer, whose 19th century home and trails are open to the public 7 days a week from mid May through mid October. The property also houses enclosures for the non-releasable, injured birds that cannot be returned to the wild. A Nature Center gift shop, ponds, and picnic tables also abound on the property. Following the talk, there willbe an ice cream party and the prizes from the Summer Reading Program will be awarded. Then from 1:45-3:45 pm, Bess the Book Bus will be here to hand out free books to area children. Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach dedicated to building home libraries for children and families that otherwise may not have the opportunity to own books. These events are sponsored in part by a grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Trust and are free and open to everyone. For more information, please contact the library at 546-7301.

"Books, Dreams, and Magic!"- posted July 2012
Professional Magician and Family Entertainer Carroll Chapman will be performing his Summer Reading Magic Show called "Books, Dreams, and Magic!" at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben - Tuesday, July 31st at 9:30 am. Mr. Chapman also known as Conjuring Carroll had been performing for audiences for 16 years in Maine and through out New England. He is currently the Vice President of the Society of American Magicians for Maine. His show is a mixture of comedy, audience participation and sleight of hand, that is geared towards reading and this year's summer reading theme "Dream Big, Read: at the library." This event is sponsored by a grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Trust and is free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

Art in the Library: Bob Bryson - posted July 2012
Steuben artist Bob Bryson will exhibit paintings and drawings at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben from July 30th until August 31st as part of the Library’s Featured Artist Series. An opening reception is scheduled for Monday, July 30th from 6-8 pm at the library and all are welcome. The exhibit will include landscape scenes, coastal views, fields, and hills between Bar Harbor and Machias, including a few Steuben scenes. There will also be several “non-landscape” works exhibited. Bryson works primarily in acrylics, ink, graphite, and pastel and uses a wide variety of subject matter, including landscapes, seascapes, birds,portraits, and dream or surrealistic images. His landscapes “speak for themselves”, but he sometimes incorporates subtle “alterations or enhancements” into the detail to encourage or accentuate particular statements or beliefs. Bryson graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Art Education and has exhibited extensively throughout Maine, as well as in other parts of the country. His work is included in private and corporate collections in this country and abroad. He was involved in the creation of the very successful “Paint Steuben” project last year, painted the 4’ x 45’ mural in the children’s section of the the Steuben Library, recently worked with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at the Ella Lewis School to create a mural depicting historical and geographical aspects of Steuben which currently hangs in the gymnasium, and is the Editorial Cartoonist for the Machias Valley News Observer. The exhibit can be viewed during library hours.

Eagle Hill Benefit - posted July 2012
Once again, the Eagle Hill Gala Community Benefit Supper was a popular and successful event. Fetauring a well-stocked silent auction and a lovely candlelight supper, this year's benefit was really enjoyed by all who came and raised over $2300 in total. The Parish House was among the 7 community groups benefiting from the event. Thanks to the generosity of the individuals who came to the dinner, bid on auction items, and/or made additional contributions, as well as to the many area merchants who contributed auction items on behalf of the library, we received over $860 from the event, making it again one of our biggest single fundraisers of the year. A special thanks is due to the Eagle Hill Institute for hosting the event and donating the wonderful meal.

Father's Day Family Fish Fest - posted June 2012
The FISHFEST 2012 Fishing Derby will be held on Sunday, June 17th. Registration will be at the Henry D Moore Library from 9-10am and will cost $5.00. We will be offering Trophies, Cash Prizes, and other fun incentives. Final Judging for the three grand prizes will be between 2-3 PM. The event is sponsored by the Downeast Salmon Federation. For more information contact Mark at 546-2072. All proceeds will go to support youth activities including this year's Children's Summer Reading Program.

Calling All Dreamers: Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben Launches Summer Reading Program - posted June 2012
The theme of this year’s summer reading program is “Dream Big – READ!” Children of all ages from Steuben and surrounding towns are invited to participate in our summer-long program. Registration will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 9-12 and then anytime during library hours. The first 50 children to register will each receive a book bag with free gifts inside (activity sheet, bookmark, voucher for a free Portland Sea Dogs baseball game, etc.). As children read library books they have checked out, they will earn tickets that can be used for chances to win various prizes that have been donated by local businesses. A complete list of the prizes will be available soon on the library website. Conjuring Carroll will be putting on a magic show at 9:30 on Tuesday, July 31st. Birdsacre will be presenting a program about owls at 12:30 on Friday, August 31st and Bess the Book Bus will be here to pass out free books that afternoon from 1:45-3:45. We’ll also be having an ice cream party and drawing prize winners on that same day. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss these great events which are free and open to everyone! For more information, contact the library at 546-7301.

Computer Instruction at the Library - posted April 2012
Taking advantage of the great computer resources offered at the library (free ultra high speed internet, laptops and desktop workstations, and laptops for use within the library) to help members of the community to make better use of technology in enriching their personal lives and enhancing their professional endeavors, the Moore Library has been stepping up the computer instruction opportunities it offers. This spring, two multi-week classes have been helping beginners get to know the basics of computer use and providing instruction in the use of the popular word processing program Microsoft Word. Additional classes will be arranged to address the needs of the library patrons. So if you have a particular software program you would like to learn more about or there is some other aspect of computer or internet use that you would like to explore in depth, let Jeanne the librarian know.

This summer, Steuben resident Craig Snapp will be leading what looks to be a fantastic—and free—4-session class on using Google Earth. So if you have been wanting to learn all about how to get the most out of that amazing free online mapping program, contact Craig at snapp2it@gmail.com or 546-0970 to register (space is limited). More information on this workshop is available here.

Also beginning this summer, Keith Goldfarb will be offering free computer tutoring sessions for individuals or small groups. He will make himself available by appointment either Monday evenings 7 to 8:30 or Saturday mornings 9 to 10:30. Those interested will need to sign up at least one week in advance at the library indicating the specific topic help is desired with.

Grant Received to Replace Old Broken and Drafty Windows - posted April 2012
We have recently received a major grant from an anonymous donor to implement the first phase of replacing windows in the original building that are broken or drafty. The replacement units are made to just fit in after removing the old sashes, thereby retaining the original inside and outside trim and sills and minimizing impact on the historic structure. They are double-glazed and manufactured to modern energy efficient standards, which should greatly enhance interior comfort and reduce our annual heating bills. The replacement windows have now all been fit into place, and exterior installation details should be completed before long. A big thank you is due to board member Mark Lipski for all his efforts in making this project happen.

USDA Grant Provides New Furnishings for the Parish House and Library - posted April 2012
A 45% matching grant from the USDA Rural Development has helped pay for new chairs, tables, book carts, book shelves, and window shades. The book shelves, built by local craftsman Jeff Benedict have been installed in the library, providing additional space for the library's growing collection. The book carts are up there too, helping with the cataloguing and also providing handy display space for new arrivals. While the old wooden folding chairs had charm and some nostalgic allure, they were seeing the wear and tear of decades of use, plus they were quite heavy to move around and very awkward to stack and store, not to mention lacking in the comfort department. The new padded folding chairs are much lighter and way more comfortable. The cloth seats look nice and with the new chair dollies, stacking and storage is much improved. The new folding tables are also significantly lighter, and thus easier to handle and set up than the old ones, which were also showing significant wear and tear. The shades have arrived, but are yet to be installed. They will be going in the windows in the newer addition, where they will help control light and improve the thermal performance of the windows. Once the windows in the original building are replaced (see news item above), we can seek out another source of funds to get shades for them as well. A big thank you to the folks at the USDA Rural Development office for helping us secure this grant.

New Librarian's Circulation Desk - posted April 2012
If you haven't been in the library recently, come on in to check out the fabulous new circulation desk. Made possible in large part from a generous donation received from long-time Steuben resident Myra Parritt shortly before she passed away, the large, wrap-around work station was designed and hand-crafted by Benedict Woodworking of Steuben. It provides a much more efficient use of the space and will allow both the librarian and a volunteer to be working together at the same time while being available to service patrons.

Book Club a Big Success - posted April 2012
This past winter, the Henry D. Moore Library was selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of the books available through the library. The program was provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series began in January and ran through April with meetings every 3 weeks. Colin Windhorst was a terrific facilitator for the discussions and we had about 19 people attend regularly. The theme of the program was “Making a Difference: How Love and Duty Change Lives” and the books read were Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett, The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri, and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

Plans are underway to continue having book club meetings. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Jeanne Benedict at 546-7301, email at jbenedict@msln.net, or stop by the library and sign up.

Library Now Subscribes to Statewide E-book Collection - posted April 2012
The Henry D. Moore Library, along with other Maine libraries, now offers nearly 2,500 eBooks spanning best-selling fiction, non-fiction, young adult, and children’s content as downloadable eBooks. This is in addition to the ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks. This collection is called the Maine InfoNet Download Library.

Anyone with a valid Henry D. Moore Library card, a computer, and a connection to the internet (available at the library if you don’t have it at home) can access and download books free of charge. This collection of materials is offered through Overdrive, a global digital distribution company.

If you need help getting started with this program, call the library at 546-7301 or stop by anytime during library hours.