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Monday, December 31, 2007

Fun Sites

If you enjoy birdwatching, you will really enjoy this site:
Maine Birding Trail. The site contains information for the entire state of Maine and provides maps, charts, and lots of useful information for birdwatchers.

For anyone who enjoys word games, visit Free Rice. Select the correct definition of a word and for each correct answer 20 grains of rice will be donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help end world hunger.

If you enjoy taking digital photos and finding fun ways to share them with friends, take a look at this site: Dumpr.

Do you need to choose a baby name? Wondering how popular your name was when your parents gave it to you? Just curious about names in general? Then visit the Social Security popular baby names page and see the top ten names for any given year, popular names by birth year, by state, and by decade.

If you get frustrated that you can never reach a real person when you call customer service at your favorite company, check out Get Human. This database lists information on how to reach a real human for many of the companies you may need to call.

If you are looking for movie reviews, check out Rotten Tomatoes. You'll find a great selection of reviews that may help you pick out your next movie to watch.

Holiday Closing

The library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd at 9 am.
Happy New Year!

Most Literate Cities 2007

The America's Most Literate Cities study for 2007 has just been posted online and it is interesting to note that library resources are one of the six key indicators. The study has been conducted every year since 2003 by Dr. John W. Miller, President of Central Connecticut State University. It ranks the 69 largest cities (population of 250,000 and above) and focuses on six key indicators: bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources.

The top ten most literate cities are:
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • St. Louis, MO
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Boston, MA

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Energy Assistance and Fuel Economy

Everyone is concerned about heating costs and fuel consumption this winter so here are a few sites for you to review. Many of the links below will provide information on fuel assistance programs and fuel economy.

Maine Public Service offers free energy audits for your home. Just call them and schedule an appointment and one of their staff members will come out to your house and review your energy consumption. The information they provide is specific to your home and your energy usage. They will leave a detailed report and offer suggestions for ways to reduce and conserve your electricity usage.

Citizens Energy Heating Oil Assistance Program

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

How to Say Thank You

Writing the perfect thank you note takes time, practice, and a lot of thought. After receiving wonderful holiday gifts, we all want to thank the special people who gave them. Somehow a thank you e-mail to Grandma just doesn't seem satisfying enough.

If you need help finding the right words, you may want to read the book Just a Note to Say...The Perfect Words for Every Occasion, by Florence Isaacs.

Be sure to read this piece by Leslie Harpold on How to Write A Thank-You Note. It is brief, to the point, and offers many good tips on the subject.

To put things in perspective, read The Essential Handbook of Victorian Etiquette to learn about very demanding social etiquette of an earlier time.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Hours

The library is open Sunday, December 23rd from 10-2
Open Monday, December 24th from 9-1
Closed on Tuesday, December 25th.
Reopens on Wednesday, December 26th from 9-5:30
Happy Holidays from all of us at the library!

Presque Isle Reading & Discussion Group

Reading Group Selections for 2008
Meets in the library at 6 pm on the dates listed below

January 17 Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
February 21 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
March 20 A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
April 17 Macbeth by William Shakespeare
May 15 Selected Short Stories by Flannery O’Connor
June 19 Bound for Canaan by Fergus Bordewich

Meets the third Thursday of every month at 6 pm in the library.
The group does not meet in July and August.
Everyone welcome.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Mitchell Report

I confess that I'm not a sports fan, but even I had to take a look at the Mitchell Report.
The online report is 409 pages and is certainly worth a quick scan. There is also an executive summary for those with an interest and little time. If you are a big sports fan, then you just might want to read all 409 pages.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Second Life

You may have seen the recent story on WAGM-TV about the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library in Second Life. If you are already in Second Life, thanks for visiting our library, and if you are new to Second Life, we encourage you to stop by for a visit.

What is Second Life?
Second Life (SL) is a 3D online virtual world created by its users. You simply create an account, create a name for yourself, and create an avatar (a computer-designed representation of yourself). Your avatar can be anything you want it to be and can look however you wish.

If you want to learn more about Second Life, need help creating an avatar, or want to take a tour of the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library in SL, contact Sonja Plummer-Morgan at sonjaplummer@presqueisle.lib.me.us

Second Life

What is Second Life

Wikipedia Article on Second Life

Second Life Blog

Second Life Glossary

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Embrace the Winter

We just received copies of the 2008-2009 Northern Maine Snowmobile Trail Map from the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce. Stop by the library to pick up your copy or visit the Chamber of Commerce at 3 Houlton Road. This year's map is the most accurate ever produced thanks to the work of Kirk and Cheryl St. Peter of County Environmental Engineers, Inc. for their efforts in gathering GIS snowmobile trail data.

Snowmobile Facts from the Snowmobiling Fact Book 2007/2008

There are approximately 1.58 million registered snowmobiles in the US and 700,000 in Canada.
In 2007, there were 160,318 snowmobilies sold worldwide with 79,815 in the US and 45,477 in Canada. Number of registered users in Maine: 53,275
Average suggested retail price of new snowmobile sold in 2007 in US dollars was $8,700

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Are you a Locavore?

The 2007 Word of the Year for the Oxford American Dictionary is Locavore:
One who eats locally grown food.

A book you might enjoy if you are considering becoming a locavore is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver.

New York Times Review

Get Real Maine - Info on finding local Maine foods and farms

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Upper Valley Localvores / Local Eaters in Vermont and New Hampshire

Maine Eating Blog

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Holiday Generosity from Maine

The Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine began donating wreaths to cemeteries back in 1992. What started out as a way to put its extra wreaths to good use has turned into a national story. Beginning December 9, two tractor-trailer trucks accompanied by several dozen motorcycles will make their journey from Harrington, Maine to Arlington, Virginia to deliver the wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery on December 15. This year the company will donate 14,371 wreaths, with 2,500 going to veterans' cemeteries in Maine.

Thanks to the Presque Isle Garden Club

The Presque Isle Garden Club has donated two beautiful wreaths which now hang on the entrance doors of the library. The Garden Club provides the library with wreaths every year and their generous donation is greatly appreciated. The club also donates their time and expertise to tend the flower gardens around the library during the summer.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Holiday Ideas

We just received a beautiful book, Origami Jewelry by Ayako Brodek. The jewelry is so lovely that you'll want to learn how to make it as soon as possible.

The holiday season is here again, and if you want to give homemade gifts, you should come in and browse the Craft Section. The array of books and projects will astound you. You can learn to make a birdhouse, knit, crochet, quilt, and more. The Cookbook Section will give you hundreds of ideas for food gifts. Our Children's Collection has craft books for kids, too. The library even has a knitting group which meets on Thursday evenings from 5-7, and everyone is welcome.

Another way to reduce your holiday stress is to think of new and simple ways of gift giving:

  • Donate to a local charity on someone's behalf
  • Shop locally and give local gifts such as the Presque Isle Historical Society's 2008 Calendar (available at shops in town and at the library)
  • Make a donation to the library for the purchase of a book in honor of someone special or purchase a non-resident membership for a friend or relative
  • Browse the library's used book sale for gifts (many of the books are in perfect condition)

The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance's new book, Eating Between the Lines: A Maine Writers' Cookbook, makes a great gift. The library owns a copy and you will have fun seeing what Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen, and many others have to say about cooking. You can even make an author's favorite recipe and enjoy it while reading one of their books.

Send a Maine postcard to a friend this holiday season - it's free!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Maine School of Science and Mathematics

Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff at
Maine School of Science and Mathematics

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) in Limestone, Maine the 35th best in the nation, placing it in the top 100 high schools to earn a gold medal rating. MSSM is the only school from Maine to make the gold medal list. It is also the only magnet school in Maine.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Food for Fines and Upcoming events

Food for Fines
December is amnesty month. No fines will be charged during the month of December. Patrons are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food item to be donated to Catholic Charities Food Bank.

Author visit at the Turner Library
Author and photographer, Ron Laing, will be visiting the library on December 15th and 16th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM to talk to patrons and sign copies of his book, An African Adventure: The Story of a Photographer's Visit to Kenya's Maasai Mara. Mr. Laing will be selling autographed copies of his book ($19.95) and note cards ($9.95). All funds raised will be used to purchase school uniforms for the Maasai children in Kenya's bushland.

Santa is coming to the Library
December 18th
10:00 - 11:00 in the Children's Department

Children's Books

These books aren't only for children.

If you haven't visited the Children's department lately, you'll be surprised at all the wonderful books on display. If you haven't read a children's book in while, treat yourself to some of the titles below. Better yet, stop in and locate a book from your own childhood and reread it. Children's books contain wonderful illustrations and beautiful stories. They are a treat to read at any age.

Be sure to look for award winning books such as Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and many others.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Earmuffs & Chester Greenwood

It was 8 degrees this morning and the wind was blowing hard. Luckily for everyone in Maine, earmuffs were invented and can be used to keep us all warm. Better yet, they were invented by a Mainer from Farmington, Maine. Chester Greenwood was born in Farmington, Maine in 1858 and invented earmuffs in 1873 at the age of 15. Every year on the first Saturday of December, the town of Farmington celebrates their native son and his invention with a parade and other events.

The library is open today from 10-2 and if you stop in, we'll have a cup of hot chocolate waiting for you. Be sure to wear your earmuffs.

To read more about the invention of earmuffs and Chester Greenwood, click on the links below:

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Book Signing at the Library

Author Visit at the Turner Library
December 15th and 16th
1-2 pm

Ron Laing, Photographer and Author of An African Adventure:
The Story of a Photographer's Visit to Kenya's Maasai Mara

December 15th and 16th 1-2 pm

Come meet Ron Laing and see his beautiful book and learn about An African Adventure: The Story of a Photographer's Visit to Kenya's Maasai Mara.

Ron will be selling autographed copies of his book ($19.95) and notecards ($9.95). All funds raised will be used to purchase school uniforms for the Maasai children in Kenya's bushland.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


In the Howard & Espa Michaud Reading Room you'll find a great selection of magazines and newspapers. All of our magazines can be checked out for 7 days (even the current issue). Just think of the money you'll save by reading library magazines. If you went to the store and purchased three magazines it might cost you anywhere between $9-$15. So why limit yourself to just three magazines when you can read all the magazines in the library for free. The money you'll save over an entire year will surprise you.

A partial list of magazine titles:
Cooking Light
Harper's Magazine
O The Oprah Magazine
National Geographic
Sports Illustrated
Harvard Business Review
Popular Mechanics
Consumer Reports
Good Housekeeping
Christianity Today

The December '07 issue of O has a story about the Camel Library, a camel bookmobile where traveling librarians deliver books to people in remote areas of Kenya via camel. Masha Hamilton's novel, the Camel Bookmobile, is a fictional account based on the actual camel bookmobile.

You can read the book (we have it at the library) and visit the website to learn more or make a donation.

Story behind the book

Masha Hamilton bio

Monday, November 26, 2007

Moving to Maine

Maine the Way Life Should Be

If you recently moved to northern Maine or are considering relocating to Maine, contact the library and we can help provide you with information you need about the area such as information on daycare, jobs, apartments, maps, housing, cultural and outdoor activities.

From local newspaper the Aroostook Pioneer

Visitors: Quite a number of strangers have visited this place within a few weeks past, some of them merely to satisfy a curiosity that has been awakened in their minds in regard to Aroostook, and others to look out good locations, intending another season to come as permanent settlers.

City of Presque Isle, Maine

Moving To Maine

Maine Facts & History

Maine Maps


Travel to Maine

Maine Outdoor Travel

Baxter State Park

Acadia National Park

Moose Photos by Mike Cyr

Around the Area of Presque Isle Photos

Aroostook State Park

Visit Aroostook County Maine

Visit Maine Aroostook

From the Aroostook Pioneer
September 11, 1860

Immigration lately seems to have taken quite a start. A large number of people have lately come here with their families, for the purpose of settling permanently. Immigrants do not usually come in large numbers in the fall of the year, but this season everything seems to indicate that quite a number of settlers will be in here from other parts of the State. There is yet plenty of country to fill up, and no doubt in a few years it will be filled up with an honest, hard working people, those kind of people who can found societies on a proper basis, and work not only for the benefit of themselves but of their children. Probably another year the rush to Aroostook will be greater than on any previous year, judging from all we can learn. It will take but a very short time to more than double our present population at the rate which settlers are coming in.

History of Presque Isle, Maine

Six large banners on loan from the Presque Isle Historical Society are on display in the library. The banners contain photos and text which depict the history of Presque Isle.

There are also old photographs of Presque Isle and books from our Maine Collection on display.
Stop in and learn more about the history of your city.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Books to Recommend

The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet's Memoir of Living off the Grid
In this beautiful memoir, Baron Wormser (Poet Laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005) writes about his life in Maine and the "back to the land" movement: living without electricity, running water, and many of the things most of us consider necessities.

Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen

It's cold outside and there's snow on the ground--and nothing is better than homemade soup. The recipes in this book and the accompanying photos will make your mouth water.

A few examples:

Bean and Pasta Soup
Rustic Lentil Soup with Spinach
Spicy Chickpea and Tomato Soup
Roasted Squash, Pear, and Ginger Soup
Cream of Barley Soup with Leeks and Mushrooms

The River Queen by Mary Morris

After the death of her father, the author decides to pilot a houseboat and travel the Mississippi River. In this life-altering river trip, she was able to travel a route that was filled with stories her father had told her about his life on the river--a midlife adventure many can relate to.

Friday, November 23, 2007

On The Road

Published on September 5, 1957, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Gilbert Millstein reviewed the book in the New York Times on that day and wrote the following:

"But the fact is that, On the Road is the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as "beat," and whose prinicipal avatar he is."

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

The library is closed today, November 22nd for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Friday, November 23rd at 9 am.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 am in New York. See photos and history below:

Macy's Official Parade Site

Gothamist Blog

Macy's Parade History

Being Thankful

Science of Gratitude

Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons (read review).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Emergency Checklist

The library just received copies of the Emergency Preparedness Planner for Individuals and Families from the State of Maine Emergency Management Agency. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of this useful 2-page checklist.

Helpful tips on the sheet include information on creating an emergency supply kit, developing a family communication plan, helpful websites, and contact information for emergency management agencies.

Visit MEMA Prepare for additional information.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Want to learn a foreign language?

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Parlez vous francais?
¿Tú hablas español?

If you have always wanted to learn a few words or phrases in a foreign language or wanted to speak like a native speaker, now is the perfect time to borrow CDs, books, tapes, and Playaways to begin immersion in the language of your choice. The library also has books for foreign language instruction for children.

Online Translators and Dictionaries


Google Translate

Translate 2.0

Online French/Italian/Spanish Dictionaries




Quilts on Display

If you have already seen the quilt display in the library, you know that these are beautiful works of art.

For those of you who haven't seen them yet, stop in and see this impressive display. There is a variety of quilts, and the skill and talent and art required to create them will amaze you. If you are a quilter or wish to learn to quilt, the library has a large section of books on the topic.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

In recognition of November as
National Adoption Awareness Month,
here are some links for further reading. Contact the library if you need additional information about adoption.

Did you know there is a support group that meets at the library for Relatives Raising Children?

On the second Wednesday of every month, the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services sponsors a "Kinship Care Support Group," which meets in the library from 5-7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Everyone is invited to join and meet with others who are raising relatives. Contact the library if you have any questions.

State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services


A Family for me

Child Welfare.gov

Dave Thomas Foundation

Health and Human Services Adoption Statistics

Child Welfare.gov Adoption Statistics

Adopting.org Statistics

Maine Adoption Reunion Registry

Maine How Do I Adopt?

Maine Post Adoption Resource Guide

National Adoption Center

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Friday, November 16, 2007

Library Concert Tonight

Monica Grabin
Join the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle
For a Folk Concert by Monica Grabin at the Library!

Friday, November 16th, 2007 6:00 p.m.
"Sailors, Mill Girls and Shantyboys"


Concert of Maine History, focusing on our lumbering, shipping and manufacturing heritage, full of great songs and interesting stories. This will have something for kids and adults, and should be a lot of great, participatory fun.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

American Sign Language Classes

Free ASL Classes at the library

New schedule: Saturdays, beginning November 17th

Toddlers & Children at 10:00

Adults at 10:30

Free refreshments--come and join the fun!

Susan Paradis Roberts will be your instructor. For more information, contact Sue at sroberts@presqueisle.lib.me.us

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November is National American Indian Heritage Month

Did you know that the library has a
Native American Collection?

Thanks to the efforts of former library employee, Jennifer Pictou, the library now has a Native American collection where you can easily browse all titles in one area of the library.

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month by viewing the collection and reading more about Native Americans.

Aroostook Band of Micmacs

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians

National Register of Historic Places

Indian Health Service

White House Release 2007

International Reading Association Ideas for Classrooms

Monday, November 12, 2007

From the new book shelf

New books that are just waiting for a reader

The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons
Take a beautiful romp through France in a book you won't be able to put down.

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason
A corpse is found on a hill in Reyjavik and the investigation begins to solve an old mystery.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Queen of England stumbles into a bookmobile and learns about the joys of reading.

No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside
A Bridget Jones's Diary for baby boomers.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Veterans Day

The library will be closed on Veterans Day,
Monday, November 12th
to honor all Veterans.

US Census Bureau / Veterans Day 2007 Facts

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day 2007

History of Veterans Day

National Archives Military Records


Library of Congress Veterans History Project

National Park Service

Veterans Pride Initiative

My HealtheVet

Vets with Blogs
"In the The New York Times Home Fires blog, five members of the United States military share their insights about returning home after serving in the Iraq war. Two of the bloggers discuss the transition back to everyday life, and explain how writing has helped them move forward."

If you are interested in reading blogs by military personnel, a simple online search will produce a large list.

Writers Almanac and Writers Group

If you enjoy reading about writers, try out the postings on Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

If you are a writer, or want to write, then check out the writers wiki and join the Writers Group at the library.

Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer Dead at 84

Everytime a famous author dies, I'm tempted to read everything written by them. The library owns many of Mailer's works, and they'll be waiting for you if you have an interest.

Links for further reading


BBC Obituary

New York Times

NY State Writers Institute

Other writers who have died in 2007:
Tillie Olsen, Robert Anton Wilson, Art Buchwald, Sidney Sheldon, Molly Ivins, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., David Halberstam, Robert Jordan, and Peg Bracken.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

“New Moon” in YALSA's 2007 Teens' Top Ten

From www.ala.org press release:
CHICAGO - More than 6,000 teen readers across the country chose “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer as their favorite book in the annual Teens' Top Ten (TTT) vote, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA). The online vote took place during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, with the second entry in Meyer's popular vampire romance series winning easily.

The 2007 Teens' Top Ten is:
1. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Viking Children's Books, 2006)
3. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles (Flux, 2006).
4. Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever by James Patterson (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
5. Firegirl by Tony Abbott (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
6. All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt, 2006).
7. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt, 2006).
8. River Secrets by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, 2006).
9. Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (HarperCollins, 2006).
10. Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (Chicken House, 2006).

Stephenie Meyer

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Deep Economy author Bill McKibben on MPBN today at 1

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
by Bill McKibben

The library purchased the book, Deep Economy, by Bill McKibben based on a patron's request. Trying to break out of my usual reading patterns, I took it home and to my surprise enjoyed it very much. If you want to read more about the environment, energy, and learn about ways to save the planet, stop in and get the book or listen today to the author speak at 1 pm on the radio at 106.1.

Author/Environmentalist, Bill McKibben, will speak on Energy Conservation today, Tuesday, November 6 at 1:00 pm on the radio- Maine Public Broadcast Network (MPBN 106.1 FM).

Author's homepage

Author bio


Nature Conservancy Magazine

Wisconsin Librarian

Two other suggested titles:
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman and Poor People by William Vollman.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

TAMC Healthfair 2007 a Success

If you were able to attend the Health Fair on Saturday you saw for yourself what a great success it was this year. The theme of "Around the World" was beautifully captured at all the booths and it was fun to see people dressed up in traditional costumes from around the world. We hope you stopped by the library booth to pick up the many booklets and handouts we provided on various health topics. Many people signed up for our raffle and winners will be picked and notifed on Monday, November 5th.

Whenever you need to locate health information you can always contact the library and we will be happy to assist you. A great place to start your own online search is: MedlinePlus
Of course, any and all health information you find on your own should be reviewed and discussed with your healthcare provider should you have questions or concerns.

A special thank you to all who provided support and donations:
  • To the MSAD1 School Farm for providing their delicious apples to hand out
  • To The Silver Basket for donating a beautiful gift basket to raffle
  • To the Presque Isle Historical Society for donating one of their wonderful calendars to raffle
  • To the Maine Potato Board for booklets and handouts
  • To Crown Travel for travel posters, brochures, and maps to decorate booth
  • To the National Network of Libraries of Medicine--New England Region (Michele and Javier) for supplying us with MedlinePlus literature and giveaways.
  • Thanks to Nicholas for helping to staff our booth!