What's New at BML

The World in Your Library Lecture Series

Thanks to a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, and Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, we are partnering with USM Gorham to host a 3-part series of lectures on foreign policy called World in Your Library. This series will connect our community with Maine-based foreign policy experts, scholars, and practitioners who will give presentations on critical foreign policy issues selected by the library.

Lecture #1 Wednesday, September 17th ~ 6:30pm

Eric Hooglund, a Maine native, is a professor emeritus of Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden, an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Iran, and editor of the journal, Middle East Critique. During a 40-year academic career, he has taught about the culture, international relations and politics of the Middle East at colleges in Asia, Europe and the US, including Bates and Bowdoin. He currently resides in Belgrade Lakes.

Lecture #2 Thursday, September 25th ~ 6:30pm

Laura Henry, the John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. She has a PhD in political science from UC Berkeley. Dr. Henry is the author of Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia (Cornell 2010) and the co-editor of Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (M.E. 2006). Dr. Henry will speak about U.S. foreign relations with Russia and environmentalism in Russia.

Lecture #3 Wednesday, October 1st ~ 6:30pm

Scott Erb, a professor of Political Science at UMaine Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union. Dr. Erb earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at UMF since 1996. He published a book in 2003: German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era. His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization.

Earl Smith Author Event

Join us Wednesday, September 24th at 6:30pm for Earl Smith, author of two comic crime capers set in Maine; The Dam Committee and More Dam Trouble. Mr. Smith will be reading from his work and a signing will follow.

Special Lecture ~ “Pollinators in the Garden - You are their Heroes”

Join us Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30pm for this special event. Joan Calder is an author, speaker, gardener and horticulturist whose lecture will be on bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This program is geared for adults and young adults aged 12 and older. Ms. Calder’s book Airplanes in the Garden will be for sale at the event. Plants for pollinators and bee pods will also be for sale. This free lecture is sponsored by the Gorham Garden Club and the Friends of BML.

Greater Portland Mini Maker Faire

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Shaw Gym from 10am-3pm. For full details, and to apply to be a Maker, visit www.makerfairegreaterportland.com. Be sure to register by September 12!

View Our Newsletter Online

Did you know our newsletter is available in PDF format online? View current and past issues here or use the link near the bottom of the sidebar to sign up to receive the newsletter in an email every month:

September 2014
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June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014

News for our Maine Download Library (Overdrive) users

Thank you to the Friends for sponsoring our membership in the Maine Download Library for the past 5 years. After much consideration, the time has come to make a change.

The Baxter Memorial Library is no longer a part of the Maine Download Library. Please know that, going forward, you will still be able to access the Maine Download Library with a Portland Public Library Card which you can get for free at our library.

BML staff members will continue to be available to assist patrons in using the Maine Download Library.

What You Need to Know About Health Insurance

If you're curious about the new government regulations regarding health insurance and what they might mean for you, the Maine State Library has created a page with links to all sorts of valuable resources here: Health Insurance Information.

Veterans Survey

In conjunction with our annual Veterans Day Ceremony, the Veterans Day Committee is developing a database of veterans from Gorham or with Gorham ties. This is an effort to preserve this part of our local history.

Veterans, and the loved ones of veterans, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

If you are a veteran, please use this link: Gorham Veterans

If you are the loved one of a veteran, please use this link: Loved ones of Gorham Veterans

If you have any questions about either survey or this database project, please contact Pam Turner at 222-1190 or pturner@msln.net.

Thank you,

The Gorham Veterans Day Ceremony Committee
Georgia Humphrey
James Rathbun
Ron Shepard
Pam Turner


The Friends of Baxter Memorial Library have generously sponsored our membership to BookSizzle, a resource for finding reviews, keeping up on what's new at the library, and learning what titles are being talked about on NPR, Good Morning America, and other media outlets.

The site it takes you to is still sort of a "beta" version. We'll be adding more titles and customizing as we go.

This service also allows you to subscribe to the library newsletter by using the form to the right, just below our Facebook/Twitter/RSS buttons. Enjoy!

Fall and Winter Book Group

Our book group will be back in full swing before you know it! Join us! The group meets roughly every other Thursday at 10:00am and is a casual gathering. There's no need to attend every session so if you can't make it every week it's fine to pick and choose the sessions you'll attend. Here's the list of titles we'll be discussing later this year:

September 11th
by Kent Haruf

September 25th
Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline

October 9th
All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Remarque

October 23rd
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

November 6th
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
by Anna Quindlen

November 20th
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
by Fannie Flagg

December 12th
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

January 8th
The Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian

January 22nd
by Stephen King

February 5th
The Silver Star
by Jeannette Walls

LearningExpress Online Resource

Simply click the link to visit LearningExpress, the latest addition to our online services.

Funded by the Maine State Librarys BTOP grant and available to Maine public library patrons, LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages.

You will get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. In addition, you will find interactive popular software tutorials/courses that are video-based and allow you to learn at your own pace.

Portland Public Library Cards

Did you know that all residents of Cumberland and York counties are eligible for a free Portland Public Library card and, with the 14-digit number it provides, access to their amazing online resources? It's true. Many of the most valuable resources Portland Public Library has to offer can be accessed for free without ever leaving your home. All you need is a library card.

With that in mind, you will now be able to obtain a free Portland Public Library card at the circulation desk here at Baxter Memorial Library.

Highlights of what PPL has to offer include:

- Genealogy information from HeritageQuest and Ancestry Plus
- Learn-a-Language audiobooks from the Pimsleur Language series
- Thousands of audiobooks you can download to your MP3 player
- Auto Repair manuals
- Learn-a-Test programs you can use from home
- Business Research from Mergent and other references
- Kids' e-books from Tumblebooks Library

For more information, please ask the helpful staff at the front desk or call 222-1190.

The Grocery Cart at BML

The Gorham Ecumenical Food Pantry was formed in 1996 when Gorham area churches banded together to provide assistance to the community. The grocery cart that sits in the lobby of Baxter Memorial Library is also part of that cause and donations of non-perishable items are welcome.

Maine Legal Help Resource

Visit www.helpmelaw.org to find people who may be able to help you with a specific legal problem, information about the laws that affect you, a library of legal resources, contact information for low-cost legal help, and many other valuable legal resources.

Maine Answers Tough Times

Whether it is called a recession or a depression, all of us are now facing an economic downturn that can be simply described as tough times. How we respond and what we need to make it through these tough times will differ from person to person; family to family.

With that in mind, the Maine State Library has created a list of links and resources to help us all get through these hard times; whatever form they may take. For more information, please visit Maine Answers Tough Times.

What is Your Library Worth?

Have you ever stopped to consider the dollar value of the services you enjoy at Baxter? We did. Based on our last fiscal year's circulation figures entered into the Library Use Value Calculator, Baxter Memorial Library delivered $2,862,908 in services to our patrons on a budget of $442,645. Which is to say that for every $1.00 in funding the library received it returned nearly $6.50 in value.

Why not try out the Library Use Value Calculator yourself. It will help you put a price on the materials, programs, passes and functions of the library that you use most. You may be surprised just how much that little library card is really worth!

Literary Map of Maine

The Portland Press Herald / Sunday Telegram has posted their Literary Map of Maine online. It can be viewed by clicking here.

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