BIG HAPPENINGS STARTING APRIL 20, 2021

Are you ready to come by and see us? Throughout the past year we have remained COVID-safe with our quarantining practices, regular cleanings (along with two deep-cleans), ensured proper air circulation, and maintained mask-wearing and safe distancing amongst volunteers and staff. We’ve maintained appointments since February 23rd and we are ready to now move to a “limited capacity” opening. Our COVID protocols will continue as we open our doors to 5 patrons at a time. Beginning Tuesday, April 20th, we’ll set aside 5 shopping baskets for up to 5 individuals (children are asked to use a basket too) to visit our library in-person to browse and borrow from our collection. Each patron will be able to browse the library for 20 minutes total. Of course curbside services will continue. We are thrilled to expand our capacity at Vose! Come by and see us during the following COVID hours:

 

Tuesday: 10-12pm, 1-3pm, 4-6pm

Wednesday: 10-12pm, 1-3pm

Friday: 10-12pm

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Team Vose

 

Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm: CREATIVE SCIENCE WRITER CAROLINE AILANTHUS

Join writer Caroline Ailanthus for an interesting hour of conversation. Caroline is a science writer; from blogging about climate change and editing scientific papers to her meticulously-researched fiction, her projects blend science and story. She grew up in Delaware and attended various small, odd schools, mostly in New England. She now travels often, but usually lives in Maryland with her husband and assorted animals.

Caroline has a BA in Environmental Leadership and an MS in Environmental Studies. When not writing fiction or walking her beagles, she works as a free-lance writer and editor. She is the author of two blogs, The Climate in Emergency (climateinemergency.wordpress.com) and The School with No Name (schoolwithnoname.blogspot.com). Her short non-fiction, and occasionally her short fiction, has appeared in multiple publications, including Pangaia, Dreamstreets, and Appalachia, among others. Ecological Memory is her second book, after To Give a Rose. You can look up her latest exploits on her website, News From Caroline (newsfromcaroline.wordpress.com). newsfromcaroline.wordpress.com

Please email debra@voselibrary.org prior to 3pm on April 28 to register for this special event.

Curbside Crafts for Kids: DIY Craft Kits by Kristin Gould

April Curbside Craft is ready!
Please give us a call to reserve a DIY craft kit (limited availability) 207-785-4733

 

Family-friendly Crafts available for curbside pick-up for children on the 1st and 3rd week of each month.  Call the Library 207-785-4733 to reserve a DIY Craft Kit (limited availability); once confirmed, you may stop by for curbside pick-up.

VOSE LIBRARY ART EXHIBIT APRIL 2021: A Retrospective—Editorial Cartoons of Douglas Coffin

After a formal introduction via “Zoom-with-Vose Wednesday at 6pm Series” on March 31st by the artist himself, Vose Library hosts an extensive exhibit of the editorial cartoons of Douglas Coffin. Coffin’s single-panel, black-and-white cartoons were a popular feature of the upstart Waldo Independent — a Belfast-based weekly newspaper that from 1985 to 2008 provided lively competition to the deep-rooted Republican Journal, offering an alternative perspective on local news and issues.

Coming from the Belfast Free Public Library where it has been on exhibit since March, Vose Library will host this amazing retrospective through April 30th. Call us to make an appointment to visit Vose at 785.4733.

Check out this article from the Bangor Daily News:

Cartoonist chronicles Belfast’s evolution from its gritty past by Abigail Curtis

Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm: BOOK TALK WITH AUTHOR CAROLINE AILANTHUS

Join Vose Library for a book talk with Caroline Ailanthus. Caroline is a science writer—from blogging about climate change and editing scientific papers to her meticulously-researched fiction, her projects blend science and story. She grew up in Delaware and attended various small, odd schools, mostly in New England. She now travels often, but usually lives in Maryland with her husband and assorted animals.

Caroline has a BA in Environmental Leadership and an MS in Environmental Studies. When not writing fiction or walking her beagles, she works as a free-lance writer and editor. She is the author of two blogs, The Climate in Emergency (climateinemergency.wordpress.com) and The School with No Name (schoolwithnoname.blogspot.com). Her short non-fiction, and occasionally her short fiction, has appeared in multiple publications, including Pangaia, Dreamstreets, and Appalachia, among others. Ecological Memory is her second book, after To Give a Rose. You can look up her latest exploits on her website, News From Caroline newsfromcaroline.wordpress.com

Please email debra@voselibrary.org prior to 3pm on April 28 to register for this program. FMI call 207-785-4733.

Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm: LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE RAGGED BLADE BAND/RAGTIME-ERA MUSIC

Join Vose for an entertaining hour of live ragtime-era music with Isaac Cherry and Jerry Rabushka and The Ragged Blade Band!

Well-recognized as “Cherry & Jerry”, Isaac Cherry plays percussion and Jerry Rabushka, piano. Based in St. Louis, the duo is also part of the larger “Ragged Blade Band,” and has toured music of the ragtime era throughout a several state area. They’ve found this music is great for good times – brewpubs, wineries, markets, festivals, and more! They’ve appeared in the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, MO, the Oddities and Curiosities Expo in Chicago and Tulsa, the RAGBRAI bicycle event in Iowa, and the St. Louis World’s Fare in their hometown. A typical performance includes some well-known songs of the early 20th century as well breathing life back into as some rarely played tunes.
***Follow them at facebook.com/cherryandjerrymusic.

Pop music comes and goes, but some songs from over 100 years ago are just as fresh in the mind as the day they were written. Hits of the Ragtime Era such as “The Entertainer”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “St. Louis Blues”, and “Ballin’ the Jack” are still familiar, but even when they first hit the scene, these songs were recognized as having something special. We’ll take a look at some of the songs that captivated the public and how their popularity continued into the present, and we’ll also share some songs and rags that were hits back in their day. So to quote Irving Berlin, “come on along” for a great hour of ragtime and also some early jazz and blues!

Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm: LIVE MUSIC BY MARTIN GIBSON

Vose Library hosts a live performance by Martin Gibson. Songwriter, guitarist and author, Gibson will thrill us with an evening of fabulous music.
 
Martin Gibson has been writing and performing music for as long as he can remember. At age 12 he was rescued from a near pointless life of diagramming sentences, starting an insect and worm rehab clinic, and believing everything he heard from his Grandfather who gave him his first guitar. He has penned over 200 vocal and instrumental works for guitar, piano and banjo resulting thus far in two albums, “GUITARVILLE” and “COUNTRY MUSIC SPOKEN HERE”.
 
Martin has performed over 1,000 concerts and guitar and songwriting workshops at festivals, colleges, public and private schools, libraries, museums, and special events. He has opened for Buckwheat Zydeco, Michael Hedges, Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, and Jake Shimabukuro, and he was the Originator and Co-Curator of the 2005 “Player’s Art” exhibit at Colby College, which featured 108 guitars and instruments built by 22 Maine luthiers. A prisoner perpetually seeking parole from boredom (and alliteration), Martin song-jacked a few of the tunes from “Country Music Spoken Here” and added twenty more new songs in the styles of rock, blues, folk, reggae, opera, classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, and bluegrass to construct his musical, “She Can’t Stop Dancing”, for which he wrote the complete book, music, and lyrics. Besides composing much new music, Martin has spent a good portion of this last mercurial year rediscovering painting and drawing, writing a second musical, repairing guitars, and finishing a self-instruction book about guitar and songwriting techniques entitled, “TIME WELL SPENT”.
 
Please email debra@voselibrary.org prior to 3pm on April 21 to register for this special event. FMI call 207.785.4733.

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MONTHLY STORYTIME WITH CHLOE KELLER

Storytime will now be hosted by Chloe Keller on the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 10:30am-11:00am—as always, this will be a family-friendly, conversation-rich opportunity to enjoy a picture book or two.
 
FMI, please email debra@voselibrary or call the Library at
207-785-4733 for registration information.

Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm: MUSEUM OF BAD ART

The Museum Of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. They analyze, compare to classic art, and share with thousands of fans around the world. Museum Of Bad Art: Dopplehangers -Intentionally or Not, they Resemble Famous People. This collection includes efforts to capture (or try to capture) the likeness of favorite entertainers, politicians, or historic figures. Some have accidentally ended up portraying faces we recognize.

Michael Frank will present this virtual exhibit through Zoom and in collaboration with 7 regional libraries (Boothbay Harbor Library, Gibbs Library, Hope Library, Liberty Library, Vose Library, and Waldoboro Library). Michael Frank, Curator in Chief, Museum Of Bad Art is an acolyte who studied under the strict tutelage of the founding Esteemed Curator. Mr. Frank now heads the entire department. His appointment was due to his record of contributing more art to MOBA than anyone other than the Esteemed Curator and that he already had a tuxedo. A professional musician and entertainer with enviable balloon-twisting skills, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts. This event takes place on April 14th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Please email debra@voselibrary.org prior to 3pm on the day of the event for registration information. FMI call 207.785.4733

Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm: DOUGLAS COFFIN; RENOWNED CARTOONIST, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR, AND LETTER CUTTER WILL KICK OF HIS VOSE LIBRARY DEBUT EXHIBIT

Join Doug Coffin for a talk about his creative talents and diverse careers. Douglas M. Coffin is a life-long doodler on paper of both words and images, and decided at age 23, that he wanted to be a nationally syndicated cartoonist. Down he went to New York City to draw the figure, supporting himself as a graphic designer, and to develop both his cartoon style and his writing. He conceived of his characters, two elderly, maiden sisters who lived in a small town in New England, with a postman and a handyman for friends. After three years, Coffin left New York for his home in Maine and launched his concept, “Cronies,” in Maine Times, a statewide paper back in the 70s. In 1978, NEA, part of United Feature Syndicate, picked up “Cronies” renamed it “Fletcher’s Landing” and it was launched daily and Sunday and ran for three years. Coffin was the editorial cartoonist for the Waldo Independent, for 22 of its 23-year run from 1985-2008 and his exhibit, due for its debut at Vose Library on April 1st (tomorrow), is a compilation of how Belfast came to be the city it is by gathering his cartoons around the issues of long ago to show what went on back then. In 1988, temporarily down in Philadelphia, Coffin chanced across a demonstration of the English tradition of carving letters in stone by hand by a British lettercutter. With typography, calligraphy, two-dimensional design and deep hand tool experience, he was startled to realize that he had all the skills to do this! Thirty-two years later, he still does. His daughter joined him ten years ago and they are Coffin & Daughter hand-carving memorials, gravestones, donor walls and buildings in their studio on the coast of Maine. “Much as I love designing and carving letters in stone, cartooning was my most creative, and most demanding, outlet. I am delighted to be able to post this collection at the Vose Library in Union. Delightfully, I published a book “One Maine Christmas Eve” in 2015 through Tilbury House Publishing in Thomaston that mentions my favorite country fair of all times: your Union Fair.

Recording of Douglas Coffin; Renowned Cartoonist, Children’s Author, and Letter Cutter