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They’re Ba-a-a-ack!

Posted by Michael Gorzka on January 28th, 2016

elephantThey’re Ba-a-a-ack!

One by one, the paper mache creatures are returning to the children’s area after some major refurbishing. Kind folks from the Bowdoin College McKeen Center for the Common Good recently donated their time to scrub, patch, glitter, and put a shine on the colorful creatures.

Curtis Building Manager Melissa Hall even added a new tail or two!

The creatures were created by children at the Bowdoin Summer Art Camp under the direction of artist Nantz Comyns over several years, beginning in 2000.

Comyns felt that the library would be the perfect home for the pieces, as the creators could visit as often as they liked and the general public could enjoy them as well.

Made with strips of paper pasted over wood and wire frames, the creatures have held up fairly well over the years but needed a little TLC.

Hopefully the makeovers will enable them to withstand many more years of pats and kisses from young passers-by!

And the Winner Is….

Posted by Pam Jenkins on January 14th, 2016

winnieFinding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Finding Winnie is an incredible account of the friendship and love shared between a soldier and the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

Blackall beautifully interprets this multi-dimensional family story through her distinctive Chinese ink and watercolor art, capturing intimate and historical details perfect for a child’s eye.

“Children will be enchanted by Winnie’s journey from the forests of Canada to the pages of the Hundred Acre Wood. Blackall offers a tour-de-force of visual storytelling,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Rachel G. Payne.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. (

This week, the American Library Association announced the top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Newbery, and Prinz awards, among others. For a complete list of all the 2016 Youth Media award-winners, click here.



Posted by Pam Jenkins on January 6th, 2016

ripOh, no!  Your three-year-old is learning to use scissors and decided to practice on a library book.  What is your reaction?  Do you:
(a)  admonish the child and tell her the librarians will be mad at her
(b)  avoid going back to the library because you’re too embarrassed or can’t afford to replace the ruined book
(c)  calmly tell your child that books are not for cutting, swap the book for a piece of paper, and hold her hand on your next library visit when you return the shredded book and say, “We’re sorry.  We’re just learning that books are not for cutting”?

Hopefully, you chose “c”!  Seriously, accidents happen.  We get it.  And while we want to keep books in good shape so you and your neighbors can borrow them, we want you and your child to continue loving books and using the library even more.  Please don’t let torn pages or crayoned illustrations or overdue materials keep you away from the library.  Come in and talk to us; we can work something out!

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