Monday, February 17, 2014

My Favorite Library - New Gloucester, Maine

My wife SallyAnn and I have been coming to New Gloucester every summer since 1988, spending delightful weeks at a restful camp on True’s Point, on Sabbathday Lake.  At first it was just two or three weeks each August; cherished time away from our regular routines at home on the edge of Washington, DC.  These earlier visits were filled with days at the lake and on trips exploring ever corner of Maine.

Since my retirement from the Department of Justice in the spring of 2010, however, we have been spending our entire summers at the lake camp, coming up in late June and leaving for home in early October.  We are finally able to enjoy the rhythms of summer as it comes alive and as it passes into early autumn and the lake prepares for another quiet winter.

The lake camp has become our home away from home and we have made an effort to get to know the community better and to take advantage of all that it has to offer.  We have become regular visitors to and big fans of the New Gloucester Public Library and it seems like hardly a day goes by that we don’t stop in to pick up or return  a stack of books to keep us company during those pleasant days and evenings at the lake.  More often than not we will stay for awhile. SallyAnn will work on a puzzle and I will do some research for one of my writing projects.

Most of all we have enjoyed getting to know Suzan and Carla; not just as congenial and informative librarians, but also as friends with whom we stay in touch throughout the year.  Then there are all the cheerful Volunteers and Friends of the Library that make it such an inviting place to visit. 

We have enjoyed participating in the annual Summer Reading Program, signing contracts for how many books we hope to read by the time the season ending party rolls around which we celebrate with a show by the Library Players.  Then there is the pet show, the monthly crafts nights that SallyAnn has enjoyed.  I have also enjoyed the opportunity to read and share poetry in the gazebo.   I can’t think of a much better place to be.

We look forward to our arrival at the lake each summer, and the library is one of our first stops after our arrival in New Gloucester.

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