The Elusive Maine Morel by Greg Marley

Wine Cap Stropharia fruit in late spring on wood chips by Greg Marley

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms; The Season Begins A virtual presentation by Greg Marley


Thursday, May 27, 6:00-7:30 Click here to register


The mushroom season is upon us.  Collecting and eating wild mushrooms is an intimidating prospect for the beginner. There are so many different mushrooms, and some of them are devilishly difficult to tell apart. Some are poisonous; a few, dangerously toxic. However, there are a number of mushrooms that are great edibles, easily identified and without toxic lookalikes, and these may provide you with all the mushrooms you’ll ever want! Mushrooming author and teacher Greg Marley will welcome in the foraging season with a focus on common “foolproof” mushrooms found in Maine. This virtual talk will be especially valuable for someone who is just starting out or who wants to learn mushrooming.


Attendees will receive a pack of downloadable handouts supporting mushroom identification 


Greg Marley has been collecting, studying, eating, growing and teaching mushrooms for over 45 years.  He has spread his love of mushrooms to hundreds through walks, talks and classes held across the New England over the past 30 years.  He is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a small company providing mushroom education.  Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, (Downeast Books , 2009) and the award-winning Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystic of Mushrooms, (Chelsea Green, 2010).  As a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Centers across New England since 2001, he provides expertise in mushroom poisoning cases.   When not mushrooming, Marley works as a mental health clinician and behavioral health consultant specializing in suicide prevention across Maine.

Adult Craft of the Month - Folded Book Page Birdhouse 


This month's craft is brought to you by Dawn!  Pick up your craft kit, complete with instructions and everything that you need to complete your project, starting May 1, 2021.  We only have 25 kits so plan on picking yours up early!  When they're gone, they're gone!  Join Lesley on Facebook Live May 13th to walk you through this amazing craft.  I tried to convince Dawn to do it but she's shier than you think.

Love Books Actually  Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm

Read any good books lately? Do you have some favorite titles or authors you would love to share with other readers?

Ginnie’s new monthly book club is an informal sharing of books that we will discuss round-robin. Everyone who would like to share a book can or you can just sit back and take notes. The goal is to give participants new titles and authors just in time for summer reading! Zooming on April 27 at 6 pm. Email Ginnie for the Zoom link.

Knit 'n Chat With Dawn

We have missed our knitting group and all our fiber craft people!  Come Zoom with Dawn every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30and visit with friends, old and new.   Email Dawn for the Zoom link at

Example Weekly Craft: Paper Cheesy Mouse

Looking For Stuff For Kids and Families? 

Click here to go to the Youth Services page!

Want to pick up a craft of the week?

How about a bundle of books curated by our own Sheila Dube?

Want to borrow one of our Maine Audubon Nature Explorer backpacks or child-sized 


Looking for homeschooling support?  Please reach out to Sheila for resources and information about our weekly homeschool meetup on Zoom.  Middle and High school students can be offered research seminars upon request led by Lesley, our new director, and former high school librarian.

You're Invited to Game Night Out June 17th at 6:00 pm


Springvale Library is having a GAME NIGHT OUT ….  Which is actually a Zoom ‘GAME NIGHT IN’, a one big party game in your own home!  This program ‘Game Night Out’ offers immersive group game-night experiences, guided by live Hosts.  Each experience contains a curated variety of all-original games that has something to offer every personality in your group.

The experience consists of a series of challenges, that we, as a group and in teams, will compete in. The games are original group games, not ones you'd typically play at home, nor are they board games, etc. You'll be earning points throughout each round to determine a winning team by the end of all rounds. Sounds fun, right?  Register here

With us, It’s Anyone’s Game.

Southern Maine Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on the Library's grounds.

Mysteries by Main Authors; The Gritty Underbelly of Maine

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This five-book series plunges into the gritty underbelly of Maine as seen through the eyes of its talented mystery authors. Join us for scholar-led discussions designed to discuss and explore the issues in Maine and the dark side of human nature.

The following books are included in this program and copies will be available for pickup at the Library.  For large print copies, please call and make arrangements for us to get one for you.

*Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron,  Pot Shot by Gerry Boyle,  Cold Hard News by Maureen Milliken,  and A Show of Hands by David Crossman

Click here to get to the Events page for more details.

Need Tech Help?


Call to schedule a technology help session with Lesley.  If you're having trouble with Zoom, email, or anything else, we're happy to help.  Should you require a little guided help, with your permission, I can log into your computer after I walk you through a short setup. 


Don't let Zoom-intimidation keep you from connecting with your loved ones!


Discover Something New to Read

Not sure what to read next?  Try some of these tools.  Search by author, title, or just browse around.

Novelist:  will give you read-a-likes and ideas. When you get to Digital Maine Library from this link just scroll down to Novelist 


Fantastic Fiction - (Find what the next book is in a series, follow favorite authors!)  *** staff favourite***

Goodreads - Meet Your Next Favorite book  

Literature Map  - Have an author you like, Literature Map gives you a literature cloud based on the similarity of the author you like.  


What Should I Read Next - Click to find a new adventure


BookBrowse - Great discoverability tools!

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