Closed for Thanksgiving and for Carpet Cleaning
The Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 23 & 24th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Want to try something new and don't want to buy a spice? Please borrow from us! Click here for the list of spices that you can check out. We'll give a disposable cup to you with the spice of your choice. Or two, or three. Try as many as you'd like!
The Library will also be closed on Friday and Saturday, November 25 & 26th for carpet cleaning.
Come on down for some shopping fun!
Time to do a little early Christmas shopping! Come support the library while picking up some books, art, jewelry, penny rugs, stocking stuffers, crafts, and more for all on your holiday list!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....
Our Spice Library is Famous!
Have you heard about our spice library? We have 33 spices that you can "check out"! If you'd like to try a spice before you buy, come on in and get a tablespoon or what you need. We'll put the spice in a plastic cup with a lid and you can take it home to try something new. We also have a few recipes here that you can try or check out one of our 641.5 cookbooks. Click here to see list of spices in our Spice Library
And yes, we are famous! We have been featured in a national library community collaborative. Check out the article here:
Harland Eastman Honored
To acknowledge the long and devoted commitment to the growth and development of our marvelous genealogy and Maine history collection, the front room on the 2nd floor has been dedicated as the Harland H. Eastman Room.
When Harland began to expand and grow our collection, there was one row on one bookshelf. We now have the largest collection of vital records in Southern Maine, and arguably the most robust collection of Maine History and Genealogy, too. The evening of his reception, Harland donated the last book to complete the Maine Country Maps. It is extremely rare to have a complete set and we are grateful for this, and so many more donations that Harland has contributed to us over the last 70 years. He is truly a marvel and we are grateful for him!
Sheila has so many things planned for you. Storytimes, crafts, and coding, oh MY! Click here to go to our Youth Services page for all the fun happenings.
Click here for the list of programs and times.!
Sam's Book Club Next Meeting is December 7th @ 5:30 pm.
Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; A love story about Henry, a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about Clare, his wife, an artist who has to cope with his frequent absences. Books are available to pick up at the library now.
This book group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Sam will pick a shortlist of books to choose from for the next discussion to be voted on.
We now have passes to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Children's Museum + Theatre of Maine. Thank you to Town Square Realty for sponsoring them!
Call or visit the Library to book your pass.
We're live in MILS again, people!
You'll be hearing us call it Polaris interchangeably with MILS so don't let us confuse you!
A few things to know...
To log in to your account, use your library card number with no spaces. The PIN is the last four of your phone number. If that doesn't work, give us a call and we can reset it for you.
Want to keep your reading history? Login to your account on the upper right-hand side of the page. You'll expand where it says "Contact Information" - scroll down and click on Opt-In to Reading History.
We HIGHLY recommend NOT opting in for text message notifications until they resolve the glitches.
MaineCat requests go live on September 20th!
Adopt a Garden Spot!
Our gardens need a little attention as we plan to grow them. We have need of a few gardeners that can weed and occasionally plant new species. They also need watering and fertilizing. If we plant anything new, it'll be perennials so they'll need some love to establish.
Can you spare some time once a week to nurture our little garden patches? Click here to fill out your name and number and I'll give you a call.
Homebound? We Deliver!
Did you know that if you are homebound we deliver we are happy to deliver books, movies, or audiobooks to you? We can pick out some books or you can let us know what you'd like to read. Delivery is usually the same day and we can pick up your returns when we stop by.
If you have any questions at all, please call the Library at 207-324-4624.
We're Officially Fine-Free!
After dropping late fees for two years during the pandemic, we have decided to do away with them altogether. Libraries are supposed to be places of equity, including economic equity. Owing a fine should never be a barrier to using the library, nor should a fine be punitive.
We look forward to the return of long-overdue items, and most importantly, you!
NEW! Comics Plus powered by Library Pass
Thanks to the Maine State Library, we now have access to unlimited comics, graphic novels, and manga for children to adults. Click here or download the app, select Springvale Public Library and use the barcode on the back of your library card. Should it want it pin, simply use the last 4 digits of the barcode.
Digitized Sanford Distaff Yearbooks
The Springvale Public Library, in collaboration with the Digital Maine Repository, has digitized and made the Sanford Distaff yearbooks available online going back as far as 1918. To view individual yearbooks, click on this link to go the Digital Maine Repository.
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: https://library.digitalmaine.org/ 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!