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Holiday Tea  December 14th 11-3 in the Front Room

Our 17th Annual Holiday Tea is on Thursday, December 14th from 11-3. Please stop by and have a spot of tea and cookies with us in the festively decorated Williams Reading Room. This is one of our favorite events of the year! If you would like to donate cookies for the tea, we have a sign up sheet at the main desk.

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Holiday Fair December 2 - 9 in the Community Room

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!

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Our Annual Appeal is in the Mail

Dear Library Patrons,

that time of year again that you may find an envelope in the mail inviting you to contribute to our Annual Appeal. This is our most crucial fundraiser to help support the Library, as we rely on the funds raised from the Annual Appeal to do all sorts of things, like buying the new books that you love, organizing programs that you're interested in, supporting our vibrant children's programming, and making sure the lights stay on!
Please consider donating to our Annual Appeal - no amount is too small, and we appreciate all that you can do to support our Library! If you did not get an envelope in the mail, we have extra at the front desk.
 You may also donate online using this link: 

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

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Mindfulness and Sound Therapy with Sarah Daigle

December 18, January 22, and February 26 @ 5:30 First Come, First Serve

Join Sarah for an hour of mind-body awareness and self-healing practice, utilizing guided breathing and meditation techniques, accompanied with the nurturing sounds of Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls, Vocal Soul Songs and more.

Bring a yoga mat and blanket or something warm to keep you relaxed.

Arrival time is 5:00 - 5:25. Doors close at 5:25.


Library Cards!


Did you know that if you are a resident of Sanford OR Springvale, you are welcome to get a Library card here? This includes people who pay taxes here or staff at any of the schools. 

Please come on down, get a new card, and be welcomed by our wonderful staff!


We look forward to meeting you!

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Children's Activities

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 a
nd times!

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Sam's Book Club Next Meeting is on December 6th @ 5:30 pm.

December's Book is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. 


Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined. A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.

This book group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm (except July).  Sam will pick a shortlist of books to choose from for the next discussion to be voted on. 

Haven't finished the book?  Don't worry - come anyway!

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Cook the Book is on Tuesday, December 12th @ 5:30 (PROGRAM FULL)

Join Dawn and our amazing group of participants for the Cook the Book program. Come in and choose a recipe from this month's cookbook and make it to bring to the gathering. You bring your own flatware, plate, glass, etc.

It's super fun. Come sign up for your recipe today!

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.

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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

Here is a  link to Paramjeet Bawa's Indian food recipes from her program here. There are also recommendations that a patron from the program mentioned.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

Computer Learning

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 and search by author, title, series, 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 and follow your favorite authors! (This one is a staff favorite!)

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!

StoryGraph- StoryGraph helps readers find their next read based on their mood, interests, and more!

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