A Thank You from The Friends of the Topsham Public Library

Thank You, Topsham

The Friends of the Topsham Public Library once again want to extend a sincere thank you to the amazing citizens of Topsham and the entire community. We had a very successful book sale.  Your support is never ending and much appreciated. We brought in over $8,000 which will be used to support programs and activities at the library that are not part of the town budget.

Volunteers help by sorting books into categories; moving boxes of sorted books to and from their storage spaces; getting tables set up; putting books up on the tables; keeping books neat during the sale; cashiering; breaking down after the sale; and in dozens of other ways. Our list wouldn’t be complete without thanking the people who donated their beloved books and those who bought them. See you next year.

The following is a list of individuals and local businesses that deserve special thanks for their contributions.

Area Businesses:  Hannaford Supermarket, Androscoggin Animal Hospital, Androscoggin Dental Care, Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Brunswick Business Center, Cosmic Stone & Garden Supply, Flying Point Construction, Lakeside Crafters, Lynch & Newman LLC,  McConnell Motors Inc, Merrill’s Bookshop, MSA Architects, Northern Sun Family Healthcare, Shines & Jecker Labs, Smith & Associates CPA, Keith Spiro Photography, T. Kevin Sullivan DMD-LLC, Sunset Farms, The Barn – Yoga, Topsham Garden Club

Town of Topsham Staff, with special thanks to Ed Caron, Dennis Cox, Pam LeDuc, Kelly LaFountain

The Highlands, book donors and staff

Library Trustees: President, Matt Newman, Jerry Davis, Jen Ecker, Anne Eustis, Bruce Kingdon, Larissa Vigue Picard, Teri Schultz, Megan Therriault, Joe Trafton, Sally VonBenken

Library Staff: Jen Balser, Cyndi Burne, Bernardo Feliciano, Emma Gibbon, Julie McDuff,  Linda Meadows,  Dale Morgan, Lynne Morgan, Susan Preece, Mariah Sewall, Helen Tomer

Keeping volunteers fed: Topsham Public Library Board of Trustees

Bowdoin students for “Common Good Day” who moved boxes out of the shed: Chandler Tinsman, Carolina Deifelt Streese, Elena Gleed, Lee Moriarty, Taryn Watkins, Axig Fuksman-Kumpa, Venecia Xu, Emily Mumford, Brewster Taylor, Samuel Monkman

Members of the Friends and other volunteers who sorted books, set up tables, worked during the sale and helped with clean up: Alison Harris, Melissa Hoy, Nate Hoy, Mathea Hoy, Shirley Davis, Ruth Mlotek, Anne Eustis, Phyllis Kelly, Ross Lewis, Ann Lewis, Becca Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Barbara Laurie,  Barry O’Neil, Sue Mooney, Lori Aliberti, Teri Schultz, Kim Fletcher, Claudia Beckwith, Sally VonBenken, Liz Volckening, Carol Williams, Mike Whitehead, Marge Whipple, David Whipple, Monique Barker, Jen Ecker, Rory Ecker, Jerry Davis, Kitty Hill, Ruth Ann Specht, Liz Pettigrew, Cynthia Crawford, Rhonda Lemieux, Diane Hender, Nancy Audet, Ruth Peck, Peg Nulle, Bill Keleher, Gloria Tomsa, Bill Tomsa, Joyce Munier, Bob Munier, Nancy Swinbourne, Kelly Bradshaw, Chris Almy, Sheila Cook, Sula Demers, Nancy King, Jay Collier, Lilly Collier, Doris Nieman, Troy Pelletier

For comments or suggestions for improving the sale, to add a name that has been left out, or to volunteer to help next year, please contact kim.fletcher9@gmail.com.

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The results are in….

Topsham’s favorite book is…. Harry Potter!

Joint Second Place: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
Joint Third Place: The Bible, Cave of the Clan Bear, Curious George, Geronimo Stilton, Gone with the Wind, Little Blue Truck, Pride and Prejudice, The Secret History, Smile, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Under the Tuscan Sun

Topsham’s favorite author is…Stephen King!

Second Place: J.R.R. Tolkien
Joint Third Place: Kenneth Roberts, Mo Willems, Neil Gaiman, Raina Telgemeier, Diana Gabaldon, Elisabetta Dami, John Bunyan

Here’s the full list: Tops of Topsham 2014

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New additions to the JIC collection!

Are you looking for a job, interested in changing careers or thinking about college? Check out our Job Information Center (JIC) down by the periodicals for information on colleges, study guides, resume building and more! Check out our pinterest board for new additions to the collection:

Don’t forget we are featuring a job class in March–sign up now at the library!

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Mariah’s Top 6 of 2013

Adult fiction: Tenth of December by George Saunders Amazing.  I could try to write a review but it wouldn’t do this book justice!  Read it!

Juvenile fiction: The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo When a magician accidentally conjures an elephant out of thin air, it sets off a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone.  This book is technically written for kids, but I would recommend it to every adult – it is absolutely beautiful!

Picture book: Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri “Poor Raccoon.  All he wants in life is some pizza.”  The creators of “Dragons Love Tacos” (one of my top five of last year!) have returned with (is this even possible?) a funnier, sillier, amazing-er book!  My favorite quote of the year is from this book (“pizza smell gives me the happy screams”), and the whole thing was so funny I laughed all the way through.  Then I read it again, and again laughed all the way through.  Then I cornered as many coworkers as possible, and watched them read it/read it over their shoulder, laughing all the way through.

Adult Nonfiction: Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer I found out this morning that Lehrer apparently fabricated parts of this book (most notably, certain quotes by Bob Dylan) which has led to its removal from stores and being recalled by the publisher.  I am hugely disappointed, because this was one of my favorite nonfiction reads ever!  Even knowing that some of this book is inaccurate, it was still fascinating, and it raised some very important questions on our assumptions about creativity.  Perhaps an opinion piece on creativity is in order….


Young Adult: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This book completely swept me away – I basically went without sleep until I finished it, sped through the second book, and what?! The third and final book isn’t even WRITTEN yet?!  I highly recommend this book, but you may want to wait until the trilogy is completed….

Movie: I Am If you ever feel discouraged about humans, watch this movie!  Definitely the most “feel good” movie I have ever seen!

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Bernardo’s Top 5 of 2013

The Legend of Korra by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (TV Series)

Seth’s Blog by Seth Godin (Blog)
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Book)
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (Graphic Novel)
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (Book)

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Cyndi’s Top 5 of 2013!

1. The Good Nurse: A True Story Of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber

2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

3. Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

4. Magic Rises by Ilona Daniels

5. Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel by Beth Revis

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Susan’s Top 6 of 2013

1. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

2. Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
3. Secret Daughter by Shilipi Somaya Gowda
4. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
5. The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
6. Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

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