Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Longfellow Days in Brunswick

Longfellow Days Celebration, Brunswick, Maine
February 2 through March1, 2008.

A Brunswick community celebration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!

Longfellow Days: an annual Celebration of Community inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet, Maine native, Bowdoin College alumni and professor.

Longfellow & the Network to Freedom takes place over four weeks from February 2 through March1, 2008. The series features lecures by noted historians, silent film with live piano, devotions with dance and music, and five separate poetry events. All relate to the struggle for abolition and focus on Brunswick's thriving African-American community during the 1800's as well as the role of Brunswick figures associated with Bowdoin College, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

With the exception of the silent film, all Longfellow Days events are free of charge. All are handicapped accessible. Longfellow Days is sponsored by Brunswick Downtown Association, Bowdoin College, and the Town of Brusnwick Nathaniel Davis Fund.

You're Invited!

Join us for an eclectic mix of family entertaiment and educational experiences. Enjoy top-flight lectures, poetry-readings, concerts, exhibits and tours. The public is invited - bring the kids! This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a community-wide mix of entertainment, history and cultural enrichment. Most activities are free, some charge. See details of events .

Monday, January 14, 2008

Can Poetry Save a Life?

BRUNSWICK - Poet, cancer survivor, minister and psychotherapist, Susan Deborah King will read from her third collection of poems, One-Breasted Woman on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. The poetry reading and book-signing is cosponsored by Gulf of Maine Books and the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) of Curtis Memorial Library, Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center.

King's poetry bears witness to a soul’s transformation in the wake of a cancer diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy. During and after her illness, King wrote poetry as she came to grips with "how having breast cancer had altered my life and my priorities and had shifted my spiritual perspective." She found the act of writing a means of dealing with her terror and emotions as she faced mortality and disfigurement. In her work, she is consumed with outrage at the possible systemic causes of her disease; she holds the earth and beloved people close as she contemplates her end; she connects with and feels the suffering of others. King envisions a transpersonal figure emerging, a "one-breasted woman," who is possessed of a powerful and passionate vulnerability. Her publisher describes her poetry as "utterly alive: vivid with fear, heightened awareness, anger, tenderness, sorrow, playfulness, and even joy." She hopes that those who share her poetry will feel less lonely in their own journeys.

Showing how it’s done,
he perches right before me
on a bare spruce branch,
bold as brass. Though his breast
has a black mark on it,
he throws his head back
and with a quivering throat,
opens beak, sends out
his clear, trill-finished phrase.
From “Song Sparrow”

Susan Deborah King taught writing at the University of Minnesota, SASE, and the Loft. Formerly a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, she leads retreats on creativity and spirituality. She is founding director of the Literary Witnesses Reading Series at Plymouth Congregational Church. She has published two previous poetry books: Coven and Tabernacle: Poems of an Island . She lives in Minneapolis and on an island in Maine.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sticks and stones may break my bones...

...but words scare us to death.

Do you think censorship is a thing of the past? Think again. Today's American Library Association guest speaker, Bassem Youssef , once the FBI’s top Arab-American Middle East expert, has been warned by his bosses not to discuss the bureau's failures in counteracting terrorism. The erosion of our civil liberties was not to be discussed.

Mr. Youseff has had to scrap his talk to ALA in favor of fielding questions from his Librarian audience.

The FBI finds our freedom of speech a threat. Who are they protecting us from? Why is the baby as expendable as the bathwater?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Free Genealogy Class

Freeport Community Library has asked us to invite residents of Mid Coast communities to a free genealogy class. Advance sign up is suggested.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know…about their “roots” & family history.
A FREE 8 session Genealogy Course is being offered
at Freeport Community Library beginning Wednesday,
January 16 from 6:30 – 8 pm
Sharon Ann Paradis will be our instructor.

Weekly topics include:
  • Where do I start?
  • Record Keeping
  • Cite the Source
  • Using the Computer
  • Using the Census
  • Maine State Archives
  • Obscure Terms
  • Problem Solving
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn how to research your genealogy!
Sign-up with Vicki Lowe or Belinda Stewart @ 865-3307.

Directions to Freeport Community Library
Coming North or south on I295 get off at Exit #22

If coming from the north
Bear right on Mallet Drive and proceed to the Route 1/ Main Street stop light.
Turn left onto Main Street then take the second left onto Library Drive.

If coming from the south
Take a left at the stop sign on Mallet Drive and proceed to Route 1 / Main street stop light. Turn left at this light and then take the second left onto Library Drive.