April’s Person to Person Potluck Supper: Meet Lawrence, the Bald Eagle

Join us on Sunday, April 15, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for our monthly Person to Person potluck supper and program featuring a representative of the Maine Wildlife Park and Lawrence, the bald eagle. Meet Lawrence and learn about his life and also about the Maie Wildlife Park. The event will take place in the Community Room downstairs in Ricker Memorial Library. Everyone is invited. There is no charge, but guests are asked to bring a casserole, salad, or dessert to share. If you prefer to attend just the program and not the potluck, please arrive at 6:30pm. The Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The park serves as the state's wildlife education center, exhibiting 30 species of native Maine wildlife and offering nature trails, the Dry Mills Fish Hatchery, and numerous educational programs, events, interpretive displays, and much more. The park's gates are open daily form April 15th through November 11th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and visitors can stay until 6:00. All inquiries can be made at our main office phone 657-4977, or our website

April’s Check It Out Brown Bag Lunch: Meet Joshua Chamberlain

April 12, 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. On Wednesday, April 18, from noon to 1:00pm, Charles W. Plummer, in the persona of Maine's Civil War hero, Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain, will present a first-person narrative of the war from the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861 to its ending with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender of his army on April 9, 1865. As Chamberlain, he will give an overview of some of the major battles that took place during the war and the role that the Maine regiments played in those battles including the volunteers from Poland. He will also give an overview of the volunteers from Poland who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg and the support that the civilian population played in supporting the Union war effort and the families of Maine's volunteers who were in need of assistance. Bring a brown bag lunch and we'll provide tea and coffee.

Candidates Night

Voters of Poland are invited to a Meet the Candidates Night on Monday, March 26th, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The forum, sponsored by Friends of Ricker Library, will be held in the Conference Room of the Poland Town Office. This will be an opportunity for people to get to know the candidates, as well as an opportunity for candidates to learn more about what voters are thinking. After introductions and brief statements from each candidate, audience members will be able to ask questions of the candidates. Candidates for Select Board, Library Trustee, RSU#16 Director, and Budget Committee will participate. The meeting will be televised on Channel 7. Call-in questions will be taken as well. We hope you will want to take part in this event.

Noon Concert at Ricker Library

Spring is coming and that calls for celebration! Students from the music department of Whittier Middle School and Poland Regional High School will present a mini spring concert for the Check It Out! noontime program at the Ricker Library in Poland. A middle school garage band and a high school combo will perform on Wednesday, March 21, from 12 noon – 1PM in the library Community Room. Check It Out!, sponsored monthly by Friends of Ricker Library, is open to everyone. Guests are invited to bring their own brown bag lunches. Coffee, tea, and milk will be available at this celebration of spring get together.

We need YOU!

Hello Friends, We need your help. Friends of Ricker Memorial Library is a small group of local volunteers who have been working hard to continue all of the successful and exciting programs that Ricker Memorial Library has to offer. However, with so many fun things going on at the library, we are in desperate need of more volunteers. That is where I am hoping that you will come in. Currently, Friends of Ricker Memorial Library offer a variety of programs to the local community. Have you checked out our free movie night yet? Perhaps you have joined us for one of our potluck suppers or have come in to enjoy a brown bag lunch special. Maybe you joined our summer reading program with your children or are looking forward to our upcoming e-book program. All of these fun, educational, and interesting programs have been offered through our volunteer groups. We are looking for volunteers to join us in our efforts. We need more “friends” to help us continue to offer our current programs and to help us come up with some fun new ideas for the library as well. We are also looking for help with ideas for new fundraising events. If you are interested in joining us as a new Friend of Ricker Memorial Library please contact us today!

We would LOVE to have you on board!

School Days – Remember When

Our February Person to Person promises to be lively. Rose Aikman will present historic photographs of Poland’s one-room schoolhouses and former students, Louise Roberts (Harris Hill School), Bud Jordan (School #22), and Byron Strout (White Oak Hill School), as well as others, will share memories of their experiences and escapades. We have endeavored to invite as many former scholars as we can reach to join us – and we hope that if you know anyone who attended one of the 21+ schools, you will extend your invitation as well.

Sunday, February 12 5:30 – 7:30 School Days – Remember When Bring a casserole, salad or dessert to share.

Please do join us.

Win a Gas Card!

The Friends of Ricker Memorial Library need volunteers like YOU to help maintain programming for our community! Join us for the next Friends meeting, on February 9 at 6:30pm at the Library, for a chance to win one of two $25.00 gas cards!

Check It Out! A Conversation about the Somali Experience in Lewiston/Auburn

We have invited Hibo Omar, co-chair on the New Mainers Community Collaborative (NMCC) and executive director of the New Mainers Public Health Initiative, an ethnic based nonprofit organization that believes in resolving health issues of New Mainers through education, information and empowerment, to speak with us in February. Our speaker has a BA degree in natural and applied science from USM, Lewiston/Auburn College. Among her several jobs, she has recently signed on as a Home Visitor for Advocates for Children  and so we believe that she will come to us with experience and perspective of someone who is thoroughly familiar with the Somali community of Lewiston/Auburn. Hopefully, she will address questions we have about things we read and/or observe.

Wednesday, February 15 (Snow date 2/22) 12-1pm Ricker Library Community Room Hibo Omar A Conversation about the Somali Experience in L/A Bring your lunch – coffee, tea, water provided Bring a friend Check It Out!

John Bear program postponed due to weather

Our evening with John Bear has been rescheduled due to the weather forecast for January 27. The event will take place at the same time on February 3, the advertised rain/snow date.

Colonial House Revisited: John Bear Reminisces

On Friday, January 27 February 3  (rescheduled due to weather) at 7PM the Friends of Ricker Memorial Library will host renowned Native American story teller, author and actor John Bear Mitchell.  He will present a program, based on his own work with PBS in helping to create the reality show, “Colonial House.” His program, “Colonial House Revisited: John Bear Reminisces” will feature a behind the scenes look at the show and all the work that went into its unique creation. In addition, he will expand upon his work as a researcher and participant in the show. Colonial House was a nationally syndicated PBS reality show set in Machias, Maine. The show followed 27 individuals for the United States and England, as they made their way back to the year 1628. It also featured members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Over three months, colonists struggled to survive under difficult circumstances. Their day to day challenges were caught on tape and made into an eight episode series. John Bear Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island in Maine. He presently serves as the Outreach and Student Development Coordinator for the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine in Orono. He is also an accomplished storyteller, author, and actor. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS tribal-sponsored awareness videos, and other documentaries with topics on Maine’s Native People. Recently his story, “Epsun and Grandfather,” was featured in, Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. It was a winner of the 2011 Aesop Award and was nominated for best comic novel for the Comic-con award. John Bear is currently working on another children’s book and is also participating as an actor in the independent film, “Anatomy of Life”, which will open up later on this year at the Sundance Film Festival. For those interested in his work as an author, there will be a book signing of the book Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection, at 6:30PM. This book is no ordinary graphic collection. It features twenty-one illustrated Native American stories. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet John Bear before the program and to get a special signed copy of the book. We wish to thank Books N’ Things for making this possible. Books will be priced at $22.95. This is a unique event and opportunity to meet John Bear Mitchell and get a glimpse of the work that he is done not only in Maine, but on a national level. This family event is free and open to the public. It was generously sponsored by the Friends of Ricker Memorial Library. In case of bad weather, the rain/snow date for this event will be Friday February 3rd.  For more information, please call Ricker Memorial Library at 998-4390. We hope you can join us for this very special evening with John Bear Mitchell.
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