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Visiting the Library

The library remains open regular hours with limited access and curbside service. Masks are required and patrons are asked to practice social distancing when in the building. Please enter through the main doors.

Patrons who wish to browse the permanent adult collection of fiction, nonfiction, books on CD and DVDs may do so by appointment, one patron or family at a time. Very often immediate walk-in access is available. The Children’s Room and Book Sale Room remain closed to the Public; however you may browse by appointment.

We are still accepting book donations (thank you in advance).  If you are donating books please leave them inside the ground floor entrance by the cubbies.  If you need help unloading your car please call us.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

On Exhibit in the Rotunda

Spring by Berna Kaiserian. On display through April 30.

Curated by Robin Mass.

Witherle Words

Witherle Words is a regular column in the Castine Patriot with contributions from the library staff, volunteers and community.

April 9, 2021
Variations on a theme of spring
by Anne Romans

What’s your pleasure in these budding days of early spring? Does your garden beckon to you? Do you want to introduce grandchildren to the pleasure you take in the outdoors? Have you heard the robins calling? Maybe it’s time to assess your collection of the tools you need to get out there and dig. Or, just maybe, you want to find a sunny spot out of the wind and let the sun warm you.

Spring is rife with possibility. For the bird lovers the birds are courting, establishing territories and building nests. You can do armchair birding or get out there and count. For both levels of enthusiasm there are several new Maine offerings. Richard Wayne MacDonald gives us Little Big Year: Chasing Acadia’s Birds. Field biologist MacDonald takes a year-long journey to document the birds of Acadia National Park and Downeast Maine–weaving in fun facts and stories from his years of study, birding, and travel from Newfoundland to Antarctica. Peter D. Vickery’s new book Birds of Maine is ‘the most comprehensive overview of Maine’s rich birdlife in more than seven decades.’ Back cover. (Maybe it can help me identify that peach-colored bird I saw from my window—I think it was a juvenile Finch.]

Gardeners can choose to explore myriad paths. Hopefully, we can travel soon with a measure of comfort and for those travelers there is The Garden Tourist’s New England: A Guide to 140 New England Gardens and Nurseries by Jana Milbocker. Enjoy the best botanical, historic, and private gardens in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. There are also an abundance of books on landscaping, lawns, and planting for those who don’t want to leave home just yet. One choice is Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces by Jan Johnsen. Johnsen gives design tips, recommendations for plants, flowers, and shrubs to suit your taste and climate.  Bill Noble authored Spirit of Place: the making of a New England garden. Lifelong gardener Noble, shares insights gleaned over a long career that will inspire you to create a garden rich in context, personal vision, and spirit. For the ‘sun-sitting’ among us there is also The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-Smith—an investigation of the remarkable effects of nature on our health and well-being.

And how about those grandchildren? The Little Gardener by Julie A. Cerny has lots of fun projects parents, grandparents, and caregivers can share with children. Under Your Feet by Jackie Stroud Is bursting with colorful illustrations. It is the perfect book for budding young plant experts, animal fanatics, and geologists, and anyone who is curious about the ground we walk on. Or explore a community garden and what grows there, from flowers and fruit to friendships in Thank You, Garden by Liz Garton Scanlon.