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Fall 2017

posted Sep 6, 2017, 4:26 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

Welcome back to Fall Hours at MSCL.  

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday    3:30-7:30
Saturday    10:00-1:00
(Story time Saturday 11:00)

Fall Hours are technically any time that school is in session.  So we sadly say good-bye to Summer (and Summer Hours!) and hello to school days.  As the new students, families and staff adjust to the new year be advised that the parking lot is super busy from 3:00-3:45.  Parking next to the library clears up as teachers start to leave around 4:00ish.  In a couple weeks the drop off/pick up frenzy usually dies down and  the regular schedule falls into place.  That being said - please come visit at any time; you might have to park out by the soccer fields but I'll be here.  Welcome Fall!

January 30th 2016 - MINION SATURDAY!

posted Jan 21, 2016, 3:31 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

Save the date for January 30th *MINION SATURDAY* is happening at the library. The movie will start at 10:30am. There will be crafts, treats and a MINION door prize. So basically everything minion will be happening. The library will be open 10:00-1:00. No story time; because evidently there will be MINIONS.

Library Closed November 11, 2015

posted Nov 9, 2015, 2:35 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

The library will be closed November 11, 2015 in observance of Veteran's Day.  The library will reopen Thursday November 12th from 3:30-7:30.

Craft Fair and Book Sale November 7th, 2015

posted Oct 29, 2015, 2:20 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

Next Saturday November 7th Lebanon Recreation is hosting a craft fair at the Hanson School 9:00am-2:00pm. Normally the library rents a space and has a book sale. This year I will be holding the book sale in the library. So check out what all the vendors have to offer and then come by and grab a book or 2. All adult and young adult books are $1.00 and kids books are 4/$1.00. The library will be open its normal hours of 10-1. Help support the Giving Tree project and the library all in one stop. smile emoticon

November 5th, 2015

posted Oct 28, 2015, 3:39 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

The library will be closed November 5th.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  The library will be open Monday November 2nd, Wednesday November 4th and Saturday November 7th at the regular times.

October Happenings 2015

posted Oct 17, 2015, 9:44 AM by Martha Sawyer Community Library   [ updated Oct 17, 2015, 9:59 AM ]

The library will be hosting a costumed story time on October 31st at 11:00.  Halloween themed stories, a holiday craft and candy will be handed out (goldfish for those who are not keen on all the candy).  Open to everyone - but targeted for our preschool and elementary school friends.

The Lebanon Recreation Department will once again be hosting the Truck-or-Treat at the Lebanon elementary School on October 23rd from 6:00-8:00.  Please note this is FRIDAY.  Typically the event has been held on Saturday, but there was a conflict which forced the changing of days.  There will be a bounce house, face painting,  sand art, bake sale items and food to purchase.  This is a great, safe enviroment for kids to trick or treat in our town.  If you haven't been before come check it out.

The next weekend in Springvale, Maine there will be a carnival and haunted house located at the Nasson Community Theatre Gymnasium (457 Main Street Springvale, Maine).  The carnival is for all ages, the haunted house is for teens and adults only.  Please see our Facebook page for more information and a picture of their poster.  https://www.facebook.com/lebanonlibrary/photos/a.176422512403393.36135.167606613284983/978624155516554/?type=3&theater  The event runs October 29th, 30th and 31st.  Thursday and Friday run from 5:00-10:00 and the 31st they will be open 5:00-12:00.

Summer Reading Program - 2015

posted Jun 17, 2015, 3:55 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

Martha Sawyer Community Library

presents our Summer Reading Program

Reading MAKES Me...

When : July 9th – August 6th Thursdays from 12:30-1:30

Where : At the Martha Sawyer Community Library located at the Hanson School (53 Upper Guinea Road – look for the open flag around back)

Who : Lebanon kids ages 6-12

What : Reading MAKES Me... summer reading program is focused on reading and doing. Every week there will be a hands on project that is tied to a book we will explore. This summer we are focusing on the Maker Movement and including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles. Some lessons will be science based, some art focused, others full of engineering concepts, all lessons will be filled with fun.

Sign ups for the Summer Reading Program start June 15th and run through July 7th. Sign ups are necessary to plan for the activities. Each child that signs up will receive a voucher from the Portland Sea Dogs game as part of their Summer Reading Challenge. The MSCL will again be teaming up with Barnes and Noble of Newington for their summer reading program. Each reader will receive a form from Barnes and Noble's Summer Reading Program. Fill it out and return it to the library. Your free book will be delivered to MSCL.

If your child is not in the 6-12 age group please visit us on Tuesdays at 11:30 for story time for our younger patrons. Teens please inquire about our Page to Screen reading group for ages 13-18. Adults, we have something for you too - for each book borrowed you are eligible for a chance at weekly prize. Let's get Lebanon reading!

The Martha Sawyer Community Library will be hosting a Bike Parade at the Lebanon Festival. Bring your decorated bike on August 22nd from 9:00-3:00 (exact parade time to be announced) and be part of the MSCL Bike Parade at the Hanson School. Prizes will be awarded. Check out our facebook page, the Lebanon Festival's facebook page or the MSCL website for more information. We will also be hosting a book sale at the festival with raffle baskets available. Bring a bike, buy a book and get a chance for one of our awesome themed baskets.

The MSAD60 Summer Nutrition Program will be taking place at the Hanson School directly before the summer reading program. Free breakfast and lunch will be served to children 18 and under Monday-Thursday July 6th – August 6th . The meals will be served in the Hanson School cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 8:00-9:00 and lunch is available from 11:00-12:00. The charge for adults will be $2.50 for breakfast and $4.50 for lunch. All food must be consumed on site. This program is federally funded through the USDA and is open to all children 18 and under. Go grab a nutritious meal and then come feed your mind at the library. Please exit the school and enter the library through the exterior entrance near the back of the school near the soccer fields.

The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-7:30 and Saturday 10:00-1:00 during the school year. Starting July 6th the library will switch to its summer hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00-3:00, Thursday 11:00-2:00 AND 5:00-8:00. If you need more information please contact me at 457-1299 ext 5 or email me at mscl@msad60.org The library will be closed June 22nd - June 28th.

Thank you,

Marcy Polletta

MSCL Librarian

Reading Makes Me...HAPPY. What does reading make you?


posted Jan 14, 2015, 3:25 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

I am absolutely yelling it from the rooftops.!  We have a ton of new books in the library.  The generous $10,000 grant from the STK Foundation has been an amazing opportunity for our library and the community of Lebanon.  A portion of the money was allocated for new shelving and a portion for new books for the Young Adult and Adult sections of the library.  We have new fiction and nonfiction.  Murder Mystery, romance, best sellers and books that are being made into movies for the fiction side.  Non fiction books include biographies, history - ancient and recent, crafting and sewing books are on their way!  We just received a donation of how to raise pigs, sheep and game birds.  This inspired me to go looking for more books about raising cows, making root cellars and various homesteading type books.  These books should be received and on the shelves in a couple weeks.  Give a call and see if that new book you heard was awesome is in.  There is still some grant money left - so if there is something you think the library should have - let me know!
Marcy Polletta
MSCL Librarian

Summer Reading Program - DIG into Reading Summer 2014

posted Jun 18, 2014, 5:14 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library

Martha Sawyer Community Library

presents our summer reading program:


Join our summer reading program for ages 5-12. This program will run for five weeks from July 10th _ August 7th.

We will be meeting at the Martha Sawyer Community Library on Thursdays at 12:30. The library is located within the Hanson School. Please enter through the library entrance at the back of the building – look for the open flag.

We will be digging into good books and activities that kids will love. All activities will have DIG as a connecting theme.

To register your child, please stop by the library during our regular school year hours until June 21st:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 3:30-7:30 and Saturday 10:00-1:00

The library will be closed June 23rd – June 28th.

We will reopen on July 1st with our summer hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday 11:00-3:00

Thursday 11:00-2:00 AND 5:00-8:00

What if you aren't ages 5-12? We will also have a teen summer reading program. Keep up with reading this summer, flex your brain and win some prizes. Parents, caregivers and adults of all sorts; you haven't been forgotten. For every book you check out from MSCL this summer you can enter your name in our weekly drawing for prizes too. Inquire at the library for more information on these programs.

Call 457-1299 ext 5, mscl@msad60.org or find us on facebook

Technology Petting Zoo Coming April 21st!

posted Apr 7, 2014, 2:58 PM by Martha Sawyer Community Library



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Aren't sure about e-readers or tablets?

Overwhelmed with all the choices?

Asked a salesperson and weren't sure if their answer was tied directly to their commission?

On April 21st from 2:00-6:00 the library will be hosting a technology petting zoo presentation. A representative from the Maine State Library will be here with a variety of e-reader and tablet devices. There will be a presentation at 2:00 to explain the differences between the devices. No bias; just clearly presented pros and cons for each device.

The devices included in the petting zoo are:

Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, Nook Simple Touch e-reader, Kindle Fire Tablet, Nook HD+ tablet, iPad Mini tablet and a Nexus 7 Tablet.

The petting zoo devices will stay at the library on the 21st for patrons to navigate at your own pace. I will be available to help with instructions after the MSL representative has left until the library closes at 6:00.

The library has also purchased 2 Nook Simple Touch e-readers that will be part of our lending program. Any patron can borrow one of these pre-loaded e-readers after April 21st.

The library will we closed for the remainder of April vacation. We will reopen April 28th from 3:30-7:30.

Questions? Please call Marcy Polletta at (207) 457-1299 ext 5 

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