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Bangor Public Library Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 3 May/June 2000

Calendar Events
Thursday, May 4 Let’s Talk About It Working by Studs Terkel 7 - 9 PM in the Lecture Hall Wednesday, May 10 & June 14 Spiritual Book Discussion Group Disputed Questions by Thomas Merton 7:30-9 PM in the Lecture Hall For more info, call 368-5866 Wednesday, May 17 Sci-Fi “Mini-Con” 6 - 9 PM in the Lecture Hall Saturday, May 20 Friends of the Library Book Sale 9 AM - 1 PM in the Lecture Hall Saturday, May 20 Bangor Literacy Day Born to Read 11 AM -2 PM in the Story Room Thursday, May 25 Let’s Talk About It Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy 7 - 9 PM in the Lecture Hall Monday, May 29 The Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Saturday, June 3 Doll’s Day 10 AM in the Story Room Wednesday, June 7 Book Presentation Jan Sherman, author of No Place for a Woman, a biography of Margaret Chase Smith. 7 PM in the Lecture Hall Tuesday, June 13 Concert by the Bangor Band 7 PM on the Children’s Terrace; Lecture Hall if raining.

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From the Library Director
Barbara McDade
May and June are clean up time around the Library. Our fiscal year ends June 30, so we’re trying to stay open without overspending any line items. City Council has our budget requests, but the new budget hasn’t been passed yet. (If you see a City Councilor, tell him or her how you feel about the Library, especially if you like what we’re doing.) Over 50% of our budget comes from the city of Bangor, 40% comes from our endowment funds, and the other 10% comes from the State and from your fines and fees. (And no, we would rather you brought your books back on time then to see our fee revenue increase.) Students are taking exams and writing final papers, but not doing intense research; grown-ups are working outside, going to spring concerts, graduations, weddings and not reading as much as winter allows. It’s spring. The Library received another New Century Community Grant. This one provides funding for a delivery service among the 18 libraries in our 12-mile radius. Instead of using the mail to deliver borrowed books from the University library, or Old Town, Hampden, EMMC, Husson, Beal, University College, Brewer, Glenburn, or the schools, we now use BILLS (Bangor Inter-Library Loan Service), run by our good friend, Bill Mansur. We hope to find this service more economical, speedier, and more efficient. We also hope that if it works, we will be able to find funding to continue the service. I’m also excited that we got a New Century Community Grant to hire an expert to catalog and preserve the Torkanowsky music we’ve had in boxes since 1994 and the Heywood S. Jones music donated by his son several years ago. These two collections are a valuable part of Bangor’s heritage, and I’ll be glad when we can make them available to musicians and historians. Summer plans are shaping up, so if your life is slowing down this summer (or even if it’s not), check out our music programs, our author talks, or our summer reading programs for kids, or just come and pick up a stack of books to read under the apple tree.

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Summer Reading 2000 - “Thrills & Chills”
Hold on to your hats! Summer is almost here and hair-raising fun is brewing at the Library. The Children’s Department is offering “Thrills & Chills” this summer for its reading program, focusing on mystery, adventure, and survival stories. The schedule for the first two weeks is as follows: Monday, June 26 at noon Lunch with the Librarian Tuesday, June 20 at 10 AM Kick-Off with Rick Charette Tuesday, June 27 at 10 AM Paul Palumbo, FBI Special Agent Wednesday, June 21 at 10 AM Story Time Wednesday, June 28 at 10 AM Story Time Thursday, June 22 at 10 AM “Hour of Thrilling Games” Thursday, June 29 at 10 AM “Mystery Thursday” Friday, June 23 at 10 AM First Aid for Children Today Friday, June 30 at 10 AM w/Red Cross First Aid for Children Today w/Red Cross

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Summer Hours
The Library will begin its summer schedule on Saturday, June 17. Hours will be as follows: Monday - Thursday: 9 AM to 7 PM Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday & Sunday: Closed Regular hours will resume after Labor Day.

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Beautification Project

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Sketch of phase 2

Greeting Cards
The Library will send a greeting card to those you honor with a gift book. If someone’s birthday is coming, or an anniversary for “that couple that has everything,” instead of sending a card, buying flowers or candy, or giving a useless knickknack, consider giving a book to the Library in someone’s honor. You can decide the subject area, and the Library will pick a book. We then let you know what was chosen and send a birthday, anniversary, or “thinking of you” card to that person saying that a book was given in honor of the occasion. The Library also invites that person to be the first one to use the book. A bookplate is placed in the front of the book marking the occasion, the honoree, and the donor. Everyone benefits. Cards are available for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. You can say get-well, congratulations, or “please accept our sympathy.” For more information, ask at the Circulation Desk.

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The Greater Bangor Horticultural Society, organized in 1997 to promote gardening and urban beatification, will be planting two gardens at the Bangor Public Library. Phase 1 will begin this year with the installation of a perennial border adjacent to the children’s amphitheater. Phase 2 will include the construction of a perspective garden to be viewed from inside the Library through the palladian window located at the rear stairwell. Those interested in supporting the project and/or joining the GBHS should contact Michael or Gail Zuck at 9478836 or Robert Lingley at 947-7374. Michael Zuck, Greater Bangor Horticultural Society President
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Friends of the Library Booksale
The Friends of the Library are doing it again! Winter is over, spring is happening, and it is time to get ready for the Book Sale. This year, the Book Sale will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Lecture Hall. Are you spring cleaning? Between now and the book sale is your chance to sort through your books as well and to donate some to the sale. We need good quality used hardcover books, paperbacks, and children’s books, too. Please do not give us text books, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or magazines. Friends of the Library will be sorting books on Saturdays starting April 29th, but you can donate books to the Library at any time. If you would like one of our volunteers to come to your home to pick up books, please call the Library at 947-8336, leave a message, and one of us will call you back and set a time to get them. Have you ever taken advantage of the Members-Only Preview Sale the night before the Book Sale? Members of Friends of the Bangor Public Library get the chance to look over the books first and can purchase up to ten books per adult. This will take place on Friday, May 19th from 7 to 9 PM. Membership forms are at the front desk of the Library and will be available on Preview Night. The fees are $5 per year or $10 for a family membership. Have you ever helped the Friends put on a book sale? If you would like to help with any one of the many small jobs that are part of preparing for and putting on the Sale, please let us know. Many hands make big jobs small ones. Please leave your name, phone number, or e-mail address at the front desk of the Library, and one of us will contact you. Remember, whether you donate books, work on the Sale, come to the Sale and buy a pile of books, or do all three, you are helping our extraordinary Bangor Public Library. Jim Owen, Friends of the Library President

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The Bangor Band is kicking off our Summer Music Series 2000 with a performance on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 PM outside on the Children’s Terrace. Look for information about future performances.

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Bangor Band

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No Place For a Woman
There is perhaps no other woman more associated with Maine politics than the late Margaret Chase Smith. Janann Sherman has written a book about Senator Smith entitled No Place For a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Janann will be doing a book talk/signing on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM in the Lecture Hall to help celebrate the anniversary of Senator Smith’s Declaration of Conscience speech. Join us at the Library as we help honor one of Maine’s leading citizens.

Sci-Fi Mini-Con
The Library is excited to offer our patrons a science fiction mini conference, or “mini-con” on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9 PM in the Lecture Hall. This mini-con coincides with the 35th Anniversary of the Nebula Awards, sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America (SFWA). The mini-con will have a panel of five or so published science fiction writers, headed by Steve Miller, publisher of SRM, Publisher chapbooks; and his wife, Sharon Lee, Executive Director of SFWA. They will discuss where science fiction is today, writing science fiction, getting published, awards, and answer any questions.
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Art Committee Chosen
Are you an artist who would like to have an exhibit in the Library? Did you know that the Library’s exhibit space has grown since the renovation and now has better lighting? Did you know that the library uses a Walker hanging system for its exhibits? Those interested in exhibiting in the Lecture Hall or in the second floor exhibit space may submit an application with 5 slides or photographs of the artists work before September 30. An Art Committee will choose which artists and groups will exhibit in the Library for the calendar year 2001. Those selected will bo notified by the end of October. The Library is pleased to announce the first members of the Library Art Committee: Michael Alpert, J. Palmer Libby, Jan Owen, and Susan Potters. Applications are available at the Library.

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by Matt “Computer Guy” Brown, Network Administrator

Bits & Bytes

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Exhibits at the Library
Bangor Art Society’s Annual Juried Show May in the Lecture Hall Artwork from students of Bangor High School June in the Lecture Hall Artwork by Lisa Raven Stairwell Lobby in May Institute of Architects Rotunda in June

“Knowledge is free at the Library. Just bring your own container.” Anonymous

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The world of computer technology is in a constant state of change, and the Library continues to reflect this trend. In the past few months, we have added a half dozen or so new computers to the Catalog and Reference Rooms and at the same time, replaced the old wooden tables with new, ergonomically-correct worktables. We have also replaced the text-based terminals that our patrons used to access the library catalog with Internet-connected workstations that access the catalog via a web-based interface. Even that web interface has undergone a recent change in an attempt to make it easier for our patrons to find things in the library catalog. Of course, no system is perfect, and we continue to try to improve the way in which the library patrons and staff interact with the computer systems which are becoming common place throughout the Library. Currently, we have ten computer workstations in the Library that are available for immediate use by our patrons to access the library catalog. Two are located in the Children’s Room on the 1st floor, four in the stack areas of the 2nd and 3rd floors, one in the Bangor Room on the 3rd floor, and three in the Catalog Room on the 2nd floor. These machines can be used without signing up at the circulation desks, but can only access the catalog and the Library’s own webpage. Thirty-two workstations that are connected to the Internet (for full-access) are located between the Children’s, Catalog, Reference and Bangor Rooms. These machines require our patrons to sign them out at the circulation desks for one hour (per day) periods using the patron’s library card or ‘in-house’ library record. They provide a reasonably fast connection to all Internet sites, the local library databases (including the library catalog), applications such as Microsoft Word, the library system printer and a shared file server for patrons to save their files to before having them transferred to disk by a staff member. We continue to add new workstation for our patrons to use and improve the network infrastructure. In the next few months we will replace/reroute some of the data wiring that connects all the workstations to the network and improve the speed/capacity of our connection to the Internet. When will we stop growing and changing things? Since the computer world is subject to the same laws of supply and demand as the rest of the world, we will probably never cease upgrading and improving our computing services. We merely hope that all of us can adjust to the constant system of change.
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Once again, the Library extends its heartfelt thanks to the Bangor Garden Club for beautifying the Library with its lovely and vibrant windowboxes.

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Thank You!

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Business Hours
Monday - Thursday 9 AM - 9 PM Friday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM Closed Sunday
145 Harlow Street Bangor, Maine 04401 Phone: 207-947-8336 Fax: 207-945-6694 E-Mail: bplill@ursus1.ursus.maine.edu We’re on the Web ! http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/

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Gift Books
The following is a list of gift books donated to the Library since February 3, 2000: ~ The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs; presented in appreciation of the volunteer service given by Barbara Smith. Thank you for helping the Bangor Public Library. ~ Norman Rockwell; For Library Volunteer Arthur Ramsdell from the Library. ~ Portrait of Britain; For Library Volunteer Janet Ramsdell from the Library. ~ Jews in America; given in memory of Howard Shapiro from George and Sandra Doughty. ~ What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire; given by Dodd E. Roberts. ~ And Still I Rise; given by Dodd E. Roberts.

~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; given by Harland Soule. ~ The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry; given by Dodd E. Roberts. ~ Robert Frost Versed in Country Things; given in memory of Joan Cox Eyerer by Milton & Theresa Gervais. ~ The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson; given in memory of Joan Cox Eyerer by Milton & Theresa Gervais. ~ Garfield, the Truth About Cats (2 copies); given by the Bearor Family. ~ Garfield Swallows His Pride (2 copies); given by the Bearor Family. ~ Reckless Spending; Presented in appreciation of the volunteer service given by Eileen Hodges. Thank you for helping the Bangor Public Library. ~ The Immigrants; given in memory of Mrs. Mary Ferrari from her daughter, Debbie Garcia.

On-Line Databases
Are you trying to find a newspaper article about military spending? Then try one of the Library’s on-line reference resources. We offer the Electric Library, a resource having access to “150 fulltext newspapers, magazines, two international newswires, two thousand classic books, hundreds of maps, thousands of photographs, as well as major works of literature and art.” Or you might want to connect to Maine Newsstand, a database that “provides full-text coverage of the Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald, plus selected coverage of other regional sources.” There is also the Gale Reference Center Gold, a database that “provides full text to business journals and general interest magazines (past 4 years) and Knight-Ridder Tribune newspaper articles for the past 24 months.” Each database has an address, user name and password. Ask a Reference librarian for a copy of precise directions to access these wonderful resources.

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