Posted by Joan LeMole on Apr 01, 2019
28 March, 2019
Amy Hand: Camden Public Library
Amy Hand from the Camden Public Library.  Originally from CT, children’s librarian, owns farm in Lincolnville that has been in the family since 1921.
Mission: Foster learning and create young readers
  • Statistics (per year): 230K visitors, 270K items checked out, internet and Wi-Fi used 100K+, 27K+ attend events, 475+ children’s events, open 7-days weekly year-round; 20 years since addition added; one of 85 libraries nation-wide named a five-star library by the ALA; 80% of locals have a library card; 52% of budget is earned (donations, weddings in amphitheater, sales, late fees, etc.)
  • Specific Programs for Children: Vacation camps; STEAM Learning (science, technology, art and math) classes; five story hours/wk; summer reading program to keep reading skills current; Totally Tidal Tuesday in collaboration with Herring Gut Learning Center; working with Camden Conservation to assist in increasing awareness of water concerns; Creative Art Afternoon monthly (all ages); Monarch Butterfly rearing; Discovery Kits containing theme-related activities
  • Specific Programs for Adults: Book delivery service to home-bound, ever-increasing;
  • Campaign for the Future:
  • Long-term sustainability for the library to be launched April 6, 2019;
  • 2.5 million is goal with 1.5 already earned in silent phase of campaign;
  • Assist with campaign through: donations, upcoming Edible Book Day and Door Knocking Day coming up this summer, buy a brick in Brick Garden off Atlantic Avenue, participate in public launch April 5-14; spread the word about Rotary’s relationship with the library.
Lesotho Update: Rotary supports a student who is now a junior.  Deb Hitchings read the letter he wrote that sent thanks for clothing sent, spoke of difficult roads, and drought with resulting hunger, strikes and dangers at school, enthusiasm for learning and passing subjects.
Sponsorship Update with Leamon: Camden Law now Gold Sponsor bringing the club to 15
  • Satellite Group meets tonight at 5:15 at 40 Paper; George will attend
  • 2 Tickets to MET Opera Live: Wagner’s Die Walkure at the Strand on Saturday, March 30th.  Auctioned by Ken Gardiner to Penny Dunning for $30.
  • E-waste: Saturday April 20th, 9-2 p.m. with new announcements available from Tom Albertson
  • Special Olympics Regional Event: Sign up for assisting with this event is being circulated.  Tim Dresser is contact.
  • Duck Derby Update: Went through ducks again last night and identified what needs to be replaced, numbered, etc.  Peter Berke is contact.
  • Invoices: Kristin Lindquist states that invoices to be sent out April 1st.  Anyone who does not receive one should check with her as contact information may need updating.
Watched monthly video of February West Bay happenings prepared by Deb Fink
Next Week's Speaker: Joanne Bollinger - WISE