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Oceans of Possibilities

For summer reading 2022 the possibilities are as varied as the ocean. From books about marine research, to sailing and boat building and all the way to tidal patterns and fish migration the possibilities are truly an ocean deep! Find your new favorite book with the library today!


Passport Program

The Friend Memorial library is partnering with local libraries to bring the Passport Program to life! With the help of many peninsula libraries, we will be implementing a passport activity for all ages. Simply go to the library and pick one up, and then travel to the other libraries listed within.

The participating libraries are Witherle, Ellsworth, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Chase Emerson, Stonington, and Brooksville. Visit their websites for information on their hours and policies and email us here at the Friend Memorial for more information on the program itself.


Summer Book Groups

Wondering what’s planned for the summer reading book group? Look no further! Below you’ll find our picks for June, July, and August! If you want more information on how to join out book group, call us at 359-2276, email us at staff@friendml.org or stop in!

June 2022
The Promise of the Grand Canyon by John F. Ross
From Goodreads:

A timely, thrilling account of a man who, as an explorer, dared to lead the first successful expedition down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon–and, as an American visionary, waged a bitterly-contested campaign for environmental sustainability in the American West.

When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier–the final exploration of continental America. The son of an abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon.

July 2022
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
From Goodreads:

A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

Rosalie Iron Wing has grown up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, of the stars, of the origins of the Dakota people. Until, one morning, Ray doesn’t return from checking his traps. Told she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato–where the reserved, bookish teenager meets rebellious Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacies they’ve inherited.

August 2022
Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward by John Englander
From Goodreads:

Ice on land is melting, and sea level is rising, both at astonishing rates never seen in recorded history. Are you, your property, investments, and family ready for these unprecedented changes? Understand how disastrous SLR will profoundly affect more than 10,000 coastal communities as soon as 2050, both in the U.S and around the world. Find out why extreme weather events, forest fires, and flooding share the same causes as catastrophic SLR, but weather disruptions are temporary and SLR permanent. Devastatingly so.

Discover what industries and properties will feel the greatest, and earliest, impacts. Learn what all planners and coastal property owners need to know now to urgently begin to move and adapt. Examine the unique problems faced by the military, Infrastructure planners, architects, flood managers, policy planners, banks, insurance companies, and real estate businesses. And some unique solutions.


Summer Events

Make sure to check out our calendar of events for a full list of events and talks being held at the library this summer. Look forward to our Cake & Authors party, National Cheesecake Day, as well as more regular events like the Fiber Arts Group, the Writers Group, and the Photography Group. We hope to see you there!