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Fort Kent Public Library - Newsletter 20 February '24

Fort Kent Public Library - Newsletter 20 February '24

The Librarian’s Messy Desk 

Welcome to February at the Fort Kent Public Library.  This is Katie Ouellette, and I’m taking a swing at the newsletter this month. 

January has brought in a great new year for us with our official opening of the C3NT3R, our new remote shared workspace that has been in the works for several months now.  Andrew is working hard to move forward on the endeavor. The C3NT3R is located in the downstairs King Conference Room, and it has the furniture and computer equipment for remote workers to work on projects, remote office work, research and business planning. It is now available for our patrons to use.  We are excited to see how the C3NT3R will further develop economic resources for our patrons.  

We are also inviting more friends to join the Friends of the Fort Kent Public Library/Amis de la bibliothèque publique de Fort Kent.  The Friends is a group of wonderful folks who take great care to anticipate the library’s needs and raise funds for those needs. We’d love for you to become involved with the Friends, so please take the time to join. We would be happy to have you aboard.  The fee to join is $20, and not only do you support the library, but you will also receive benefits such as a fancy bumper sticker to show off your commitment, the ability to check out more books at any given time, freedom from late fees and much more.  If you are time-strained (aren’t we all), but would still like to volunteer when it works for you, that’s great. We welcome anyone who has time and focus to help us out.  

In January we launched our Letter Writing Club with the Key West Library in Florida.  We have received 15 letters so far from the other end of Route 1, and we will be sitting and teaching with the kids who have signed up to respond on February 8 and February 22. This program addresses penmanship, writing and communication skills in an engaging and fun atmosphere. We still have some slots to fill, so if you know of any children or adolescents in your life ages 2-18 who might be interested in becoming penpals, send them our way.  

Furthermore, February will bring with it a technology class through NDEC & Northern Maine Development Commission taking place in the C3NT3R on the 22nd at 5:30.  The first meeting will be a discussion on what classes are available, and the following sessions will be the actual classes to master technology.  The facilitators will hold these live classes in our C3NT3R on a large screen through Zoom.  Should you prefer joining from the convenience of your home, we can email the Zoom link to you.

Finally, we are filling February with our usual array of offerings, well-established by our crew and participating patrons.  On Saturday, February 10, we have Telescope Training in correspondence with our Astronomy Club, where Andrew will be “geeking out” (his words) by learning with other participants the skills to use the large telescope.  Brian Bouley will present Be Red Cross Ready on Saturday, February 17 from 12:00 - 1:00, and Christina Theriault will teach the next lesson in American Sign Language at 2:00 on the same day.


We have the creative writing group, Writers of the First Mile, February 21 at 3:30 and Game Night on February 28 at 5:00.  And of course, Mom, Dad and the little ones can enjoy Story Hour every Saturday at 11:00.  

We thank all of you who show up and support us by participating in events whether live or in spirit.  And we look forward to seeing your faces in the coming month. 

Be sure to look further down this newsletter to see some of the new books that have come in this past month.

Katie Ouellette

Assistant Librarian

Fort Kent Public Library

NEW TO THE FKPL COLLECTION (These are just a few of the new-to-us titles we’ve added since the last newsletter)

Still Summer by Jachquelyn Mitchard

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Girl From the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

The Wives of Los Alamos : a novel by TaraShea Nesbit

Julie and Julia : My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Too Shy for Show-and-Tell by Beth Bracken

Lightning by Danielle Steel

Unstoppable : The Incredible Power of Faith in Action by Nick Vujicic

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische

The Book of Life by Deborah E. Harkness

Shadow of Night by Deborah E. Harkness

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness

Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake

Saving Sunshine by Saadia Faruqi

The Cricket War by Tha Pháðm

The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

Hugo and the Impossible Thing By Ren©e Felice Smith

The wrecker by Clive Cussler



Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12-5

Wednesday 1-7

Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday and Sunday - Closed

Services available at the Fort Kent Public Library

Wise Folks Kaffeeklatsch

Book Lover’s Club

Focus on Homeschooling

Large Print Books

Underground Used Book Store

Printing, copying and faxing

Free Wifi

Our Online Library Catalog 

Public indoor STEAM space

Meeting room/C3NT3R

One-on-one technology help

Comics and Graphic Novels online

Online eBook and audiobook collection

If you have questions or comments, please respond to this email, call the library at 834-3048 or drop in and let us know how things are going. To make a donation, please visit our website, give us a call, or come visit and we’ll make arrangements.


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