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Fort Kent Public Library - Newsletter 21 March '24

Fort Kent Public Library - Newsletter 21 March '24

The Librarian’s Messy Desk 

March arrives the day after Leap Year, and there’s a lot that has happened in a 29-day February, and even more happening in March at the Fort Kent Public Library.

Before we do our recap of February and preview of March, I have some sad news to share. We are saying goodbye to our assistant librarian Katie Ouellette. She has been an awesome addition to our team, and we watch her leave with sadness at her absence and hope for her future. Thank you for your hard work and amazing spirit you brought to this facility. She plans to continue participating in library activities, a promise we are going to hold her too.

This means we have a new employment opportunity at the library. So here is our Help Wanted notice:

PART-TIME ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN - The Fort Kent Public Library is seeking a Part-Time Assistant Librarian to join our team for 15 to 25 hours a week, with the opportunity for more. We offer a competitive hourly wage and a stimulating work environment. Some nights and weekends required.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of books and reading; strong organizational and interpersonal skills/team player; ability to balance multiple priorities; experience in and a working knowledge of library services; a strong working knowledge of computers, related software, online resources, search methods, and social media; and public service orientation with strong communication and collaboration skills.

If you are interested in applying for the position, send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Birden at

If you know someone who you think would be a good fit at the FKPL, please pass this along to that person.

February had some excellent events at the FKPL. The Friends of the FKPL hosted an Open House and launched a membership drive early in March. The event went well with many people stopping in to see our new C3NT3R remote shared workspace, and enjoy the monthly used book sale. February was also the month we launched our pen pal Letter writing program. We call it Lettres de L’arbre de vie.We’ve partnered with the Key West Library at the southern tip of the Florida Keys and the endpoint for US 1. Approximately a dozen people, from children to adults are participating. People send traditional letters as well as drawings. For the youngest participants, Mom or Dad will have a child dictate the letter which we then send in a packet of other letters to our partners in Key West. We provide a kit to help with the writing process, which we can keep at the library. The Lettres de L’arbre de vie promotes literacy, handwriting, communication and social skills, all of which are invaluable for modern adults. This is an ongoing program, and if your or your child is interested in signing up, we can pair that person with a letter writer in Florida. 

In March, we have our typical fare of the Wise Folk’s Kaffeeklatsch, Book Lovers Club and Writers of the First Mile. We also have a used book sale on March 2. We also have a presentation on blacksmithing on March 28 at 3 p.m. with Renee Schaffer. Then the National Digital Equity Center is hosting a class for older adults on identifying frauds and scams on March 26 at 1 p.m.. And we have a special treat on March 30th at Noon when Madawaska author Theresa B. Cyr stops by the library to share her experiences in writing her Unintended Travelers series.

It’s such an honor to see the community participate in these activities, and we hope you will join us.

Be sure to glance through to the end of this newsletter to see some of the new books that have come in this past month.

Andrew Birden

Library Director

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)

Not Quite A Ghost by Anne Ursu

The Night Hunt by Alexandra Christo

K Is In Trouble by Gary Clement

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Siberia Job by Josh Haven

The Women by Kristin Hannah

The Lioness Of Boston by Emily Franklin

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

Homecoming by Kate Morton

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Daniel X: Watch The Skies  by James Patterson

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

Plan B by Charnan Simon

The Fight by Elizabeth Karre

The Alliance by Gabriel Goodman

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

House Of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

100 Cupboards by Nathan D. Wilson

The Dare by R.L. Stine

Sarny, A Life Remembered by Gary Paulsen



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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