The Maine Library Association Journalism Award recognizes the most outstanding print or broadcast story about libraries in Maine within the last year, and honors the writer or producer. This year’s award was presented at the Maine Library Association’s Annual Conference Nov. 16-17 to Nissa Flanagan, past president of the Maine Library Association and the Systems/Technical Services Librarian at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. Flanagan was singled out for her March 18, 2015 special to the Portland Press Herald: “Maine Voices: Cuts to revenue sharing would hurt libraries in towns already struggling”.
Read the MML 2014 Annual Report
eBooks from your Library
Maine InfoNet has made a number of eBooks available for library users. Go to download.maineinfonet.org for more information. MML has three eReaders (Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and Sony Reader Pocket Edition) available for patrons to see while in the library. Please ask at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor if you are interested in seeing one. Click here for guides to downloading ebooks onto specific devices.
What will you read next?
If you’ve discovered a book that you like and are looking for something similar, try the following web sites for ideas:
- whatshouldireadnext.com This site lists other titles by the same author as well as books that you may like within the same genre.
- gnooks.com This site offers an interesting “Map of Literature” as well as suggestions of similar authors.
- GoodReads This site offers users a bookshelf to organize books they are currently reading as well as books to be read.
- NextReads This site offers users the chance to sign up for a weekly newsletter of reading suggestions in their favorite reading generic social posteric social poster
We will be screening the movie Alabama Moon in Lewis Hall on Tuesday, November 24 at 6 pm. Alabama Moon is based on the book by Watt Key, who spoke here in October. This event is free and open to all!
The Merrill Memorial Library has embarked on a strategic planning process and we need your help! Special guest Denise Clavette, Economic Development Director, will share insights from a recent survey. Then it’s your turn! Tell us what you love about the library and what the library can do to serve you better. Join us for this important conversation about the community and the library! This event is open and free to the public! Bring your neighbors and friends and please come share your thoughts with us! Monday, November 30th, from 6-8 pm.
Beanstack is an online Reader’s Advisory service that we now offer. Parents may sign up for free, with or without a library card, and create a profile for each of their children. The profile is quick to create, and includes age, reading level, and interests for each child. Each week, you will get an email with a tailored book recommendation highlighting a book in our collection that your child will like, as well as activities to do while reading the book that will enhance the experience of reading together as a family. Try it out and let us know what you think!!