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A Note of Thanks from Norma Lana, Board President
It’s that time of year: Time for reflection, time to look back over the year – and what a year it has been – and time to look ahead to the future. As such, I’d like to share my library gratitude list with you in these unprecedented times.
Thank you to the Gardiner community and our library patrons:
You gave us the gift last year of approving a town budget increase, which helped replace a failed HVAC system and kept us up and running throughout the pandemic.
Thank you to our volunteers:
You kept fundraising efforts going before the pandemic and you continue to help with new fundraising ideas and day-to-day operations. We would not be able to accomplish all that we do without you.
Thank you to our staff:
Our librarian Nicole Lane has shown exemplary leadership this year in many ways. She successfully moved library programming to an online format in just two weeks and, under her helm, our library staff created original and exciting programming for kids, teens, and adults. Nicole and the staff were also instrumental in creating an effective and safe reopening plan. Thank you Amy Laber, Amy Cote, Carolyn Thorenz, Kaaren Vassell, Jack Murphy, Catarina Cowden, and Chris Wheeling for all you do.
Thank you to our donors:
Every year your donations support new and expanded programming and resources. This year, more than any other, your support has helped us maintain a high level of service while adjusting and adapting to a new normal; Without your help every year, we would not be able to do all the things
we do.
I think it is safe to say the Gardiner Library is much more than just a library. It helps tie our community together. I have met some of the finest people I know by becoming involved in the library, some of whom have become lifelong friends. Gardiner is good people. The library is our town’s shining example of that.
On behalf of the Gardiner Library Board of Trustees, I wish everyone a safe holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in our vibrant, bustling library when we can all gather in large groups again
in person.

Warmest Regards,
Norma Lana
P.S. One last plug: Please consider using the library’s Amazon link for online gift shopping. That extra click brings advertising fees back to the library at no cost to you.
2020 Annual Appeal Letter
Our annual appeal letter is available to pick up at the library or on our website (to read and to donate) here.
A donation of any amount helps support the library and our efforts to serve our community. Thank you for your continued support.
Amazon Associates Program Supports the Library
Click the Amazon link on the home page of our website and we receive 5-7% in advertising fees from your purchase. The only way the Gardiner Library receives Associate Program money is to use the link on our website. This is not the Smile program.
Gingerbread House Curbside Kit
Available beginning December 11 while supplies last.
Contact Nicole at to reserve a kit.
$5 suggested donation (check, cash or online here)
Build and decorate a gingerbread house. Directions and all supplies included. Made possible by the Friends of the Gardiner Library and Hannaford Supermarket.
Winter Read-A-Thon Fundraiser
December 7th through January 8th
Participants 17 years old and younger.
Read-a-thon packets available at the library starting 12/7 or
print instructions, pledge sheet, and book log here.
Support the library while doing something you love...reading!
Find sponsors to pledge money for every book you read or for just participating from December 7th through January 8th.
Used Book Shoppe
Browse our wide selection of used books and movies.
Gift certificates available at the library or by contacting Nicole at
Great gift idea for the holidays.
Priced to sell. Make an awesome wrapped gift or stocking stuffer.
*Through December 11 patrons can only access used books outside. Beginning December 12th used books and movies will be available to browse and purchase in the foyer as well.
For Adults
Outdoor Italian 'al fresco' Conversational Class with
Dr. Ornella Mazucca

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Contact Nicole at for the Zoom link and password.
This weekly class is designed for people who have some knowledge of the Italian language and would like to improve their conversational skills.

Dr. Ornella Lepri Mazzuca is a native speaker of Italian and has been facilitating the conversational class at the Gardiner Library since 2016.
Gardiner Library Walking Club for Seniors
9 - 9:45 AM
Meet in the upper parking lot at the library
Want to get some fresh air, enjoy the fall foliage and meet new people, all while getting some exercise? Join the club!
Contact Nicole at for more information or just
show up!
For Kids and Teens
Pen Pal Initiative
Go here for more information.
Join the Gardiner Library's Pen Pal Initiative where children can connect with friends, family and our community by putting pen to paper!
Writers can participate in three ways:
1. "Dear Librarian"....correspond with one of our librarians
2. Senior Connect - connect with a senior living at Woodland Pond
3. Flat Stanley Club - receive a Flat Stanley Kit to decorate and send
Those participating in any of these pen pal programs will be eligible to receive monthly cardmaking kits.
Virtual Read to Dogs
Saturday, December 12
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Please email Amy at with the name and age of your child to register and receive Zoom link.

Read to a certified therapy dog online! "Fletcher" loves to listen. This relaxed and stress free environment supports children's confidence and learning.
Sign up for a 15 minute time slot to read aloud to Fletcher via Zoom.
Surprise Book Bundles
Answer a few selected questions and Miss Amy will surprise you with three special books.
Fill out the Surprise Book Bundle form here.
YA Virtual Book Club
Monday, December 14
7 - 8 PM
Contact Carolyn at for more information and the Zoom link.

December's book pick is 1984 by George Orwell. What makes Orwell's work stand the test of time? Join the discussion.

Virtual YA Book Club for ages 13+ meets the third Monday of the month at 7 PM (altered for December because of the upcoming holidays). Those who attend will help to decide the next book.
Gardiner's Virtual Library Resources
Check out all the resources here.
Below are a few to get you excited!
Consumer Reports Magazine Online
Consumer Reports' flagship website and magazine publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center.
Social Justice and Anti-Racism Resources
To access resources go here:
Resources include books, videos, audiobooks, podcasts, television shows and more for parents, educators, adults, teens and children.
Suggestions are always welcome.
Kanopy and Kanopy Kids
Kanopy's excellent video streaming service provides quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, children's programming and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain.
Free Services
Connect with a free expert tutor between 2 and 9 PM.
No appointments necessary.
Click here to access. provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects.
You can choose to use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review© SAT©/ACT© Essentials for self-study 24/7.
Free Virtual Tutoring with Leo Glaser and Kristie Benel
Go here for more information.
Available for first through sixth graders
- Extra help and support in the areas of reading,
writing and math
- Understanding and completing class assignments
- Improving reading and writing strategies and skills
- Homework assistance
BookMatch Reader's Advisory Service
Personalized reading recommendations.
Fill out our BookMatch survey and get a list of 8 books
within 7 days.

Our librarians will send you a personalized list of recommendations based on your responses to our
BookMatch survey.

Links to the library catalog included to place holds on items quickly and easily.
Let us help you find your next great read!
"Out There": Photography Show by Carl Cox
Opens November 4th and runs through December 31
Carl Cox is a professional photographer/videographer living in Gardiner. Carl creates alternative and supernatural images that suggest other worlds we sense but cannot see or yet prove exist.
Carl's images are created using models,mannequins, masks, digital compositing, and most recently, having been inspired by the work of Mark Hogancamp, 1/6 scale figures.
Learn more about Carl on FB at CarlCoxVisualArtist, on Instagram @CarlCoxArtist or visit his website at
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