News from the Berwick Public Library January 8-15

BERWICK, Maine – Our Brrrrwicks Adult Winter Reading Challenge has officially started. This challenge runs until February 28 and is open to teens and adults with a library card at the Berwick Public Library, South Berwick Public Library or DA Hurd Library in North Berwick. The more books you read, the more points you will earn for your municipal library and the more tickets you will earn to participate in our sweepstakes: a $ 100 Amazon gift card, a $ 100 Barnes and Noble gift card and a $ 100 Hannaford gift card. There will be two winners for each prize.

You can take the challenge online through the Beanstack site (register on our site) or use a paper tracking form (available on our site or at the library). For more details, visit

Heart-to-heart conference in video

Jud Knox, Founder of Heart to Heart, spoke at the library to talk about his organization and the many services it provides to seniors, including transportation to appointments, help with groceries, meal services, tech support and more, all provided by volunteers. Find the video on the Library’s Blog page.

What 5G Means For You With Dr Kent Chamberlin On Video

Dr Kent Chamberlin, a member of a New Hampshire commission to investigate the health and environmental impacts of wireless radiation, recently joined us at the library to share an overview of the activities and findings of the Commission as well as the next steps to protect the public from what is known to be a real and significant threat.

The video is available on the library’s Blog page and its Facebook page.

Masks required at the library

The library is now open without restriction of reception capacity and the visit deadlines have been lifted. Masks are always compulsory in the building. The collection of materials at the curb remains available.

The opening hours of the library are: Tuesday, 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; Wednesday, 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Email [email protected] or call (207) 698-5737.

Author interview with Chris Boucher

Author Chris Boucher joined us for a presentation on Zoom in early November to talk about the latest book, “Front Pivot”. It is based on his father-in-law’s diary on the Vietnam War and features excerpts from a fictional diary of a veteran of our involvement in Afghanistan. Boucher also shared his process of researching and writing the book, and provided advice for those who wanted to record or perform similar experiences.

The recorded Zoom conference is available through the Blog link on the library website. It should be of interest to veterans who may be looking to make sense of their own experience, children of veterans, and those with a keen interest in history or current affairs.

‘Ghosts From the Coast’ video with Roxie Zwicker

Mystery Maven Roxie Zwicker from Maine visited the library in October to talk about the legends, lore and mystery of the coast, from ghost ships to haunted lighthouses. The video is available through the Blog link on the library’s website.

Roxie Zwicker is the author of eight bestselling books on New England ghost stories and folklore.

Story time with Reesie the blind dachshund

Reesie, a blind dachshund, and himself, Paul Lachance, recently visited the library to share Paul’s picture book “Reesie the Blind Dachshund”. All proceeds from this book will be donated to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which works to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with superbly bred and fully trained guide dogs. Watch the video of Reesie’s visit on the Library’s Blog page.

Bob Keyes talks about Robert Indiana

Bob Keyes talks about his book, “The Isolationist Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana,” in a new video via the Library Blog link. The creator of the iconic LOVE sculpture, Robert Indiana was a lonely artist who died in 2018, leaving behind grim rumors, scandal and succession mingled with lawsuits.

Firefighter story hour

Berwick Fire Department Captain Travis Doiron shares a story, talks about fire safety and protective gear firefighters wear, and shows off the fire truck in a new storytime library video. Click on the Blog link on the library’s website,


Your Berwick Public Library card now gives you access to over 20,000 comics and graphic novels. ComicsPlus can be accessed by downloading the Library Pass app.

Minecraft: Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

LEGO Club: The LEGO Club meets on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Each week a different challenge.

Story time: Storytime is back! Story time will be offered every Friday at 10:30 am Call the library if you are unsure whether story time will take place or not. All ages are welcome!

STEM Zone: We have a STEM area set up in the library next to our Lego area by Young Adult and Junior Fiction Books.

New adult fiction and non-fiction books: Check the library’s website for all new titles.

Free WIFI: remains available in the library parking lot, and digital books and audiobooks are available for download through the Cloud Library app on the library’s website. There is also a link to the Maine digital library and a link to the Stay-ay Home resources.

Services: People who have a Portland Public Library card also have access to this downloadable collection. Research databases are available under the Resources tab of the website for students and their parents.