Living in small communities here in Midcoast Maine, we all understand the value of good neighbors — maybe especially in the wintertime, when power and water are not always guaranteed, thanks to Mother Nature!
Organizations need good neighbors too, and Skidompha Library has some incredible local partners who are there for us, providing valuable resources to the people we serve.
Today I’d like to recognize two organizations who make a significant impact.
First, for more than a decade we have worked closely with AARP to provide free tax prep for those who need a helping hand. Because of the tireless efforts of these volunteers, we are able to help hundreds of people between January and April. Appointments are available from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, so please call the library at 563-5513 to reserve your slot early. We also have state and local tax forms available to all at the front desk.
The second partner who continues to go above and beyond is Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta. It may not be common knowledge, but for a few years now, Skidompha Library has had its Skidompha Library Teen Pantry located in the Teen Room, where any hungry teen can help themselves to healthy snacks and meals, no questions asked.
Nationally, teen hunger is on the rise, and while most programs focus on food insecurity in younger children, teenagers can be especially vulnerable. We know that providing this service to the community is vital, and it’s thanks to our partner and neighbor, Rising Tide, that the Skidompha Library Teen Pantry remains stocked.
Please join me in saying thank you to our partners, some of the unsung heroes of our community. As with any neighborhood, we’re stronger when we pull together, because no one can do everything all on their own.
Have a great week, everyone!
This Thursday at Owl Cinema we have a double feature!
Please join us for “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, a special event in partnership with Healthy Lincoln County, who will be providing the free community film showing, a short discussion, and resource information. Families are welcome! The event will be held in the Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Library.
Then stay for “The Fall” at 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 18. Starring Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, “The Fall” is set in Los Angeles, circa the 1920s, and follows a little immigrant girl who finds herself in a hospital recovering from an accident in an orchard. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. This is visually stunning and magical film, with darker questions and secrets hidden at its core.
The film showing is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Porter Meeting Hall and popcorn will be provided.
(Skidompha Library has been supporting our community since 1885 in downtown Damariscotta. You can find us online and view our full calendar at skidompha.org or on our Facebook page.)