Searsport Town News

By Dick Desmarais | Feb 01, 2019

On Tuesday, Feb. 5,starting at 7 p.m., the regular meeting of the selectmen will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

On Monday, Feb. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Planning Board will hold its regular meeting. This meeting will be televised.

Carver goes fine-free!

Carver Memorial Library has gone fine-free on all materials, and has forgiven any fines on borrowers' accounts. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the library without the barrier of fines. (We will still charge for lost or damaged items.)

Borrowers with items more than 30 days overdue will be blocked from checking out until the late items are returned. There is now a "conscience jar" on the counter for those with late books who may wish to contribute.

Going fine-free is a growing trend in public libraries. Our goal is equitable access for everyone in our community. Fines can be a burden for more vulnerable people and those with low incomes, groups that could perhaps benefit most from library access.

Fines can prevent people from making full use of what the library has to offer, and may keep them away from the library entirely. Children in particular often have little control over when they can visit the library or return materials. Books and other materials might simply never be returned for fear of dealing with accrued overdue fines.

The money collected is only a small fraction of the budget, and eliminating fines saves time for staff while promoting goodwill in the community.

Carver has also extended its loan period from two weeks to four weeks for most materials. We hope this helps people return items on time for others to use.

Borrowers can sign up for email or text reminders of upcoming due accounts so they can be returned and the accounts cleared. If anyone has any books or movies sitting around that may be overdue, now is a great time to bring them back!

Valentine card-making

Thursday, Feb. 7, 3 to 5:30 p.m. All ages, children and adults, are invited to drop in at the library to make Valentines and greeting cards.

Presidents' Day

The library will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, for the federal holiday.

Mystery Book Club

Are you interested in a mystery book discussion group? Come to our first meeting as we get organized, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Gauge interest and choose our book for next month.

Introduction to American Mah Jongg

Curious about Mah Jongg? Carver is offering a three-week introductory series on American Mah Jongg. Materials will be provided. Contact the library to sign up.

Valentine Chocolate Fest

Searsport area churches present their eighth annual Valentine Chocolate Fest fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Searsport, 8 Church St., to benefit the Greater Bay Area Ministerium's Interfaith Fuel Fund. Enjoy a tasty chocolate dessert, a cup of tea or coffee, and then select Valentine treats to take home.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

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