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Welcome to Carver Memorial Library
Serving the town of Searsport, Maine since 1910.
All events are at Carver Memorial Library unless otherwise noted.
August 27th from 10:00 - 1:00
Friends of the library book sale!
August's sale features all things Maine! Fiction and non-fiction books about Maine and those by Maine authors. Also for sale will be a wide variety of music CDs. Most hardcovers are $1, paperbacks $0.50 unless otherwise marked.
Books from previous sales will be available for half price!
Let's Talk About It: Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30pm
Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan's greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple's private code-a letter that could only have been written recently.
Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. Always left behind whenever Samina followed the Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother's disappearance was simply another abandonment. Then, while working at Pakistan's first independent TV station, Aasmaani runs into an old friend of Samina's who gives her the first letter, then many more. Where could the letters have come from? And will they lead her to her mother?
Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.
Tuesday Book Group: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Tuesday, September 13th at 1:00pm
(Group meets 2nd Tuesday of every month.)
Join us for a discussion of Atul Gawande's newest, Being Mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end. All are welcome to attend, and copies are available at the library.
“We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However it is not only medicine that is needed in one's declining years but life--a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.” ―Oliver Sacks
Educational Presentation on Ranked Choice Voting
Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30
Learn more about Question 5 on the Statewide November ballot!
Finn Melanson from the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund will be at Carver Memorial Library in Searsport on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30pm-7:30pm for a free, educational presentation on this topic.
The event is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. The presentation will explain how ranked choice voting works, how voters use the ballots, how it compares to our current system, where it is currently used across the state, country, and world, and how voters have responded to its implementation.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in the question and answer session following the presentation. For more information or any additional questions, please contact Finn Melanson by email (email@example.com) or by phone (207-420-0469).
Let's Talk About It: Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
September 28th at 6:30 pm
”I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco...” So begins Fatima Mernissi in this exotic and rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth—women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. Dreams of Trespass is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world.