At a Glance

Wednesday, May 9 – Non-fiction/Classics Reading Group, 7 p.m. at the library

Saturday, May 19 – Town Meeting

Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day, library closed

Wednesday, May 30 – Book Group, 7 p.m. at the library

Saturday, June 2 – Raymond Shopping Day

Non-fiction/Classics Reading Group

Please note a correction from last month’s Roadrunner regarding the contact phone number for Al Morrison. The correct phone number is 655-4548.

This reading group will meet Wednesday evening, May 9, 7 p.m., at the library. The book will be Colin Woodard’s “The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier.”

Beginning more than a decade before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the story weaves in the many competing interests that have contended here over the centuries. The author was born and raised in Maine and now lives in Portland.

Please join us for a lively discussion, and to plan further reading. Our first meeting left us all with a greater appreciation of the realities and complexities of the 1775 march to Quebec. We hope the May reading choice will do the same for our understanding of Maine coastal history and current concerns. For more information please call Al Morrison at 655-4548.

Town Meeting

The town of Raymond will hold its Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 19. We encourage our patrons to attend and support their library. Once again, delicious lunch choices will be available, provided by volunteers from the Raymond Village Library.

Library Hours for May

The library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in celebration of Memorial Day.

The library will close at 4 p.m. on May 20 and May 27.

Book Group

The Book Group will meet at the library on May 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book,

“The Painted Drum” by Louise Erdrich. The book will be available at the library and new members are always welcome. For more information, please call Jane at 655-5354.

Raymond Shopping Day

Shop and support the Raymond Village Library on June 2! Look for the sign in the window of your local participating businesses in Raymond and help support the library’s efforts to expand the book collection and programming activities for the entire family. A percentage of the store earnings on that day will go directly to the library. Go shopping, pick up your dry cleaning, have lunch with friends and family while supporting the library at the same time.

The following businesses will be participating: Auto Werke, Chipman Farms, Community Pharmacy, Cottage Industries, Cricket’s Corner, Danielle’s Sebago Diner, Hole in the Wall Gallery, J.C. Mobility, Lake Region Wireless/Cingular, Raymond Laundry, Raymond Village Florist, Sebago Signworks, Sebago Pirate’s Galley, Sebago Lake Marina/Port Harbor Marine, Subs & Wraps, Tailfeathers Upland Store, The Good Life Market, Ultimate Hair and Tanning Salon.

Annual Plant and Paperback Book Sale

This annual event will be held on Saturday, June 16 beginning at 7 a.m. During the next few weeks, as you are spring-cleaning and gardening, please keep your library in mind. To make this fundraiser and our annual summer book sale a big success, your donations are greatly appreciated: New and gently used books, videos, DVDs, audios and puzzles. For more information, please contact Library Director Barbara Thorpe at 655-4283. For the plant sale: Perennials, annuals and houseplants. For further information, please contact one of the following people; Susan Rehm at 655-1010; Jane at 655-5354; Irene at 655-4711.


Volunteerism seems to be habit-forming. “Try it, you might like it,” could be its motto. Charlie Hewson, entering her 20th year as a Raymond Village Library volunteer, which includes serving on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer, explains that she has volunteered for many other groups, such as the Audubon Society and an art leading library. She also shared her enthusiasm and expertise for skiing by helping with the children’s school skiing programs.

Charlie feels that when people volunteer, they make a commitment and should treat it as a job, being reliable, consistent and doing their best. Her favorite part at the library is working at the front desk, meeting and helping the members of her community. She especially enjoys working when the “little ones” have their programs. She has watched the babies become toddlers, pre-schoolers and then students.

Charlie says that while volunteering at the library, she gets to laugh a lot, enjoy the people and that Barbara, the director, keeps her jobs varied and interesting. She encourages others to try it …they just might like it.

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