Aug
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

World In Your Library: THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND MAINE with Jim Melcher

The wild 2016 presidential election and its aftermath refocused attention on the Electoral College method of choosing presidents the United States has used since the 18th century. No other part of the U. S. Constitution has been the subject of as many proposals for reform or removal as the Electoral College has, and unofficially it confuses more people than any other Constitutional element, too. University of Maine political science professor Jim Melcher will shed light on the Electoral College with a special focus on Maine's role. Among the questions Dr. Melcher will address are:
- Why do we have the Electoral College, and how does it work?

- Why, and how, does Maine deal differently with it than most states do? 
- How has Maine's presidential vote changed over time? 
- Is Maine's "district plan" method of picking presidential electors a good model for other states and the nation? What will happen and should happen to the Electoral College? 
The talk is free and open to the public. 

Jim Melcher is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington. 

Jim Melcher was born and raised in Madison, WI, one of America’s most politically active cities. His undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Geography are a reflection of his strong interest in the interactions between American politics, geography and history. He went on to write his doctoral dissertation on state political parties at the University of Minnesota, and was the last doctoral student of legendary parties scholar Frank Sorauf. He’s taught at UMF since 1999 and teaches a wide range of courses on American politics, government and political thought. He also serves as pre-law adviser. He has become known throughout the University of Maine system for his work on the Maine Public Policy Scholars program, and has become a frequent “voice of the University” in his numerous interviews as a political expert with media both within and outside Maine. He has presented papers and served on panels at numerous national and regional political science conventions, published in multiple political science journals, and is the author of a chapter in the book Electoral College Reform on Maine and Nebraska's use of the district plan for elector selection. Copies of this chapter are available at the library or can be downloaded here. Jim and his wife Nancy Finnegan live in Augusta, ME.

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Aug
24
12:30pm12:30pm

Writing Group

The library’s writing group will continue to meet during the summer months. The summer sessions will be capably led by various members of the writing group. They spend each meeting sharing, free writing exercises, and discussing ways to improve their craft. New members and summer visitors are always welcome.

The writing group is proud to announce that the collection of their 9/11 Memories was recently accepted to be part of the archives of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. A special thanks to Bob Spencer who did much of the work that made this possible. A copy of these essays is also available at our library.

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Aug
26
8:00am 8:00am

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Kathleen Moulton

A great way to start the weekend! Join Kathleen for an offering of gentle to moderate vinyasa flow poses.

Blend of Iyengar style and Yin style Restorative Yoga. These styles use a variety of props to support the student while they are guided into the postures linking the use of breath to discover a sense of relaxation while releasing tension in the body.

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Aug
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yin and Restorative Yoga with Kathleen Moulton

Blend of Iyengar style and Yin style Restorative Yoga. These styles use a variety of props to support the student while they are guided into the postures linking the use of breath to discover a sense of relaxation while releasing tension in the body.

All yoga classes are taught by Kathleen Moulton, LMT, CYT . Classes are offered by donation. If you would like to be notified of cancellations you may sign up at: lovellbrooksideyoga@gmail.com.

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Aug
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

The World In Your Library: RACE AND MASS INCARCERATION

Dr. Leroy M. Rowe received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. Professor Rowe’s research and teaching interests focus on the social and political experiences of African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality.

His current book project seeks to document and explain the relationship between black families and state institutions through the lens of the familial and institutional experiences of African American delinquent girls who were committed at the State Industrial Home for Negro Girls at Tipton, Missouri.

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Sep
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

The World In Your Library: INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Sherri Mitchell was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, magna cum laude and received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Sherri has been an advocate for Indigenous Rights for more than 20 years.

Sherri will talk about the need for developing unity with Indigenous Rights movements, centering on our shared connection to the Earth and our interdependence with one another and the entire structure of life. 

She was a participant in both the American Indian Ambassador program, and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship program. In 2010, she received the Mahoney Dunn International Human Rights and Humanitarian Award, for research into Human Rights violations against Indigenous Peoples, and she is the 2015 recipient of the Spirit of Maine Award, for commitment and excellence in the field of International Human Rights. Sherri was a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Healing the Future Program and currently serves as an advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America. She is also a prolific writer, her work has been included in countless journal, anthologies and publications. And, she speaks and teaches on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice and building nonviolent action across the United States and Canada.    

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Aug
21
10:00am10:00am

Adult Book Discussion with Sue Lanser

Once again Sue Lanser will lead us in our monthly book discussion. Our August selection is A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace by Nao Baum.  Baum’s deeply personal memoir recounts her journey from girlhood in post-Holocaust Israel to her adult encounter with “the other.”  She captures the drama of a nation at war and her discovery of humanity in the enemy.  Ms. Lanser will be able to competentlyguide the participants in a discussion of this memoir, because of her many visits to the Middle East and her study of the conflict.  The library has a few available books. Note the different time of the meeting on Monday, August 21 @ 10 AM! 

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Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

42nd Arts and Artisans Fair at New Suncook School

The Lovell Arts and Artisans Fair is a long running, fine arts juried fair.  Now in its 42nd year, the Fair brings craftsmen skilled in all types of artwork to the New Suncook School in Lovell, Maine.  Always the third Saturday in August, this annual event is held to benefit the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library in Lovell.

With a judging of work as a prerequisite for entry, it is a very high quality show.   You will find pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, fiber arts, herbal products, floor cloths, wooden kitchenware, and more. 

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Aug
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

GLLT Family Program: Maine's Largest Woodpecker

Maine's Largest Woodpecker: The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker found in the woods of North America. From beak to tail they can measure 16 to 19 inches. Their excavated holes are rectangular instead of the round holes made by other woodpeckers, and can be so extensive that other birds use them as well. Join Bonny Boatman for a closer look at this magnificent bird.

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Aug
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yin & Restorative Yoga with Kathleen Moulton

Restorative Yoga postures help to relieve the effects of stress. Through the use of props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, chairs and the wall a completely supportive environment for total relaxation is created. Participants will be guided through a progressive series of supported postures. Each posture has a variety of benefits. While supported in these postures the student will be given guidance to explore the body and breath and learn the art of relaxation for body and mind.

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Aug
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Showing of Michael Moore's movie: 'Where to Invade Next?'

Greater Lovell Indivisible (GLI) is showing Michael Moore's 2015 movie: Where to Invade Next?

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, filmmaker Michael Moore playfully 'invades' them to see what they have to offer. He examines how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues. Through his travels, we discover how different America is from the rest of the world.

GLI is a newly formed group whose mission is 'to advocate for governance that reflects the values of social, economic and environmental justice.'

The movie is free of charge and everyone is invited.

 

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Aug
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

GLLT Family Program: Wild Turkeys are More than Just Big Chickens

Wild Turkeys are More than Just Big Chickens: Have you noticed all the Wild Turkeys strutting about our woodlands? That’s because they have made a remarkable comeback from near extinction and now number in the millions. Did you know that you can distinguish a turkey’s sex by the shape of its poop? Bonny Boatman will provide a lighthearted pictorial tour of facts and stories about this ubiquitous creature with which we share our outdoor space.

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Aug
10
12:30pm12:30pm

Writing Group

The library’s writing group will continue to meet during the summer months. The summer sessions will be capably led by various members of the writing group. They spend each meeting sharing, free writing exercises, and discussing ways to improve their craft. New members and summer visitors are always welcome.

The writing group is proud to announce that the collection of their 9/11 Memories was recently accepted to be part of the archives of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. A special thanks to Bob Spencer who did much of the work that made this possible. A copy of these essays is also available at our library.

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Aug
2
10:00am10:00am

Tai chi with Pam Katz

This six week Tai chi class started on July 5 and will run through August 9. Class will cost $8.00 an hour.

Pam Katz has been studying sun style tai chi for 20 years and has been teaching for twelve years. “Every time I practice, I still feel that I am improving and many times I am learning something new.” All ages welcome.

There are many styles of Tai chi but we will learn and practice sun style, which is recommended by the American Arthritis Association, and others, as the least stressful on the joints. It is definitely known to improve balance. Some other positive benefits may include muscle strength and coordination, concentration and improved memory. It also may reduce arthritic pain and improve cardiac function.

Pam Katz has been studying sun style tai chi for 20 years and has been teaching for twelve years. “Every time I practice, I still feel that I am improving and many times I am learning something new.” All ages welcome.

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Jul
27
12:30pm12:30pm

Writing Group

The library’s writing group will continue to meet during the summer months. The summer sessions will be capably led by various members of the writing group. They spend each meeting sharing, free writing exercises, and discussing ways to improve their craft. New members and summer visitors are always welcome.

The writing group is proud to announce that the collection of their 9/11 Memories was recently accepted to be part of the archives of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. A special thanks to Bob Spencer who did much of the work that made this possible. A copy of these essays is also available at our library.

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Jul
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Pizza and Book Discussion Party for age 10 and up

On Friday July 21 at 5 pm we will have a very special built-your-own pizza and book review party for children 10 and up and their families. We will have a portable wood fired oven from Fly-Away-Farm in the backyard in which we will bake your own pizza. The book we will discuss is ‘The Island of Beyond’. This book takes place on an island in a Maine lake. We are very excited that author Elizabeth Atkinson will join us. Books are available at the library. Sign –up required. Parents welcome too!

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