Summer Reading Program
Are you ready to explore the world? Children can experience globe-trotting adventures when they “book” a trip with the 2011 Summer Reading Program at Bangor Public Library. The library has a new program every day with guest speakers, stories, songs, games, crafts and other activities on Wednesdays, June 22 to the finale on Aug. 5.
The Summer Reading Program is open free to young people from birth through fifth grade. Children may sign up as a reader, listener or both. Registration begins June 22. Register at the Children’s Desk or online at http://www.bpl.lb.me.us. Stay local while going global and discover a world of fun.
A complete schedule of all events this summer is available by contacting the library at 947-8336 or online.
Helping young women
The Shepherd’s Godparent Home celebrated its 10th anniversary recently with a barbecue and a mortgage-burning ceremony.
The Shepherd’s Godparent Home is a not-for-profit residential maternity home in Bangor. Through donations from the community, the home has been able to pay off its mortgage and now is debt-free. More than 50 young women have been housed and given an opportunity to give life to their newborns, officials said.
Bay Festival visitor
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced recently that the U.S. Navy has committed to sending the USS John L. Hall, FFG-32, to visit Bucksport during the 2011 Bucksport Bay Festival. The senator wrote to the Navy last October to request this visit.
“The Bucksport Bay Festival is a wonderful annual event,” said Collins. “Maine is home to many supporters of the U.S. Navy, and I am delighted that the Navy has agreed to my request to honor our state with this port visit.”
The USS John L. Hall was built at Bath Iron Works and launched on July 24, 1981. Based in Mayport, Fla., it is an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate and was the 11th ship in that class built by BIW.
Ships in the Oliver Hazard Perry class are 445 feet long. Their speed is 29-plus knots, or 33.4 miles an hour, and they carry 17 officers and 198 enlisted personnel.
The Navy also has also agreed to send ships to Boothbay Harbor during Windjammer Days later this month, to Eastport for the Fourth of July celebration and to Rockland during the Maine Lobster Festival in August.
Summer Read Program
Children ages 1-14 are encouraged to sign up for a fun-filled Summer Read Program, “One World, Many Stories,” at Simpson Memorial Library, 8 Plymouth Road. The kickoff will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Golden Harvest Grange, Route 2, with special guest Jordan Benissan, a master drummer originally from Togo, West Africa.
Weekly activities will be held 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 21-Aug. 2, at Simpson Memorial Library. Summer Read Program participants will take part in Carmel Days on Aug. 6, with a float in the parade. For information, contact librarian Becky Ames at 848-7145.
The Corinth Historical Society will sponsor a self-guided garden tour 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, starting with the outdoor miniature Dow Village at Corinth Historical Society Museum, 306 Main St.
At the museum, ticket holders will receive a map and directions to eight homes in Corinth with gardens open for tours until 1 p.m. Tickets for the tour only are $8. Proceeds go to Corinth Historical Society Bicentennial projects.
For additional information, email ElizabethLaforge@myfairpoint.net or call 285-7316.