HAMPDEN — As part of its grand opening at 57 Western Ave., Katahdin Trust Co. will partner with the Edythe Dyer Community Library to provide the funding for a new initiative, the Story Slam Series.
The series of Story Slams will launch on Wednesday, Oct. 5, with local high school students creating and presenting theme-driven stories based on personal incidents in their lives.
The competition will consist of four preliminary sessions and a Grand Slam that will include the winner of each preliminary session. All sessions will be held at the Edythe Dyer Community Library. Up to 10 participants who reside within SAD 22 — Hampden, Newburgh and Winterport — will be permitted per session, with the writers allowed five minutes to tell their stories.
The grand prize will be $1,000, with four preliminary prizes of $500 awarded. Themes will be “Friends” on Oct. 5; “Oops” on Oct. 19; “Stormy” on Nov. 2; “Vacation” on Nov. 16; with the Grand Slam theme of “Gifts” on Nov. 30. A panel of judges will determine the preliminary and grand-prize winners. The prizes will be awarded after each session.
“This is a unique and fun-filled concept,” said Hampden branch manager Sunny Somers. “We hope that area high school students will eagerly participate in the program.” Each session also will feature refreshments, with friends and family members of participants encouraged to attend.
“A vibrant public library is an essential element in the quality of life of a community,” said Katahdin Trust Co. President and CEO Jon Prescott. “The Edythe Dyer Community Library, we hope, will benefit from our donations. At the same time, our new customers will benefit from discovering a unique and responsive brand of banking.”
“On behalf of everyone who is affiliated with or is a patron of the Edythe Dyer Community Library, we thank Katahdin Trust Co. for their active participation in support of our work,” said Debbie Lozito, library director. “It’s refreshing to see a new corporate citizen in Hampden step forward with a willingness to enhance the lives of everyone in our area.”
The sponsorship reflects the bank’s legacy of commitment to investing in the communities it serves, according to Prescott. The bank will donate $25 for each new account opened at its new office in Hampden, up to a total of $10,000.
Somers said, “We are proud to announce our working relationship with the library, as the Story Slam program is one which can be entertaining to virtually everyone in the community.”