Member Ginger Graham and Friends of Bangor Public Library want readers to know its annual BPL Book Sale is May 8-9, and the Friends “need books, and we need volunteers,” to help make that event a success, Graham wrote.

Books can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the library, 145 Harlow St.

“Books should be in good condition,” Graham said, adding that since “certain books just do not sell and wind up having to be hauled away after the sale,” the Friends request you do not donate “textbooks, condensed books, encyclopedias or sets” of books such as “Time/Life or Horizons.”

Setup begins May 4, Graham wrote, and the Friends “need help sorting books the week before and also during the sale on Saturday.”

“If you can help, or need help delivering books,” she continued, call the library at 947-8336.

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If you happen to be in the area, Elizabeth Clayton reports you can drop in and watch members of the Eastern Maine Community College faculty and staff challenging members of the EMCC varsity basketball teams in a game to benefit UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

The game is at 5:30 p.m. today in Johnson Gym on the college’s Bangor campus.

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Through Wednesday, April 22, reports Deanna Partridge of Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor, you are invited “to view and/or purchase stylized dinner and dessert plates” during a pottery exhibit and sale featuring items made by HSSC members.

You can view the exhibit 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at HSSC, 2 Hammond St.

The exhibit and sale will conclude with a Spring Harbinger Garden Tea at noon Thursday, April 23, at HSSC, and those who purchase plates will automatically receive a ticket to the tea.

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Marlene Doucette, president of the Orono Historical Society, invites you to join OHS members in “celebrating the 200th birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin,” who served as Lincoln’s vice president during his first term in office.

That celebration will take place during a spring program at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Orono Town Council chambers at 59 Main St.

The featured guest will be Hannibal Hamlin portrayer Richard Newcomb.

Birthday cake and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Doucette at 866-2597.

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Judy Vardamis reports that, for the first time, Maine Public Broadcasting Network will offer simultaneous bidding, on television and on the Internet, for all auction items during its Great TV Auction, April 23-26 and April 28-May 3.

You can bid online at auction.mpbn.net or by calling 800-322-1312 during the live broadcast, which you can view live at www.mpbn.net.

Auction items range from $35 gift certificates to a 2009 Toyota Prius Hybrid donated by New England Toyota dealers.

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Delainie Farnham e-mailed information about a fundraiser for her brother “who has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.”

The Harmony Hill Bluegrass Band is featured in a benefit for Tracy Burrill at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Sebec 4 Corners, 676 Milo Road, Sebec.

Admission is by donation, and the benefit includes a 50-50 raffle for a $100 gas card.

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A returnable bottle drop box, built and donated by Fred Kircheis with a sign by Jeanne Savoy of DaVinci Signs, is located on the grounds of Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel.

Residents are encouraged to drop their returnables there to help fund the library expansion to include a children’s reading room, a librarian work station and restroom.