Full Programs & Events

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

May 13 - August 27, 2017

Sumptuous fabrics, vibrant colors and textures, masses of elaborate trims - all are defining elements of fashionable Victorian women's clothing. Nineteenth-century designers had very definite ideas of what constituted beauty, and these concepts had a widespread impact on art and design. Embellishments in Victorian Fashion focuses on how nineteenth-century aesthetics influenced women's clothing design and construction. It features fifty garments from five institutions in Maine and New Hampshire.

Friday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.

How Victorians Got So Fancy will be the final program in our Embellishments in Victorian Fashion summer exhibit. In this program, guest curator Astrida Shaeffer will focus on the silvery grey 1870s day dress made and owned by Celestia Freeman of Somersworth, New Hampshire. Freeman was the wife of a mill overseer who likely saw this dress as a way of marking her status in the new community she moved to with her husband. Schaeffer will use Freeman's well preserved dress to explore the development of the sewing machine, the importance of pre-made patterns, and the effects of the fashion magazine industry.

September 15, 22 & 29
Fridays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

We welcome our very youngest library patrons (up to 18 months) every Friday morning for baby bounces, songs, and stories in the Deering Room, with social and play time afterwards. This program stimulates language development and increases your baby's capacity for learning. Deering Room, Dyer Library

September 14, 21 & 28
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

This special program for kids 18 months to three years old includes finger plays, songs, sign language, movement and stories with social time for parents and play time for children afterwards. Through repetition and fun challenges toddlers learn speech and listening skills. Make it part of your routine and join us every Thursday morning! Deering Room, Dyer Library

September 12, 19 & 26
3-4 p.m.

Calling children of all ages who love Legos! Join the after school lego club to create and build. Legos are provided. Children aged 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

September 12, 19 & 26
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Bring your 3-5-year-old preschooler to the library every Tuesday morning for a reading adventure! This program involves children's literature, songs, and a craft project and is designed to help children develop early social and behavioral skills essential for schooling. Deering Room, Dyer Library

Pokemon League
August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, September 14, 21 & 28

The Pokemon League meets Thursday evenings 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Deering Room.

A Pokemon League provides a nearby place for you to get together with other fans of the Pokemon Trading Card Game and have some fun. Using your own cards you can play, trade, and even earn cool prizes! The best part is that you can do all this with other Pokemon players who love collecting and playing just as much as you do.

September 5
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Join us for this book club at the Dyer Library that takes place after work! Contact Cheryl Spaulding, ext. 104 for the latest title.
Deering Room, Dyer Library

August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, September 7, 14, 21 & 28
Drop in anytime Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Knit, crochet, embroider, hook rugs--just bring yourself and your latest project! Deering Room, Dyer Library

August 16, September 20
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Open to all who love to read and talk! Contact Chris at the Reference Desk for this month's book. Deering Room, Dyer Library

August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, September 6, 13, 20 & 27
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced watercolorist, bring your paints to the Deering Room of the Dyer Library on Wednesday mornings. Learn new techniques or practice old ones with famed Saco Watercolorist Judith Kinsman. PRE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED. These classes are available in four-week sessions, $70 per session with a Dyer Library card or $75 without. To register contact zoebthomas@sacomuseum.org or (207) 283-3861 ext. 115.
Deering Room, Dyer Library

September 13, 20 & 27
Join us on Wednesdays for after school "lounge", where tweens and teens can be themselves. A safe and fun space for homework, socializing and/or participating in various group activities. Drop in for ten minutes for stay for an hour.

Little Builders
August 3 & 10
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. for ages 4 and under

Come join us for a playing and building program. Play with Mega Bloks and Duplo blocks while socializing and making new friends!

All Ages Story Time
Friday August 4 & 11 10:00 a.m.

The children's room staff uses a combination of their expertise in baby, toddler, and preschool story times to present a fun story time for all ages full of songs, movement and stories!

The Story that Made Mark Twain Famous
Tuesday September 19 6:30 p.m.

Kristin Krause will share the story behind her book "Last Voyage of the Hornet: The Story that Made Mark Twain Famous". "Last Voyage" tells the true story of Maine native Captain Josiah Mitchell whose clipper ship burned in the Pacific in 1866. The crew were forced to flee in small boats. The Hornet's crew traveled 4,300 miles to safety, a feat unequaled in maritime history. Through it all, Captain Mitchell and two passengers kept daily diaries.
When they reached Hawaii, a down and out young reporter named Samuel Clemens interviewed the crew. His story was telegraphed across the country and around the world launching his career as Mark Twain.

The author has three years experience as a crew member on tall ships. Kristin has sailed Maine windjammers, 12 meter racing yachts, and historical replicas not unlike the Hornet.

Conjuring Carroll Buildings Block Magic Show
August 8th 3:00 p.m.

Magician Conjuring Carroll will perform a spectacular magic show for kids of all ages. This show will be the finale for our summer reading program "Building a Better World".

Cupcake Decorating Wars
August 11th 1:00 p.m.

Ages 10 and up. *Registration required*(Register at the Children's Room Desk)

Snacks in the Stacks
Wednesday August 2nd & 9th at 3 p.m.

Nancy Beaulieu from the Eat Well Nutrition program at the UMaine Coop Extension will lead hands on demonstrations on making delicious easy, and healthy snacks to help build a better you!