Join us at: Merrill Memorial Library 215 Main Street Yarmouth, ME on Saturday, August 4th from 3pm to 4:30pm Abdi Iftin is a naturally gifted speaker. His stories have been featured on various radio and television stations; most recently on CNN. Abdi’s story was one of 60 Peabody finalists in 2015. Abdi’s stories are personal…

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As the school year comes to a close, I always look forward to getting the required summer reading lists from the area school.  I never fail to discover a fascinating book that would have escaped my notice if it hadn’t been on the list.  The summer reading lists for 2018 did not disappoint.  Here are…

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Did you know there is a salmon hatchery at Yarmouth Elementary? Did you know that an underwater robotics program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research is coming to Harrison Middle School? Have you heard about the printmaking press at Yarmouth High School? These are just a few of the exciting initiatives that would…

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A few years ago I brought home the graphic novel, El Deafo by Cece Bell.  I was looking for something different to read to the kids.  El Deafo is an autobiography in which Cece tells the story about going deaf as a young girl in the 70s.  It was my first experience with a graphic…

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Still looking for the perfect gifts for those hard-to-please people on your list? Don’t worry, head to Royal River Books! Here are 10 good reasons to make sure there are lots of books under the tree this year! 1. Books are easy to wrap. 2. Books don’t need batteries. 3. Books don’t hurt when you…

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Whenever there is a vacant store front on Main Street in Yarmouth I hear, “I wish someone would open a gift shop”. I like what that says about our community. It would appear that the lovely folks that live here and visit here enjoy giving gifts and would like more gift giving options. While I…

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If you have stopped by the bookstore this summer, you have probably noticed some new faces behind the counter and a new four legged friend greeting you at the door.  We were very sad to lose two wonderful staff members early in the summer.  Leslie has relocated to Massachusetts and Becky (and Sunny) are pursuing…

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Since June is crazy with the school year ending and graduations, I started to wonder whose idea it was to put Father’s Day on the third Sunday of the month.  I looked on Wikipedia and found that in 1915 Mr. Harry Meek determined that Father’s Day should be on his birthday, which was the third…

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I would often see my friend Sarah Day’s children reaching into adorable, homemade snack bags with a smile on their face.  I, on the other hand, buy a lot of individually packaged snack food.  For some reason I feel like it is better than wasting ziplock bags? I wanted to feature more locally made products…

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When Kara, a lovely woman who lives here in Yarmouth, suggested that I might try selling socks at Royal River Books my immediate reaction was, “Socks??” with a puzzled expression on my face.  Then I noticed the socks that were in her hand and immediately fell in love with the baby seals with bow ties…

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