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Dear Bremen Library Patrons,

Well, here we are, closing in on the last month of 2023 - hard to believe! These past months have seen growth in library programming and patrons, and it is wonderful to report that all 500 wreaths sold at the Bremen Library Wreath Sale last weekend! My heartfelt thanks go out to the Wreath Committee, the volunteer decorators and all the patrons who purchased our wares. It may seem hard to believe in this day and age that our non-profit community library depends on an “old-fashioned” holiday sale of this sort to generate a large portion of our operating budget, but it does. What a wonderful way to end the calendar year and look ahead to 2024 knowing our library is so loved. It is my pleasure to be its steward. Have a wonderful December.


Kristen Budlong, Director

(207) 529-5572

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Tuesday 10-3

Wednesday 10-7

Thursday 10-7

Friday 10-3

Saturday 9-12

*The library will be closed December 23rd*

New Fiction Titles for December

Alex Cross Must Die, by James Patterson

A Christmas Vanishing, by Anne Perry

The Edge, by David Baldacci

Inheritance, by Nora Roberts

The Land of Lost Things, by John Connolly

The Little Liar, by Mitch Albom

Murder at the Merton Library, by Andrea Penrose

The Mystery Guest, by Nita Prose

Resurrection Walk, by Michael Connelly

Robert B. Parker’s Broken Trust, by Mike Lupica

So Late in the Day, by Claire Keegan

New Non Fiction Titles for December

Class, by Stephanie Land

The Last Outlaws, by Tom Clavin

Scandinavian from Scratch, by Nichole Accettola (beautiful cookbook!)

Up in the Air: Ethiopia 1964-1966, by Dick Koubek

*A special thank you to the local author for donating a copy of this book to the library

New Children’s Titles for December

The Princess in Black, by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (first 3 in the series)

Red and Green, by Lois Ehlert

(lovely holiday picture book)

There Are No Moose on This Island!,

By Stephanie Calmenson and Jennifer Thermes

*Don’t forget we have an extensive magazine collection to suit all kinds of interests*

Bremen Library offers passes to the following Maine attractions:

-Maine Maritime Museum

-Maine State Park Vehicle Pass

-Portland Museum of Art

-Boothbay Railway Village

-Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine

-Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Closed until May)

-Farnsworth Art Museum


Book Club December 7 @ 2:30 (Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan)

Homework Club Wednesdays, 3-5pm Local elementary students are welcome to come to the library for homework help, quiet reading, puzzles, coloring, etc. Drop-off via caregiver or the Great Salt Bay school bus gets the kids here and a prompt pick-up by a caregiver at 5pm is expected. Snacks provided - come join the fun!


Story Time Thursdays @ 10:30 am *12/21 is Music Hour with Miss Tish!*

Tech Time w/Caleb P. TBD - will send a town-wide email out

Tech Class with National Digital Equity Center:

-Understanding Cloud Library Wednesday, December 13, 10-11am Join our instructor, Marci, as she gives a great hands-on overview about using the Maine State Library’s digital subscription service to 1000s of eBooks and audio books. Cloud Library is free to every resident in Maine who has a local library membership. Bring your device or borrow one here. Call or email Kristen to enroll, or click HERE to sign up yourself.

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SALE! Thursday, December 14 - Friday, December 22 during library hours A variety of Maine craftspeople will be selling their wares for that perfect last minute gift!

Other Information and Links of Interest

*DO YOU HAVE AN OVERDUE BOOK? If so, please return! There are a number of hardcover books purchased over the year that have gone home with some folks and not made their way back to the library shelves - please return anything you may have that belongs to Bremen Library. And then check out something new - So. Much. To. Read!

*There is a place to drop your favorite holiday cookie recipe in the library if you feel like sharing! It’s a give-a-recipe-take-a-recipe kind of thing. (Copier available, too, so everyone can get the recipe they want but leave it for someone else to borrow)…the display of baking cookbooks leads the way to the recipe box!

*Are you a fan of Jon Byrer’s “puddle paintings” that were hanging in the library gallery during November? If so, he is having an Open Studio on Saturday, December 2 from 11am-4pm at 120 S Long Swamp Rd, Jackson, ME 04921. You can check out his website HERE.

*The LGBT+ Men’s Group of the Midcoast (OUTXABOUT) is hosting a Holiday Card Writing Party on December 6 from 5:30-7pm in the library gallery. All are invited!

*It’s almost time for Senior Coastal College’s Winter Term! Registration for classes opens on January 4, 2024. Click HERE to access the CSC website.

*Tickets are live for 'Plunge for a Purpose' hosted by Bremen and Bristol based Hearty Roots, taking place on New Year's Day at Pemaquid Beach in partnership with Bristol Parks and Rec. Click HERE to register!

The Digital Maine Library is an amazing and FREE resource available through the Maine State Library to all Maine Residents. You can find information on all kinds of topics among the more-than-70 available databases! No sign-in is required - the app geo-authenticates so you have instant access. Click HERE to check it out!


Digital Maine Repository: Click HERE to access this amazing resource!

The DigitalMaine Repository is a partnership of the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives and community institutions around the state. Together, we are committed to providing access to Maine history, ensuring transparency in government, and sharing the stories of the people and places of the Pine Tree State.

(Text taken directly from Digital Maine Library site)

~The library is a symbol of freedom. -Sara Sheridan, author~