Upcoming Book Club Author Chats

Weld Public Library

Thursday May 30th at 6:00pm:

Patricia O'Donnell

Wilton Author Patricia O’Donnell will join us as we discuss her book The Vigilance of Stars.

The Vigilance of Stars

The Vigilance of Stars, a novel set in Portland and on a lake in central Maine, was chosen by Lily King to be one of two books read by participants in the Maine Humanities Council’s “Read ME” summer program.”

“A literary treat” that will “resonate with readers long after the telling.” (Maine Sunday Telegram)

Patricia will also be promoting her new book A Symmetry Of Husbands, nominated for the Maya Angelou Book Award!

A Symmetry of Husbands

A Symmetry of Husbands probes the jealousy and betrayal that hide in a life-long friendship. The novel takes its title from a poem read by Douglas Adams at the funeral of his wife Megan, who has died from complications of MS. He also reads, “Grief wrongs us so. I stand, and wait, and cry for the absurd forgiveness, not knowing why.” Abigail, Megan’s friend and caretaker on Boston’s North Shore, has an idea why Douglas might ask for Megan’s forgiveness. It’s the reason Abigail herself might also ask forgiveness of both Megan and of Abigail’s husband, James; neither Megan nor James knew about the affair between Douglas and Abigail. In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, as Abigail grieves for her friend and worries about the dangers of a Trump presidency, she becomes suspicious of the circumstances of her friend’s death. Perhaps Douglas—and Abigail herself—need forgiveness for more than she previously knew.”

For more information about the author or to order books, please visit https://www.patriciaodonnell.org/

Thursday, June 30th at 6:00pm:

Kate McBrien

Revisiting Malaga. Our March Book Club Choice was This Other Eden by Paul Harding. Our guest speaker will be Maine State Archivist Kate McBrien with more factual information on what really happened on Malaga Island, Maine.

Kate McBrien currently serves as Maine State Archivist, overseeing Maine State Government’s archives and records management programs. As curator of the award winning exhibition “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives”, Kate is also an historian for the Malaga Island community. She previously held positions as Chief Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Maine Historical Society and as the Curator of Historic Collections for The Maine State Museum.

Malaga Island Program by Kate McBrien

Wish List for the Library

Library Wish List

Supporting the Library can happen in many ways. As a small Library with limited resources, just donating some items on our wish list can really help! Here are some items we need now that would benefit and enhance the operation of the Library:

Big Item:

Kohler 10RESVL-100LC12 10kW Home Standby Generator System (100A Indoor 12-Circuit Switch) or Generac 10KW Automatic Backup Generator with Transfer Switch.

Smaller Items:

  • White exterior paint for the shutters and trim.
  • Paint brushes
  • Keurig K-Express Single Serve Coffee Maker
  • 5 foot step ladder with handles
  • Outside push broom
  • Garden or leaf rake
  • Outside hose holder
  • Postage Stamps
  • New comfy chair for the reading area
  • Glass dome for our rare bird
  • Frame for old handwritten note about the Library that is on display
  • Non perishable items for the food pantry

For specifics or any questions, please stop by the Library or call Wendy at 207-585-2439.

For additional ways to support the Library, please visit our support page.

Thank you!

Book Club Author chat with Saskia Reinholt

Weld Public Library

The Book Club will meet Thursday April 25th at the Weld Free Public Library at 6:00 PM.

Saskia Reinholt, Executive Director of the High Peaks Creative Council, will discuss her book Legacy: The Barn Quilt Trail in Maine’s High Peaks.

Featured in The Daily Bulldog, this wonderful book features the design and history of barn quilts in Franklin and Somerset Counties, with excellent photos by Cynthia and John Orcutt, a forward by Governor Janet Mills, and an introduction by Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma.

The book will be available for purchase at the Library.

legacy the barn quilt trail in maines high peaks

The Library will be upgraded with a Barn Quilt. We are now accepting donations for this project. Online: Via PayPal, Check or Cash. If donating online or by check, please indicate in the notes section that your donation is for the Barn Quilt Project.

At the May 4th Barn Quilt session at the Weld Town Hall, There will be an area for the Library Barn Quilt to be Worked on. This is a Community Project, so even if you aren’t making a barn quilt of your own, please feel free to stop in and work on a section. Anyone already signed up for the session is welcome to work on the quilt.

The pattern is to be determined. We are in the idea process for the design, and open to suggestions. The size will be 3’x3′ or a 4’x4′ and hang on the left side of the library (new parking lot side).

March Newsletter

WFPL-March 2024

Our “Little Library that Could”, the Weld Free Public Library, is off to a wonderful start to 2024!

Our Book Club is back and has already met twice, chatting about the Authenticity Project and Leap Year.  

We are meeting again Thursday, March 28th to discuss This Other Eden…..at 6pm at the Library.

It is great fun! Last meeting, we enjoyed some trivia and treats!

We’ve invited the toddlers and young adults to come in and scavenger hunt for a book and some prizes this spring!

 In April, we will host the Great North American SOLAR ECLIPSE at Center Hill, in conjunction with State Park Ranger, Casey.

Look for OUR COFFEE with….series coming up and, as always, please join us online at our website for more information.

MAY brings up a Barn Quilting extravaganza, where we will be creating one for the exterior of the Library and then go on the ‘trail map’ of Maine, where we will be a part of the series of Barn Quilts to find around the state – looking for donations to support the materials for making the barn quilt – you can do that on line at our website!

Every penny helps to keep our Library a place of Lifelong Learning and the centerpiece of our community!

Thank you for your continued support!You can find flyers for our events right on our website!

Ina Toth

President Board of Trustees

Weld Free Public Library

Solar Eclipse Viewing


You are cordially invited to join in on viewing the Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8th at 3:00pm. You will be able to grab a pair of viewing glasses courtesy of the Weld Free Public Library, and watch it with us at the top of Center Hill near the Yurt at Mt. Blue State Park. Refreshments will be available.

A total solar eclipse takes place at the Moon’s ascending node between 3:24 to 3: 38pm, lasting approximately 2 minutes and 24 seconds in Maine, specifically Weld.

For more information: call the Weld Free Public Library at 585-2439 during open hours.

Printable Flyer Below:

Tumbledown Conservation Alliance

The Tumbledown Conservation Alliance has just launched a new website for their very important mission. https://tumbledown.org/

Please visit their new site to see the history of the organization and the amazing successes and impact of the project. Enjoy the stunning photos, extensive resources, important links, and the support and donation opportunities.

Tumbledown Brook Trail Announcement

The Bureau of Parks and Lands is applying for Land and Water Conservation Fund grant awards for repair of the lower part of the Brook Trail.

The Bureau needs letters of support from the community. Please help by following the directions in the attached letter pictured above. Public support is needed for the BPL to apply for LWCF grants.

Please help the BPL for this much needed project to insure the future sustainability of the popular and much used Tumbledown Brook Trail.

Please follow the instructions carefully. Printing and scanning can be done at the Weld Public Library.

Email your letter of support to: [email protected]

Winter Fun Day at Mt. Blue State Park, Saturday, Feb 3, 2024

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Ice Skating! Skis, Boots, and Skates will be available. Sliding and Tote Sled rides on Center Hill. Nature Displays and a Nature Walk at 11:00 AM. Guided History Tour, Winter Camping Display. Make S’Mores and enjoy Hot Chocolate and Coffee! Children under 12 are Free! 299 Center Hill Rd, see map below. Call 207-585-2261 for more information.

Winter Fun Day at Mt Blue State Park 2024