Summer Reading Program Children's Book Author/Illustrator Visit: Mary M. Preble

Tuesday, July 9 at 1pm

Mary M. Preble, illustrator and author of five books, has been creating art since she was a little girl. She taught art for twenty-eight years and learned about the Gelli plate as a new medium to teach her students. Creating papers to use in her illustrations and teaching the Gelli plate to many schools and individuals is her passion.

Mary will be doing a collage craft with the children after her presentation.

Summer Reading Program Comic Book Author/Illustrator Visit: Ryan L. Higgins

Wednesday, July 10 at 1pm

“How to Draw Comic Book Characters”:

1 Hour, all-ages but typically grades 3-5

Ryan L. Higgins, the creator of Lazer Brain Comics, will show you step-by-step how to build characters from basic shapes. You’ll begin with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their creation in Dover, NH. Then, meet Ryan's own superhero, the Righteous Red Cat, and discover how to bring her to life on paper.

Want to draw your own favorites? During the last 15-20 minutes, the floor is open for your questions and requests. We'll have a free-draw session where Ryan can help you draw your favorite comic book heroes!

Everything you need is provided – pencils, paper, drawing guides, even a fun activity sheet featuring the characters of Lazer Brain Comics! Just bring your imagination and love for comics. Unleash your inner superhero and let's draw the adventures that await!

Community Concert: Marc Black: Boppa Chua! A History of the 1950’s and 60’s through Popular Song

Sunday, July 14 at 5pm

Marc Black, NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, will be your guide for a trip through those memorable and colorful decades, joyfully woven together in song. This two person show is a multi-media and multi-dimensional presentation in song, storytelling and plenty of laughter. From bobby socks, through the space race, and on to civil rights and classic rock, audiences have found this show to be entertaining, inspirational and even a bit educational. Songs as diverse as Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind lead to spontaneous singing springing up all around the theater.

A Stitchin' Time - Fiber Arts Club

Tuesdays 5-7pm

Attention knitters, crocheters, sewers, embroiderers, and other fiber artists! All skill levels welcome--even if you have no skills (yet!). Bring whatever you're currently working on or a project you want to start. You don't have to be there right at the beginning--drop in any time you're available between 5 and 7pm on Tuesdays. You can even use this time to work on something for the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library's hat, scarf, and mitten drive!


Wednesdays and Sundays at 11am


Join Ms. Emily for stories and songs. Ages 0-5.


New Gloucester Library 4H Group

University of Maine Cooperative Extension conducts the state’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential. Thousands of Maine youth participate annually in projects focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Healthy Lifestyles programs; and Youth Community Action/Engagemet/Leadership.

Extension employees and volunteers are committed to creating positive experiential learning experiences for Maine youth; promoting and helping create positive relationships between youth and adults; creating and supporting positive, inclusive, and safe learning environments; and providing youth with opportunities to experience positive risk-taking challenges and growth.

For more information please call the library at 207-926-4840 or email


Teen Volunteer Corps

Teens help with programming, shelving, and a variety of other library tasks while earning volunteer hours. Ages 12-16.