Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chewonki’s Batmobile Coming to Bowdoinham

Chewonki’s Batmobile Coming to Bowdoinham

Bats are among the most misunderstood mammals on our planet. This hour long program is designed to

ease people’s fears of these fragile creatures and to dispel the myths about them. Please come to the library at a special time, Friday, July 20th from 12-1pm to see the Chewonki Foundation staff present this travelling program.  10 more spaces available.  Call the library to sign up.

The Batmobile

helps students understand the unique nature of bats with slides, touchable specimens, and live

bats. We take you on a journey through the world of bats, looking at their diversity in a variety

of ecosystems. Our live Big Brown Bat provides students with a close look at these gentle

creatures. Due to the sensitive nature of these animals, the live bat may only be viewed for

short periods.


Bats comprise nearly one-quarter of the world’s approximately 4,000 mammal species, yet humans continubig brown bate to fear and misunderstand them. Introducing participants to fruit bats and to our live, nonreleasable Big Brown Bat helps to dispel common myths about these flying mammals. Our engaging slide show illustrates the role of bats in ecosystems from the Maine woods to the South American rain forests. Participants leave the program with an appreciation for the tremendous diversity of bats in the world and for their irreplaceable niche in natural ecosystems.

Author and Illustrator visit the Summer Reading Program

Author and Illustrator visit the Summer Reading Program

Tuesday, July 3, 10am.

Author Lee Francis of Indian Island, Maine will join local Bowdoinham illustrator Susan Drucker to share their new children’s book, Kunu’s Basket. It is the modern story of a Penobscot boy who learns lessons from his grandfather. Lee will share the story, teach us about her people, and show us examples of baskets from this rich tradition.




Susie will share her original sketches and artwork that she made to become illustrations of Lee’s story.  She will tell how she moved from hearing the story to creating the images.  Children will have a chance to ask questions of the author and illustrator, and after that they can do a simple weaving project to take home.

Here is what one reviewer said about Kunu’s Basket.

It’s not just about the enduring nature of
traditional crafts; it also demonstrates the values of patience,
family, and perseverance. It is the sort of book I’d like to see
in the hands of every New England grandparent and in the
holdings of every public library.” —Joseph Bruchac, author of Our Stories Remember