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Location: Damariscotta, Maine
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The national award-winning library with the curious name in a town folks from away can't pronounce.

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November 15, 2017 06:53 PM PST

Sketches co-producer Bob Emmons interviewed Schooner Cove resident Bob Hills about his experiences as an American who wound up as a pilot of a P-47 fighter-bomber over Europe.

It's how he got there--via the Royal Canadian Air Force and combat action defending the UK in a Hurricane fighter plane, before switching over to the US Army Air Corps--that makes this worth listening to.

October 28, 2017 06:37 PM PDT

Skidompha Library friend and Blues historian Mark Addison put together yet another fine lineup of Blues artistry.

Blues music influenced even the most innovative California musicians of the 1960s. San Francisco and Los Angeles drew blues aficionados who used some of the most expressive forms of the traditional music to create their own unique sound.


Grateful Dead
Sittin’ on Top of the World 2:35

Good Morning Little School Girl 4:40

Janis Joplin
Ball and Chain 10:25

Quicksilver Messenger Service
Who Do You Love 19:22

Canned Heat
Rollin’ and Tumblin’ 26:44
Spoonful 28:55

Henry Vestine
Dust My Broom 31:24

The Doors
Back Door Man 36:00

Ry Cooder
Cherry Ball Blues 40:54
Dark is the Night 45:05

October 18, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Bob Emmons sat down with his South Bristol friend Bob Buric, who recounted a truly remarkable event that took place when he was in Haiti, reluctantly, with a team there to rebuild a missionary school after a hurricane. Things didn't go as planned.

October 04, 2017 08:03 AM PDT

Skidompha Library's good friend tells of a couple unusual and unlikely Vietnam War incidents that happened to him.

September 18, 2017 09:52 AM PDT

Later British Blues, Part 2
Playlist, times and description

Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, two of the most famous British rock bands, were influenced deeply by American blues and played versions of blues standards throughout their careers. All Blues from the Summer Room podcasts were edited and compiled by our good friend of Skidompha Library, Mark Addison.

Intro from Love in Vain

2:17: Led Zeppelin I Can’t Quit You Baby
6:59: You Shook Me
13:26: Bring It on Home
17:47: When the Levee Breaks
24:49: Lemon Song

The Rolling Stones

33:34: Little Red Rooster
36:38: You Gotta Move
39:10: Love in Vain
44:20: Blue and Lonesome
47:27: I Can’t Quit You, Baby
52:37: Everybody Knows About My Good Thing


58:22: Baby Please Don’t Go

August 28, 2017 07:21 PM PDT

Longtime Skidompha Library friend Betsy Noyes sat down with Skidompha Community Media Producer Mal Gormley in July 2017 to record her vivid experiences as a young child on the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and later.

Betsy's father was an officer on the USS Tennessee, adjacent to the battleship USS Oklahoma when the Oklahoma was sunk by Japanese bombers. She also tells of being evacuated to the California and subsequent fun with her family and friends.

This unique recording is part of Skidompha Sketches, our program to document the lives of folks in the community. All are invited to record their special experiences, conversations, and interviews with friends and family. Contact the library for more information.

April 27, 2017 06:51 PM PDT

Blueberries for Sal is a children's picture book by Robert McCloskey. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1949. This story features a little girl, Sal, and her mother as they go and pick blueberries for winter—and a bear cub and his mother as they go and eat berries for winter from the other side of the same hill. Set in a small town in Maine this picture book piece uses a single dark blue color and block printing for the illustrations. Sal and Sal's mother are modeled after McCloskey's daughter, Sally, and wife Peggy. This story was recorded by Senator Angus King, of Maine, for Skidompha Library on April 17, 2017.

Image source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26509875

February 01, 2017 02:22 PM PST

Later British Blues Part 1 - Playlist

British rock bands in the later 1960s used American blues music to shape their own sound using innovative forms and techniques. These bands were instrumental in popularizing blues music for a younger generation.

INTRO--When The Levee Breaks (sel.)

The Yardbirds
3:47 Smokestack Lightnin’
10:35 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
13:06 I'm A Man

18:37 Outside Woman Blues
21:02 I'm So Glad
25:05 Spoonful
31:25 Crossroads

Jeff Beck Group
37:08 You Shook Me
38:37 I Ain't Superstitious
44:28 Let Me Love You
49:12 Blues Deluxe

Jack Bruce
58:05 Boston Ball Game 1967

November 17, 2016 07:00 PM PST

This is the story of Fred, a female cat, why she was named Fred, and what she had to do to earn back the friendship of Susie, her best friend. It's an amazing story. Cats can be very talented, and Fred was no exception.

This story was written by one of Skidompha's dearest friends, Bob Emmons, and read by Mal Gormley.

November 03, 2016 06:46 PM PDT

Room on the Broom is a British children's book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. In this lightweight tale, by the author of The Gruffalo, a witch on a broom-ride is soon accompanied by a cat, a dog, a parrot, and a frog who have helped the butter-fingered witch retrieve her hat, a ribbon, and her wand. After the broom breaks, they then meet up with a not-so-scary dragon who wants to have the witch for lunch. The loyal animals form a chimera who scares off the dragon.

The witch repays her friends by conjuring a nicer broom for them all to ride. The story's rhyming and goofy suspense aren't groundbreaking, but readers will likely find it refreshing to see a clumsy witch. Ages 4-8. Published by Dial Books.

Room on the Broom has been translated into 21 languages and has won 6 book awards, and since been made into an animated film. The animated film was nominated for an Academy Award for best short animated film in 2013.

This version was read by Skidompha Library's Terry Hapach with her usual great enthusiasm.

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