AUGUSTA — Maine State Horticulturist Ann Gibbs will kick off a series of nature-related programs at Lithgow Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Reading Room. The series, called “Fifty Shades of Good Green Living” will feature a variety of speakers on different nature/outdoor topics. Gibbs will discuss identification and control of invasive plants, as well as the importance of preventive measures, early detection and rapid response, as stated in a news release.

All of the Lithgow nature programs are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Reading Room.

Also featured in the “Fifty Shades of Good Green Living” series are:

* 10 a.m. on Nov. 10: Steve Pinkham, author of Old Tales of the Maine Woods will spin some traditional hunting and fishing tales, along with stories of lumberjacks, ghost stories, and encounters with Maine’s wild animals.

* Noon on Nov. 30: Mark DesMeules, director of Viles Arboretum, will give an overview of what the Arboretum has to offer.

* 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13: Jeff and Allison Wells, authors of “Maine’s Favorite Birds,” will give a slide show and talk about birding in Maine.

Lithgow Library is at 45 Winthrop St. For more information, call the library at 626-2415 or visit the website at

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