WINTHROP — The Charles M. Bailey Public Library will host a centennial edition of its annual Community Read to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the downtown building, according to a news release from the library.

The library has partnered with the Winthrop Public Schools and selected the intergenerational novel “A Handful of Stars” by Cynthia Lord. “We wanted a book that would appeal to ages 0-100,” said Library Director Richard Fortin, according to the release.

The library will host five Community Read events throughout June.

• Deb Barnett will host an informative cooking program with blueberry enchiladas at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. Barnett is the community education assistant through the Eat Well Nutrition Education Program for Kennebec County.

• Marilyn Meyerhans will host a program, “Migrant Workers in Maine: A Brief History,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Meyerhans is the owner of Lakeside Orchards and Farm Market in Manchester.

• Adult Services Librarian Shane Billings will host an all ages community discussion on the book at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.


• Retired Winthrop educator Steve Knight will host a youth event painting bee houses at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

• The month-long celebration culminates with a visit from Cynthia Lord at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Lord, who won the Newbery Honor Medal in 2007, grew up in New Hampshire before settling in coastal Maine.

Winthrop educator and author Margy Burns Knight helped select the book, and is helping to organize the events.

“The book centers on the small town daughter of migrant workers, and explores themes of friendship and community, but most importantly, it appeals to all generations. It’s a perfect book to celebrate 100 years at Bailey,” said Burns Knight, according to the release. She won the National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award for her body of work in 1997. Burns Knight is the service learning coordinator for the Winthrop school system.

All events are free and will be held at the Bowdoin Street building. For more information, call the library at 377-8673, or visit

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