The Windham Public Library hosts exhibits in its display case several times a year. For more information, please contact Sally Bannen at the library.
November 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014 : Marilyn Lipson, menorahs
Two dozen beautiful menorahs, from the collection of Marilyn Lipson of Windham, are currently on display a the Windham Public Library. Marilyn explained that her earliest memories of Chanukah are of a family gathering around the menorah and lighting it together– a menorah that she still has today. “When I went away to college, my synagogue gave me a menorah to light if I wasn’t able to be home. When my children were young, they gathered around a menorah that their aunt and uncle brought from Israel. And so my collection began… Each menorah holds a special memory for me.” Of the 24 menorahs on display, no two are exactly alike: some differ in design, size, color, and/or material, as well as vary from traditional to modern styles. However, they all have two things in common: a place for eight candles, plus one extra spot to light the candles each night of Chanukah.
Stop by the library for a look at this interesting exhibit. The Windham Public Library is located at 217 Windham Center Road in Windham. For more information, library hours, or directions, please call the library at 892-1908.
August 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013 : Ann Siteman, artist books
A beautiful assortment of artist books, created by Ann Siteman– When asked to describe what artist books are, Ann explained that “many look like a traditional reading book, but [the definition] can encompass books that [can] open like an accordion or can be displayed like a wall hanging or banner. There is [also] a simple book that can be made by folding and cutting one sheet of paper.” Ann learned the craft through a class at the University of Southern Maine, where students designed and created artist books based on a selected theme. Since that class, in 2004, she has continued to create artist books and attend classes to expand her skills such as printmaking and marbleizing paper.
May 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013 : Cathy Dodge, Rainbow girls
A variety of items related to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, on loan from Catherine Dodge of Windham– Among items exhibited are officer jewels, worthy advisor items, and photos of activities by the local order.
February 1, 2013 – April 30, 2013 : Andrew Constantine, railroad memorabilia
Railroad memorabilia, on loan from Andrew Constantine of Windham– A Windham High School student, Andrew started collecting pieces “whenever the opportunity presented itself on inactive railroads… if they were loose I would pull them out and add them to my collection.” He went on to say that he found the pieces interesting because they are “a piece of history… they were drove in by hand during the construction of the first railroads, and saw steam then diesel, now sit unused.” Several original railroad spikes, a commemorative spike, and a few pieces of railroad track are in the exhibit case.