Doreen and John Simmons of Stoneheart Farms in South Paris pose with their border collies Bea and Maisie. Photo by John Williams

AUBURN — John and Doreen Simmons of Stoneheart Farms in South Paris plan to give a talk on border collies from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, in the Androscoggin Community Room at Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St.

The Simmons, who own and operate Stoneheart Farms, have been raising sheep for 25 years. As their farm grew, they needed more help and turned to the herding dogs. They got their first border collie 20 years ago and have been working, training and living with them ever since. They will share information about training, how the dogs help around the farm, and the dogs’ limitations.

The dogs of Stoneheart Farms are known for their working prowess as well as entertaining people at many fairs, including the Common Ground Country Fair.

The farm sells lamb throughout central and western Maine, the greater Portland area and at their farm store. To learn more, visit

This in-person program will be family friendly. For planning purposes, registration is required. To register, visit the Events calendar on the library’s website, contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4 or email [email protected].

This program is part of the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, “Tales with Tails” which runs through Aug. 31.

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