DEAR SUN SPOTS: On Saturday, July 13, the Woman’s Literary Union is giving away free books for children from 9-11 a.m. at the Foss Mansion, 19 Elm St., Auburn.

While picking up free books, you can donate an extra prom dress for next year’s Prom Gown Giveaway.

For more information, call me at 207-402-7591. Find out about this and other upcoming WLU events at — Kathy, no town

ANSWER: The WLU is one of my favorite nonprofits. The members are so creative with their fundraising. Offering free books for children is one of many ways they serve the community. Check out this lineup for the coming months:

Sept. 7, Garage Sale — They are currently accepting donations. All proceeds will benefit the Foss Mansion Restoration and WLU activities.

Oct. 5, Children’s Wizard Tea. More details are coming; tickets not on sale yet.


Dec. 7, Holiday Craft Fair — More details to come. There will be free admission to the public. Table reservations are not open yet, but we’ll be notified soon.

Let’s not forget about that amazing prom dress giveaway that happens every spring. These ladies have acted as fairy godmothers to young women over the years, gifting them with dresses and accessories to help them feel and look their very best for prom. I’m so proud of you all for keeping this sweet and much-needed tradition alive.

If you have questions about any WLU events or would like to lead an event, please contact Robin, the WLU Events Coordinator at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We would like to donate volumes 1965 through 1981 of the books, “The Great Ideas Today” to someone or some place. Please contact me at 207-754-3303. — Stuart, no town

ANSWER: I suggest you reach out to your local schools and libraries if you haven’t already done so. You may also want to take a drive and set a few in Little Free Libraries. For a map of their locations, go to

For those who don’t know, “The Great Ideas Today” is an annual yearbook supplement to “The Great Books of the Western World.” It was published until 1998, then retired when the revised edition was issued.


Each volume contains a symposium of essays on a common theme (women, civil police, etc.) written by respected authorities; plus additions to the Great Books library, which are significant works of literature or nonfiction that are still relevant today. Massively illustrated, each volume averages 500 pages.

Philosopher Mortimer J. Adler’s legacy lives on in the Great Books programs he inspired and succeeded in establishing across the nation. This article briefly summarizes the life, work, and genius of Dr. Adler, and discusses the profound influence he had on education. It’s well worth the read:

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