Abbott Memorial Library

Library History of the Library The Abbott Memorial Library was given to the Town of Dexter by George A. Abbott on Christmas Day 1894. In 1894 it housed a collection of 4,017 books. Today our collection numbers are over 26,217 and counting. This includes DVD’s, and unabridged audio tapes. The library subscribes to 66 magazines and five newspapers. An online index of periodicals which includes full text articles is available for patron use.The library provides services to the residents of Dexter, Cambridge, Exeter, Garland, Ripley, and St. Albans. Public Internet access is available from 8 (work stations), and we offer wireless Internet access as well as an on-line catalog of library holdings available through the Maine Balsam Libraries Consortium.  We accept telephone requests for renewals and provide in state as well as out-of-state inter-library loans, monthly lists of new books, public color copying and delivery of books to shut-ins.

Library Cats

The library has two resident library cats.  Scooter(calico) and Poppy seed (black)  both are females.  Scooter is shy and retiring and can normally be found in the library office.  PoppySeed  craves attention and will sit on or in your book bag while you use a computer.

Poppy Seed       poppy seed                  Scooterscooter

Archived Obituaries

The library’s Dexter obituary project is nearly finished; years 1865 through summer of 2014. We are now checking our database against obituary scrapbooks owned by the Dexter Historical Society and adding those that were not included originally in our database. Obituaries were obtained from Dexter’s Eastern Gazette,, and the Bangor Daily News Click here for the current database of Archived Obituaries. Beginning in November of 2014, we will begin adding obituaries from the town of Ripley, Maine.  If people have information to share, please Email your information to Head Librarian Liz Breault

Liz Breault Head Librarian One Church Street Dexter, Maine 04930 (207) 924-7292

Additional Links

 Maine Wolf Program
On Wednesday evening April 22 at 6 P.M.  Meredith Josselyn of the Maine Wolf Coalition will present a program on the Eastern Gray wolf.  Meredith  has been a wolf advocate since the age of nine.  She is a graduate of Unity College in Unity, Maine and is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine.  She is a frequent volunteer at Wolf Park in Indiana and is their Northeast Ambassador.
The closest acknowledged wolf population to the northeast U.S. is located in and around Quebec’s Papineau-Labelle Reserve which is some sixty miles from New York.  These animals are smaller so-called “eastern” wolves which weigh an average of approximately 50-65 pounds.  To the east, the larger gray wolf lives in Quebec’s Laurentide Reserve, just seventy-five miles from the Maine border.

Join us for an informative program that looks at the lives and legends surrounding these fascinating animals,

Library Photos


Holiday Tea

The staff and trustees of the libraryhosted a festive holiday tea on Saturday, December 6th .  Despite terrible weather conditions a group of hearty souls showed up to relax  with cups of hot tea and enjoy lots of holiday treats.  Pictured above Town Manager, Shelley Watson chats with guests.



Snake Art

The Trustees of the library recently made an eye catching donation to the children’s room.  On October 15th they voted to purchase Laurie Calhoun’s beautiful hand carved snake.  The 11 foot snake now crawls sinuously across the shelves in our children’s room.



Book Donations Donations of clean undamaged books are welcomed. No text books or Reader’s Digest books. Please contact the library at (207) 924-7292 for more information or to arrange for pick up of donations.


Monthly Book Club

Dragons of Eden


The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence is a Pulitzer Prize-winning[1] 1977 book by Carl Sagan. In it, Sagan combines the fields of anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and computer science to give a perspective of how human intelligence may have evolved.

Sagan discusses the search for a quantitative means of measuring intelligence. He argues that the brain to body mass ratio is an extremely good correlative indicator for intelligence, with humans having the highest ratio and dolphins the second highest,[2] though he views the trend as breaking down at smaller scales, with some small animals (ants in particular) place disproportionally high on the list. Other topics mentioned include the evolution of the brain (with emphasis on the function of the neocortex in humans), the evolutionary purpose of sleep and dreams, demonstration of sign language abilities by chimps and the purpose of mankind’s innate fears and myths. The title “The Dragons of Eden” is borrowed from the notion that man’s early struggle for survival in the face of predators, and in particular a fear of reptiles, may have led to cultural beliefs and myths about dragons and snakes.  Join us on Wednesday, April 29th at 6 P.M. when we’ll meet to discuss this book.

*************************************************************************************************  Wiring for Dummies

Frightened of that lamp that keeps flickering on and off?  Wondering how safe that electrical cord is  that your kitten has been teething on?  Wiring for Dummies is for you. On Saturday April 25th, 10 to noon, DDATT will be hosting a wiring workshop for simple electrical repairs to household appliances.  the program will be held at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter.  Focusing on electrical cords and plugs, we’ll be repairing and replacing electrical wires and cords of all kinds. Bring your  lamp, toaster, iron, and clock,with frayed cords, loose plugs, etc and we’ll see if we can help you fix it and make it safe.  FYI 924-7292


Library Story Time

storytime   Abbott Memorial Library holds Story Hour on Friday at 1 P.M. This program is for youngsters up to age 6, accompanied by a parent or other adult. This program is free to the public and includes stories, songs and crafts. Upcoming subjects include birds, flowers,  and other stories of Summer. Come join us for an enjoyable time. For further information, contact the library at 924-7292. For more information call the library at 924-7292 or email Liz.

2014 Library Trustees

Trustee   Term
Ann Marquis: – Chairman 1/13 – 12/15
Mark Christie: – Vice-Chairman 1/13-12/15
Connie Hall – Secretary 1/12-12/17
Corey Pearson – Treasurer 1/11 – 12/16
David Patterson 1/13 – 12/15
Richard Frank 1/13 – 12/16
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