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 a resident library cat.   Poppy Seed (black) is a female.    Poppy Seed  loves attention and will sit on or in your book bag or on your lap while you use a computer.

Poppy Seed       poppy seed



Dexter loses a friend

by Tina Jowdry DEXTER – The community of Dexter lost a dear, sweet and gentle soul recently. One who not only delighted the children who came to visit, but comforted many an adult with her quiet and undemanding presence. Even in her twilight years, when she slept most of the day in the offi ce of her beloved mistress, Liz Breault, she would occasionally take a degnifi ed walk into the outer rooms and happily accept any caresses that came her way. Last Saturday the Abbott Memorial Library lost Scooter, one of the library cats. She came to the library 17 years ago as a kitten and faithfully carried out her duties as greeter, companion, comforter and friend. What a pleasant surprise for many a patron to fi nd a soft, purring cat in their lap. It always made them smile, and it made them feel a little special. It’s also worthy to note that Abbott Memorial Library never had a problem with mice. Scooter left us on All Hallow’s Eve, also known as Halloween. I have always felt Halloween to be a magical night, especially for cats. With leaves swirling, the moon shining, and clouds scudding across the sky, you can almost see the spirits dancing and frolicking in the shadows or swooping through the trees. I like to think that Scooter feft the call to join those spirits and is now a young kitten again dancing with her friends.

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.  As of late summer 2015 archived Ripley obituaries from 1870 through 1940 have been added.  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

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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 Sale

On Saturday, August 1st the library held a book sale.  All proceeds from the sale were donated to the Millinocket Memorial Library.  The town of Millinocket closed it’s public library this summer in an attempt to keep the mil rate down.  The Friends of the Millinocket Library are attempting to keep the library open 15 hours per week with the help of volunteers.

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.



A New Year, a new marriage.

Two members of our library’s book club were married on New Year’s Eve at the library here in Dexter with the other members attending as well as a few guests.  In 120 years of its existence, it was the first marriage ceremony to be performed  at the library and certainly it was a first for our book club as well..  Notary, Dave Pearson conducted the ceremony in front of the library’s Christmas tree.


Book Club members attending were: front row left to right :  Liz Breault, Beth Ranagan, bride Pat Fisher, groom Gerry Amelotte, groom’s daughter Kiowa Roberts, Parnel Hesketh.  Back row: Ed Hummel, Judy Hummel, Joe Ranagan, Wanita Grant, Dave Pearson, Meredith Perkins, Stephen Perkins, Carol Feurtado, Chris Roberts, and Keith Gile.


Monthly Book Club


Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives–and Our Lives Change Our Genes 

by Sharon Moalen, M.D.

 In the last microsecond of the scientific age, we’ve figured out that our brains change throughout our life, adapting for good or ill based on lifestyle choices we make. But most of us haven’t yet realized the extent to which our genes also remain flexible, making Dr. Sharon Moalem’s Inheritance nothing short of revolutionary. Drawing on bleeding-edge science and sometimes heartbreaking stories of individuals he’s treated for rare genetic anomalies, Moalem explains how your DNA’s constant shape-shifting is “mediated and orchestrated by how you live, where you live, the stresses you face, and the things you consume.” Most fascinating (and terrifying, especially for parents) is evidence of how experiences–from trauma like bullying to times of happiness–can alter your genes so profoundly that the effects are passed down for generations. But his message is ultimately one of empowerment: we’re accelerating into a world where understanding your unique genetic inheritance will give you the power to eat, exercise, and seek medical treatment tailored to what your body really needs, where we’ll have “the opportunity to transform what we get and what we give,” altering the course of our destiny. –Mari Malcolm
We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 @ 2 P.M. for a discussion of this book.



Library Story Time

storytime   Abbott Memorial Library holds Story Hour on Friday at 3:30 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 fall stories and crafts.  Come join us for an enjoyable time. For further information, contact the library at 924-7292.  or email Liz.

Library Trustees and Terms

Corey Pearson01/14 - 12/16
Richard Frank01/14 - 12/16
Connie Hall01/15 - 12/17
Wanda Curtis01/15 - 12/17
Ruth Fogg01/16 - 12/18
Judith Bennett01/16 - 12/18
Linda Tisdale01/16 - 12/16



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