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.  Poppy Seed  craves 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 left 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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The Great Holiday Cookie Exchange


For many bakers the lure of holiday baking is a much-anticipated annual activity. Cookies top the list of favorite holiday goodies.  We mix them, we bake them. We roll, mold, drop, cut, press, stack, ice, and decorate them. We create a festive tradition of treasured memories of family and friends stretching back across the years.  This year share your memories of holiday baking traditions at the Abbott Memorial Library’s Holiday Cookie Exchange.

So what is a cookie exchange? In short, it’s a gathering where attendees each bring a given quantity of their favorite holiday cookie, say 6 dozen.  All participants get a chance to sample the cookies, and in the end, you leave with 5 dozen cookies; a sampling of all the different cookies that were created.  If you’re lucky, the recipes were included, as well!

Each participant bakes six dozen cookies and brings them to the library at 2 P.M. on Saturday, December 12.  No plain chocolate chip cookies, no-bakes or mixes are allowed.  One dozen will be for tasting and the other 5 dozen for exchanging.   The library will serve coffee, tea and punch and there will be prizes for most festive outfit and favorite cookie. A Holiday Cookie Exchange is a celebration of sugar and spice and everything nice.

Each participant must sign up either in person at the library or by calling before December 1st. @ 924-7292.


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.


Monthly Book Club

 This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man’s rock-solid American values. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt’s death 12 weeks into his fourth term. Truman’s stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman’s war-time and Cold War decisions.
We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, November 25th @ 6 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.

2015 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
 Wanda Curtis 1/13 – 12/15
Richard Frank 1/13 – 12/16
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