Abbott Memorial 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.
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, TheDailyME.com., and the Bangor Daily News Click here for the current database of Archived Obituaries. Beginning in October 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
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.
The Library book club will meet on Wednesday, October 29 24. In October, we will be discussing : “Storms of my Grandchildren : the truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity” by James Hansen.
In Storms of My Grandchildren, Hansen speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. In explaining the science of climate change, Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in our children’s and grandchildren’s lifetimes if we follow the course we’re on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to take the urgent, strong action that is needed- just barely.
In November we offer a celebration of food. The Book Club will be reading “Coming Home to Eat” By Gary Paul Nabhan: Nabhan’s book “in the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher and Henry David Thoreau, Gary Paul Nabhan relates how his experience with food permeates his life as an avid gardener and forager, as an ethnobotanist and farmland conservation advocate, and as an activist devoted to recovering place-based heritage foods. Nabhan spent a year trying to eat only foods grown, fished, or gathered within 220 miles of his home—with surprising results.Already considered a landmark in the locavore movement, Coming Home to Eat“makes us understand how finding and eating local foods connects us deeply and sensually with where we are [and] why the everyday choices we make about food are the most important choices we make”
Brooch collection on Display
Eileen LeVasseur with part of her brooch collection The Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter is hosting a display of 400 brooches from the collection of Eileen LeVasseur. The Dover-Foxcroft woman has been collecting the colorful and unique brooches over the last twenty-five years. The first one was a gift from her sister-in-law. When Eileen wore it to school, her students loved it, and this was the start of her collection. Before long, her friends and students began to give her gifts of pins and brooches. Some were homemade, some came from yard sales, stores and antiques shops. “I wore a different one every day of the school year. My students couldn’t wait to see the ‘pin of the day’.” The collection is on display during library hours. Stop by to view the bright and eye-catching collection. What’s the difference between a pin and a brooch? “I think the word pin is a more generic term.” explains Eileen. “A brooch is normally worn by a woman and has a safety-pin type clasp attached.”
Library Story Time
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
|Ann Marquis: – Chairman||1/13 – 12/15|
|Mark Christie: – Vice-Chairman||1/13-12/15|
|Connie Hall – Secretary||1/12-12/14|
|Corey Pearson – Treasurer||1/11 – 12/16|
|David Patterson||1/13 – 12/15|
|Richard Frank||1/13 – 12/16|
The library’s Dexter obituary project is nearly finished; years 1865 through 2013. We are now checking our database against obituary scrapbooks owned by the Dexter Historical Society and adding those that were not included in our database. Obituaries were obtained from Dexter’s Eastern Gazette, TheDailyME.com., and the Bangor Daily News Click here for the current database of Archived Obituaries. If people have information to share, please Email your information to Head Librarian Liz Breault