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 named Poppy Seed is a female cat that loves attention and will sit on or in your book bag or on your lap while you use a computer.
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Poppy Seed


Scooter  1998-2015

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 office of her beloved mistress, Liz Breault, she would occasionally take a degnified 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 find 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 felt 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 spring 2016 archived Ripley obituaries from 1870 through 1960 have been added.  If people have information to share, please Email your information to Head Librarian Liz Breault , send a letter to Head Librarian One Church Street Dexter, Maine 04930 or call (207) 924-7292

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 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.  Our next book sale is scheduled for Summer of 2017.



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.



If you know some sign language, no matter how much,or how little and would like to practice or learn to sign, you can join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2016 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter.  It is an ideal opportunity for people of all levels of skill and experience to get together and practice what they know and learn from each other.  Children are welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  This is an inter-generational activity.
Gerry Amelotte, Teacher of the Deaf, will lead the group.  He taught at the Baxter School for the Deaf in Portland and in central Maine schools.  Gerry is excited to sign with others and share signing skills as needed.
Please call Liz at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter (924-7292) for more information


By:  Beth Ranagan
DEXTER:  For centuries, Asian monks have used meditation to relieve suffering and obtain enlightenment.  Although meditation may be thought of as a practice of a particular religion, the fact is that it doesn’t belong to any faith at all.  It is a way to connect with your inner being in silent stillness while quieting your mind to improve clarity of focus during and after the meditation period.
Today, ordinary Americans are using meditation as a natural, alternative way to ease physical and emotional pain during disease recovery.  Others use meditation for disease prevention by deescalating stressors each day.  In the meditative state, the mind forms a deep connection with the body for positive effects.
The review of brain research using Functional MRI technology has shown that brain structures can be positively changed through meditation to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain.  With just a few days of meditation training, concentration and attention can improve.  Sara Lazar, researcher at Harvard University, found in her work using MRI that the cortical thickness of the aging brain can be gradually restored through regular meditation.  Other scientific studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress and strengthen the immune system as you bring consciousness to the body.  Meditation is more commonly accepted and used in the medical community today, particularly in cancer care, to help people heal.
On Friday, November 4 at 1 p.m. at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter on Church Street, the Skeleton Crew will welcome Scott Mayer, experienced meditator and meditation teacher, to speak about meditation and healing.  He graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Immunology and Biochemistry.  Mayer understands science as related to bodywork and healing.  He studied with dozens of internationally prominent teachers to learn the healing arts.  He is a licensed Massage Therapist, Master Qi Healer, a certificated Qigong Therapist, a Tai Chi Master, and a certificated Hypnotherapist.   Scott has worked with thousands of people during his long career using Shiatsu and CranioSacral Therapy.  He has lectured at medical schools, universities, massage schools and Five Star resort spas throughout the East Coast.  Mayer resides in Dexter, currently serving the community through weekly Tai Chi classes at Millside Fitness Center, where his students are learning that Tai Chi is a movement meditation.
Although the Skeleton Crew is dedicated to helping those with bone disease, Scott’s meditation program is open to all who are interested in the broad topic of healing meditation.  The public is invited.  Light refreshments will be served.  Call Liz Breault, Librarian, (924-7292), for further information.




 Matter of Balance


Matter of Balance Class Members:  (L-R) Row 1 – Dodie Curtis, Liz Breault, Beth Ranagan, Terri Palin; Row 2 – Meredith Perkins, Aloyse Larrabee, Karen Pineo, Eleanor Beatham, Betty Richards, Joanne Buzzell; Row 3 – Sherman Cookson, Brenda Cookson, Frank Spizuco, Dot Marsh, Ken Buzzell; Row 4 – Barrett Morrisson, Shirley Groody, Walter Kimball.  Members absent:   Helen Putman, Phyllis Folsom, and Evelyn Farrar

On May 4, nineteen residents of the greater Dexter area completed the Matter of Balance program presented at the Abbott Memorial Library.  This program was sponsored by the library Board of Directors in conjunction with Friends of Community Fitness in Guilford and Dexter’s Skeleton Crew.  The classes were led by Dodie Curtis and Terri Palin, volunteer Matter of Balance Master Trainers.
The 16-hour course included information and discussion about fears and prevention of falling.  Physical Therapist, Susan Garrettson, demonstrated how to best get up from a fall as well as how to properly use canes and walkers, if needed.  Gentle, but effective, exercises were practiced by all participants to build strength and flexibility needed to stand, walk, and maintain balance.  Discussions were serious and lively.  Improvements were noted in students’ abilities to perform the various exercises.
The class dynamics led to fun during this important learning opportunity.  Friends were made.  On graduation day, some folks were making plans to see each other again for lunch and at the Community Fitness Center’s Silver Sneakers® exercise program for seniors in Guilford.
If you would like to become part of A Matter of Balance in the future, call Community Fitness (876-4813) to find out when and where the next classes will be held.  As one class participant remarked, “I didn’t know that there is so much that I can do to prevent falls.  It has been a wonderfully pleasant experience with some very nice people.”


Monthly Book Club 

 wrightbrothersOrville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished” (The Wall Street Journal). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is “a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The New York Times Book Review).

Join us @ 6 P.M. on Wednesday,  October 26th, when we’ll meet to discuss this book.



Library Story Time



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.




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