Abbott Memorial Library


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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.

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Library Hours & Contact Information
Sunday & Mondays we are closed.
Tuesday – 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Wednesday -10:00 am-8:00 pm, Thursday – 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday – 10:00 am-6:00 pm, and Saturday – 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
The Library phone number is 207-924-7292 and the Librarian can be reached either at this number or by E-mail

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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.
 poppy seed

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.

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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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Library Photos

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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.

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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.

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By Beth Ranagan

If you missed their lively presentation in October 2015, you will get a chance to see the Cambridge Bone Builders in December.  These remarkable ladies, Nancy Bunker, Jane Digby, and Evelyn Farrar, will demonstrate the program’s mild, no- impact weight bearing exercises aimed to prevent and reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia.  The Bone Builders presentation will take place at Dexter’s Abbott Memorial Library on Friday, December 2 at 1 p.m.

Over 10 million people experience osteopenia and osteoporosis, according to the National Institute on Aging, making  Bone Builders critical.   The exercise program arose from Dr. Miriam Nelson’s book, Strong Bones, Strong Women, based on her own research.  That research found that practicing free-weight training for as little as twice a week for 6 months can build measurable bone density.  However, many continue the ongoing program for more than 6 months because they enjoy the comradery.

The Cambridge Bone Builders, who have been together since 2013, meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Cambridge Town Hall.  As many as 12 men and women 55 years of age or older can participate at any one time in the sessions.  The free classes not only help to improve muscle strength and balance, which together improve bone density, but also include components of socialization, nutrition, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle important to well-being.  Having known these leaders for almost two years, I have found their dedication to the program inspiring.  There is nice bonding and willingness to help others.  If you would like to attend Bone Builders classes in Cambridge, call Nancy at 277-4815, Jane at 277-3240 or Evelyn at 272-3493.

Farrar, Digby, and Bunker learned to become Bone Builders volunteer leaders through Maine General Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Waterville, which serves Somerset, Franklin, and Kennebec counties.  Anyone 55 or older may train to become a volunteer by, first, attending some Bone Builders classes and, then, a 6-hour workshop. Those initial experiences are followed by annual half-day continuing education classes at the RSVP center.  If you would like to become a Bone Builders volunteer leader in Somerset, Franklin or Kennebec counties, contact Linda Rood at 1-800-427-1127 or email  You may be able to become a trained leader in Penobscot, Piscataquis or Washington counties by calling Paula Burnett at 962-7926 or by emailing

The December presentation is open and free to all area residents and visitors.  The Skeleton Crew is dedicated to supporting and educating those with osteoporosis and osteopenia.  Its greater goal is to encourage a comprehensive lifestyle through bone-building nutrition, exercise, life-long learning, socialization, and creativity as contributions to better long life.  For more information, call Liz Breault, Librarian, at 924-7292.

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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, March 8, 2017 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

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 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.”

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Monthly Book Club 


In the highly acclaimed bestselling A Call to Action, President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable and their children are trapped in war and violence.

A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse.

Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.

Join us @ 6 P.M. on Wednesday,  November 30th, when we’ll meet to discuss this book.

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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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