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.  PoppySeed  craves attention and will sit on or in your book bag while you use a computer.

Poppy Seed       poppy seed                  Scooterscooter

Archived Obituaries

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

Liz Breault Head Librarian One Church Street Dexter, Maine 04930 (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.

 

Maine at Work

davegreenhammaineatwork Join us at the Abbott Memorial Library on september 26 @ 6:30 P.M. for a free performance of “Maine at Work”! Within a meticulously researched performance, Maine at Work takes historical documents and characters, humor, little known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), and perspectives from real Mainers to show the pattern of work in Maine. It’s designed to be fun and to get Mainers thinking about the issues. The dynamic and provocative David Greenham will present this 30-minute performance, followed by a lively discussion. No registration required. This program is a joint presentation of the Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter Historical Society and Wayside Theatre/Grange.

Book Club

smartestkidsbookjacket The Library book club will meet on Wednesday, September 24.  In September, we will be discusing : “The Smartest Kids in the world” by Amanda Ripley.

New York Times bestseller, The Smartest Kids was selected by The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Amazon.com as one of the most notable books of 2013.

In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words. What is it like to be a child in these new education superpowers?

In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time journalist Amanda Ripley follows three American students each spending one year in a foreign country.

Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into what works worldwide, reveal a pattern of startling transformation: none of these places had many “smart” kids a few decades ago. They had changed. Teaching had become more serious; parents had focused on what mattered; and children had bought into the promise of education. A reporting tour de force, The Smartest Kids is a book about building resilience in a new world—as told by the young Americans with the most at stake.

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Brooch collection on Display

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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

storytime   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

Trustee   Term
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

Archived Obituaries

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

Liz Breault Head Librarian One Church Street Dexter, Maine 04930 (207) 924-7292 Library Website

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