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.   Poppy Seed (black) is a female.    Poppy Seed  loves 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 office 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 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 feft 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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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.



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.





Many adults choose to take one of several pharmaceuticals as prescribed by their physicians to treat their osteoporosis.  Most of these drugs are designed to maintain bone density by slowing the breakdown of bone and to decrease the risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis.  Although use of the commonly known bisphosphonate drugs, such a Fosamax, have served this purpose for many people, the risk of very unpleasant and sometimes debilitating side effects have made their use troublesome for others.  Which pharmaceutical to choose, if one chooses a drug at all, is a very personal decision based on the severity of the osteoporosis, the convenience of the dosing schedule, cost, and the risk of possibly serious, long-term side effects.  Taking a pharmaceutical does not negate the need to do weight-bearing exercises, quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and eat a diet rich in calcium, minerals, and Vitamin D.

At 12 noon on April 1 at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter, Dr. Robert Lodato, M.D., will address the advantages and disadvantages of the six main types of osteoporosis medications as well as the pros and cons of taking pharmaceuticals for this condition.  Dr. Lodato is particularly well-suited for this presentation because of his degree in pharmacy as well as his medical degree.  He graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey in 1986.  His internship was at the University of Michigan, and he graduated from a residency in (Adult) Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1991.  After practicing in Fort Hood, Texas for two years, he moved to Maine and has been working for Mayo Regional Hospital at Dexter Internal Medicine since then.  Besides his expertise in medications, Dr. Lodato has a particular interest in using food to maintain health as well as prevent and reverse disease.

Please join the Skeleton Crew on April 1 at noon for Dr. Lodato’s very important presentation.  For more information, call Liz Breault at Abbott Memorial Library (924-7292).  A lunch rich in calcium and magnesium conducive to bone health will be available free of charge.


A Matter of Balance


Dodie Curtis                 Terri Palin

A Matter of Balance classes will be held 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Monday, April 11, at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter beginning Monday.

 The Community Fitness Center in Guilford, a licensed Matter of Balance trainer site, has agreed to allow two of its master trainers, Dodie Curtis and Terri Palin, to teach the classes. Curtis, a nurse, has been teaching classes since 2007. Palin is a senior fitness instructor at the Community Fitness Center.

Ranagan, a member of the Thriving in Place’s Fall Reduction Team, said, “I have wanted to see a program like this in Dexter since last summer.”

Breault, librarian at Abbott Memorial Library, said, “To have this excellent program at the library as part of our Skeleton Crew program is just wonderful for all those who are working to maintain their health as they age.”

The Abbott Memorial Library has become a catalyst of learning for people of all ages. Both Ranagan and Breault agree that, “All good things happen at the library for everyone and, now, especially for seniors!”

Participants in upcoming Matter of Balance classes must be at least 60 years of old, be ambulatory and be able to problem solve. Classes are open to both men and women. For information about enrollment, contact Liz at 924-7292.

The Skeleton Crew is grateful to the Abbott Memorial Library board of directors for its scholarship program, making it possible for seniors to participate in the classes free of charge.

Adult Coloring Program 

Coloring is no longer just for kids. This favorite pastime of childhood has come into its own as an adult recreation in recent years. Where yesterday’s coloring supplies used to be limited to crayons and  cartoon figures printed on cheap paper;  today’s adult colorists have access to sophisticated markers, pens, and a host of beautiful designs and drawings on quality paper.  Not only do adults find coloring fun, it is has also been shown by a study conducted in 2005 that anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. Yoga experts recommend it as a calming therapy and alternative to meditation.  This Wednesday evening weekly program will be headed up by library volunteer Bertha Lyons.  Supplies will be provided to get participants started on their way to a new and relaxing hobby.


Monthly Book Club


Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.

In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate.

We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies, and reclaiming our democracies.

We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight for the next economy and against reckless extraction is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.

Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. 

Either we leap—or we sink.


We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 @ 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.

Library Trustees and Terms

Corey Pearson01/14 - 12/16
Richard Frank01/14 - 12/16
Connie Hall01/15 - 12/17
Wanda Curtis01/15 - 12/17
Ruth Fogg01/16 - 12/18
Judith Bennett01/16 - 12/18
Linda Tisdale01/16 - 12/16



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