Abbott Memorial Library


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Obituaries Book Club
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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 books. 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 in town shut-ins.

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Decorated windows after an early January storm.



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 is also closed on Tuesdays after a Monday holiday.
The Library phone number is 207-924-7292 and the Librarian can be reached either at this number or by E-mail


  Library Cards

Library cards are available free of charge to residents of Dexter, Exeter, Garland, Ripley and St. Albans.  Residents of other towns pay a yearly fee of $15.  When applying for a card please bring in a photo ID and proof of your physical address (if not on your photo ID).  This might be an electric bill, or mail from a business or government agency addressed to you at your home.

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Meet our Staff


This is Liz.  I direct operations at the library.  I order all books, movies, magazines and audio books as well as managing all programming and overseeing the maintenance of our beautiful building.  Speak to me if you have requests for books or movies or suggestions for new programs.


Hi!  I’m Barb.  I handle the circulation desk on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ask me if you need any help.



I’m Eileen and I love my job here at the library.   Working Tuesdays and Wednesdays,  I enjoy helping people with book choices, interlibrary loans, computer use, and photocopying.




Hi!  I’m Michelle and I work as a substitute, filling in when either Barb or Eileen is out sick or on vacation.


Library Cat

The library has a resident library cat named Poppy Seed.  She 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


Mother in the Kitchen figurines on Display

On loan this month is Leslie Steeg’s collection of vintage Mother in the Kitchen/Prayer Ladies china figurines.  Popular in the 1950s and 1960s.  The figurines were imported from Japan.  Most common are the ones with the figure dress in a pink dress.  Leslie’s collection includes some in blue clothing.  The figures are meant to be useful household items such as napkin or soap of spoon holders.


Archived Obituaries

The library’s Dexter obituary project is nearly finished; years 1866 through summer of 2016.  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 fall 2017 archived Ripley obituaries from 1870 through 1977 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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New books, audios and movies recently added to our collection


Bashardoust, Melissa        Girls made of snow and glass
Brown, Sandra                    Seeing red
Cleveland, David Adams   Time’s betrayal
Erdrich, Louise                    Future home of the living God
Francis, Felix                       Pulse
Gleason, Robert                  And into the fire
Haley, James L.                  A Darker sea
Haley, James L.                  The Shores of Tripoli
Kalogridis, Jeanne             The Orphan of Florence
Koontz, Dean                      The Whispering room
Kerr, Philip                         Prussian blue
Lepionka, Kristen             The last place you look
McCall Smith,Alexander The House of unexpected sisters
Quinn, Anthony J.            Trepass
Riva, Maria                         You were there before my eyes
Stabenow, Dana                Less than a treason
Tallent, Gabriel                  My absolute darling
Wingate, Lisa                     Before we were yours

Non fiction

Moore, Thomas
Ageless soul

Rather, Dan
What unites us : reflectons on Patriotism

Galaxy, Jackson
Total cat mojo

Bastianich, Lidia
Lidia’s celebrate like an Italian


Blakeslee, Nate       American wolf
Doiron, Paul            Knife Creek
Evanovich, Janet   Hardcore twenty-four
Follett, Ken             A column of fire
Ford, Jamie            Love and other prizes
Haley, James L.      A Darker sea
Haley, James L.      The Shores of Tripoli
Hayman, James      The Girl on the bridge
Honeyman, Gail      Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
McKeon, Kathy        Jackie’s girl
Montillo, Roseanne Fire on the track
Penny, Louise           Glass Houses
Sandford, John         Deep Freeze

Sedaris, David           Theft by finding : diaries 1977-2002
Shattuck, Jessica      The women in the castle
Stewart, Mary           The Last enchantment
Ware, Ruth                The Woman in cabin 10
Wein, Elizabeth         The Pearl thief
Winslow, Don            The Force




Library Photos

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“New”(almost) Book Drop

Thanks to our handy employees at the town garage, our old rusted book drop box has been  re-welded  and beautifully refurbished.  Thanks, guys you saved the town a bucket of money!



Fourth of July Parades

Two young library patrons pull the model of the library in Dexter’s 2016 Fourth of July parade.

Library staff and patrons participate in Dexter’s 2017 Fourth of July parade.


Biennial Book Sales

2017 Book Sale

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 will be in the summer of 2019.

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Library Exterior Resoration Project News!!




After patching up after each major rainstorm, the library trustees decided it was time do some restoration work our historic library.  A major exterior renovation project is underway at the library and the capital campaign has begun and historic architects are being consulted. The goal of the project is to: reslate the roof, install new copper gutters and eaves, install a new skylight, replace the old Lexan storm windows, restore the window frames, clean, fill and re-glaze the terra cotta, reconstruct the cracked brick cheek walls and install new stair railings in addition to re-pointing the masonry and granite foundation.  Donations are welcome or can be made directly into the Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union Abbott Memorial Library Restoration Fund.


DDATT (Dexter/Dover Area Towns in Transition) Meets the First Friday of each month.

DDATT’s mission is to help our area reduce our use of fossil fuels and create a more stable rural economy.

For more information on DDATT and future events, email to get on email news list, or call 277-4221 or 924-3836.

Seed Savers (meet irregularly at the library and local gardens)

Seed Savers.  The first “fruits” of the Seed Savers labors are” briefly” on display at the library.  These are tomato seedlings that were grown by the DDATT Seed Savers from the first crossing of last year’s tomato plants.    Most of these plants were produced by crossing Iron Lady a blight resistant variety with the tasty old standby Marglobe.   Members will be planting these seedling in their own gardens for the summer and harvesting seeds only from the hardiest, tastiest fruit for next years seedlings.  The Seed Savers are working at improving the flavor quality, hardiness, disease resistance,and  storage life of three common garden vegetables.  FMI contact Liz @ the library.

Local Authors Night

A very successful authors night was held recently at the library.  Four local authors read from their work, shared information on writing and publishing and sign copies of their work.  Authors participating were : Carol Feurtado of Dexter, Jake Morrel of Sangerville, Michelle Demoullin of Corinna and Meredith Josselyn of Dexter.



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Fiber Spinners

Area spinners meet at library on the fourth Saturday of each month @ 9:30 A.M.


Quilters, Knitters and Sewers

This local craft group meets twice monthly @ the library.  The first and third Wednesdays @ 6 P.M..  For more information contact Shirley @ 924-7429.



Christmas Tea 2017



The library celebrated a festive holiday Tea on Saturday afternoon, December 9.  An assortment of tea sandwiches and treats were served as well as tea(of course!),coffee and punch.  Live Christmas music was provided by Sara and Jane on flutes as well as the local DRHS Ukulele Club.  An ornament exchange followed.



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Library Book Club shares Thanksgiving Day together 2017



Monthly Book Club ( Meets the last Wednesday of each month @ 1 P.M.)




When : Wednesday,  January 31, 2018 @ 1 P.M.

With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.

Join us on Wednesday, January 31,   when we’ll meet to discuss this book.


On Sunday, September 10 the Book club said goodbye to long time member, Rose Mutch.  Rose was an inspiration to all of us.  Her far reaching interests inspired many of the books we chose to read.  We miss her input and her cheerful smile at every meeting.





Library Story Time (Meets weekly on Fridays)

 When :  Fridays @ 11 A.M.



Abbott Memorial Library holds Story Hour on Fridays at at 11 A.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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