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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.   On Christmas Day in 1894 at a special town meeting, George Abbott turned the deed to the building and grounds over to the town.  A special gold coin was presented by the town to Mr. Abbott as a token payment for his generous gift.  The gold coin is still in the possession of family descendants.  In 1894 it housed a collection of 4,017 books leaving many shelves bare.  Today the shelves are bursting with a collection of over 26,000 volumes.


The Library is open full time.  Covid restrictions are as follows :


Tuesday through Friday 9:30-6 pm

Saturday: 9:30-2:30 pm

We ask that patrons  wear masks.  Public computers will be available for thirty minutes per  person,  per day.  Please use hand sanitizer and wipe down the keyboard and mouse.  No public  restrooms. 

FMI:  924-7292


Siesta Sanctuary’s Visit to the library

On November 23 the library was visited by a beautiful (and noisy) flock of parrots.  Over 50 people packed the downstairs meeting room to hear about the lives and visit with these incredible creatures.


In 2006 Margaret and Fritz Buschmann founded the non-profit Siesta Sanctuary as a home for parrots who have been displaced and need permanency.

Parrots are wild animals that live 30-80 years. They are very intelligent and social and, in the wild, thrive as part of a flock. It is our mission to recreate the flock for parrots that have had their human flock disrupted; seldom can humans accommodate a pet through all the family life changes in 80 years!

Our parrots have come to us from rescue organizations, owners moving to nursing homes or apartments, spouses objecting to the bird, birds with problem behaviors that disrupt the home and birds that other folks have rescued but couldn’t keep.

All birds we take in will have permanent sanctuary. Here the parrots live in a flock, can fly and learn to behave like birds. Many birds that come to us have lived alone. Nearly all have found a mate or best friend. We delight in all this social activity and the odd couples that develop.



Three Decades of Service





Town Manager Trampas King presents librarian Liz Breault with a certificate of appreciation for thirty years of employment with the Town of Dexter.


                                                     Poppy Seed “Poppy”

The Abbott Memorial Library’s beloved cat, Poppy passed away on January 22nd, 2020.  Coming to us as a kitten in 2002, for more than 17 years, she was a fixture at the library.  She brought everyone joy, love and laughter.  Thousands of hands reached out to stroke her fur and she never scratched, nor bit anyone.  She especially loved children and would trot off to find them when she heard their voices.

Our sweet black furred one is gone.  Gone is the warmth, the purring,  the beating of a loving heart.  Our library will never be the same without her.  Rest in peace, sweet Poppy.



Civil War Memorial Urn

Rick Whitney of the Dexter Historical Society gives a presentation on the history of the G.A.R(Grand Army of the Republic) while Eric Boothyroyd of the Sons of Union Veterans stands at attention.  The flower urn was presented to the town in 1929 in memory of the G.A.R.   Restored by Tina Santos of Dexter it has stood at the foot of Dexter’s Civil War monument for 90 years.



Archived Obituaries

The library’s Dexter obituary project is nearly finished; years 1866 through 2017.  Click here for the current database of Archived Obituaries. Beginning in November of 2014, we started 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


Fiction Books

Adrian, Emily                             Everything here is under control
Banville, John                            Snow
Belli, Kate                                    Deception by gaslight
Bradley, Alan                              Golden tresses of the dead
Buchanan, Cathy Marie           Daughter of Black Lake
Franklin, Ariana                       Death and the maiden
Grisham, John A                      Time for mercy
Hausmann, Romy                   Dear child
Hilderbrand, Elin                    Troubles in paradise
Keir, Linda                               The Three Mrs. Wrights
Koontz, Dean                           Elsewhere
McDermid, Val                       Still life
Perry, Anne                             A question of betrayal
Picoult, Jodi                           The Book of two ways
Swann, christopher                Never turn back
Rankin, Ian                              A Song for the dark times
Robinson, Kim Stanley          The Ministry for the future
Schwab, V. E.                          The Invisible life of Addie laRue
Sawyer, Kim Vogel                The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow
Unger, Lisa                              Confessions on the 7:45

Non Fiction

Arsenault, Kerri      Mill Town : reckoning with what remains
Logevall, Fredrik    JFK : coming of age in the American
Century, 1917-1956
Michaelis, David     Eleanor
Quinn, Colin            Over Stated : a coast-to-coast roast of the
50 states


Juvenile fiction and easy Books

Cesare, Adam            Clown in a cornfield
DeSelm, Lisa              The Puppetmaster’s apprentice
Lacour, Nina               Watch over me
Levine, Arthur A.        The Hanukkah magic of Nate Gadol
Schaap, Annet            Of Salt and shore
Wolf, Allan                 The Snow fell three graves deep


Juvenile Non Fiction

Bascomb, Neal                  The Racers : how an outcast driver….
Rocco, John                      How we got to the moon




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.


Library trustees carry a living flag in the 2020 parade

Left to right :  Lisa Cromwell, Tina Santos, librarian Liz Breault, Teresa Brzustowicz, Marisa Wing all wearing flag face masks.





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Library Exterior Restoration Project Completed!!


Nearly half the building was shrouded in scaffolding as the masons began work.



After a successful year of fundraising, and an entire summer and fall of exterior work, our beautiful library has been restored to it’s original beauty.


Our recently installed donor “card catalog” has been permanently installed just outside of the library’s reading room. Each “drawer” bears the name or names of a business or individual who donated to our 2018 restoration project.  Pictured is Ed Clark  who designed and installed the donor cabinet.  Thanks, Ed.


Restoration Celebration

On Saturday, September 7 , 2019  the library trustees celebrated the completion of the restoration project which was begun in 2017.  A small crowd was in attendance to listen as Town Manager, Trampas King spoke briefly thanking all those involved in the exterior restoration project.  Carol Shurburne of the library board shared a letter written by the great grandchildren of library donor George A. Abbott.  Alicia Millette spoke  about the library’s new Makerspace which allows exposure to new technology and creativity to our area children.  Engraved roof slates from the original roof were presented to board treasurer Judy Bennett and former board chair, Ruth Fogg.  A slide presentation on the actual building work was given by Ruth Fogg, followed by a variety of beautiful and delicious refreshments.  The library restoration which is a credit to the town, was made possible by a large number of very generous donors.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of them.




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 of each month @ 6 P.M..  For more information contact Shirley @ 924-7429.



Christmas Tea 2019





The library celebrated a festive holiday Tea on Saturday afternoon, December 7.  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 Holly on their euphoniums.  An ornament exchange followed.



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Tenth Anniversary of the book club


Library Book Club  10th Anniversary Celebration  April 2008-April 2018

14 members of the library’s Book Club meet on Wednesday April 25th to celebrate the club’s tenth anniversary.   An Anniversary Dinner was served featuring foods of the 1950s.  Members had just completed reading David Halberstam’s The Fifties.  Some of the favorite foods of the fifties included Spam sandwiches, swedish meatballs, corned beef hash, deviled eggs and tuna noodle casserole.


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


Join us on Wednesday, November 25 @ 1 P.M. when we’ll meet to discuss On Fire: the burning case for a Green New Deal.  We’ll be discussing this important book at the library’s meeting room.  Face masks are required!

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Bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything , makes the case for a Green New Deal–explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet–and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices.

Join us on Wednesday, December 30 for a discussion of :

Second hand : travels in the new global garage sale by Adam Minter

Downsizing. Decluttering. Discarding. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind.

In Secondhand, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?





Library Story Time ( On hiatus )

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  Fridays @ 11 A.M.



                                   Poppy Seed the cat supervises story time.

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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A recent musical storytime  was held with Miss Nellie(center)



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