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.  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.


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


Feist, Raymond     King of ashes
Finn, A. J.              The Woman in the window
McLain, Paula       Love and ruin
McCarthy, Rob     A Handful of ashes
Weir, Alison          Jane Seymour : the Haunted Queen


Non Fiction

Berry, Wendell      The Essential Wendell Berry
Fleming, Laura      Kickstart guide to great makerspace
Fuse, Tomoko        Origami Boxes : beautiful paper gift boxes


Cohen, Lorenzo         Anti-Cancer living
Follett, Ken                Jackdaws
Harris, Robert           Munich
John, D. B.                 Star of the north
Kinsella, Sophie        Surprise me
McHugh, Laura         Arrowood
Mackintosh, Clare    I see you
McLain, Paula           Love and ruin
Pollan, Michael         How to change your mind
Towles, Amor           A Gentleman in Moscow


Childrens Books

Applegate, Katherine       Ending the last
Bliss, Bryan                       We’ll fly away
Miller, Samuel                  A Lite too bright
Perkins, Lynne                 Secret sisters of the salty sea
Schmidt, Tiffany              Bookish boyfriends : a date with Darcy

Juvenile Non Fiction

Capek, Michael     The Wilhelm Gustloff story
Collard, Snead      Woodpeckers : drilling holes and bagging bugs
Ives, Rob                Build your own rockets and planes


New Movies

Darkest hour
Father Brown, season 1 & 2
Get Out
I, Tonya
Mad Men, season 1
The Southerner
Tis is us, season 1
Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri






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!!


Nearly half the building is shrouded in scaffolding as the masons begin work.



After a successful year of fundraising, our beautiful library is undergoing the extensive repair work required to restore the building to it’s original beauty.

Damaged terracotta spandrel panel between upper and lower stack window has been removed. A mold of the spandrel panel will be made and new panel replacements cast and installed.

Despite the clutter and chaos of the restoration, the rhododendrons bloom in all their glory.









Another Successful Seed and Scion Swap

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 the library and DDATT hosted their fifth annual seed swap.  The swap was well attended with lots of gardening tips (and seeds and scions) being exchanged by participants.  Following the swap, DDATT’s Seed Savers met to discuss last year’s tomato/squash/pepper trials and form a plan for this growing season.  The Seed Savers will meet again in mid June for a tomato pollination workshop. Time and location to be determined.




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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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 @ 6 P.M.)

When : Wednesday,  June 27, 2018 @ 6 P.M.


Written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates recapitulates American history and explains to his son the “racist violence that has been woven into American culture.” Coates draws from an abridged, autobiographical account of his youth in Baltimore, detailing the ways in which institutions like the school, the police, and even “the streets” discipline, endanger, and threaten to disembody Black men and women. The work takes inspiration from James Baldwin‘s 1963 The Fire Next Time. Unlike Baldwin, Coates sees white supremacy as an indestructible force, one that Black Americans will never evade or erase, but will always struggle against.




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.



                                   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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