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. 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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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


Hi! I’m 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


Brass bells on Display

On loan this month is Leslie Steeg’s collection of vintage brass bells.  From the smallest tiny little bell to large bells shaped  like  women in colonial dresses.  Egyptian figures, apples and pinapples, ducks, and gnomes ; our display case holds them all.


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



Baldacci, David                  End game
Child, Lee                            The Midnight line
Cleveland, Karen                Need to know
Crais, Robert                       The wanted
Finch, Charles                     The Woman in the water
Gardner, Lisa                       Look for me
Hannah, Kristin                  The Great alone
Harper, Jane                        Force of nature
Hunt, Tom                            Killer choice
Krentz, Jayne Ann              Promise not to tell

Luna, Louisa                         Two girls down
McCall Smith, Alexander   A Time of love and tartan
Macy, Caitlin                          Mrs.
Moyes, Jojo                             Still me
Perry, Karen                           Girl unknown
Sundin, Sarah                         The Sea before us
Vaughn, Sarah                         Anatomy of a scandal
Wilson, Carter                          Mister Tender’s girl

Non Fiction

Beehleer, Bruce M,     North on the wing

Wolfe, Michael             Fire and Fury


Benjamin, Melanie       The Girls in the picture
Cleveland, Karen           Need to know
Harrison, Jim                 The Big event
Kerrison, Catherine       Jefferson’s daughters
Penny, Louise                 The Beautiful mystery
Bury your dead
The cruelest month
A Fatal grace
Glass houses

A great reckoning
A Long way home
The Nature of the beast
A Rule against murder
Still life
Peters, Elizabeth           The painted queen

Tudor, C. J.                     The chalk man
Woods, Stuart                Unbound

Childrens Books

Jae-Jones, S.                      Shadowsong

Napoli, Donna Jo               Hunger

Nijkamp, Marieke             Before I go

Juvenile Non Fiction

Koch, Melissa            3D Printing

Olson, Marc               The World Jesus knew


Sayre, April Pulley    Warbler Wave



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.


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,  May 30, 2018 @ 6 P.M.

Under Discussion  May 30, 2018



Probing analysis of where we are and how we got here with realistic assessment of how things could get worse but an overall upbeat view of the opportunity of turning these dark days toward a radically different, sustainable, just, and equitable society.


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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