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.   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.


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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Free Wednesday movie night!

On Wednesday, September 11 @ 6 P.M.  the Abbott Memorial Library  will be showing  Alfred Hitchock’s 1963 film  The Birds.  The film focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodea Bay, California over the course of a few days.

The film stars Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and introduces Tippi Hedren in her screen debut.  Based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier, the screenplay was written by Evan Hunter

In 2016, The Birds was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.  As always, free refreshments will be served.  FMI : 924-7292


Technology for Seniors

The National Digital Equity Center is pleased to offer a FREE Aging Well with Technology workshop to the residents of Dexter.  Our first program will be on Saturday, September 14 will be taught by Deb Parker and will be titled “Getting to know your device.”  Join us for either a very basic entry level computer class or help using your device.

The Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative is a program of the National Digital Equity Center committed to closing the digital divide in rural Maine.  Our AmeriCorps Members are trained Digital Literacy Instructors who will be providing a FREE Aging Well with Technology workshop at the Abbott Memorial  Library on  Saturday, September 14 at 11 A.M.  FMI: 259-5010 or


New books, audios and movies recently added to our collection



Alger, Cristina             Girls like us

Archer, Sarah               The Plus one
Brockman,Cambria    Tell me everything

Dykes, Amanda           Whose waves these are

Jackson, Josslyn         Never have I ever
McKinty, Adrian         The Chain
Manning, Kirsty         Song of the the Jade Lily
Miller, Rowenna        Fray

Robotham, Michael   Good girl, bad girl
Thompson, Kelly        Nancy Drew: palace of wisdom
Tomlinson, Max         Vanishing in the Haight


Non Fiction

Preston, Richard
Crisis in the Red Zone

Israel, Lee
Can you every forgive Me?

Lambert, Ray
Every man a hero




Juvenile fiction and easy Books

Ahmadi,Arvin              Girl gone viral
Anchin, Lisa                 The little green girl
Davies, Nicola             Hummingbird
Donnelly, Jennifer     StepSister
Floca, Brian                Moonshot
Kadohata, Cynthia    A Place to belong
Kaufman, Amie         Aurora Rising

Juvenile Non Fiction

Barton, Chris
What do you do with a voice like that?

Brandon, Marie Miller
Robert E. Lee : the man, the soldier, the myth

Challoner, Jack
Stem Lab

Lopez, Silvia

Maurer, Richard
Destination moon







Our New Makerspace







This picture is of our first  laser cut and engraving project! We all hovered over the Glowforge machine to watch it as it made this project 🙂 Come check out this new resource at the Makerspace downstairs Tues-Fri 3-5, and Saturdays 10-1! What would you like to make with the new laser cutter and engraver?  Come downstairs is see what Mrs. Millette is creating.

Alicia Millette, Makerspace Maestro



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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.




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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.



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



Christmas Tea 2018






The library celebrated a festive holiday Tea on Saturday afternoon, December 8.  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.  An ornament exchange followed.  As soon as the ornaments were removed from the basket, Poppy staked it out for a new napping site.



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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.)

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Join us on Wednesday, September 25 @ 1 P.M. when we’ll meet to discuss this book.

Our towns : a 100,000 mile journey into the heart of America by James Fallows.  Join us on September 25 @ 1 P.M.  when we’ll meet to discuss this book.

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to

take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign.

The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself.



Under Discussion in October : Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.



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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