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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!



Wednesday, August 14th.  Movie TBA.




Technology for Seniors

Aging well with technology  Classes begin August 6 10:30-11:30  Topics to be covered include: connecting through basic technology, protecting your digital presence, using technology for better health, getting what you need online.  These classes are being offered in co-operation with Age Friendly Dexter.  Refreshments to be served.  FMI: 259-5010 or


New books, audios and movies recently added to our collection



Banker, Ashok K.    Upon a burning throne
Beattie, Ann              A Wonderful stroke of luck
Epstein, Jennifer      Wunderland
French, Tana            The Witch elm
Golding, Melanie     Little darlings
Harper, Jane             The Lost man
Kelly, Martha Hall   Lost roses
Hillman, Robert       The bookshop of the broken hearted

Johnston, Michael   The Widening gyre
McCauley, Terrence  Dark Territory
Malerman, Josh            Inspection
Thayne, Rae Anne        The cliff house
Toews, Miriam               Women talking
Wilkins, Joe                    Fall back down when I die

Vale, Maria                     Forever wolf

Non Fiction

Pipher, Mary

Women rowing north

Dunn, Rob
Never home alone

Yamazaki, Hiromi
Japanese paper flowers

Dawe, Emily
Paper christmas: 16 papercrafting projects.

McKibben, Bill
Falter: has the human game begun to play itself out?

Obama, Michelle


Beschloss, Michael   Presidents of war
Bragg, Rick                The Best cook in the world
Child, Lee                  Past tense
Cook, Robin              Pandemic
Evanovich, Janet     Look alive twenty-five
French, Tana            The Witch elm
Glass, Charles           They fought alone
Grisham, John          The Reckoning
Hamilton, Steve        Dead man running
Idle, Eric                     Always look on the bright side
Mackintosh, Clare     Let me lie
Macintyre, Ben          The spy and the traitor
Macomber, Debbie   Alaskan holiday
Ng, Celeste                 Little fires everywhere
Nesbo, Jo                   Macbeth
O’Reilly, Bill              Killing the SS
Owens, Delia            Where the crawdads sing
Penny, Louise          Kingdom of the blind
Philbrick, Nathaniel In the Hurricane’s eye
Picoult, Jodi            A Spark of light
Pinker, Steven        Enlightenment now
Sandford, John      Holy ghost
Sides, Hampton     On desperate ground
Solomons, Natasha House of gold
Wein, Elizabeth      Code name Verity
Wein, Elizabeth      Rose under fire
White, Randy Wyne Caribbean rim
Zusak, Markus          Bridge of clay

Childrens Books

Avi                             The End of the world and beyond
Doyle, Catherine     The Storm keepers island
Henkes, Kevin         Winter is here


Juvenile Non Fiction

Beccia, Carlyn They lost their heads!
Hubbard, Rita L. Hammering for freedom
Sayre, April Bloom Boom!
Thimmesh, Catherine Camp Panda







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.



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 @ 6  P.M.)

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Coming up in July : Water: the epic struggle for wealth, power and civilization by Steven Solomon





In Water, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.”

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


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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