Maine Libraries Assure Nervous CItizens That Hundreds of Thousands in New Grants Won’t Be Wasted on Buying Books


libraryAs 2011 came to a close several Maine libraries were the fortunate recipients of good news in the form of grants. The list includes only those libraries that reported this information to the Maine State Library.

Gibbs Library (Washington) received two grants. One was awarded by for $5,000. The money will be used to replace an 18 year old carpet with new carpet tiles. Another $5,000 came from the Davis Family Foundation to purchase eReaders and content as well as pay the subscription for the Downloadable Books consortia.

Buck Memorial Library (Bucksport) received $2,000 from the Maine Community Foundation/the Maine Charity Fund for the purchase of two public access computers.

Maine Medical Center Library (Portland) received $12,590 with an Express Outreach Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region to fund a Knowledge Management project. The project will initiate a repository of locally generated research and clinical & academic content to support a KM service built on the foundation of a pilot project with their Sports Medicine Department.

Monhegan Memorial Library received a grant from the Liza Underhill Fund in the amount of $2,800 to repair the gutters and replace the rotten woodwork on their building.

Camden Public Library received $20,000 from the Davis Family Foundation to replace carpeting and a $750 grant through the Maine Memory Network to digitize their Edna St. Vincent Millay collection.

Bailey Public Library (Winthrop) received $74,282 from the Communities for Maine’s Future program to replace the roof on their building.

The Patten Free Library (Bath) has been awarded a $3000 grant from the Alfred Senter Fund in Brunswick to purchase iPads as part of an early literacy program. The iPads will be used in small, supervised classes with parents and their pre-school children, and will focus on teaching and learning early reading skills.

The Bangor Public Library received a grant for $3,600 from the Maine Community Foundation for an E-Book Reading Club. The purpose is twofold: to provide access to new technology to those who have not yet experienced using E-Readers; and to reacquaint those who are using E-Readers with Library service in the “digital age”. The Library would purchase E-Readers loaded with the selected title to be discussed at a monthly book discussion group. Also pre-loaded would be reviews of the title, information about the authors and other interesting information about the book, the author and its subject. The Library would also purchase 5 additional digital copies of the title that could be borrowed by those having their own E-reader and 15 paperback copies and audiobook versions, if available. This would allow group participants to see which format best suits an individual’s need. After the first year, these kits could be passed along to other reading groups, at this or other libraries.

Another Davis Family Foundation grant in the amount of $6,000 went to the Auburn Public Library. The funds will be used for their Teen Space. Worn out and broken furniture will be replaced, a flat screen LED TV with built in DVD for the room will be purchased and healthy snacks will be provided to teens each week for one year. The grant will also fund after-school homework help for teens 5 hours per week for the next 20 weeks.

Springvale Public Library received a Let’s Talk About It” Maine Humanities grant for a “Making Sense of the Civil War” book discussion program which they will coordinate with Parson’s Memorial Library and Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library.

Long Lake Public Library (St. Agatha) also received the same grant for a series entitled “Entering Nature: Contemporary Views of the Human Self in the Natural World.”

Washington County Community College was awarded $25,000 for print books to update various subject areas. This was part of a grant awarded to the Maine Community College System by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

The Naples Public Library received a grant in November from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation in Portland. The purpose of the grant is to improve access to technology. This will include upgraded equipment, monthly classes for library patrons, upgrade and secure our wireless network, provide eReaders, and provide an audio listening center in the children’s library.
Bridgton Public Library (Youth Services) was just awarded a planning grant from Maine Reads for $250 for the next three years. The Jesup Memorial Library (Bar Harbor) recently received $8,419 from the Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation and $5,000 from the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lyman Trust to replace antiquated skylight panels with laminated glass.

Baxter Memorial Library received a $250.00 planning grant from Maine Reads! Community Literacy Project.

January 12, 2012
Maine State Library

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