Washburn Memorial Library Report for 2019

Hours: Tuesday: 1-7; Wednesday – Friday: 10-4:30, Saturday: 9-12

book donations listed below



Every corner of the Washburn Memorial Library is being used and enjoyed. The building provides space for the Girl Scouts to meet, the knitters from the Knitting Studio to knit, the toddlers to hear a story and do some crafts during Toddler Story Time, the elementary and high school students to come for a Saturday craft time, the book club to meet, the Summer Reading Program children to learn more about space, the first time computer people to begin to feel comfortable with using a computer, and the Lego group to explore the amazing versatility of LEGO. The WML attendance in 2019 is estimated at over 4,500 visits. The Barbara Porter Room had over 700 people use that beautiful room this last year! You can visit our library website at https://www.washburnlibrary.com to keep current with what is happening at the library. Our Facebook page is also a great place to visit.

Library services are free and include high-speed Internet access, computer use, ILL (Interlilbrary Loan), Maine Digital Library, iPads, community events, CloudLibrary with library card, Toddlers Story Time, HertitageQuest or Ancestry Library to explore your background, and OPAC (online public access catalog) to search for your favorite read or movie.

Ye Olde Book Shoppe became a source of revenue for the library through shoppers' generous donations. It is regularly open Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. and anytime during the day that the library is open. The Board of Trustees has done a great job of keeping it updated and in order for your shopping pleasure. The money from the book store is going toward a new children's area. The Saturday during August festival saw over 60 people shopping.

The Lego grant provided the library with money to purchase enough Lego pieces to offer a Lego group for children from grades 4, 5, and 6. In cooperation with Marcie from the rec center, this group enjoyed the adventure of LEGO. Thanks to Marcie and the teenagers who helped her during the 6 weeks that this program ran. The United Way of Aroostook provided each student with a Lego set upon completion of the six weeks.

In preparation for the Summer Reading Program several of the elementary classes came to visit the library. SRP ran for 5 weeks with Emerson Turner and friends facilitating a weekly get together for those children participating. SRP revolved around space. Those who completed the program were eligible for some great prizes, a Nook, an iPad keyboard and an iPad cover. Eight children took part in this program.

In the fall all the lights were replaced with LED lights which have really brightened up the building. A heat pump was installed where the air conditioner was. Both of these projects will hopefully lower our electricity and heating bills. Jared Leadbetter from the State library came and installed a device that will count every time someone logs on to our WiFi. It will be a useful tool for reporting to the state and help the library continue to receive its WiFi connection.

Girl Scouts met 25 times during the year with an average of 6 girls attending. Toddler Story Time met 17 times with an average of 6 children attending. Thank you to Laura Hale and Courtney Howe for facilitating this program. The Knitting Studio began meeting Tuesday evenings with an initial group of 14 women and children. This group continues to meet weekly from 6 to 8pm. Come to knit, come to learn, come to share. The book club met during the winter months and disbanded in the summer from lack of interest. The Lego group met for 6 weeks in the spring with 8 children participating. Thank you to Marcie and several high school volunteers for making this program so much fun. Mrs. Sines 1st grade class has been coming monthly to the library since school started up again this fall. The students get to browse the library for books of their choice and have a story.

The library had 3,819 patron visits and 2, 649 people who logged on to use the computers' internet.

Weeding and inventory continue. 644 items were added to the collections. 3,466 items were deleted from the collections. The current number of items in the library are 17,202. During the year 2,478 items were checked out by the patrons.

This fall the board decided to change the hours the library was open. The new hours are at the top of the page. We have received our 501(c)(3) status which allows us to apply for some grants that otherwise we would be missing out on. Thank you to Jeremiah McIntosh for attaining and supporting our 501(c)(3) status. The library will be applying for another Stephen King grant to help with getting the new childrens' area complete.

Thanks to the board and many, many volunteers who make the library a vital part of our community. Also a big thank you to WDHS's woodworking club for their work and continued support.


Respectfully submitted,


Lois Walton

Book Donations from 2019:


Christina Maynard

Santa Fe Edge by Stuart Woods

Likely to Die by Linda Fairstein

Romance by Ed McBain

Tiffany Dubois

Barney's Great Adventure VHS


Beverly Knowles

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The Pioneer Homes of Washburn Maine by William Tasker

A Portrait of Maine by Chenoweth Hall

The A.D. Chronicle by Brock and Bodie Thoene

First Light

Second Touch

Third Watch

Fourth Dawn

Fifth Seal

Sixth Covenant

Seventh Day

Eighth Shepard

Ninth Witness

Tenth Stone

Eleventh Quest

Twelfth Prophecy

Zion Legacy by Brock and Bodie Thoene

Jerusalem Vigil

The Jerusalem Schrolls

Thunder from Jerusalem

Jerusalem's Heart

Stones of Jerusalem

Jerusalem's Hope

Jersusalem Chronicles by Brock and Bodie Thoene

When Jesus Wept

Take This Cup From Me

Behold the Man

The A. D. Scrolls by Brock and Bodie Thoene

The First Stone

Twilight of Courage by Brock and Bodie Thoene

Zion Covneant by Bodie Thoene

Jerusalem Interlude

Danzig Passage

Warsaw Requim

Shiloh Legacy by Bodie Thoene

In My Father's House

A Thousand Shall Fall

Say to This Mountain

Still Life by Louise Penny

Jackie O'Clair

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair

Getting to the Other Side of Grief by Susan J. Zonnabelt-Smeenge R.N. Ed. D. and Robert C. DeVries, D.Min.Ph.D.

Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies by Marta Felber

A Decembered Grief by Harold Ivan Smith

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo

Spark Joy by Marie Condo

The Libra Foundation

Missing Bones by Phyllis J. Perry

Remarkable Minds by Pendred E. Noyce

Seeking the Snow Leopard by Jon Miceler

Mosquitoes Don't Bite Me by Pendred E. Noyce

The Perilous Case of the Zombie Potion by PendredE. Noyce

The Baffling Case of the Battered Brain by Pendred E. Noyce

The Vicious Case of the Viral Vaccine by Pendred E. Noyce

The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis by Owen R. Liu

The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest by Peter Y. Wong and Penred Noyce

Gasparilla's Gold by Sandra Markle

Maine State Library

Islandborn by Junot Diaz

Irving Berlin by Nancy Churnin

Elbow Grease by John Cena

Rice from Heaven by Tino Cho

The Forever Tree by Teress Surratt and Donna Lukas


Treat Memorial Library

Maze Master by Kathleen O'Neal Gear


Cary Medical Center

I'm Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer's Care by John Zeisel

The 36-Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

Dementia Beyond Drugs by G. Allen Power, MD

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's by Joanne Loenig Cost

There's Still a Person in There. The Complete Guide to Treating and Coping with Alzheimer's by Michael Castleman, Matthew Naylons and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care DVD

In-Home Dementia Care: Tips and Techniques DVD

Sandra Flewelling

I Spy Extreme Challenge

I Spy Treasure Hunt

Lindley Hadley

Tuesday's With Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Bob Fitzmaurice

Felix Eats Up by Rosemary Wells

Raj and the Best Day Ever! By Sebastien Braun

A New Home by Tania de Regil

Laura Hale

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been by Russell Pinter

Nicol Sponberg

You are Free, Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons

Mosaic by Amy Grant

BOB Books by Scholastic

Millie Bennett

2014 – 2018 Salmon Brook Historical Society Quilt Show and Tea

Courtney Howe

Puppy Dog Pals DVD

Keith Brown

Massacre at Sand Creek by Gary L. Roberts


My Body Is Special and Belongs to Me! By Sally Berenzweig and Cherie Benjoseph

Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect by Jaynene Sanders

Who Has What? All About Girl's Bodies and Boy's Bodies by Robie H. Harris

Fryeburg Public Library

Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Louise Cole

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Gene and Londa Brown

Among the Shadows by Bruce Robert Coffin

David Rand

Constellations by Govert Schilling

Kathy St. Jean

The Dumb Bunnies Easter by Dav Piltery

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Scholastic

My Loose Tooth by Stephen Krensky

Puppy Birthday to You! By Scott Albert

Toy to Toy by Tennant Redbank

Tiger Can't Sleep by S. J. Fore

Merry Christmas Curious George by H.A. Rey

Valentine Party by J. and M. Berenstain

Biscuit's Valentine Party by Alyssa Capucilli

Biscuit's Pet and Pla by Alyssa Capucilli

The Little Train by Lois Lenski

He Bear She Bear by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Snow Happy to be Here by Cheryl Hawkinson

Baby Bear's Books by Jan Yolen

Karen Flewelling

Home Sweet Home by Deb Bird and Maddie Healey

Jazemine Chilzer

Who Knew 10,001 Easy Solutions to Every Problems by Bruce and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin

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Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday     10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday          10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday        9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Washburn, ME   04786

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Lois Walton, Librarian

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