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Annual Town Report

2023

 Washburn Memorial Library

      Enriching Lives. Inspiring Minds. Creating Community

      1290 Main Street ~ Phone # 207-455-4814

 Hours:  Tuesday - Friday

             9:30am - 4pm

 

Here’s what your library card gets you!

  • Free patron library cards

  • A collection of over 13,000 various materials

  • 24/7 WI-FI Internet access, public lap top, + Maine Digital Library

  • Printing, copying, faxing

  • Seed Gardening Library

  • Book Fairs

  • Youth Summer & Winter Reading Programs

  • Toddler Story Time

  • DIY Take & Make Kits

  • Adult Yoga Class

  • Book Locker (to pick up your books after hours)

  • Book Drop Box (to drop off your books after hours)

  • Book Clubs: Teatime Virtual Book Club and Books & Brews Social Hour

  • August Fest events

  • Valentine's Blind Date with a Book

  • Genealogy (with access to Ancestry.com in-house)

  • Interlibrary Loan

  • CloudLibrary (offers online e-books and audio books) https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/WashburnMemorial/Featured

 

Access to over 13,000 Items

  • Books, magazines

  • Maine section

  • Large print books

  • Audiobooks (CDs)

  • DVDs

  • CloudLibrary (eBooks, audiobooks)

  • Digital Maine Library (online databases)

  • Bendable ME Learning Platform

 

Digital Maine Library
The Digital Maine Library provides access to 64 online resources that include a collection of articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference. It also provides students, businesses, library patrons, and educators the ability to use online resources and learning tools on topics such as:

  • Ancestry Business Collection      

  • Chilton’s Automotive

  • Gardening                  

  • Hobbies & Crafts

  • Home Improvement

  • Learning Express

  • Gale Cengage

  • LegalForms

  • Maine Memory Network

  • Maine News   

  • MEDLINE Plus   

  • MyHeritage

  • National Geographic Kids

  • Peterson’s Career Prep

  • Pronunciator Language Learning

Community Space: Barbara Porter Room

  • Community classes and programs

  • Toddler Time group

  • Quiet space- Reading, tutoring, meetings, community groups

 

Our 2023 Numbers

Total circulation item # = 4929 Checked In / 4975 Checked Out / 527 Renewed

Total patron count/headcount # of individual library uses = 3,500

 

Children’s Library

It has been a busy year of children's programs and activities plus some other special events. Here are some things that have been enjoyed by different age groups.

  • Toddler Time numbers have doubled since last year. We now have 20 to 25 children attending each Wednesday morning.

  • Summer and Winter reading programs have been a huge success with 15 to 20 children participating in each one.

  • Teddy bear sleepover was held during the August Festival.

  • Christmas, Valentine's, and Easter children's parties included reading, craft activities, and special snacks.

  • Outdoor story time was held in January, and a scavenger hunt was enjoyed by the children.

  • Homeschooling group has visited to learn library skills.

  • National crayon month was observed during March.

  • Dr. Seuss Day was celebrated on March 2nd.

  • Flower gardening was a special project for the toddlers and homeschooling group. We were able to enjoy the raised flower beds that were donated by a local family.

  • Lego Club was held in conjunction with the Washburn Recreation Department.

  • Monthly craft kits are prepared for interested crafters.

  • Washburn Recreation Department's senior group has enjoyed craft times and socializing.

It was a wonderful year of serving, learning, and reading!

Thank you for supporting your local library,

 

Cara Miller, Library Director

 

Courtney Howe, Children’s Librarian

https://www.washburnlibrary.com

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