"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~ Frederick Douglas~
The History of Washburn Memorial Library
The Washburn Memorial Library provides access to reading materials as well as educational programs for the entire community of Washburn, Maine.
From the Washburn Centennial Book
Washburn Memorial Library was opened in February, 1950. Much credit goes to the townspeople, Rotary Club and many interested citizens who gave time and money to erect this modern library. Also, much credit goes to Myrtle Smith, who has been the helpful and very faithful librarian for many years, long before this new library was built. Trustees of the new library were: Mrs. George Umphrey, Mrs. Alonso Flewelling, Roy Carter, and Ed Rollins.
From the Washburn Town Report 1949-50, Myrtle Smith, Librarian
The Washburn Memorial Library was organized about 1919. Since there are no records, other than the Town Report, the exact date of its beginning is not certain. In the 1919 report, it states that the total number of volumes were 540, many of which were gifts. At the present time, there are 4,000 items. As the library will be catalogued this year, and some of the worn books discarded, a more accurate and exact figure will be given at the next report. During the past 30 years, the books have been moved 4 times. The buildings have been very uncomfortable and inadequate for proper library administration. Many times the work has been discouraging, as we have felt the need of funds as well as moral support. ....We are happy to move to the new Washburn Memorial Library in early February. Now we shall strive to bring the library up-to-date in every way possible. The citizens should be proud of our new building and we sincerely hope they will visit us often and become acquainted with our work. We are grateful for the fine spirit of co-operation and generous donations which have made it possible to equip our building with needed essentials.
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