Whiton grew up in the Portland area and has fond memories of reading at the city’s library, which helped feed his curiosity and love of history. High school and college cross-country ski competitions often brought him to Aroostook and he served as the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s ski coach during the 2017-18 season.

After Whiton’s wife Tara was hired as a community health professor at UMPI in 2020, the couple moved to Wade with their son Rhys, 2. When the position of library director became open, Whiton knew it would be a great opportunity to combine his love of history and community spaces.

“One thing I’ve always loved is getting to know people and hearing histories of the places they’re from,” said Whiton, who is earning a doctoral degree in history from the University of Maine. “I think the library could be a major hub of the community like it was years ago.”

As part of his goals for the library, Whiton hopes to grow the digital archives and ebook collections, bring more SAD 45 students to the children’s and teen room and create events and programs that connect youth with older generations.

Paula Brewer • May 21, 2021, Star Herald

Tim Whiton, Library Director
Phone Number: (207)-455-4814
E-mail:   wml.me.1290@gmail.com

Courtney Howe, Children's Librarian
Phone Number: (207)-455-4814
E-mail:   wml.me.1290@gmail.com

For Howe, a Washburn native and UMPI graduate, becoming children’s librarian became was the ultimate way to continue her work with the library, after having volunteered for storytimes during the past year. She previously worked as a middle school teacher and operated her own daycare in Perham.

“I love working with children, so this job is the perfect fit for me,” Howe said. 

Once renovations are more complete, Howe would like to hold monthly craft activities for children, in addition to a biweekly storytime. She would also like to collaborate with the town to establish a Storywalk, a series of laminated pages from a children’s story placed alongside various points of a walking path or nature trail.

Howe is excited to begin a new chapter for Washburn’s library alongside Whiten. She is hopeful that the easing of COVID-19 restrictions will encourage more people to utilize library resources and stop by for community events.

“I think there’s going to be a real need for different ways to get the community involved [in the library],” Howe said. “I think Tim will be great at helping us get different age groups into the library.”

Paula Brewer • May 21, 2021, Star Herald

 

                    Current Board Members

 

     Appointed Annually:

 

Perham

 

Wade

 

Appointed for 3-yr terms by Washburn Town Council:

Expiring 2022

Expiring 2023

Expiring 2024

Town Manager :

 Donna Turner – townmanager@washburnmaine.org

Library Director :

 Tim Whiton – tim.whiton@gmail.com

Children’s Librarian :

 Courtney Howe – courtneyjeanhowe@gmail.com

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