Are you interested in supporting the Library in a meaningful way? Wiscasset Public Library is preparing its brick order for 2018.This is a beautiful, thoughtful way to honor a loved one, share a meaningful quote or create a lasting memory. When you purchase a brick it becomes a permanent part of the patio and walkway.
To purchase a 4×8 inch brick simply bring $100.00 with the text you wish engraved. The brick can have three lines with up to twenty spaces in each line. Spaces between words count as a space. To purchase an 8×8 inch brick, simply bring $200.00 with the text you wish engraved. These bricks have up to six lines with up to twenty spaces per line. Text is all capitals and centered on the brick. To make it easier to check your wording, templates of the 4×8 and the 8×8 bricks are available at the Library.
While many bricks have the names of individuals, some are engraved with a short quote or saying. Visitors are seen to spend time reading the bricks and enjoying the area.
The 2018 order will be sent out on June 29.
The Used Book Room (UBR) committee selected May 8 at 10 a.m. on which to spring clean the used book room (UBR). They are dedicated to keeping this area fresh and welcoming for the public. Twenty-three volunteers of the Friends of WPL have offered to help by staffing the sale, cleaning the space and shelving books.
The group is also planning to staff the UBR this summer. The UBR is open during all Library operation hours but will be staffed by Friends on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm.
The decision was made to increase the price of hard cover and trade paperbacks beginning May 1, 2018. Audios and videos remain priced at one dollar. Mass Market paperbacks will remain priced at one dollar. Trade Paperbacks (larger size paperbacks) will increase to $2.00 and Hard Covers to $3.00. There is a rolling cart of culled books now in the UBR that are on sale for a donation to the Library.
Come in and browse the shelves for some wonderful deals on clean books at better than reasonable prices.
This is a reminder the public has access to free databases at Wiscasset Public Library.
When using a computer that is online through the Library’s Wi-Fi, individuals can login at Ancestry Library and use the site for free.
There are also many databases and full text magazines and articles available online through Marvel for patrons to use at no charge.
Come in to search your family history or research the thousands of online resources at the Public Library.
Did you know?
The Friends of Wiscasset Library’s Used Book Room is open year round, whenever the Library itself is open! While members of the Friends staff the room several days a week during the summer, opening the door to the lovely patio outside, the room is also always accessible from inside the Library. Customers are free to browse for treasures in the beautiful new and newly lighted room downstairs, and pay for their purchases at the Circulation Desk. Following on a very successful Christmas sale and Christmas shopping event for children in December, we find that we have some really wonderful large or mint condition books that we are now featuring on the shelves below the display case in the Lobby. Priced at a fraction of their retail price, these books make wonderful gifts, or additions to your collection or coffee table. Prices remain unbelievably low in the Used Book Room itself ($1.00 for paperbacks and $2.00 for hardcover books), so please stop and take a look at our upstairs display, and spend some time in our quiet and cozy Used Book Room as well. All funds raised by the Friends go to support the Library and its many fine programs.
Dear Donors and Volunteers of the Wiscasset Public Library,
Each year the Library Board of Trustees sends out an annual appeal letter asking patrons to help fund Library services. And each year donors open their hearts and wallets to give.
Because of your contributions, the October storm in mid-coast Maine that took down over one thousand telephone poles and an innumerable number of trees in our area did not harm the Wiscasset Public Library even though the Library property has several tall maple trees with high and wide canopies.
The reason, this year the Library was able to hire an arborist to assess the health of the trees on the property. He found that almost all of the trees needed to be pruned and five trees were so decayed that they had to be removed. The library was able to pay for this project thanks to your generosity.
A few years ago, one of those maples, eight feet wide at the base, dropped a trunk through the Library roof, cracking a rafter and luckily missing the book stacks.
The November storm arrived in Wiscasset, the wind howled, trees fell, branches snapped all over town except on the Library property. Our beautiful, stately trees with their fresh pruning stood tall and strong and left no damage behind.
Your generosity protected the Library building, its collection and the surrounding properties from damage. Since there was no damage, the Library was able to open as soon as power was restored and to remain in service to patrons. Your donations made a real difference to the Library and so to the entire Town of Wiscasset.
This year several individuals volunteered their time to complete tasks in the Library. Checking shelves to assure that items are in the correct order and easy to find; shelving returned books; cleaning books of dust and freshening each room; processing labels and covers onto new books; assisting patrons with computer sign-in and use; running the circulation desk; and even cataloguing new items into the collection. All of this time was given in service as a gift to the public. Some of these volunteers came as Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library and some as patrons. All came, served and gave of themselves to keep the Library a welcoming place for the entire community.
Thank you, donors and volunteers, for your continued support.
The Trustees and Staff of the Wiscasset Public Library.
Wiscasset Public Library is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The King Foundation has generously granted the Library $25,000 to purchase a metal roof. The roof will be one and one half inch standing seam with24 gauge steel construction.
This is the third grant Wiscasset Public Library has received from the King Foundation. The Library was granted $25,000 in 2004 to upgrade the electronics and install a new network throughout the building. In 2007 The Library received $50,000 that enabled it to repoint the brick and paint the exterior, replace several windows and a list of other repairs that were needed at the time. This third grant brings the total to $100,000.
The generosity of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is well known to libraries around the state. Wiscasset Public is extremely fortunate and grateful that King Foundation has been so supportive to the Library’s needs and the needs of our patrons.
This grant was sought in keeping with the Library’s ongoing efforts to seek outside funding of capital projects in order to minimize requests for town funding.