News and Events

Upcoming 2019 Library Events

All Wiscasset Public Library programs are free and open to the public.


Mainers on the Titanic with Mac Smith Wednesday, July 17

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Wiscasset Public Library

Mainers on the Titanic traces the stories of passengers on that fateful ship who had ties to Maine. Many of them were wealthy summer visitors to Mount Desert Island, but there were many other residents of the state aboard as well. Their tales are retold in a lively way here, along with the sinking-related events in the state at that time. Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really happened to their loved ones aboard and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking, rescue, and arrival back in the country, and, for those who did not survive, their final coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s a unique and fascinating addition to the Titanic story and to Maine history.

About the author: A Navy veteran of the First Gulf War and former news reporter for the Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead. This is his first book.

What readers are saying:

“This book provides a lot of factual information and takes you inside the lives of several passengers with ties to Maine. It makes one feel a connection to those people. In spite of knowing the outcome of the fateful voyage, this book provides information of which I was not aware, especially how little time there actually was to try to get passengers off the ship and the amount of time it took for help to arrive. I found myself hoping for the survival of all, even while knowing it wouldn’t happen.”

“Smith weaves the stories of these people with one of the worst disasters of the 20th century with smart crisp writing making you want to turn the page to find out if they were a survivor or a causality. Well researched, from the millionaires of the day, to the middle class and those in steerage, all became as one in this well written account.”


Friends of Wiscasset Public Library Book Shares

April 19 and May 17 at 10:15 a.m. –  Come in and share titles with other enthusiastic readers.

Book Discussion

June 21 at 10:15 a.m. – Friends will discuss Christine Baker’s A Piece of the World

Inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s painting, Christina’s World, this book is set in Cushing, Maine. Some of the Friends plan to visit the Olsen House in Cushing in conjunction with the discussion. See the May newsletter for details.

Friends of the Wiscasset Public Library Prepare for Labor Day Bands for Books Event

For the sixth year, the Wiscasset Public Library will hold its annual Bands for Books event in September to raise money for the library. This year’s event takes place September 2, Labor Day, from 5-7 p.m., and is once again at the Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset — a lovely lavender farm bordering the Sheepscot River. The event is organized by Friends of the Library.

This year, for the third year in a row, the talented band the Salty Dogs is featured. They play rock ‘n’ roll music from the 1950s to the 2000s. Dancing is encouraged and the lively music makes it almost impossible not to join in the fun.

In addition to the music, the Bands for Books event includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction of inviting items and experiences. They include an hour-long scenic coastal airplane flight for three persons, a case of red and white wine, original paintings, prints, and gift certificates from several downtown Wiscasset stores, plus additional certificates for a facial, and a massage.

Prior to the event, tickets, at $20 per person, can be purchased at the Wiscasset Public Library at 21 High Street in Wiscasset or at Birch home furnishings and gifts at 72 Main Street, Wiscasset. Tickets will also be available, at $25 per person, the night of the event at the entrance to the farm on 155 Federal Street in Wiscasset. All the monies collected will be used to benefit the Wiscasset Public Library and will be specifically earmarked for a new door at the entry of the library and for painting that area so that it becomes a bright and welcoming space for all patrons.

The generous local sponsors include, Ames True Value Hardware, First Federal Savings, The First National Bank, and private patron Louana Frois.

So, mark your calendars, get ready to have some fun, and take home some wonderful auction items while helping update the library.

Picture: Carl Ward with the Wiscasset Library fundraiser poster he designed



2019 Trustees meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees will be held on  the third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.. Trustees reserve the right to cancel any meeting for which there is no outstanding business or to change the time and date to accommodate the ability for all Trustees to be able to attend the meetings..


Friends Book Discussion Group

The Friends of the Library hold a book discussion on the third Friday of each month at 10:15 a.m. in the Library’s Reading  Room.  The discussions are either based on the group sharing a single book or everyone bring a favorite book to talk about. This is a great way to learn about new titles and new authors. It is also an excellent way to spend a Friday morning. Newcomers are always welcome to join the fun and attend the meetings. Meetings are free and open to the public.


2019 Friends meetings
Regular meetings of the Friends will be held on  Mondays January 14, March 11, May 13, July 8, September 9 and November 11. Refreshments served at 9:30 am and meeting held at 10 am.