Our mission is to support and advocate for all Maine libraries, and to serve as a resource for existing and evolving Friends groups.
FoML Grant Winners
Friends of Maine Libraries presented three awards at the Maine Library Association Conference on November 14, 2016. Each library below received a $500 grant for a special project that enhances library service and promotes stronger library-community relationships:
Scarborough Public Library to provide tote bags for the library's Outreach Program that provides materials to homebound patrons.
Soldiers Memorial Library in Hiram for the completion of their circulation/
Pictured: Laurel Parker and Pam Slattery-Thomas, Library Director Soldiers Memorial Library
The third recipient was unable to attend the Conference, but a grant was awarded to Gibbs Memorial Library in Washington for their Oral History Project. They will be able to capture the memories of Washington's oldest and elder citizens.
Congratulations to all three libraries. Thank you for the other groups who sent us a grant application. We wish we had enough money to fund them all. Thank you to the Friends of Maine Libraries members - it is your membership dues that enable us to award these grants.
What's UP at MSL?
Here's a glimpse of our "field trip" to check out the UP Room at the Maine State Library on November 3rd. Above is Becky LaBonte and Emily Stowers from MSL. See more photos on our Facebook post. These photos courtesy of our longtime FoML board member, advocate and business member Communicado! Nancy McGinnis who also organized the event.
The "Unlimited Possibilities" makerspace is now open for business on the second floor of the Maine State Library in Augusta. The room features 3-D printers, large scanners capable of digitizing and preserving photos, VHS-to-DVD transfer, and even a mini robot that rolls around people’s feet. There are tablet computers with computer aided design programs, an electronic cutting machine that slices and trims greeting cards and other scrapbook items, along with a printer that can reproduce maps. The room is available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by appointment Monday through Friday. For more information about the UP Room, please contact Becky LaBonte at (207) 287-5639.
Masonic Bikes for Books
Victor Oboyski described this program at the Annual Conference and his wife, Paulette, wrote a description of the Masonic Bikes for Books program for those who asked for more information.