Friends of Maine Libraries

Helping the People Who Help Maine's Libraries

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. 

Pictured: Laurel Parker, President FoML and Nancy Crowell, Library Director Scarbourogh Public Library

Soldiers Memorial Library in Hiram for the completion of their circulation/
reception area and printer station.

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.

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Letter of Support

Hi Everyone,

Back around 2003 after the first-ever Teen Summer Reading Program at Auburn Public Library we decided to write a grant for $500 to FOML for fall/winter programming and called it Arts Infusion....two of the offerings would include comic book drawing and guitar instruction for teens and we got the grant....(I still have the hand-written letter confirming that we had gotten the grant). We would not have been able to provide those programs, at the time, without the grant.

Last fall, the public library in Raymond which has a teeny tiny budget for programming AND how valued this library is for children we decided to submit a grant for $750 for informational children's books and a Maine author for a bedtime story time. The library was awarded the grant....exactly 10 years FOML has been doing great work for a long time....

Grants aren't the only thing they offer....if you have a moment take a look at the website.

I have just sent my check in for $25 to the Friends of Maine Libraries to renew my membership and have printed out some brochures from their website to hand out in the library. This check is one of best checks I have written in a while!!

Sally Holt
Raymond Village Library

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