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  • 14 Feb 2017 7:22 PM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Sometimes, library trustees and Friends groups initiate special campaigns for fundraising, voter support, and municipal budget proposals. There’s a handy workbook A Power Guide for Successful Advocacy from ALA’s United for Libraries section that can help plan advocacy campaigns including assembling a leadership team, setting goals, developing promotional messages, and implementing outreach strategies.

    Find the Power Guide and other helpful resources at .

  • 21 Jan 2017 9:16 AM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    United for Libraries (ALA's Trustee and Friends section) has published an online free booklet on how to get community grants. Library boards and Friends groups might find this a useful guide to identifying and requesting funding from local businesses and organizations. Getting Grants in Your Community

  • 21 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    The Maine Public Library Fund check-off was approved in the second session of the 125th Maine State Legislature. Maine citizens can donate to the fund on the Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions. The fund is administered by the State Librarian. All money deposited in the fund and the earnings on that money remain in the fund to be used to provide grants to free public libraries for use in providing services identified as priority services by the State Librarian. 

    In November 2016 grants were awarded to 17 public libraries. There will be another

    round of grants in Spring 2017. See Maine Public Library Fund for list of grant

    recipients and application.

  • 30 Jan 2016 9:36 AM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Cynthia Lord explains: "I give one doll away in January to the first Maine public librarian (or person who can speak officially for the library, since Maine has such a variety of library set ups, as you know) who doesn't have a doll lending program and would like to try one and asks for it. So it's been a random thing as to when I put the offer out. And to be honest, that works well, because then I don't feel like I'm disappointing people--if it were a more regular thing I might have to *choose* and that's hard. So far, the dolls have gone to Biddeford, Winslow, Appleton, Washington, and now Cherryfield. I check in once a year with those librarians and see if anything needs replacing. The dolls are for playing with after all, and I'm glad to replace anything that needs it." Be prepared now for next year-- send Cynthia a friend request on FB!  Learn about Cherryfield's experience at

  • 03 Nov 2015 3:49 PM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Eight Maine libraries made the list

  • 25 Apr 2015 8:28 AM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Former Maine Librarian, Steve Donosco has distilled much of his knowledge about bringing dynamic programming to libraries on a shoestring into an ebook.  Steve worked at the Rockland Public Library for 12 years before moving to Equador, and here's what he has to say about his book:

    Quality Library Programs For Less illuminates pathways by which small libraries can present a quality weekly adult program series for an average of $25 per week or less. The author did so for twelve years in a rural town of eight thousand people, with little funds yet much passion and enthusiasm. These programs included author readings, poetry performances, travel slide shows, history talks, science and natural history presentations, theatrical performances, musical performances, films with discussions and more.Through cosponsoring programs with community organizations, connecting with library patrons and networking with library friends and board members, the author was able to present a broad and diverse group of adult programs. These included presentations by a Nobel prize physicist, an Academy award winning documentary filmmaker, an internationally acclaimed one-woman theater performance, a talk and screening with a "Star Trek" actor/director, and many more. See more about Quality Library Programs For Less at: Cost $9.99.

  • 02 Mar 2015 5:51 PM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Linda Lord, retired State Librarian, wrote an article, "Libraries: What to Expect and Why They Should Be Supported," for the February issue of the Maine TownsmanIt's full of excellent talking points about the value of libraries.

  • 25 Feb 2015 7:46 PM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is reminding all business and nonprofit entities on file with the Secretary of State's Office that annual reports are due by June 1, 2015. Annual Reports can be filed quickly and easily using Maine's online filing system at  Payment may be made by Visa, Mastercard, Discover, electronic check or subscriber account. The annual report fee is $85 for domestic business entities, $150 for foreign business entities and $35 for domestic or foreign nonprofit corporations.

    As a convenience, if you filed online in a previous year, the information you provided at that time will automatically be available online for you to review, update and re-file. You will not need to re-enter unchanged information. For subscribers, there is functionality to assist you with managing multiple annual report filings. These include "Save for Later" and "View Filed Reports."

    Another online service allows non-commercial clerks or non-commercial registered agents to change their addresses. Additionally, this service allows an authorized individual of a foreign entity (organized outside Maine) to change the principal or home office address. If you need to make these or other address changes separately from the online annual report filing, please use our Change of Address Online Service at .

    If you must file using a paper annual report, you may download your entity's preprinted paper at form by using our Create a Preprinted Annual Report Form service. The filing deadline is June 1, 2015; however, the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions encourages you to file your report by April 1, 2015, to avoid delays or inconveniences. The bureau is sending out official reminders via email today. A late-filing penalty will be assessed on all reports received after June 1, 2015. Late-filing penalties are $50 for for-profit businesses and $25 for nonprofit corporations.

    If you have any questions about your Annual Report filing or changing your address, please call our office at (207) 624-7752 or send an email. When contacting our office or using any of our online services, your charter number must be provided, as this is your unique identifier.

  • 04 Nov 2014 6:35 AM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the six libraries in Maine who attained Library Journal's "Star" status!

    1. Camden Public Library

    2. Southwest Harbor Public Library

    3. Skidompha Public Library

    4. Witherle Memorial Library

    5. Lubec Memorial Library

    6. Peabody Memorial Library

  • 14 Oct 2014 9:46 PM | Barbara Rehmeyer (Administrator)

    Dawn Logsdon & Lucie Faulknor have created a Kickstarter campaign to make a film about America's amazing public libraries and the urgent need to keep them open, innovating, and free for all. To learn about their project and to donate, go to Kickstarter.

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