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.

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.

Grant Winner

The winner of the 2015 Grant is Cundy's Harbor Library. They will use the $500 to create an Inside Out Makerspace. Director Tricia Gordon plans to purchase an Osmo Starter Kit, iPad Mini 2, Makey Makey Classic Kit, and littleBits Premium Kit. The Inside Out Makerspace will be used both in the library and for community outreach.

Director of Cundy's Harbor Library, Tricia Gordon accepting check from Laurel Parker, FoML President.


In 2014, Falmouth Memorial Library was the recipient of a FoML Grant for their Flukes - A Ukulele Community Band Program. Library Director Andi Jackson Darling made  a brief presentation about the success of the project at the Annual Conference. Below is a link of one of the band's performances in Portland.

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Friends of Maine Libraries Week

October 16-22, 2016

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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