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.

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.

Annual Conference

The Friends of Maine Libraries Annual Conference

"Libraries and Friends: Past, Present and Future" 

October 6, 2015 at Belfast Free Library

Connecting Friends (Friends with a capital 'F') and making new friends was the focus of the Annual Conference. Friends from all over the state gathered in Belfast on a lovely autumn day. They shared  a common love for libraries and a mission to support Maine libraries as the community anchor institutions that they are. It was a day of sharing challenges and celebrating successes. 

A list of attendees and their emails:  2015FoML_Annual-Conference.pdf

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Jamie Ritter, Maine State Librarian, and Linda Lord, who stepped down from the position last December. Photo credit Nancy McGinnis/communicado! 

I was so honored to be with you all at your Annual Meeting. I hope I properly expressed how much your vital work is valued and respected. Your financial support and advocacy are critical to the future of Maine libraries. THANK YOU!  Linda Lord


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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18 Oct 2015 • National

Friends of Maine Libraries Week

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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