Our mission is to support and advocate for all Maine libraries, and to serve as a resource for existing and evolving Friends groups.
Friends of Maine Libraries will be selecting up to three recipients to receive a $500 grant to be awarded to a library or Friends group in Maine. This grant is for special projects that enhance library service and promote stronger library-community relationships.
The deadline for submitting a grant was October 15, 2016. So the applications are now closed.
Grant award winners will be notified by November 1. Grant awards will be announced and presented at the Maine Library Association Conference at Sunday River on November 14 & 15th.
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.