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Lubec Memorial Library

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Causes: Education, Libraries

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Rating: 5

The Lubec Memorial Library serves a very important role in our small seaside community in what is the poorest county in Maine. The library has six public access computers making the opportunities of the Internet available to citizens who either don't have computers or don't have Internet access at home. The staff works hard to make available to its patron any book in the in the Maine Library system through the lending library system. The older Lubec population is served very well by a staff that knows their reading preferences and makes sure that those books are available for them and often delivers those books to them in the winter when they are apt to be house bound. Most importantly, the library and its staff work hard to encourage reading amongst the communities children. The library sponsors many different events that encourage children to read, to use their imaginations, and to see beyond the boundaries of Lubec. Some of these programs are accomplished through the local elementary school and others the library sponsors itself, mostly in the summer time. For example, recently the library staff collected boxes and boxes of unwanted Legoes and used them to put on a weekly Lego afternoon wherein the children could come and either build their dreams individually or collectively. The library is almost entirely self-supporting as it receives very little money from the town and none from the state. It has a very small endowment and depends on donations for its operation. Many would say that the library is the glue that holds the town together.

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