BPL_Bro_HR - Bowdoinham Public Library
• Open 18 hours a week
Mrs. J. Hall Denham
with Mrs. Dudley and Mrs. Palmer 1955–1957
Eva M. Palmer
with Josephine Mussomeli
with Beth French
• New books, magazines and audio books
arriving every month
• Story Hour for children every
Tuesday at 10 a.m.
• Summer Reading Program for kids of all ages
• Three active Reading groups:
~ Parent/Child Book Group meets
2nd Thursday of each month
~ “Loose Ladies” meets 3rd Thursday
~ “Stitch-n’-Pitch” meets 4th Thursday
L I B R A RY P R E S I D E N T S
1950, 53, 55, 56
• Desktop computer for public use,
with high speed internet
• Wireless Internet also available
• Interlibrary Loan available for $2 a book
• Free passes to the Coastal Maine
• Programming throughout the year
on a variety of topics
• Junior Librarian volunteers
• Annual Library Plant Sale—Third Saturday
• Annual Library Book Sale—Saturday after
election Day in October
• Book Sale tent at Celebrate Bowdoinham
The first Bowdoinham Public Library space, above
Small’s Pharmacy on Main Street, circa 1910.
• Volunteers always welcomed!
13A SCHOOL STREET • BOWDOINHAM, ME 04008
March 14. L.D. Small,
J.H. Ames and other
papers to “establish
and maintain a public library and reading room”
to be housed in the office of Alton C. Small,
above the Small’s drug store on Main Street.
Ida Fowle Carras (right) graduates from
Coombs High School. Ida will go on to
become the telephone agent in town
from 1934–41. She lived to the
age of 107 and donated to the library
both books and financial support. She
is among our finest “Library Angels.”
Eva M. Palmer took over from
Helen Dudley as librarian. Ms.
Palmer would hold the librarian
job for the next 16 years. We
consider Eva Palmer a true
“Library Angel.” She is the library’s most
generous benefactor to date.
The first Library Plant Sale was held. The plants
were on sale behind Dickenson’s Store and the
event raised $131 for the purchase of interior
paint for the library.
The Bowdoinham School Superintendent, School
PTA, and High School Principal John McCart
met to organize plans to establish a “School and
A computer was added to the library for public
use. The library was expanded into the former
1st grade classroom.
The Bowdoinham School and Public Library was
opened to the public in the basement of the
Coombs School. It was open two afternoons
and two evenings a week.
With help from the
a small building
on Main Street was
purchased, next to
the site of the current Credit Union. A library
association was established to oversee the
The town gave the
library the use of
the former Kindergarten Room in the
building. A “book
brigade” of elementary school children
organized by Leslie
Anderson passed books from Main Street up the
hill to the new location on School Street.
The library launches its first website.
The name of the library was changed to the
“Bowdoinham Public Library”.
The 30th Annual Library Plant Sale nets $9,853
for library operating budget.
Through the gifts of Ida Fowle Carras’ estate, the
library was able to fund new shelving and
improvements to the children’s room.