New Lincolnville Community Library nears completion
Lincolnville — The new home of the Lincolnville Community Library is nearly complete and project organizers said they have just $7,000 left to raise to meet their original goal of $208,000.
The plan is to move into the renovated former Lincolnville Center Schoolhouse and open with expanded library hours and programing sometime in January.
Hundreds of people have donated money, labor, services and materials over the past year to the library project. Skilled volunteers and professional contractors have worked together to give the former schoolhouse refurbished windows, a new floor, insulation, a new roof, and an addition that will house a workroom for librarians and a bathroom. This summer a crew led by women of the community built two sheds on the library site for the Jackie Watts Open-air Museum that will house farm implements and other historical objects.
The project has also been supported by grants from several foundations, including the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, and the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.
Crews are working now to finish the interior of the schoolhouse, paint the trim, build the bookshelves, and do everything else necessary to have the building ready for the library opening after the new year.
"We are so grateful to all the volunteers and donors who have made the new library and museum possible," said Cindy Dunham of the library committee. "It has been a wonderful community project."
Volunteers have started packing up the books in the library's temporary space in the former Grampa Hall's building in preparation for the move. Books will not be available for checkout in December and the library is currently not accepting donations. Book checkout and full programing will resume once the library re-opens in its new home.
For more information or to make a donation, call 789-5233 or write Lincolnville Historical Society/Library Project, P.O. Box 204, Lincolnville, ME 04849.