Open house at new Lincolnville library site
Lincolnville — All are invited to an open house at the site of the new Lincolnville Community Library and Open Air Museum Saturday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.
This will be an opportunity to see the progress building crews have made on the library and museum and to talk with people who have been working on the project. It will also be a chance to help celebrate the dedication of the museum to Jacqueline Young Watts, founder of the Lincolnville Historical Society, in a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. The open house will include activities for all ages and refreshments will be served.
It has been exactly one year since nearly 200 people gathered to grab a long rope and help pull the town’s former one-room schoolhouse across Main Street in Lincolnville Center. Since then a large team of skilled volunteers and professional contractors have been working together to renovate the building and turn it into the new Lincolnville Community Library. They have nearly completed work on the exterior, adding clean white clapboards, a new roof, and refurbished windows, and made significant progress on the interior, which now has an insulated main room. The building addition, which will house a workroom for librarians and a bathroom, has been framed, and drillers recently cleared out the old well on the site and got a good flow of water.
Meanwhile, another crew, led by women, has finished building one wooden shed for the museum and nearly completed the second. The finished 24-foot shed will have a marine exhibit for visitors to view during the October 26 open house; the 40-foot shed will be ready for exhibits next summer. Items for future exhibits include a bobsled, ice cutting tools, lime industry artifacts, agricultural implements, and other large objects that will help depict the life of Lincolnville residents in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Members of the Historical Society and Library Committee have raised all but about $28,000 of the $208,000 needed to complete the library and museum project through grants from foundations and monetary and in-kind donations from more than 200 individuals and businesses. Crews have worked at the site at least three days a week since last spring, logging countless hours of volunteer labor, and will continue to do so until the project is finished.
The plan is to move into the new library before the end of the year and begin having extended open hours and regular programing by Jan. 1. The new library will offer an expanded book collection, an online cataloging and checkout system, computers for patron use and free wireless Internet access, and programs for all ages. Meanwhile, the temporary library will continue to be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Main Street and Heal Road. Programs are also scheduled there through December.
Donations of time and money are still needed to complete the library project. For more information, call 763-3098.