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Owls Head Library gains new trustees, plans to continue operations

By Staff | Jun 30, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Owls Head — New volunteers were named to the Owls Head Village Library Board of Trustees at the organization's annual meeting June 28, and the plan is to continue operations.

Kerry Hadley was named president of the board, and Rodney Weeks is vice president, according to Selectman Gordon Page, who is also now a trustee.

The library, which has served the town for 90 years, is run as a nonprofit separate from the town, which allots $2,500 to it per year. It has been closed due to the pandemic. Previously, it had been down to operating on Saturdays for the most part, but use of the library has decreased in recent years.

Page said the new board will meet and formulate a plan for continuing operation, and he expects it will be open on Saturdays again at some point in the future.

Longtime volunteers warned prior to the meeting that new volunteers must step forward for the library to stay in operation. Longtime volunteer Librarian Deena Carafelli has been keeping the library going.

She said patronage has dwindled to one or two people. Young people in town get free access to the neighboring Rockland library, which is much larger with computers and programs. The Owls Head Village Library has no computers and no longer has a telephone.

She said on rainy summer days, there are still a few children of seasonal residents who may stop by and read.

The library's collection is about 2,800 which includes books written by Maine authors or about Maine.

This news comes as another longtime anchor of the village is readying to reopen. Maya Newsam announced on Facebook earlier this month that she has become the new owner of the Owls Head General Store.

"As the great-great-granddaughter of P.K. Reed, I have spent every summer of my life here and was a frequent customer at the store myself. Since buying the store I have permanently relocated to this beautiful town where I hope to settle and make my life," she said in the Facebook post.

There needs to be upgrades to the building before an announcement will be made on when it will re-open.

The general store closed in November 2017.

The 1,058-square-foot building was built in 1880 and has been a general store since at least the 1920s. The store is located next to the post office and is within walking distance of the library, Owls Head Harbor and the Lighthouse Road leading to the Owls Head Lighthouse.

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