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Sept. 12, 2015

Wayne is a town of 1180 people in central Maine.
It offers lakes, hills, and a peaceful small-town life to residents and visitors.

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The Androscoggin Yacht Club


 17 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne, Maine

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 127, Wayne, ME 04284

Librarian: Janet Adelberg
Library E-mail jadelberg@cary-memorial.lib.me.us

Regular Hours (9/1-5/31)

Monday 9 - 1 and 3 - 6
Tuesday 3 - 6
Wednesday 2 - 7
Thursday 3 - 6
Friday - closed
Saturday 9 - 3
Sunday - closed

Summer Hours (6/1-8/31)
Monday 9 - 1 and 3 - 8
Tuesday 3 - 8
Wednesday 1 - 8
Thursday 3 - 8
Friday - closed
Saturday 9 - 3
Sunday - closed

                                                                                                         UPCOMING EVENTS


Saturday - December 6th  at the WILLIAMS HOUSE



SATURDAY DECEMBER 6th  -  9 to NOON - 14 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne


Please join us for the next First Saturday at the Williams House.  We will have a Kinkade Hawthorne Village - bigger than the town of Wayne - on display, and for sale.  Stop by for coffee

or tea, and quiche or a scone, visit with your neighbors and shop at our ongoing book sale and boutique. Nearly new books and one-of-a-kind boutique items make wonderful gifts.

We have put out lots of books since the last First Saturday.  

All proceeds benefit the Wayne Library Association.

Bring your laptop - we have WIFI.

Cary Library Coffeehouse Series:  First Friday Monthly  7-9 PM

Our monthly library coffeehouse in November featured Martin Swinger.... And December's is coming up soon! On December 5th, our featured music comes from Bill Stone's band Stone Quarry. Bill is a regular at our open mic- his gentle humor, skilled guitar playing, and resonant singing are always a high point of our coffeehouse evenings. His band will perform a mix of well-loved classic rock and folk songs with a variety of instruments. The band has been well-received throughout this area. Please join us for a great night of music, community, and desserts....Donation $5. Doors open 6:30. Music at 7. Library Lower Level. Call Stan Davis for more information or if you want to perform in the open mic. 685 9639 or stanleyfdavis@gmail.com

2nd Annual FOL Holiday Bake Sale, Book Sale & Boutique

on Saturday December 13th from 9 to 3 at the Williams House,

14 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne


Stock up on homemade Christmas cookies, pies, cakes and candy.  Savory treats such as spiced nuts, cheese straws and quiche will also be available.  The Boutique will feature Christmas ornaments and decorations, and stocking stuffers - all  special donations from FOL members.  Don't miss our Kinkade Hawthorne Village display  (all the individual pieces will be for sale at great prices).  The Book Sale will be open too, and will include lots of nearly new books that make wonderful gifts.  Shopping all done? Stop in for a cup of coffee and sample something from the bake sale. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Library, the Williams House and the Cary Memorial Library.




New Wayne
Book Available 

Boom, Boom. Boom!* Wayne Maine   Short, Sweet and Lots of Photos.  Published by the Wayne Historical Society. $12.00 and all proceeds benefit the Cary Memorial Library 

(*The title refers to a loud noise made by the North Wayne Tool Company, which regularly thundered through town back in those long-ago days.)
2014 Quilt from New Sandwich Quilters - "Oraganized Chaos"
On display now at the library, and at special events at the Williams House and other locations.
Queen size:  89-1/2 x 97 inches.
Raffle tickets are $1.00 each of 6 for $5.00.
Benefits the Cary Memorial Library Friends of the Library

yyormation click here to go to our 2013 Event


View a new online exhibit of a selection of the Cary Memorial Library's BOOKPLATES, through the Maine Memory Network, which is part of the Maine Historical Society. The library received a small grant with which we bought a good scanner, and Jane Davis digitized some of the bookplates.

There are 38 bookplates in the exhibit, with text that elaborates on the owner or artist, or a local connection if there is one. There is also a brief piece on Annie Louise Cary. We're very excited about the project, because for the first time people far and wide can enjoy some of the wonderful bookplates, which are stored in the vault and not often seen.

The Maine Historical Society's e-mail newsletter describes the exhibit as follows:

 "Internationally-known opera singer Annie Louise Cary was born in Wayne, Maine, and kept ties to the town throughout her life. To honor Cary, Wayne summer resident Elizabeth Mast Hyatt began collecting bookplates in the 1920s and '30s from important figures of the day. Eventually, that collection grew to some 3,600 plates, now owned by the Cary Memorial Library in Wayne. A selection of some of the bookplates, many of them artistically significant and with ties to Maine, are featured in this exhibit, which also includes a narrative on Cary's career."       

(Click on the bookplate image or the "this exhibit" link above to go to the exhibit. Enjoy!)


The Friends of the Library
are selling decks of Wayne playing cards. 

There are two sets; one shows a winter view of the Mill Stream, and the other a summer view of the Androscoggin Yacht Club. The cards are priced at $6.00 per deck or two decks for $10.00. If you would like some mailed, call or email (
jadelberg@cary-memorial.lib.me.us) your request. (Click on images for images at left for a larger view.)

Wayne In Focus In conjunction with Cary Memorial Library Arts (click logo)



Who We Are

The Cary Memorial Library, serving the public free of charge, is operated by the Wayne Library Association, a private 501(C)3 incorporated association.  Anyone wishing to become a voting member of the library has the option of paying $5.00 annual dues.  The library is staffed by a professional librarian, assisted by many volunteers.  It is open 27 hrs a week in the winter and 31 hrs in the summer. Approximately 2,000 people are regular patrons, and the library averages 10,000 items in circulation each year.

The library is a very important public space in our, small rural town.  In addition to books and other lending materials, the library offers free public access to two computers and the use of a printer and a copy machine.  The library provides high-speed wireless internet in an area where many have no other access to it. Due to the strength of the wireless signal, when the library is closed, many people park outside   to access the Internet.  The library hosts a weekly children's story hour, a summer children's reading program, art and historical exhibits, poetry readings and author events.  Small organizations and book groups hold meetings here.

Librarian:  Janet Adelberg

Board of Trustees: Judy Danielson - Chair, 
Ken Bate - Vice Chair,   Jane Davis - Secretary,  Leslie Burhoe,  Jan Folk,  Linda Kindig,  Lincoln Ladd,  Lynette Stinneford, Donald Welsh.  Trustee Emeritus:  Peter Ault

Treasurer: Dawn & Kevin Brooks

Friends of the Library: Cynthia Pelliccia & Don Welsh, Co-Chairs, Holly Stevenson, Treasurer 
Click here for more info on the Friends of the Library

Capital Campaign Committee: Lincoln Ladd, Linda McKee Honorary Co-Chairs,  George Dragonetti, Jan Folk, Bob McKee


Thanks to WAYNE BUSINESSES who have donated to the Cary building project!

Our Wayne Area Business Directory is completed. 
Click here, to see an online version of the directory.
Copies are also available at the library.

This is an ongoing project, and we'd love to hear from you!   



The long awaited renovation project has been completed. 
(Click here to read about the celebration on 8-16-13. Click on photos below for larger images)

Dallas Folk
Anita Gotto
Safford Level
Stan Davis Around the elevator

Dallas Folk and Mike Hricko from HP Cummings, our construction managers, received and selected all the final contractor bids, and presented them to the building committee. The Board of Trustees had previously voted to authorize up to $402,000 toward the construction phase of the project. The price of the project came in at $395,000 (actual was under-budget), which gave us the option to allocate money to replace and lengthen the basement windows.  This allows additional light and lake views, and makes the basement much more comfortable for programs and patron use.


Thankfully we have the William's house across the street, where all the bookshelves and the books from the basement could be stored. Additionally, an office trailer, tool storage trailer, and a demolition container at the library and across the street, plus an outside porta-potty for the workers, completed the construction facilities. Demolition included removing the current two bathrooms, which were replaced with a new handicapped-accessible bathroom. The entire electrical system was updated and new outlets and lighting installed.  After 75 years of pumping lake water through the neighbor's lawn, we finally have a reliable, safe source of water. (As you might remember, one whole summer we had to rely on an outside 'porta-potty', while we repaired the pump in the lake and fixed a leak in the pipe.)


Our oil furnace and oil tank have been replaced by a new, high-efficiency propane furnace, air conditioning, and dehumidifying system, making a noticeable improvement in air quality and patron comfort.  There are now separate heating and cooling zones for the two floors - a tremendous improvement!  Also built was a wall of cabinets, with a work surface to help process books, along with a work sink.


Outside a new wheelchair ramp was built and includes a handicapped parking space. The front entry was redesigned to accommodate ADA-approved accessibility.  Several Board members carefully designed a new, much more functional circulation desk, and Lincoln Ladd stepped-up to pay for that, with the actual construction by Perry Ryerson.  The desk will help accommodate our new automated Library World cataloging and circulation system, which went online in June and has improved patron access to our collection and streamlined the circulation process during the busy summer months. 

The renovated downstairs, to be called the Safford Level, has been in use for programs and comfortable seating for patrons all summer long, drawing a steady stream of compliments from delighted library visitors.


The dedication ceremony occurred on Augusta 16th, in the 75th year of our library.  We celebrated the renovations, which will preserve the building to serve the community for the next 75 years!

Complimenting the Cary Memorial Library, the Williams House has been used all summer for the booksale, booksale storage in the barn, for the auction, for the Friends of the Library Lobster Roll Lunch, and currently displays a repeat of last year's very popular bookplate display.  A library Trustee Office and additional parking and function space are also appreciated amenities.



If you would like to make a donation or a pledge, please contact Judy Danielson (685-9188, judydanielson@gmail.com) or Jan Folk (685-4390). Payment can be made by cash or check  



The Cary Memorial Library has a cataloged collection of over 12,000 items, including current and classic fiction, a Maine Collection, a children's collection, non-fiction, a teen collection, large print books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, magazines and local history materials. The Librarian welcomes suggestions about new titles you would like to see us acquire.


                Library Catalog and Circulation Now Online (as of June 2013)

Click on the Library World logo to access the library's catalog.  Our Library World OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) will open in a new tab.
You may access this catalog from any computer via our website, using the above logo, which which will open our account.
Or you may go directly to Library World  (http://www.libraryworld.com) and log-in using CaryMemorial (no space). There is no password.
Search the by author, title, subject, and keyword.  (If a search result seems odd, check how you spelled your search term.) 

Marvel Databases: Maine's Virtual Library


The library computer is bookmarked with Maine's Virtual Library, an enormous database of  periodicals, newspapers accessible from any computer. 

Maine's InfoNet Download Library


    Explore the growing collection of downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks!  Use your library card number to download titles to your personal computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn selected Audiobooks onto a CD for listening on the go.

Internet Access

The library has two computers available for public Internet access.
Search using Google. Google

Inter-Library Loan

The library is a member of the Central Maine Library District and is able to borrow books from other larger collections.  Please request assistance at the desk.

Genealogy Research

The Wayne Historical Society and the Town Archival Board maintain the library's Historical Archives.  A complete index of our historical records as well as a collection of local histories of Wayne and surrounding towns are also available for use in the library.  Visitors who have limited time and specific needs are encouraged to phone or e-mail ahead so we can assist you most efficiently. 

Local History Books For Sale

The Jack Perkins Illustrated History of Wayne featuring old photographs, anecdotes and local history from 1898 through the 1970s. Hardcover copies are available at the library for $15.00.  (Phone if mail ordering from out of town.) Thank-you to the Perkins family for assigning all profits to the library. The library owns a lending copy as well.

Local historian Ed Kallop has written three Wayne history books: Johnson's Kingdom (2000), The History of the North Wayne Tool Company (2003), and Golden Summertime: A Portrait of Vacation Life in Wayne Maine 1890-1960 (2005). Check at the library for availability as they are out of print, but occasionally one becomes available.  Lending copies are available.

Used Book Sales

The library holds used book sales in February and in July or August.  Contact us for the date of the next sale.  We welcome donations of books in good condition. Children's books are especially welcome.   We cannot accept old textbooks, Reader's  Digest Condensed, or books in poor condition. 

Stories for Pre-Schoolers

On most Monday mornings during the school year there is a story-time for preschool aged children.  Story-time begins at 10:30.

Author Programs

The Cary Library hosts Maine authors once or twice a year.  Our Meet-A-Maine-Author programs occur in Spring and occasionally in summer.  Contact the library for information on up-coming events.

Friends of the Library

An active Friends of the Library group holds quilt raffles, an Easter Candy and Bake Sale and hosts other events to raise money for special library needs. Ask at the desk about joining this group.  Each summer they display a Raffle Quilt made by the New Sandwich Quilters of Wayne, hand-made to benefit the library.  A Friends of the Library Cookbook is for sale at $10.00 per copy to benefit their programs. 

Cary Memorial Library's History

The library's roots extend back to the 1880's, when a group of Wayne citizens decided to form a small lending library.  Dues were collected to help buy books.  Over the years the collection grew and the library was housed in various town locations. 


In the 1920s library users began raising money for a permanent home.   It took years of fund-raising teas and card parties hosted by local residents as well as the summer community to reach their financial goal.  When the library was built in 1938 it was named in honor of Annie Louise Cary, whose family made a sizable bequest to the building fund, and this gift enabled the plans for the present building to become a reality.  Annie Louise Cary was born in Wayne in 1841 and was America's first operatic prima donna.  Stop in to the library to learn more about this interesting Wayne native.


  17 Old Winthrop Road           Wayne, Maine 04284
Phone:  (207)685-3612   Library E-mail: jadelberg@cary-memorial.lib.me.us