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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



Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs !
10:30am Series for Kids

Beginning July 7th and ending August 11th, come to the story and craft time for kids. (Click here for full schedule and details on a poster you can hang on your refrigerator.)
Sat. July 12th
Sat. July 19th
Huge summer BOOKSALE will run July 12-19 at the Cary's Williams House; starting Saturday, 7/12, 9-3; Monday 9-1; TU, WED, TH 3-6 and closing on SAT, 19th, 9-1, with a 'Buck a Bag' day--fill up a bag with books and pay just $1.

Thurs. July 17th, 6:30 PM
Meet the Muckrakers
The founders of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting,  John Christie and Naomi Schalit, will discuss the critical connection between journalism and democracy, and provide an inside look into how investigative journalism is doneClick here for more information.

Fri. July 18th, 7pm

Steve Cowperthwaite
Susann Peletier

An Evening of Poetry

On Friday evening, July 18th at 7pm, the Cary, Memorial Library at 17 Old Winthrop Road in Wayne, presents an evening of poetry featuring Steve Cowperthwaite and Susann Pelletier.
Susann Pelletier lives where she grew up, in Lewiston, Maine. She graduated from Bates College and Northwestern University's School of Journalism and continues to be active in social justice and environmental issues.  She writes poems with an inspired sense of respect for the world and love of family.  Her chapbook Immigrant Dream and Other Poems, published by Soleil Press, is a classic of the poetry world in Maine.
Steve Cowperthwaite lives in the woods in Mount Vernon. He is a retired English teacher with a well deserved reputation of being a story-teller, who learned how to tell his stories through poetry at Senior College at UMA.  You could say he took to it quite well.   Steve has a brand new book of poetry, Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke, to be proud of.  He writes about plumbing, trees undressing, nature discussing politics and the rascals he knew growing up.
As always, the reading is free and all listeners are welcome!

Mon. July 21st, 6 PM
Owls of Maine, presented by Chwonki Foundation. Live birds! Hands-on exploration!  Chewonki brings these creatures of the night into the light.  (Click here for more information)

Wed. July 23, 7 pm
Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Park Slideshow, with geologist Andy Tolman  (click here for more information)

Thurs, July 31, 5-7pm
Join us for the Opening
Auction Hours

  Thursday, July 31, 5-7PM

  Saturday, Aug. 2, 9-3 
(Note: The Wayne Library Festival and Lobster Roll Lunch as well as the Library's 5K Walk/Run/Kid's scramble happening that day too--spend the day with us!) 
  Monday, Aug. 4: 9-1 and 3-5
  Tuesday, Aug. 5: 3-7  
  Wed., Aug. 6:  1-5
  Thurs. Aug. 7: 3-7
  Saturday, Aug. 9, 9-12.

Bidding Ends at 12 Noon when we ring the bell!

Our Silent Auction will launch Thursday July 31 with an Opening Reception from 5-7PM.  Please join us for light refreshments and a glass of wine or lemonade, and enjoy the beautifully displayed items that have been donated. The reception is free and all are welcome. 

The auction will be set up at the library's Williams House, at 14 Old Winthrop Rd, across the street from the library. 

Janet, the Librarian, would like to recognize and thank the Auction Team:  Jo Moore, Patricia Rochkind, Lynette Stinneford, and Kay Theberge.  They do a beautiful job putting together an appealing display for your bidding pleasure, with all proceeds benefiting the library. In addition, thank you to all of the generous donors who contribute such terrific items to make the auction successful and fun. 

Auction items continue to arrive and will include:  boat rides on Pocassett, Androscoggin and Casco Bay; a Brooklyn homestay with theater tickets;  quilts  and other fine needlework creations; fine china, vases and glassware; framed art and photography; hand-crafted items from around the world, pottery from Wayne and beyond, jewelry (some hand-made and all interesting); culinary items; baskets; fine books; children's and gift-able items; and those attic treasures that are sure to become cherished possessions all over again.  

We will be delighted to accept your donations up until July 30; email Janet @janetadelberg@gmail.com  with questions or for more information, or speak to anyone on the Auction Team. 

August 2nd
Wayne Elem. School
      8:15 - Registration

      9:00 - 5K Race
      9:45 - Scramble

FOL Summer Lobster Festival, incl. LIbrary 5K

Click her for a detailed schedule of events

Please put Saturday August 2nd on your calendar for a fun filled day in Wayne.


Our town will be full of activities, including the Cary Memorial Library 5K run/walk and Kids' Scramble.

Please come join us for this fun event and bring your family and friends. Get pledges from them to help raise money to support the library's operating costs.  There will be prizes and LOTS of fun.

Registration begins at 8:15 at the Elementary School and the race at 9AM, Kids' Scramble at 9:45.

All the forms are available for download at the following links, or stop in the library. SPREAD THE WORD!

Registration Form       Release of Liability Form   For more information call Leslie at 242-0575 or Janet at the library.

 The 5K starts at the elementary school down RT 133 to the Corner Store where it turns around and heads back down RT 133 to Memorial Park, over the dam up the Old Winthrop Road to the Ladd Center and then back down RT 133 to the school!

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7PM
Birding in Eastern South Africa
Lilac-brested roller Photo Essay of Birds and Mammals Encountered, presented by Mark Rochkind.   Shown in the photo at left is the lilac-breasted roller, one of the many remarkable species found in Africa. All welcome!

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