Librarian: Janet Adelberg jadelbergCML@gmail.com
Phone: 685-3612 Address: 17 Old Winthrop Rd, Wayne, ME
Williams House: 685-9550 14 Old Winthrop Rd, Wayne, ME
Mail Address: PO Box 127, Wayne ME 04284
Welcome to the October 22, 2018 Annual Meeting
The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome you to the 124th Annual Meeting of the Wayne Library Association.
The library is proud of its many collaborations this year – with the elementary school, and a special author in residence program – with Sustain Wayne to help develop both a print and Web based interactive town map that will feature landmarks and town businesses – with an ad hoc committee to remove, restore, and house the Alice in Wonderland painted panels graciously donated by Grace Burleigh – with the Aging in Place team that is working to provide numerous supports for our older population – with the Town of Wayne to manage the 5K Walk/Run race last August – with the Wayne Community Church to provide seating for two large author presentations, and with the Ladd Center to provide a musical performance venue.
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 1,000 people are regular patrons, and the library averages 8,000 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 FIVE 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’s 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, Lee Behrendt – Vice Chair, Mary Jean Cowing – Secretary, Bob Bandy, Linda Kindig, Lincoln Ladd, Don Welsh, Niken O’Rourke, and Kay Conley, members.
Treasurers: Dawn and Kevin Brooks
Trustee Emeritus: Peter Ault
Friends of the Library: Sue Spalding – Co-Chair, Sarah Reed – Co-Chair, Jo Moore – Secretary, and Kim King – Treasurer click here for FOL information
The Cary Memorial Library has a cataloged collection of over 11,000 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. Click here for online catalog.
A Short History of the Cary Memorial Library
The Wayne Library Association was organized on August 11, 1885 under the name of “The Alonzo Wing Library Ass” for the purpose of providing for the circulation of about 160 books, the gift of Alonzo Wing, Esq., of Jefferson, Wisconsin, a native of Wayne. The name was changed November 30, 1895 to the “Wayne Library Association” and incorporated on March 3, 1909.
At first, the books were kept in various stores in the village until, in 1904, Joshua Millett of Maldon, Massachusetts, a former resident of Wayne, leased the building, now known as the Masonic Hall, to the Association. Four years later Mr. Millett presented the property to the Association as a contribution toward the establishment of a free public library.