Opening Remarks from Judy Danielson, President Wayne Library Board
Welcome to the October 26, 2020 Annual Meeting
The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome you to the 126th Annual Meeting of the Wayne Library Association.
The Library held its annual meeting via zoom on October 26 with 18 in attendance. The format worked well and we enjoyed hearing reports from Secretary and Website Coordinator – Mary Jean Cowing, co-Treasurer Kevin Brooks, Finance Chair – Linda Kindig, Librarian – Janet Adelberg, Nominations – Niken O’Rourke, Facilities – Don Welsh, Friends of the Library (FOL), and Corresponding Secretary – Jane Davis. Doug Stevenson presented a summary of the Alice Room Project and Carriage Barn Renovation and I delivered the President’s Remarks.
Annual Committee Reports for 2019-2020 and President’s Comments
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
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, Jeannie Burnett, 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: Jan Folk – Chair, Sue Spalding – Vice-Chair, MT Clark – Secretary, and Kim King – Treasurer click here for FOL information
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. 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.