What’s New at BML

Library Cards & Materials

On Friday, March 20th all items that had due dates from February 1st onward were updated with a blanket due date of April 15th. In the event that the library and/or the Minerva system remain closed even longer, those due dates will be updated automatically. Please hold onto items at this time and don’t worry about returning them to the library at this time.

Existing library patrons:
All library cards that expired between January 1st, 2019 and April 26th, 2020 have now been automatically updated through April 27th, 2020. If the library remains closed beyond those dates expiration will be further extended to accommodate the closure.

If you do not know your card number or your account expired before 01/01/2019 and would like to access online resources please use the Contact Us form.

Don’t have library card? Click here more information
For community members who do not already have a library card and would like to access books on cloudLibrary and other library resources through Digital Maine Library, please fill out an application off our website: baxterlibrary.org/library-cards. Students in school (up through 12th grade) please fill out the age 5-12 application and include your school grade/age information for bookkeeping purposes. Any application without a valid email address will not be processed since the library would have no way of contacting you otherwise. These will be provisional cards with an expiration date of August 31st, 2020 and will not have physical item checkout capabilities once we reopen unless you sign your application form at the library and receive your physical card. We will process applications every few days. Each individual who fills out a card application will receive an email with their barcode number and be all set to check out items using the cloudLibrary as well as access a number of other resources through the Digital Maine Library.

Online Library Resources

Helpful resources to stay informed about COVID-19 can be found HERE, including links to the Maine CDC.

The South Portland Public Library has posted an article titled Fake News, Reliable Sources, COVID-19 Information and You.

Many library resources are available online and can be accessed from anywhere including Digital Maine Library, cloudLibrary, and more! We’ve created a new page for our website: BML @ Home that links to resources we already had available for patrons as well as newly accessible ones as content creators are opening restrictions to libraries and educators!

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Click HERE for more information.

Town of Gorham Extends Closure of Town Facilities Until April 30, 2020

All Town of Gorham Facilities will remain closed to the general public through April 30, 2020 in conjunction with Governor Mills’ Executive Order 28 signed on March 31, 2020 that is effective April 2, 2020.

For the full press release click HERE.

To view the Governor’s Executive Order click HERE.

Click here for previous Town announcements

Town of Gorham Extends Closure of Town Facilities Until April 7, 2020

All Town of Gorham Facilities will remain closed to the general public through April 7, 2020 in conjunction with the Executive Order signed by Governor Janet Mills on March 24, 2020 that was made effective March 25, 2020.

For the full press release click HERE.

To view the Governor’s Executive Order click HERE.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Library is CLOSED to the public for a period of at least two weeks in an abundance of caution due to the Corona Virus COVID-19 outbreak.

**On Friday, March 20th, the Minerva system will be updating all items with a due date between February 1st and April 15th  to a new blanket due date of April 15th. This will not affect items that already have a billed status.

Patrons are currently welcome to drop off items in our book drops for the time being if you no longer want to hang on to them. We are just asking that people be mindful of returning items if they are exhibiting symptoms.

The book drop by the main library entrance on the municipal building side is now also a designated drop off point for town correspondence, tax payments, permit applications, etc.

Town of Gorham Issues Closure Notice for Municipal Facilities Effective March 16, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Town of Gorham Municipal Facilities will be closed to the public for a period of at least two weeks in an abundance of caution due to the Corona Virus Covid 19 outbreak. This closure is for all municipal facilities but includes the Baxter Memorial Library, Gorham Town Clerk’s Office, Gorham Recreation Department, Robie Gym, Old Robie School, Shaw Gym and the Little Falls Activity Center.
All Gorham Recreation Programs including before and after care will be cancelled during this period and will be reevaluated after two weeks. Gorham School Department Offices in the Gorham Municipal Center will also be closed to the public. Municipal staff will continue to work to support our citizens during this closure period.

For more information on specific contact information for town departments please visit www.gorham-me.org.We will work on our plans for an online library presence that will include live streaming story times and other online content. Please check back on Facebook as well as on our website in the next few days for more information.
For the full press release click HERE.
~James Rathbun, Library Director

Town of Gorham Cancels All Non-Essential Board Meetings, Room Rentals and Department-Specific Activities in Response to COVID-19, Urges the Public to Limit Visits to Other Public Facilities.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Town of Gorham will be canceling, for an initial 30-day period, all outside organization room rentals/usage, senior center programs, senior group meal sites and Baxter Memorial Library Programs.
The full announcement from the Town can be viewed here:https://www.gorham-me.org/sites/gorhamme/files/news/town_of_gorham_-_press_release_3-13-2020_-_covid19.docx.pdf

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Town of Gorham has issued a precautionary Public Health Notice that can be viewed HERE.


Gorham Women’s Club Art Show

March 16th-27th

Tim Caverly presents: The Challenge of Wilderness

Solace Tim Caverly

Thursday, March 26th, 6:00pm CANCELLED: Looking to reschedule

Travel deep into the Maine wilderness with Tim & Susan Caverly to experience the demands of every day life and how spouses of Rangers are often called into the thick of the action.

Poetry Readings with Caledonia Kearns and Susan Lilley

April 15th, 6:30pm POSTPONED – WILL BE RESCHEDULED
41QnKajVdHL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Clear-eyed and persistent, the virtue of “A Daughter’s Work Is Heartless by Nature” by Caledonia Kearns is its straightforward, accessible41WHGLUPLvL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_ lyric, its relentless search for beauty in the day-to-day.

In a voice both lyrical and conversational, Orlando Poet Laureate Susan Lilley interprets various stages of womanhood while parsing the beauty and decay of her beloved homestate of Florida.

Friends of Baxter Memorial Library Annual Meeting & Author Event: Jeff Ryan, Author of Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte

Hermit_Cover_r5-1-e1558401443346Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30pm
When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. Almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make even the FBI eventually come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

Baxter Becomes a Family Place Library

FamilyPlaceLogoIf you haven’t been in the library lately, you should stop by for a visit.  We were recently designated as a national Family Place Library!  This means that the library demonstrates a strong commitment to being a community center for early literacy and learning, early childhood development, parent education, and community-based information.  To achieve these goals the library has reorganized the Youth Services floor, improved the dramatic play area, planned fun “Play-to-Learn” Workshops, and will be starting an evening Family Discovery Time for all ages.  We look forward to seeing your smiling faces!

Museum Passes Available at the Library

Looking for something fun to do? The library now has a reduced rate pass to the Maine Wildlife Park and a membership to the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine! These are in addition to our existing pass to the USM Southworth Planetarium.

For more information click here or ask at the circulation desk!