What’s New at BML

Interlibrary loan and in-house browsing return to Baxter Memorial Library!

It’s a big day at Baxter Memorial Library!

Interlibrary loan has returned! While there may be longer transit times due to continued safety precautions and quarantine procedures, we are back to receiving interlibrary loans on our regular, five days a week schedule.

You can browse the collection in the library! Patrons are once again welcome to come in and look for books, DVDs, etc. in both our Adult and Youth Services departments. The following rules and restrictions are currently in place:

* Masks are required for browsing. If you don’t have a mask or can’t wear one, we are happy to retrieve items for you. Curbside service remains available as well.
* Patrons are asked to maintain 6ft social distancing between themselves and other patrons. Please, only one patron/family per aisle at a time.
* Capacity is limited to 15 patrons per floor. With this in mind, please make selections in a timely manner.
* Computers, photocopier, and fax are not available for public use at this time. We do have wireless printing available and staff can assist in making photocopies or sending faxes.
* Patrons are asked to limit contact with the collection. Please only touch what you intend to take. If you pick up an item and decide you don’t want it after all, please place it on the quarantine table.
* Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building

Our hours remain somewhat limited due to reduced staffing. Current hours are:

Mon: 9am – 4pm
Tues: 9am – 4pm
Wed: 9am – 7pm
Thurs: 9am – 4pm
Fri: 9am – 4pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

We hope to see you soon!

Curbside pickup now available! Here’s how!

  1. Request your items in Minerva at: minerva.maine.edu
  2. Wait for a confirmation (email, text, phone call) stating your items are ready to be picked up
  3. Schedule a pickup time by visiting: baxterlibrary.youcanbook.me
  4. Arrive at your designated time, park at any of the three “Curbside” spots, and call the dedicated curbside number at (207) 222-1178
  5. Staff will bring your items out to your vehicle all checked out and ready to go!

Town of Gorham Facilities Will Reopen June 1, 2020 

For full press release click HERE

BML Reopens June 1st, 2020 with limited services:

More information will be posted as we move forward with our reopening.

Happy day to readers everywhere! The Baxter Memorial Library will be opening on Monday, June 1, 2020 with limited services. Here is what you can expect when visiting the library:

Returning Items:
All items checked out to patrons before the library’s closure have been extended through July 10th, 2020. Please do not worry about returning your items right away but our book drops are open. If you have returned items and they are still on your account, please be patient, they might be sitting on a table waiting for staff to check them in. We will be checking in items after a quarantine of 72 hours. Time is the best method we have for ensuring books and other returned items are safe for staff to handle.

Visiting the library:
We can only admit a limited number of Baxter Library cardholders at any one time based on guidelines from the Maine Library Commission and the State of Maine. Signs outside the library will indicate where to wait before a librarian will usher you into the building. While families and other groups are not prohibited, patrons are encouraged to visit the library by themselves due to our occupancy restrictions. Visitors will be required to wear a mask while in the library.

If you are unable to wear a mask or would rather not enter the library, we are offering a new Curbside service. Holds can be placed as usual and an appointment slot reserved once items are available for pickup. More details on the curbside service will be posted on our website. The three 15 minute parking spots closest to the library will be designated for curbside service only.

Due to the occupancy constraints we will begin our reopening by operating a “local holds only” system with no browsing the collection or access to the children’s room. For “eyes only” browsing we will be placing book bundles and highlighting new titles near the circulation desk to easily check out on a whim!

While you are encouraged to request our items for pickup, interlibrary loan requesting remains suspended statewide. We will post an update as soon as it resumes. Holds may be placed online through the Minerva catalog, by phone, and in person at the library. Staff will be pulling books multiple times a day!

We will be constantly reevaluating how our services will operate and will keep you updated on any changes as they happen.

Please be patient with us while we figure out this new method of doing business. We hope to see you soon!

Library Cards & Materials

On all items that previously had due dates from February 1st onward were updated with a blanket due date of July 10th. 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 June 30th, 2020 have now been automatically updated through June 30th, 2020.

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.


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!

digital maine library

cloudlibrary

Click HERE for more information.

Town of Gorham Extends Closure of Baxter Memorial Library through May 31, 2020

The Library will continue to offer our current online programs and resources. Thank you for your patience and support while we adjust our operations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For the full notice click HERE.

Click here for previous Town announcements

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.

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.


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.

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!