Changes to Mask Policy
Due to high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 in Cumberland County, we ask that all individuals entering municipal buildings, including the library, consider wearing a face covering regardless of vaccination status. To enter the Youth Services area, masks are required of everyone two years and older. Masks are available in the lobby.
Halloween Costume Parade Update: Story and parade are rescheduled for Friday, October 29 at 10 am. Click for more information!
Join us at the library on Tuesday, November 9 at 6 pm to hear author and retired ranger Tim Caverly speak about The Challenge of Wilderness Living. Travel deep into the Maine wilderness and experience the demands of everyday Ranger life!
Now Available – Telescope and Metal Detector
Look up at the stars with our new Library Telescope. Jennifer & Alexander Klein donated this telescope for the use of Baxter Library card holders. Borrow it for a week and satisfy your curiosity about your place among the stars.
Have you always wanted to search for buried treasure? BML card holders are now able to borrow a metal detector for 1 week. You only have to supply the 9volt battery.
Don’t forget we also circulate ukuleles (along with tutorial videos) and Let’s Move Packs that include bird watching, dog training, and yoga. Call for availability!
Bee and Butterfly Discovery Garden
What started with a wish for a few milkweed plants and a desire to talk to children in the community about the importance of local pollinator plants now has become Baxter Memorial Library’s new 1,400 sq. ft. Bee and Butterfly Discovery Garden.
BML staff applied and received a generous grant from the Maine Public Library Fund this spring, and soon plans began to take shape. The Department of Public Works initially cleared the space and brought in fill. O’Donal’s then provided a personalized on-site assessment of the area and designed a garden plan, recommending numerous plants and shrubs known to attract both bees and butterflies. With the help of several large compost, mulch, and plant deliveries, as well as the generous donations of both plants and labor from several members of our community, the Garden currently comprises over 40 types of plants. It includes commonly known butterfly bushes, coneflowers, and bee balm, as well as perhaps lesser-known plants such as hyssop, wild burgenot, and joe pye weed. The space provides a variety of sensory offerings, featuring plants of different heights, colors, scents, textures, and even sounds. It also contains a bird bath, a handful of low-bush blueberry bushes, as well as both woodchip and stepping-stone paths, which visitors are encouraged to enjoy at their leisure.
In the near future, the Garden will include a sign, designating the space and providing some introductory information about the importance of pollinators in our community. BML hopes to add seating stumps for children to use during programs, perhaps some local art, and a bench for rest and relaxation, as well.
The next time you’re returning your library books or even just walking through the village, take a few minutes to swing by and take a peek at the new Bee and Butterfly Discovery Garden!
For more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call BML at 222-1190. They do ask that members of the community communicate with them before leaving any garden contributions.