Bowdoinham Primary schoolchildren will form a book brigade to help Bowdoinham Public Library set up its new second-hand bookshop, Merryreading Books from 1.30-2.30pm on Wednesday 28 September.
Children will move donated books from their current storage location at the FHC building on Bowdoinham seafront, up Main Street, to the new location of Merrymeeting Hall. The owners of Merrymeeting Hall, the Bowdoinham Historical Society, donated a newly refurbished space on the ground floor for the new store.
“Having a retail space to display and sell our donated books will be a big boost to our fundraising efforts,” said Bowdoinham Library Manager Kate Cutko. “We have always raised a significant portion of our budget through our own fundraising efforts, and the new Merryreading books will give us an ongoing source of funding.”
The store is expected to open in November.
Like many small rural libraries in Maine, the Bowdoinham Public Library is much larger than its physical location where all the books are displayed on shelves. It plays an active role in the community through children’s story hours, story walks on local trails, lectures on topics such as community solar energy and anti-Semitism, themed exhibitions of books on topics such as Native American history and free book offers during the Farmer’s Market. in summer. Other fundraising activities include an annual plant sale, craft sales of items made from books, a wreath-making workshop, and many previous book sales.
This month’s event will be a re-enactment of a 1984 Children’s Book Brigade, which moved 900 books from the library’s main street location to its current home in the Coombs Municipal Building. Many current residents remember participating in this event when they were school children.
“We are so grateful to all of our friends who donated books for our book sales and to the Bowdoinham Historical Society for providing our new space,” Cutko said.
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