A message from our trustees:
THE GEORGE SMITH MEMORIAL FUND
The trustees and staff of the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library are saddened by the passing of our dear friend and associate George Smith. George participated in every aspect of our library experience for thirty-five years, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the past twenty-five years. George was primarily responsible for raising the funds with which we were able to construct our new addition as well as many other improvements.
It is our goal to create a special memorial as an expression of gratitude for all that was accomplished with his help. In the spring we are planning to create a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space at the library for the enjoyment of everyone. Specific plans for this will emerge in the months ahead. Should you wish to make a donation in George’s memory for this effort, please make checks payable to The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, and note “George Smith” on the memo line. Donations may be left at the library during open hours, or sent to: The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, 35 Demariano Rd., Mount Vernon ME 04352.
We are currently open to the public from 10AM-3PM on Saturdays and 3-6PM on Wednesdays. Please see the guidelines below regarding number of patrons allowed in the building, as well as safe practices regarding hygiene and social distancing.
For Saturday & Wednesday hours, when entering the building –
*Wear a face mask at all times. If you are unable to wear a face mask, we will provide curbside service for you.
*Keep social distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
*Children should stay with their parent or guardian at all times.
*Touch as few surfaces as possible. If you touch materials and decide you don’t want them, we will have stations (boxes or tables) where you can leave them, rather than putting them back on the shelf.
*Visits to the library should not exceed 20 minutes.
*Use hand sanitizer when entering the building.
*Bathroom will not be available to the public.
*Limit socializing to the outdoors. You can use the picnic table or the porches.
*When you first enter, please check for more updated or specific information on how to use the building safely.
*Please limit any use of public access computers to 20 minutes. If extended time is needed, please let us know ahead of time so we can try to make arrangements.
Curbside service will continue on Saturday mornings. If you use our curbside arrangement, please email us ( DrShaw@shaw.lib.me.us ) your requested items by 3PM on Wednesday afternoons, for pick up between 10:30 – 2:30 on Saturdays. You can also phone us at 293-2565 on or before Wednesday mornings, to place an order.
Interlibrary loan is now available again. You can ask us to request materials from other libraries, and we will place the order. We will quarantine materials for several days when they arrive, and will call or email you for pickup when they are available.
Staff will be working at the library on Wednesday mornings, though the building will be closed to the public. Please feel free to call or email us at that time, if you have any questions or requests for materials.
We are in constant communication with the Maine State Library on safe practices. Our current guidelines for opening are subject to change, so please check our Facebook page and website for the latest information regarding our hours and safety procedures!
With our local students beginning Remote Learning soon, they may need access to the internet to see their assignments. Our Wifi is always on, and even though we aren’t currently open, you can access it while sitting in your car in either our lower or upper parking lots (or, as the weather improves, from George’s Porch).
Online Resources that might help during social distancing have been moved to the Research tab along the top of this page. Hover your cursor over that tab and select “Links to research sites” by clicking on it.
Visit our Facebook Page: We are currently putting some links onto our Facebook page with fun or educational activities for children or families. Also, you can check one of the Little Libraries around town for possible reading material. If you need access to wifi, ours is on at all times, and you can sit in your car in our parking area, or you can sit on George’s Porch near the main entrance, and access our guest account. If you are a patron of our library, you can also go to the Maine State Library website and sign up for their Cloudlibrary, which has many ebooks and audios to lend. Use your four-digit patron number at the top corner of your library card as your ID for that resource.
Some groups that meet regularly at the library:
Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, from 2-3pm. For information, please contact Bernadette Gleichenhaus at 293-2912.
The Yarn Coop meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, from 1-3 at the library. Bring a project to work on, share supplies, and you can learn as you grow. Contact Amy Jajliardo for information: email@example.com, 685-0201.
The new writers group (right now we are calling it Writers of the Metroplex, till someone comes up with a better name) meets intermittently, usually once a month on Wednesday afternoons at 3:15. We usually post the upcoming meeting on the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library Facebook page. Come join us, bring a brief piece of writing, and introduce yourself, we’ll be glad to share our own efforts and ideas with you.
The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library is located at 344 Pond Rd (Rt. 41),
(Mailing address: 35 Demariano Rd.)
Mount Vernon, ME 04352
As of August 1st, we will be open only limited hours,
Saturdays, 10AM — 3PM
We will update you when we are able to extend our hours.
The library usually closes on days school is called off due to wintry weather. Please call ahead on those days as we may open up if the weather improves. We also close at 5 pm on Nov 23 and Dec 24 and are closed on Memorial Day and July 4, and Christmas and Thanksgiving . Otherwise you’ll find us there!
Telephone – 207-293-2565
Email – DrShaw@shaw.lib.me.us
Mailing address -35 DeMariano Rd. Mt. Vernon, ME 04352