The Bicycle Coalition of Maine “FIX-A-BIKE” Bike Maintenance Workshop for Adults and Teens

Curious about bicycle mechanics? Looking to maintain your faithful steed or conduct long overdue TLC? Perform a roadside repair and keep that bicycle mojo elevated? Yes, yes, yes! This Fix-A-Bike Workshop will cover all the above and answer any other bicycle related questions you bring along for the ride. This is a 2-hour hands-on workshop, open to teens and adults. We will cover routine maintenance, roadside repairs, and how to perform a basic tuneup. Please bring your bike along! All tools and instruction will be provided. (Feel free to bring your own tools if you’d like, but that is not necessary. You may also bring your helmet for a fit inspection.)

Please register ASAP—only 6 spots available for each workshop! Please register for the workshop site and time that works best for your schedule, regardless of the town you live in.

                Wednesday, September 22—2:30-4:30pm @ Dr. Shaw Memorial Library in Mt. Vernon (outdoors)


                Wednesday, September 22—5:00-7:00pm @ Readfield Community Library in Readfield (outdoors)

To register for the Mt Vernon workshop, call 207-293-2565 or email – librarian@drshawlibrary.org

To register for the Readfield workshop, call 207-695-4089 or email – librarian@readfieldmaine.org

Please register before 8pm on Monday, September 20. [Note: Rain date to be determined.]

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) works to make Maine a better place to bike and walk. We work to expand biking in Maine, improve bike and pedestrian safety, pass bike- and ped-friendly laws, and spread a love of being active to children and adults alike. The BCM is a 501c3 non-profit organization funded predominantly by donations—help make Maine better for biking and walking, visit bikemaine.org to learn more!


Our next adult program is all about Advance Directives, held on Wednesday, September 15 at 4:00pm, at the Mt. Vernon Community Center. It will be given by Mt. Vernon’s Jackie Fournier. Jackie gave this same talk for us a few years ago. It was well-attended and she gave us so much useful information. She is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner from Androscoggin Home Health Care & Hospice, and provides consultation for people with serious chronic illness. Her work focuses on quality of life, including goals of care, management of symptoms, clarification of medical information, and collaboration with both the family and their primary care provider. Advance Directives are helpful documents to keep on hand. Jackie’s explanation of this document and how to complete it is so understandable and accessible. If you plan on attending, we require that you wear a mask (and we will try to keep doors open, for ventilation), and we ask that you pre-register with us, either by phone (293-2565) or email (librarian@drshawlibrary.org). Give us your phone number, so we know how many people will be in attendance, and we can call you if plans need to change in accordance with any new public health protocols. This will be a helpful program for elders and all those who are making plans for their medical care into the future.

Our StoryWalk@ is ready!  Alice, Jon, and Dave put the storywalk@ together this week and you can now go to the Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area and wander down the trails to read the story we’ve posted this year — Amy MacDonald’s Little Beaver and the Echo.  So many folks enjoyed the walk last year, we are happy to open one again.  Alice has left a little notebook in the wooden information box that Kennebec Land Trust has at the start of the trails, if you would like to leave a comment about your walk and the story.  The StoryWalk@ should be up throughout the summer. Thanks so much to Kennebec Land Trust for supporting us.  And, as always, many thanks to our volunteers!

We are now open for our regular hours!
We have been listening to the latest recommendations from the CDC and from Maine State Library, as well as other public libraries, and – we are opening back up for our usual hours, as of June 2nd! We are grateful for your patience and cooperation, our patrons are wonderful about paying attention to how to keep each other safe throughout this pandemic. Here is our current information about hours and safety:

*Our hours are now back to: Monday 3-6PM, Wednesday 9AM-Noon and then 3-7PM, Saturdays 10AM-3PM.

*There will be no more “tickets” (sticky notes) on the door, so you are welcome to come inside. We will not limit the number of people entering the building, and we will not require signing in at this point. You can return your books to the book bin at our counter, instead of having to leave them outside in the green book deposit.

*We will still require mask wearing for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, as a precaution. There are still people who have not been able to get vaccinated yet for various reasons, and we want the library to be a place where everyone can come and feel safe. We also hope to protect our youngest patrons, as children have not been approved for vaccination yet. Please help protect all of our wonderful community members by wearing your mask in the library at all times.

*We will still provide curbside service, just call us or send us an email, and we will put together your order.

Our plans may change and evolve as we move through the summer, but for now our focus is on seeing you! Please come on in!

A message from our trustees:

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.

Please note:  none of our groups are currently meeting at the library, due to COVID precautions.  We will let you know when we resume meeting.

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:  jilrdomom@gmail.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

Library Hours

             Monday, 3-6PM, Wednesdays 9-Noon and 3-7PM, and Saturdays 10-3PM.

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 – librarian@drshawlibrary.org

Mailing address -35 DeMariano Rd. Mt. Vernon, ME 04352