Summer Reading Program 2020:

For our “Imagine Your Story” information, go to “Events” above , and click on “Programs” in the drop down box for this summer’s remote activities.
Our summer reading program this year will be a “make and take” set of activities for families to take home and enjoy!  IMG_20200626_094539724-1.jpg


June update on services during COVID-19:  

We have worked closely with the Maine State Library & libraries across the state regarding safe partial reopening for our public library buildings.  Because the materials we provide are shared and recirculated, safe procedures for carefully handling materials is crucial.  Of course there may be changes in services that happen quickly, based on the Maine CDC, new research & information, and developments regarding the pandemic.  We’ll let you know as we move along if we need to change plans again, but right now we are so happy to start providing some services to our wonderful patrons again.

We plan to open for “curbside” service beginning Saturday, June 6th, from 9AM – 12Noon.  For Saturday pick-up, patrons will need to have emailed or called us at the library with requests for materials by the previous Wednesday, before 10AM, so that we have time to process and prepare orders.

You can browse our online catalog to find books or movies you might want, by visiting our Dr. Shaw Memorial Library website at:  https://drshawlibrary.org/   Just click on “Catalog” along the top, and you will be able to start searching. You can search our collection by author, title, or subject, to find just the right materials.

Once you know what materials you want, please email us at DrShaw@shaw.lib.me.us and include the following information in your email:  your name, phone number, and list of books or materials by author and title.  If you want us to help select books, let us know what you are interested in or what other authors you like, and we’ll try to accommodate you.  If you are requesting for children, let us know if you want picture books, or juvenile (elementary and middle school) level.  You can also call us at 293-2565 and leave a message with this same information.  Again, we will need your request by 10AM on the Wednesday previous to Saturday pick-up.

Items will be ready for pick-up unless we notify you otherwise.  We will keep a reserve list for items that are in circulation or quarantine at the time of your request.  We are not able to borrow books from other libraries at this time.

On Saturday morning, all orders will be outside by the main entrance, or on the side porch in case of rain.  They will be in a bag and labeled with your name.  Materials will also be there for you to browse, with specific instructions on how to handle them and check them out.

Anyone who is not currently a patron but wishes to use our services, please call or email us and we will get back to you to sign you up.

Please practice social distancing and only send one person to pick up materials for your household.  People will not be allowed in the building.

As always, materials are checked out for two weeks and can be returned anytime in our book drop by the main entrance.

If you need someone to pick up or deliver books to you, let us know.  We are working with Neighbors Driving Neighbors to provide this service during our Saturday curbside hours and we will make the arrangements for you.

We look forward to serving you!

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.

Free Tax Help Online, listed by AARP, June 2020

Current information on filing taxes, from the IRS:

On the IRS website:
"The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing
special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the
COVID-19 Outbreak.* The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15,
2020*. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as
possible. For those who can't file by the April 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS
reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request a
six-month extension to file their return."

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:  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

Wednesday 9am-12 and 3-7pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

Summer Hours:
Monday 3-6
Wednesday 9am-1pm and 3-7pm
Saturday 9am-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 – DrShaw@shaw.lib.me.us

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