Adopt-a-Library program up and running

A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.   Henry Ward Beecher

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Reading Mother Goose with Grampy, November 1965

Don’t I look just the same at not quite 4 years old, reading with my great-grandfather? Those who attended the book launch may remember Grampy as the professional photographer who spent summers camping out on New Jersey’s Island Beach.

Grampy and camp

Like the outdoors, books and libraries have always been a natural and essential part of my life. Here in the state of Maine, there are 264 public libraries, and each and every one of them has patrons who are eagerly waiting to read Upwards. They just don’t know it. When the snow deepens and the cold and ice incarcerate us, there are never enough good adventure stories. So let’s try to reach as many libraries as we can before winter sets in. (Those of you beyond the borders of the Pine Tree State are welcome to help, too.)

On Tuesday, Janie Hartman delivered Upwards to the Rangeley Public Library, right on the NFCT!

The idea popped into my mind when friends told me that they were buying copies to donate to their local libraries. Administering the program will be simple. Just let me know by email ( which library you would like to support and I will track and report our progress. We currently have six Maine libraries covered, giving us plenty of room for growth. A big thank you to those who have donated:

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and Wiscasset Public Library – Susan Sefcik

Rangeley Public Library – Janie Hartman

Skidompha Public Library – Laurie Chandler

Millinocket Memorial Library – Carol Ransom

Bremen Library – Steve Maclachlan


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