Monday 4:00-7:00
Thursday 10:00-4:00
As of November 30, Liberty Library will be open for *CURBSIDE ONLY*

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we strive to keep our community safe.
Reserve items online:

  1.  Choose ‘Search the Catalog‘. 
  2. Login to ‘My Library Account’ (Email me or call if you need to know your number.)
  3. Search for item and √ Request (See ‘MILS HELP‘ for a help sheet.)
  4. If the item you want to borrow is not available at Liberty Library, you can request it from another MILS library or through MaineCat via interlibrary loan.

You will be notified when your items are ready – by email if we have on file, or by phone if we do not.
Give a call when you arrive at the library and your items will be brought to you in your car.
You may also reserve items by phone 589-3161 or by email. Please provide your library number if you know it.
Please allow at least 24 hours or more for items to be ready. Day-of requests will be filled as time allows.
Return items in the  book drop. They will be quarantined for 72 before checking them in. So items may still show up on your account after you have returned them.

Liberty Men, Great Proprietors, and Maine Today

Wednesday, December 16, 6:30pm (virtual)
Alan Taylor, author of Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820, will present a lecture and conversation about Liberty Men, Great Proprietors, and Maine Today. In the years leading up to Maine Statehood, the political culture in the District of Maine was remarkably like it is today: fraught with conflict, resentment, political theater, and the pursuit of opportunity. Join noted American historian and Pulitzer prize winner Alan Taylor to learn about settlers trying to build lives on the Maine frontier, wealthy landowners seeking to monetize vast tracts of land they had been granted, and for conversation about how the story of “liberty men” and “great proprietors” might help us understand Maine today.
Register and the Zoom link will be sent to you on December 15th.


Quigg Island Project

View the Quigg Island Project presentation recording by Annette Naegel from Georges River Land Trust. (The presentation begins at 2:40.) More information about the project and to email Annette for questions and comments can be found at

Book Discussion

Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 Note date change.
Book Discussion via Zoom. Anyone is welcome to participate. We will be discussing From the Orange Mailbox: Notes From a Few Country Acres by A. Carman Clark (1917-2005). Arlueen Janet Carman, (or Arley, as friends and family called her) lived in  Union, Maine, on a farm overlooking Sennebec Pond. This book is a collection of her columns , first published in the Camden Herald in the 1980s. Written with humor, intelligence, and good old country wisdom.

Request it from MILS

Register – The Zoom link will be sent to those who register by December 8th.
When looking for a book cover image, I came across this interview with Arley done by Kate Flora for the Sisters in Crime blog.

Liberty Library Knitters and Friends

You are AMAZING!  We have collected so far…

  •  19 napmat blankets (a special request from WaldoCAP Headstart)
  • 38 pair of mittens
  • 16 scarves, cowls and headbands
  • 8 jackets and parkas
  • 125 hats
  • 4 sweaters and ponchos

We have distributed to Maine Families/Waldo County, Belfast Soup Kitchen and WaldoCAP Head Start.  There is still a need for larger children’s mittens for Walker School.
Those hands creating warmth and love for those in Waldo County really are from near and far – Liberty, Montville, Belmont, Searsmont, Belfast, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  We thank each and every one of you over and over again.
One more day may be scheduled in December, so stay tuned! For any questions, please call Jo Peavey at 322-7863 or Sue Chapin at 589-4863.


Tote Bags

"I Love Liberty Library" tote bag“I Love Liberty Library” tote bag available for $20 at the library. The rugged canvas and roomy size makes it perfect for transporting your library books! 18″w X 17 1/2″h with 25″ handles. Beautifully printed with water-based inks by Liberty Graphics. Limited quantities. Limited supply. Only about 10 left so don’t delay.

Improve Your Computer Skills for Free

The National Digital Equity Center provides FREE Digital Literacy courses in all Maine counties. Interested in taking a course? See the list of upcoming classes at


Poetry Express

Listen to poems from the Poetry Express performance that was held at the library on September 23rd.: (more…)

150 Years Ago

150About 35 years ago, Janet Heslam bought from an antique shop in Brooks four daily journals from October 1864 to October 1871.  It turns out they were written by a man in Montville who farmed, but he also supervised the one room school houses. At the end of the first journal, she found the signature of H. M. Howard. The other journals are not signed. Janet determined the journalist was 27, in 1865, and his daughter Eva died in 1864. Janet decided to transcribe these journals to share in her weekly letters to her grandchildren. She offered to share these transcriptions so they could be posted on the Library webpage for everyone to read. We will post one a month. It will be interesting as we go through the year to compare the daily happenings of a man 150 years ago to the present day. We hope you enjoy!