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Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road
Dresden, Maine 04342

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Spring Fling

Saturday May 25th
9 am - 1 pm

Join the Bridge Academy Library, and our wonderful volunteer coordinators, for the 2nd Annual Spring Fling Fundraising event! Proceeds will benefit our town library, and support all the wonderful functions they provide.

Plant and Book Sale
Breakfast Sandwiches
Baked Goods
Silent Auction with LOTS OF AMAZING items!

Fun Activities include:
Craft table for kids and adults

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Community Dance/Spring Celebration
Food and beverages available for purchase or Bring Your Own

Silent Auction items include:
Portrait session by professional photographer
Tandem glasses
Season's worth of fresh eggs
Hand sewn antique quilt
Gift certificate to Wild Grace Spa
Biscuit making lesson at Dragonfly Farm
Gryffon Ridge spice gift pack
Goranson Farm maple syrup
Much more!!

~~Rain or Shine~~

For more information: Peter Walsh, mpwalsh1@roadrunner.com, 737-2807


Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Handicapped access available

FMI call 737-8810

Thanks to the scores of volunteers who brought this togeter


Bringfriends and family in support of Bridge Library

For more information: PeterWalsh, mpwalsh1@roadrunner.com , 737-2807




Library hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Saturdays - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Spotlight on ...

Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants, books in good condition and baked goods.  Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or donate plants.  Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale.  Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday May 23rd or no later than 9:00a.m. the morning of the sale.  Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.

Library Plant Sale reminder: Winter snow gives way to spring flowers, and planting season is upon us!  Our annual plant sale is a critical fundraiser for the library, so please consider adding some seedlings for the library sale to your spring planting. We are looking for vegetables, herbs and flowers, and the sale will be held on May 25th.  FMI call 737-8810.

Spotligh Collection: Alan Furst is an American author of historical spy novels set just prior to and during the Second World War.  Check out his Night Soldiers series, located on our new series spotlight shelving in the main room.

Forgot your glasses? We now have a small collection of reading glasses in various strengths you are welcome to borrow to find that next great read while you are here!

Department of Labor brochures-The library has received multiple copies of brochures covering the following subjects that the public is welcome to take home and keep:

Taking the Mystery out of Retirement Planning (also available in Spanish)

Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future

Top 10 Ways to Make Your Health Benefits Work For You

Your Rights After A Mastectomy

Adult Book Group: The May discussion book for the book club will be How to be a Good Creature: a memoir in thirteen animals by Sy Montgomery.  The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library.  The next session will be held on Tuesday May 14.

Summer Reading- Our Summer Reading Program for children aged 3-11 will be starting up in June with the exact date and more details to appear in the June Communicator. This year's theme is Build a Better World! The program is a great way to motivate your kids to read and they'll have lots of fun attending our special programs and getting prizes for their efforts!  Informational flyers will be distributed at the Dresden Elementary School before summer break and they will also be available at the library.

* Special Note- Donations are welcomed and encouraged.  We can always use snacks for events, money to purchase special prizes or a helping hand at a crafting session.  Call 737-8810 FMI.

Free Audiobooks for Teens!  The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by Overdrive Media. Two complete, thematically paired audio downloads will be given away each week from April 27th-August 10th and authors this year include Ruta Sepetys, Terry Pratchett, Michael Grant and more!  FMI call the library at 737-8810 or visit www.slj.com and type "free audiobooks for teens" in the search box in the upper right corner of the page.

Choice Magazine Listening(CML) free service:  CML is a nonprofit organization founded by philanthropist LuEsther T. Mertz in 1962 and it produces a 12-hour audio magazine anthology four times a year free of charge to eligible adults in the US who have difficulty reading due to blindness, physical impairment or other print disabilities.  The CML team selects high-quality pieces from more than 120 magazines and literary journals.  For more information about this service stop by the library or call CML at 1-888-724-6423 9:00am-4:00pm EST.

Playaway Views - The library has recently acquired two Playaway Views, which are easy to use all-in-one video players with preloaded content that may be checked out by patrons.   Our Playaways contain the following children's material:

#1- PBS Kids Dinosaur Train(5 videos)-Valley of the Stygimolochs, I'm a T. Rex, One Smart Dinosaur, Surprise Party and Elmer visits the Desert

#2- Growing Up and Getting Along(6 animated storybooks)- Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, Enemy Pie, Penelope and the Monsters, Pocketful of Kisses, Sink or Swim and Tyson the Terrible.

Interlibrary loan service : Just a reminder that interlibrary loan service is available again. Please check our online catalog before making a request as we might already have the item. The catalog is accessible at the library or at home at www.bapl.us. (Click on Library Catalog).  If you need help please ask at the front desk or call 737-8810 during normal library hours

Reminder -- Kindle ebooks: Don't forget...the library has a Kindle Fire ebook reader filled with a variety of titles for all ages that can be checked out and enjoyed!

Lost and Found:
Missing something? Please check the Lost and Found bin located under the librarian's desk. Useful items that remain in the bin for more than three months will be donated to the Swap Shop, so take a peek next time you visit!

Audio Books:
Just a reminder that the library is still looking for donations of audio books on CD.  If you have any in good condition that you wish to donate please bring them to the library during open hours of drop them in the book drop.  Audio books are very popular and the demand has grown dramatically in recent years!


To retain Bridge Academy's Inter-library loan privileges - ALL Inter-library loaned books MUST be returned on time so they can be returned to the Library that loaned them to us.  Loss of this privilege will deny access to these books for ALL of us.


Library Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 to 6:30 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
To contact the library, call 737-8810 during library hours, or email

Updated 05/08/2019