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Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road
Dresden, Maine 04342

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Come to our annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale!


Saturday May 28th


 Rain or Shine

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event! 

Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)

Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super  prices!

Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!

Take a chance on some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!

New in town?  Come to the sale and meet your neighbors!  Interested in helping out and getting involved in your community? Call the library at 737-8810!

Celebrate Local Art!

The month of May will be all about celebrating the beauty of nature at the library! You will even have a chance to get in on the creativity yourself if you like!

Sights Around Dresden -  Local artist Dorothy Jespersen will be sharing her vision of the Dresden area with an art display featuring some sights you may recognize, including Pinkham Pond, a Great Blue Heron on the Eastern River and breaking ice on the Kennebec.  The display will remain up all month and Dorothy will be available at the library May 7th from 10:00am to 12:00pm to greet visitors and answer any questions.  Drop in to say hello and enjoy some light refreshments!

Color, Relax and Have Fun! In the fast-paced world we occupy, coloring has become a great way to combat stress for people of all ages.  During the month of May we will have a table available covered with a spring-themed coloring page wrap that we invite you to make beautiful! Take a load off, pick up a crayon or marker and let all your cares melt away!  Kids and adults are welcomed and encouraged to join in!


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 21st or by 9:00a.m. the morning of the sale.  Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.

Adult Book Group: The May session of the book club will include a visit from Barbara Fraumeni; her father was a member of the original team that is featured in the book Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This session will be held on Thursday May 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Next month's book will be H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

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.

Summer Meals for Kids: Hungry children cannot learn. Lack of proper nutrition during the summer months exacerbates the phenomenon known as summer learning loss. The Summer Food Service Program, also known as Summer Meals, is designed to fill the gap between school years and give children the fuel they need to play, grow and return to school ready to learn. Administered by the Maine Department of Education and funded by the USDA, this program provides free summer meals for kids and teens 18 and under. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with program details or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for information about a meal site in your area.

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 05/07/2016