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Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road
Dresden, Maine 04342

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Spring Fling

Announcing a new and expandedBridge Academy and Library spring fundraising event.

Saturday May 26th
9 am - 1 pm

Events and activities include:

  • Plant and book sale

  • Raffle

  • Music featuring Eastern River Bluegrass, Ken Morse, and Neil, Steve, and Dresden Elementary band members

  • Breakfast sandwiches and coffee

  • Baked goods

  • Craft table for kids and adults

  • Silent auction includes: portrait session by professional photografer jewelry, art supplies, furniture, tole paintings, handmade bowls and baskets, hanging plant, season’s worth of fresh eggs, and much much more…

  • Pickleball and basketball courts will be open for play


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

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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 25th 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 27th.  FMI call 737-8810.

The Civil War- The library has recently acquired the multi-volume Collector’s Library of the Civil War, with titles specifically detailing everything from Rebel prisons to Mosby’s Rangers. Come browse the new additions, now located in our Reading 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 In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.  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 8th.

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 05/08/2017