Cary Library enjoys successful literacy program

3 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — The Cary Memorial Library overcame a number of challenges during the COVID-19-filled year of 2020 to ensure people had access to books.

One of its most successful programs was its holiday season literacy drive for childrens’ books, according to librarian Linda Faucher. In its 52nd appeal to add childrens’ books to the library, Faucher said the community did not disappoint.

“We sent letters to area businesses, clubs, organizations and many individuals, who participate as well,” she explained. “We are so pleased that we are adding 291 books to our Children’s Library. This is a record for us and we are humbled that so many reached out during these difficult times and helped show how important children’s literacy is.”

Faucher said the library staff was overwhelmed by the generosity of those in the community as the business seeks new and innovative ideas for getting books to people.

“The pandemic has changed some of the ways we continue to provide services,” she explained. “We have a remote checkout for anyone who would like to remain contact free. They simply let us know what titles they want and we gather them, check them out. Once the library patron arrives they call us and we place them on a small table 6-feet from the entrance for pick up.”

The library is also open by appointment for those who prefer browsing for their book of choice, computer use, or photocopying needs. Patrons can call 207-532-1302 to schedule a time to come in. Visits are up to 30 minutes. Currently tax forms are available furnished in a waterproof tote for those to pick up.

Another service they have started began Feb. 3, when the library started its story and craft time, albeit in an online manner. The Children’s Librarian videos a book being read and then another video of the craft being created based on the book. This service is available through the Library’s website under news and events and also on the Cary Library Facebook page. 

“Each week two new videos will be posted until we feel people are more comfortable with meeting in person,” Faucher said. “Our mission is to strengthen our community by enhancing and contributing to individual knowledge and experiences, literacy development and lifelong learning through print, electronic resources, cultural activities, programs and services. We will continue to work diligently to fulfill our mission. Thinking outside the box and finding creative solutions is just part of our service as we strive to remain a vibrant part of the community.”