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Searsmont Town Library

Library Hours :
 Tuesday:  9am - 5pm
 Thursday:  3 - 7pm
 Friday:  1pm - 5pm
 Saturday:  9am - 1pm

Elsie & Ethan concert, Thursday May 16, 7pm

Thursday May 16, 7pm
Folk duo Elsie Gawler & Ethan Tischler deliver original and traditional songs and tunes that come straight from the heart. These New England based songsters, on fiddle, guitar, vocals, cello, and banjo, bring together their unique musical backgrounds to create a rich original sound that is alive with their love for the music they make together. Elsie & Ethan
Admission is free. Live Outside the Library is made possible by the Onion Foundation, Friends of Searsmont Library, and fundraising by the library's Board of Trustees.

Rupert Wates returns to Searsmont Community Hall

Thursday May 30, 7pm
If you saw Rupert Wates when he visited us in 2022, you'll be excited to hear that he is back with us this coming week!  If you missed him last time around, please know that this sort of talent and dedication does not come along every day - don't miss him this time!

With an uncanny ear for melody, a clear and strong singing voice, and top notch finger style guitar playing, Rupert Wates crafts songs that make him into a storyteller. A sensibility rooted in the traditional music of his native England but with many elements of Americana, cabaret, and jazz thrown in for good measure. He has recorded 2 CDs since he last visited Searsmont in 2022, including a journey into classical guitar repertoire.


Admission is free. Live Outside the Library is made possible by the Onion Foundation, Friends of Searsmont Library, and fundraising by the library's Board of Trustees.



Nancy Glassman & Michael Reece Art Exhibit

Searsmont Town Library will host an exhibit of work by Searsmont residents Nancy Glassman & Michael Reece starting May 10, 2024.


Nancy Glassman’s painterly work in oil and in watercolor focuses on light and its revelations of color and tone and the nuances of seasonal change. She responds to rhythms and patterns to find paths into complicated scenes. Her paintings take notice of the moment, as a practice of reverence.

She has had solo shows at Caldbeck Gallery, in Rockland, at Maine Coast Artists Gallery and the Maine Jewish Museum, all in Maine, as well as many group shows, in and out of state. She is in public and private collections in the US and abroad.

Glassman’s upcoming solo show, “There is a Season,” will be August 2 -September 1, 2024, at Caldbeck Gallery. She joined her husband in Searsmont in 1981. This is her second show at Searsmont Town Library. 

She and Michael Reece became friends through Caldbeck Gallery. One or the other may have been spotted painting around the Searsmont area for decades.
Michael Reece’s paintings “convey a strong sense of the kind of solitary winter life one dreams of developing in an exceptional and isolated place”, writes Alan Crichton. Reece, who has devoted himself entirely to painting since he moved to Maine in 1979, has created this isolated place for himself and his art. He has lived and painted in various towns around Maine, currently residing in Searsmont. Reece received his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His style has been described as “a subset of painterly realism I recently heard called clean regionalism,” (Edgar Allen Beem, Maine Times). A friend of Welliver’s, Reece is known for his serene, rich landscapes. Almost entirely realistic, Reece’s canvases have a deceptive directness. 
Besides being represented by the Caldbeck, his solo and group exhibitions include: Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Acacia Gallery, Gloucester, MA,  Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA, among many others. The Farnsworth Art Museum’s New Accquisitions Show allowed visitors see the Michael Reece painting in their permanent collection.


A reception will be held on Friday May 10 from 5-6pm.  Refreshments will be served.


Images: Nancy Glassman  RAILROAD BRIDGE SPRING  watercolor  11 x 15" & Michael Reece TOPPED BIRCH oil on canvas 21 x 23"




Annual Book & Bake Sale (IS BACK)!







Hang on to your britches because the Searsmont Town Library Book & Bake Sale is coming! Saturday July 13th (9am-1pm), rain or shine, in the Searsmont Community Building. There will be deftly organized oodles of books. There will be fresh made baked goods full of grandeur. Grandma's Attic is back (all proceeds go to the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma - benefiting professional & personal growth of Maine women in education). The Pinwheel Brothers will be playing music starting at 10am! Searsmont Fire Department on site with trucks and our awesome firemen! Local organizations will have tables and reps. There will be face painting again AND the Historical Society will throw open the doors of the Barn - lots to see! Proceeds from the B&B Sale go towards financing library programs and operations.


The library is still accepting book and jigsaw puzzle donations DURING LIBRARY HOURS. We're also always recruiting bakers of fine breads, pies, cakes, and goodies. Contact the library at:


Gentle Yoga

Searsmont Town Library



Tuesday Morning Gentle Yoga

Searsmont Community Hall

Now starting at 9am

Class led by

Janneke Zaadstra, RYT200


Free. Bring your own mat


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Pass

The library has again acquired an annual membership to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. These renowned gardens in Boothbay are inspiring from May to late October (the pass does not include the holiday lights show, only May-October; discounts from the shop are not part of the program).

To reserve tickets you must be a Searsmont Town Library patron in good standing. Please come in to the library to book a time and pick up your tickets (no email or phone reservations). Reservations are for a maximum of 2 adults with as many under 18s as you can jam in your vehicle.




State Park Pass

The library has purchased a State Park Pass for use by patrons with a accounts in good standing.  This pass covers up to a 17-person vehicle for entrance to Maine State Parks and Historic Sites*.
  • 3-day checkout limit
  • Cannot be renewed
  • Cannot be reserved
  • Cannot be returned to
  • book drop
  • If lost, the full replacement of $105 will be charged.

 -Day use only (no overnight stays).
-Not for use at State Park campgrounds

*Not accepted at:  Acadia National Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park, Maine Wildlife Park, Peacock Beach, Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Penobscot River Corridor, Scarborough Beach, Songo Lock, Swan Island.



Searsmont Seed Library 2024!

Spring is right around the corner! Borrow from our seed collection or donate your extra seed. Lots of heirloom varieties (especially beans) and shared seed from Fedco, Johnny's, Baker Creek, and more. Grow your own food: increase the region's food security.

By saving seeds as a community we help create local seed stocks that are better acclimated to our unique climate and which support an abundant and genetically diverse landscape.



Searsmont Town Library - Reading Tournament!

...Not just for summer!

Our perennial children's reading challenge. Pick up a form at the library, read 15 titles, return your completed form to the library and choose a book from the display to add to your own personal library!





2nd Saturday, 10am: Bananagrams!!!

Searsmont Town Library will host games of the free-form word game Bananagrams every 2nd Saturday at 10am.  What's the longest word you can make?



Career Center Consultations at STL

Searsmont Town Library is teaming up with Maine Job Link Career Center to offer free consultations for job seekers. See the flyer above. Make an appointment with Marie and meet at the library to make use of our space and resources.


Searsmont Town Library Board of Trustees

The Searsmont Town Library Board of Trustees is responsible for adopting policies governing the operation of the library, securing library funding and assisting in budget preparation, hiring and supervising the Librarian, and reporting to town officials and the community



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