40 Old Union Road Washington  Maine

(207) 845-2663


HOURS:

Sun: 2-5 pm
Mon: 4-7 pm
Tue: 9 am-Noon
and 4-7 pm
Thurs: 3-6 pm
Sat: 9 am-3 pm

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About the Library

Library

Mission  |  History  |  Board of Trustees  |  Policies  |  Awards/Grants  | 
Computer Resources  | Library Card | Renewals & Holds | Interlibrary Loans

mission

“The mission of the Gibbs Library is to serve as a volunteer-based center whose purpose is to enrich the lives of our community members with free access to programs, materials, and services that empower, educate, and inspire.”

Historyback to top

Lucero GibbsThe Gibbs Free Library was originally established in 1915 as the result of a gift of books and later a bequest by a Town of Washington native, Locero Jackson Gibbs, who left home for the Civil War and later became a prominent physician in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Like many libraries, it migrated from front parlors to the backs of stores or to any other place willing to house it. When a new school was built in the 1950s, the old village schoolhouse became its permanent home. This building burned in 1961 and the Gibbs Free Library died.

From this smoldering ash — Dr. Gibbs’ bequest, a small insurance payment, and a bequest from John and Marcia Bryant — came a total of just over $4,000. This money was invested in 1971 “for future library use” and by the early 1990s had grown to more than $40,000. This was used as seed money to bring in a $360,000 Community Development Block Grant to build the beautiful new Gibbs Library which opened in 1993.

The building consists of 2,500 square feet of library space, the 900 square foot Bryant Community Room which is part of the library, and the 900 square foot Washington Town Office. The Washington Library Association was formed to oversee and manage the library as well as to finance its operation. The library is self-sustaining and financed by its own fundraising efforts. Heat and lights are paid for by the town because the library’s grant provided a new space for the Town Office. It is manned 21 hours a week entirely by volunteers. About 65-75% of the budget goes towards purchasing books and supplies.

The Gibbs Library book collection has grown to over 11,000 volumes all catalogued by bar code using Follett software. Four online computers are available to the public (two PC’s and two MAC’s) and Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. The library is comfortably furnished with soft furniture and work tables, and the children’s wing is an area of particular pride. Gibbs Library’s growing collection includes the most current publications and best-sellers, books on tape and CDs, videos and DVDs, Maine books, and, especially, its children’s and juvenile books.  The latest additions are the Steven & Tabitha King Language Arts audios containing a choice of over 30 languages such as French, Finnish, and Ojibwe, and the college level Great Courses which include Astronomy, History, Mathematics, Science, Music and Art classes on DVD and CD.

Not only is Gibbs meeting the needs of a conventional library, but it has brought a new dimension to the community with a series of programs featuring Maine authors, performers, nature presentations and others of local interest and the more than 140 different art exhibits by area artists.  Computer one-on-one sessions are now offered in which volunteers help community members with software issues such as how to use email, Microsoft office and photos.

Board of Trusteesback to top

President Kathy Ocean
Vice President Scott Gould
Treasurer Susan D'Amore
Secretary Kristen Baker
Librarian Madelon Kelly
Library Manager Kate Nichols

Trustees:

Beth Connor
Chris deGroff
Joan Freiman
Debbie Hill
Hazel Kopishke
Julie Madden
Robert Marks
Dorothy Sainio
Glenice Skelton
Toni Weiner

Teen Trustees
Antyna Gould
Jane Horovitz


The Board of Trustees meets at 7 pm at the Library the first Monday of each month except for July and August or holidays.

The Annual Meeting is held the second Monday of January and is open to the public.

Policiesback to top

Awards/Grantsback to top

Gibbs Library is supported by Awards, Grants and Donations. We are pleased to list some of the awards and grants received.

Grants