For list of events by month at the library and in Washington click on In Washington. There are many events throughout the year. We have programs for all ages. If you have ideas for other events or would like to be added to our e-newsletter, send us an email. Please check back often to find something of interest to you and your family.
The library collaborates with other organizations in town. Some of the group efforts in town include:
Washington Maine Heritage Recipe Cookbook Project.
Starting in 2007, Gibbs Library staff spearheaded a very successful fundraising effort for the entire town of Washington. Library Board members, Cheryl McKeary (graphic designer) and Paulette Oboyski (cookbook project editor), an artist from the Downtown Art Gallery, Paula Green (who passed away in 2010) and artist Ken Searle have created a unique joint fundraising effort with non-profits from Washington.
- Washington, Maine Fire Department Auxiliary: Favorite Desserts Cookbook was first printed for the Washington Fire Department Turkey Supper in July 2007. This cookbook compiles many of the favorites from the best bakers in Washington and their friends and families. Gold book.
- The Gibbs Library Cookbook: Just Cookies arrived in time for the November/December 2007 holiday season. Gibbs Library is known for its great cookies that accompany most library events. Just Cookies contains recipes from members of this all-volunteer award-winning library. Yellow book.
- The Ladies’ Guild of Washington, Maine: Soup, Chowder and Bread Cookbook debuted in March 2008. The Ladies’ Guild, a charitable group established in 1916, has been doing good works for almost every non-profit in the town of Washington. Members are some of the best cooks around and this book includes many heirloom recipes from their families and friends. Pink book.
- What’s Cookin’ at Evening Star Grange, Washington, Maine Salad and Casserole Cookbook was first printed in May 2008. The Evening Star Grange is the heart of the town of Washington. Its members always give fundraising suppers for those in need, or for people who have experienced disasters such as a house fire. This book has lots of salad and casserole recipes of meals offered at their generous suppers. Light blue book.
- Washington Wildfires Appetizer and Stew Cookbook debuted at the Washington Days town celebration on July 26, 2008. This cookbook is sponsored by this Red Hat Society chapter as well as sixteen other generous businesses from the Washington area listed in the back of the book. Recipes are family favorites of the Washington Food Bank family and friends from town. All proceeds are to benefit the Washington Food Bank. Red book.
- ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables Cookbook was printed in March 2009 to benefit the Minnie B. Weaver Scholarship Fund in Washington. Minnie Weaver was an outstanding rural teacher with a remarkable teaching history in one-room schools containing all eight grades. This cookbook has its fruit & vegetable recipes listed from A for apple to Z for zucchini. Light green.
- Recipes for Happy Holidays is sponsored by the Fire Department Auxiliary and was printed in March 2009. It starts with a New Year recipe for Hot Apple Cider from the town’s most senior resident, Adelma, and ends with a Kwanzaa Nigerian recipe for Do Do (Plantain). All proceeds benefit the Washington Fire Department. Holiday green book.
- Village Church Favorite Breakfast Recipes – Wicked Good! created in October 2009 by the Washington Village Church. Recipes include cakes, buns, pancakes, omelets and muffins and many are made with blueberries, apples, cranberries and lobster because these are some of their local area ingredients. All proceeds benefit Washington Village Church. White book.
- Mt. Olivet Lodge #203 Blueberry Cookbook – Secret Recipes Revealed! is the perfect cookbook for the mid-coast Maine area which is the center of Maine’s wild blueberry country. The proceeds of this book will benefit the Mt. Olivet Masons Lodge building fund. Dark blue book.
- Mainely Chocolate Cookbook to benefit Washington Scholarship Fund was printed in August 2010. It contains the best chocolate recipes from our town.
Cookbooks are available at the library and at Sweet Seasons Market and Café, Crowning Touch Embroidery, and Blueberry Hill Bed and Breakfast.