What's New at BML

Happy Healthy Gorham invites you to be part of Maine's largest gratitude art installation! Visit a local business, including BML, and ask if they're participating in the Happy Healthy Gorham Gratitude Art Installation. If so, write or draw something you're grateful for on one of the Gratitude Ribbons provided there, then visit BML between February 24 & March 10 to see our creation.

Family Game Night & Adult Fans of Lego

Game Night: First Wednesday of the month
AFOL: Second Wednesday of the month

These programs are now considered ongoing whose dates and times can be located by viewing the event calendar located HERE.

Health Awareness Screenings

Confidential, free of charge, blood pressure screening and medication reconciliation provided by a Maine-licensed RN. Located in the Grondin Room.
Drop in hours:
Monday, March 19th, 12:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, March 27th, 3:00-6:30pm

Brian Philippe, RN has been a registered nurse for nearly ten years. He completed his undergraduate work at SMCC and is now attending USM in order to complete a master's degree in nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Brian currently works as an emergency nurse and has specific training in emergency nursing, trauma care, and pediatric emergency certifications.

Hospice 101

Rescheduling due to weather - Tuesday, April 17th 3:00pm
Everything you want to know about Hospice but were afraid to ask. Join Hospice of Southern Maine as they present an information session on hospice care. They will explain when it might be appropriate for someone to think about hospice, discuss the people who are part of their hospice teams, the Medicare benefit that pays for hospice, and share beautiful stories of some of the people they have been privileged to care for. They will also review the community services they offer as a nonprofit, as well as information about their inpatient hospice house, Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, which is the only inpatient facility in Southern Maine.
An open Q&A session will follow.
All are welcome and registration is not required.

Peep Diorama Art Show

Submissions accepted March 9th-March 19th
Voting runs March 20th-March 29th
Prizes announced March 30th

Young and old alike are invited to take part in the Baxter Memorial Library's first ever Peep Diorama Art Show! 
The dioramas will be on display at the library while members of the community are encouraged to vote on their favorites, fun and creative entries being eligible for prizes. This is intended as an all-ages program with participants working individually or in groups.

For details about entry into the Peep Diorama Art Show please view the Rules and Regulations found HERE.
Stay tuned for the official entry form.

Peep Diorama Workshop
Wednesday, March 14th 12:30-2:30pm
Additonal Workshop Offered**Friday, March 16th 10:00am-12:00pm**

Due to weather and availability of supplies we will be offering an additional Peep Diorama Workshop on Friday, March 16th. Visit the library for a diorama workshop to get your creative juices flowing. The library will have a selection of Peeps (generously donated by Gorham Hannaford), fabric, glue, and decorative paper for your use, but please bring your own shoebox as supplies are limited. You are not required to create your diorama submission at the workshop.

Chris Holm - Author Event

Thursday, March 22nd, 7:00pm
Chris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy, which blends crime and fantasy, and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, The Killing Kind, was named a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015, and Strand Magazine's #1 Book of 2015. It won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity. His second Hendricks novel, Red Right Hand, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016. Chris lives in Portland, Maine.

Shared Borrowing Agreement in Effect

Did you know that you can now use your Baxter Memorial Library card at several other nearby libraries? We have entered into a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough Public Library, Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook and South Portland Public Library which gives our users walk in access to their collections, and their users the same access to ours! This provides the opportunity to check out available items directly from these libraries without waiting for interlibrary loans to arrive through the delivery system!

Having your card in hand is required, and your account must be in good standing. If you have questionsbefore getting started, give us a call at 222-1190 or stop by the circulation desk.

Borrow books through the Download Library

Baxter Memorial Library is now subscribed to the Maine Infonet Download Library - powered by Bibliotheca/3M cloudLibrary. Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. CloudLibrary will also auto-generate a virtual barcode located under the app's settings that can be scanned at the circulation desk for regular library checkouts as if you had your physical card with you!

Download the app
Download the cloudLibrary™ by bibliotheca App from the Apple App Store, Google Play or install the Windows PC or Mac OS X cloudLibrary App.


Log into our library
Using the drop down menu, select United States, Maine, Gorham: Baxter Memorial Library, and enter your library barcode. Click agree to terms and log in.


Browse, borrow, and read
Now you are ready to browse, borrow and read eBooks! Questions about using the app? Visit the library with your device, device passwords, and library card.

Winter/Spring 2018 Book Group Selections

Meets Thursdays at 10:00am

March 22: Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century by Jessica Bruder
April 5: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
April 19: Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
May 3: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

New Library Cards

Library cards are issued to those aged 5 and above.To apply for a new card or to update your account, please click here and follow the prompts. After that, simply visit the library at your convenience with a valid photo ID (and proof of address if your ID isn't current) to sign the form and pick up your new card. As always, students through Grade 12 may use their school and grade as ID/proof of residence. For children below school age, no ID is required. Children 5-13 years old will need a parent/legal guardian to sign their form as well. Finally, keep in mind that everyone, including children, needs to be physically present to receive their new card. The form can be filled out at any time but to complete the process and receive a new card each person applying needs to come to the library in person.

Thanks! We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Monica Wood program now on GOCAT

Missed your chance to see Monica Wood here at BML in person? Luckily GoCat was there! Check out their video HERE!

Veterans Survey

In conjunction with our annual Veterans Day Ceremony, the Veterans Day Committee is developing a database of veterans from Gorham or with Gorham ties. This is an effort to preserve this part of our local history.

Veterans, and the loved ones of veterans, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

If you are a veteran, please use this link: Gorham Veterans

If you are the loved one of a veteran, please use this link: Loved ones of Gorham Veterans

If you have any questions about either survey or this database project, please contact James Rathbun at 222-1190 or jrathbun@msln.net.

Thank you,

The Gorham Veterans Day Ceremony Committee
Georgia Humphrey
James Rathbun
Ron Shepard

What You Need to Know About Health Insurance

If you're curious about the new government regulations regarding health insurance and what they might mean for you, the Maine State Library has created a page with links to all sorts of valuable resources here: Health Insurance Information.

View Our Newsletter Online

Did you know our newsletter is available in PDF format online? View current and past issues here or use the link near the bottom of the sidebar to sign up to receive the newsletter in an email every month:

March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
July/August 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017

LearningExpress Online Resource

Simply click the link to visit LearningExpress, the latest addition to our online services.

Funded by the Maine State Librarys BTOP grant and available to Maine public library patrons, LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages.

You will get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. In addition, you will find interactive popular software tutorials/courses that are video-based and allow you to learn at your own pace.

Portland Public Library Cards

Did you know that all residents of Cumberland and York counties are eligible for a free Portland Public Library card and, with the 14-digit number it provides, access to their amazing online resources? It's true. Many of the most valuable resources Portland Public Library has to offer can be accessed for free without ever leaving your home. All you need is a library card.

With that in mind, you will now be able to obtain a free Portland Public Library card at the circulation desk here at Baxter Memorial Library.

Highlights of what PPL has to offer include:

- Genealogy information from HeritageQuest and Ancestry Plus
- Learn-a-Language audiobooks from the Pimsleur Language series
- Thousands of audiobooks you can download to your MP3 player
- Auto Repair manuals
- Learn-a-Test programs you can use from home
- Business Research from Mergent and other references
- Kids' e-books from Tumblebooks Library

For more information, please ask the helpful staff at the front desk or call 222-1190.

The Grocery Cart at BML

The Gorham Ecumenical Food Pantry was formed in 1996 when Gorham area churches banded together to provide assistance to the community. The grocery cart that sits in the lobby of Baxter Memorial Library is also part of that cause and donations of non-perishable items are welcome.

Maine Legal Help Resource

Visit www.helpmelaw.org to find people who may be able to help you with a specific legal problem, information about the laws that affect you, a library of legal resources, contact information for low-cost legal help, and many other valuable legal resources.

Maine Answers Tough Times

Whether it is called a recession or a depression, all of us are now facing an economic downturn that can be simply described as tough times. How we respond and what we need to make it through these tough times will differ from person to person; family to family.

With that in mind, the Maine State Library has created a list of links and resources to help us all get through these hard times; whatever form they may take. For more information, please visit Maine Answers Tough Times.

What is Your Library Worth?

Have you ever stopped to consider the dollar value of the services you enjoy at Baxter? We did. Based on our last fiscal year's circulation figures entered into the Library Use Value Calculator, Baxter Memorial Library delivered $2,862,908 in services to our patrons on a budget of $442,645. Which is to say that for every $1.00 in funding the library received it returned nearly $6.50 in value.

Why not try out the Library Use Value Calculator yourself. It will help you put a price on the materials, programs, passes and functions of the library that you use most. You may be surprised just how much that little library card is really worth!

Literary Map of Maine

The Portland Press Herald / Sunday Telegram has posted their Literary Map of Maine online. It can be viewed by clicking here.

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