January 31, 2023



Bridge Academy Welcomes New Librarian

Bridge Academy librarian Emily Elliott formally started in the place at the stop of August. A longtime Lincoln County resident, Elliott attended Wiscasset Middle Superior College and took oil portray classes in the basement house of the Bridge Academy library. (Nate Poole picture)

Emily Elliott officially joined the Dresden community as the librarian at the Bridge Academy Public Library on Aug. 31.

Located at 44 Middle Street in Dresden Mills, the library’s heritage is almost as central to the Dresden neighborhood as the making alone. Built and founded in 1890 as a absolutely free substantial faculty for the town’s youth, the setting up was employed as these types of right until 1983. A 12 months later, Bridge Academy trustees reestablished the creating as a general public library.

Whilst Elliott grew up in Nobleboro, she was hardly ever significantly from the library. She attended Wiscasset Large School with a lot of pupils from Dresden, graduating in 1997. She even took oil painting classes in the library basement when she was youthful.

She later attained a diploma in business enterprise from the University of Southern Maine in 2005 and went on to function as a freelance author and in social media marketing and advertising for various a long time.

She is a passionate photographer, writer, and reader. Elliott began looking at literature at a young age, and libraries have been the way that she accessed texts she could not uncover anyplace else.

“I learned about interlibrary loan and what a boon they are to their communities and how the upcoming of libraries is truly staying the group center… it actually nourishes the neighborhood, so I wanted to be a portion of that,” Elliott claimed.

Bridge Academy is very substantially a local community heart as substantially as it is a library, and it attracts all types of folks from the higher Dresden area. The sophisticated features 4 public personal computers, high-pace wireless world-wide-web obtain, basketball courts, and a significantly-utilized pickleball courtroom.

“We have one particular truly awesome lady who’s looking through to her grandchild over Zoom, so she arrives in and checks out a stack of kid’s publications and she requires them home… so she’s utilizing our library’s sources and it is supporting the literacy of her granddaughter,” Elliott stated.

Library trustee president Rick Graffam was particularly excited by Elliott’s experience with grant creating, a skill sorely needed at Bridge Academy, an old and much liked building that never ever ceases to deliver new fees, be it for wiring, a nicely, or an elevator.

“Not every person is expert in grant creating. It is a specialty industry that there aren’t quite a few experts in,” Graffam explained.

Preceding librarian, Amalia Farel, who joined the library in February, left the occupation in July to travel around Europe with her husband and live nearer to her household. Graffam stated that she was an fantastic librarian who had cherished finding to know the Dresden neighborhood.

“She went earlier mentioned and over and above,” he claimed.

In spite of the loss of Farel, Elliott stated she is continuing to create up her ranks of volunteers to get the job done in the library and the used bookstore.

The bookstore, positioned in the library’s basement, is stuffed to the brim with guides, so considerably so that volunteers are practically offering them away at $5 a bag.

This is partly due to dependable ebook donations, but also due to the fact Elliott and volunteers retain things contemporary with a rotation of new literature shuffling via the cabinets, into the basement, and, if all else fails, a totally free shelf at the local transfer station.

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Elliott is not the only detail that’s new to the library with the support of Mary Walsh and Nate Kenyon, trustees of the Kenyon Fund, the children’s home was completely up-to-date and refurbished.

The place features new shelves, books, carpeting, paint, and a balcony that rapidly became a well-known fort place.

The Kenyon Fund was founded in 1981 in memory of David and Pamela Kenyon, who were really involved in the Dresden group. The fund is devoted to supporting obtain to the arts and tunes for children and pupils.

“The Kenyon Fund healthy with our charter completely,” Graffam explained.

Walsh stated that the Kenyon Fund is directing its endeavours toward bringing additional arts courses to Dresden Elementary School, repairing the school’s kiln, and buying new textbooks.

Bridge Academy Trustees also help learners from Dresden with a range of scholarships to guidance higher schooling and trade faculty expenditures every single yr.

Graffam reported that the future purchase of business enterprise for the library will be changing the tall home windows on both side of the building’s large prevalent space, which he suspects have not been changed in above a century.

The library is open from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, as perfectly as from 9 a.m. to midday on Wednesday and Saturday.

In line with the library’s local community values, Wednesday early morning several hours are a current addition subsequent comments from moms and dads who made a decision to homeschool their kids this year and wanted to see additional relatives programming in the children’s room for the duration of the 7 days.

“It’s a actually fantastic local community, I have satisfied a whole lot of definitely magnificent persons, and I could not be happier to be on board,” Elliott explained.

To volunteer, donate, or learn additional about the Bridge Academy Library, go to bapl.us.