Library Children's Room showing books, small chairs, toys and games

Our Library

In the heart of Somesville, nestled beside the mill pond and overlooking Somes Sound,

the Somesville Library is steeped in tradition while embracing its place in our modern times.

For a small library, the collections are quite remarkable. Tom, the librarian, keeps the library stocked with the most interesting and readable fiction, non-fiction, biographies, books about Maine and children's books.

Beyond being a lovely little library with a wonderful selection of books, our library is a place to bring Somesville together. Community events like soup and bread winter suppers, children’s and adult programming, the annual Books and Blueberries sale, and family game nights highlight the library’s role today.

Outside photo of the Somesville Library, reflecting in a pond

Our Building

Nestled right beside the Millpond on a former ship-building site, this building has always been home to our library. The building was completed in 1896, and slightly expanded in the 1970's to add a Meeting Room in the back (and a furnace), and the Children's Room on the side.

Our librarian standing beside bookshelves

Our Librarian

Since 1894, 15 different librarians have made our library the most welcoming place in Somesville. Tom Lange has been helping patrons for the past 20 years. Those who have met him know that without a dedicated librarian, a library is nothing more than a building.

A board member selling baked goods at our annual Books and Blueberries sale

Our Board

The Somesville Library Board of Trustees is made up of dedicated year-round and summer residents who have a passion for preserving tradition while meeting the needs of today's visitors and residents. 

2022 Job Opening

3/29/2022

The Somesville Library is looking for a dynamic Library Director to lead us into our next century. The Director is responsible for all aspects of managing this charming little library, which is steeped in tradition but eager to meet the opportunities of the future. 

 

We are looking for a creative, energetic, and flexible leader to welcome patrons and engage with the community. This position requires strong administrative skills, the ability to work independently, to collaborate with our Board, and to implement new technologies. 

 

Position is 15+ hours/week, requires evening and weekend hours, and the ability to lift 20 lbs and navigate small spaces. The Somesville Library is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. Pay range is $20-25/hr depending on experience and qualifications. To view the full job description, click here. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to applicants@somesvillelibrary.org

 

Bring your excitement and vision as we look to the future while honoring our past.

 

Celebrating Our History

The Somesville Library had its origins during the long, cold winter months, more than 130 years ago. 

 

Originally founded as the Ladies Aid Society about 1884, this group believed that community was best encouraged by buying and keeping books in people's homes. In 1891, through the New Library Society, residents became serious about the need for a permanent building and Reading Room, so they held pie socials, dances, candy sales, baked bean suppers and rummage sales. They also hosted masquerade balls, plays and dramatic readings. 

 

By 1894, they had raised $457.94 and through the hard work of volunteers, the present library was erected.

MDI Historical Society photo of Kids in a pony cart near the Somesville Library and Mill Pond.

4 boys (Bob, John, Burnham & Arthur Cart) in pony cart near Mill Pond. Somesville Library rear right. Source: MDI Historical Society

MDI Historical Society photo of the view across the Mill Pond, taken in the early 20th century

View across Mill Pond to Somesville Library, early 20th century. Source: MDI Historical Society

MDI Historical Society photo of the lawn looks towards Main Street

Somesville Library lawn looking towards Main Street. c1965. Source: MDI Historical Society