News and Events

Cary Library and the Houlton Higher Education Center

Presents Allagash: New England’s Wild River by Tim Caverly on August 24th at 5 p.m.

at the Houlton Higher Education Center

Call 207-532-1302 for more information or to register for Zoom link

Cary Library is pleased to partner with the Houlton Higher Education Center to present “Allagash: New England’s Wild River” by author and humorist Tim Caverly. The program will be presented Wednesday, August 24 at 5 p.m., at the Houlton Higher Education Center. The program includes music from the ‘northern’ forests of Maine as well as scenic and historical photographs. Attendees will virtually canoe the 90 mile world-famous river, discover forgotten logging history and learn about Native American archaeology. Hear firsthand the lore, legends, and characters experienced by Caverly during his 32 years as a Maine Park ranger.

Cary Library is able to offer this program thanks to a grant from the Maine Humanities Council providing funding from the NEH initiative “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan” (SHARP). This event will take place in person and will be linked through Zoom. Registration is required for planning purposes and to receive the Zoom link. Call the Library at 207-532-1302 for more information.

Tim’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Telehealth Services now available

Cary Library joins a cohort of 10 libraries across the state in providing telehealth services, a pilot program of the Maine State Library. Telehealth uses technology to provide access to real-time appointments with healthcare providers from a distance. Individuals who opt to receive telehealth care from their healthcare provider can now book the Telehealth Room at Cary Library for their appointment. The library provides a private room equipped with a laptop, camera, computer mouse, lights, headphones, and other technology relevant to telehealth needs. Cary Library is excited to be a part of the Maine Libraries Health Connect Program. Types of care that can be provided through the Cary Library Health Connect Program include wellness visits, requesting or renewing prescriptions for medications, follow-up appointments, consultations with specialists, nutritional counseling, mental health counseling, and other non-urgent conditions. The Telehealth Room will be available for appointments beginning May 10th. For more information please call 207-532-1302.

New Take Home Kits available!

The Aaron A. and Maria H. Putnam Family Charitable Trust provided the funding so we could create Toddler Time Take-home kits. We are working on 20 preschooler backpacks that will include a sturdy oversize boardbook, a music cd, a musical instrument, dancing scarfs and a lesson plan on how to create story time for your toddler at home.

New Take Home Kits available!

Rotary Club of Houlton provided a grant to the Library so our patrons can choose from nine phonics kits for take home learning. Children learn to read using phonemic awareness. Phonics education allows instruction in decoding letters and recognizing sounds, all first steps in learning to read.

Story and Craft Time Program

Starting Wednesday, October 6th, Story and Craft Time will be delivered through Facebook! Every Wednesday at 3:00 pm we will be uploading two videos--in the first, Miss Hayley will read a book to you and in the second she will take you through a craft related to the book. These videos will be prerecorded and will stay up on Facebook for a few months, so you do not have to worry about tuning in on time. The crafts will require materials you can find or substitute with items from home, but we will also have the needed materials bagged up and available for pickup during the week of the craft starting Wednesday morning through Saturday morning. We would love to see your creations in the comments of the craft videos or emailed to We hope you join us!

Tiny Tot Time

All activities at this time are cancelled. We will let you know when we can resume.

The Cary Library will begin an eight week early literacy program, “Tiny Tots Time” every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30. Tiny Tots will start again in the spring April 1st to May 20th. Our goal is to enhance the Storytime experience for young learners, ages 2-to-4, by building essential early language and literacy skills and encouraging social and emotional development. Using high-quality picture books, music, puppets and fingerplay, Our children's Librarian Hayley will help the children enjoy literacy-rich, hands-on experiences at the library. For more information or to sign up please call 207-532-1302.

Lego Club-We now offer Lego Club as a sign up only. Meetings are on Tuesday afternoons.

Lego Quest is for ages 7 and up. A theme based on a storybook will be chosen and Lego group members will be challenged to build something related to the theme. All Legos will be provided and space is limited. Please call Hayley at 532-1302 to reserve a spot and become part of the Cary Library Lego group. Starting October 5th!


We finished our Summer Reading program with 109 children and teens reading 2,852 books and earning 2000 badges. Great job everyone!

The Cary Library will once again sponsor their ever-popular summer reading program in 2022. This summer’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. Registrations will be announced at a later date. The program will run during the summer months. This is a free program for children of all ages.

Finding Your Way Around Your Beanstack Account

1. The homepage of your account you will find information about the program. Below that are all of the badges you can earn during the program. Each badge will change from black-and-white to color once you complete it.

· We suggest starting with setting your reading goal for the program. Go to “Activity Badges”, find the badge “Goal Set” and type your goal in the text box.

2. If you have added multiple readers to your account you can switch between their accounts in the upper left corner of the site.

3. Most of your work will be logging the books you have read. Click “Log Reading and Activities” in the upper left corner of the site. Fill out the information for each book you read.

4. If you would like to virtually “report” on a book, click “Add a Review” next to the “Log Reading and Activities” button.

· You may do a written review/report or attach a picture of something you’ve created related to the book (perhaps a picture you’ve drawn or a craft you’ve made). You will also be able to submit photo reviews to complete some of the activity badges.