News and Events

Reopening phase two

Dear Cary Library community, Welcome Back!

Moving into phase 2 we are able to safely open a few of our computers for public use.

To ensure the continued safety of the community and staff these guidelines have been put in place.

We continue with remote checkout of Library items.

We are open by appointment only for browsing books, photocopying or to use a computer.

The number of people we can have inside is limited at this time so please bear with us as we balance scheduling times for inside browsing.

Visits will be for up to 30 minutes.

Please return all items in our outside bookdrop before entering. We quarantine all items returned for everyone's safety.

We appreciate your understanding while these services are not yet available

· Sitting, gathering

· Meeting room reservations

Our children’s Library will remain closed to the public but we can provide a scheduled appointment time if you would rather choose your own books or we will gladly retrieve titles you want and have them ready for you.

Masks and/or face shields will be worn by all staff.

Face coverings (mask, scarf, full face shield) are needed in order to browse through our bookshelves or while using our computers, as well as hand sanitizer which we have available.

Please note our hours of operation have temporarily changed. We open at 9:00 and close at 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Thursday open until 6:00 and Saturday 9 to 12:30. Remote checkout, appointment browsing and computer usage is available.


Remote Checkout Option

Dear Patrons, we offer remote checkout allowing you to request library items. Reserve by phone (532-1302), email (library@cary.lib.me.us) or in your account bookbag through our online catalog (www.cary.lib.me.us). All book returns go in our outside bookdrop so we can care for them safely. We are still closed to the public at this time. We miss you all and look forward to the time we can safely reopen.

Van delivery is still not operational so we can not borrow through Interlibrary loan

All items returned are disinfected and placed in quarantine for one week so it may happen that an item you request may not be immediately available but we will notify you once it becomes available.


Finding reliable information on Coronavirus

Coronavirus 2019--Keep up to date at Centers for Disease control and Prevention cdc.gov


Ancestry access

Dear Library patrons,

During the pandemic, Ancestry has allowed home access for genealogy research while public libraries are closed or in various stages of re-opening. Home access to use is : https://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/authmaine.asp?db=ancestry

Adult and Teen Coloring Boxes-temporarily suspended

Just in time for cold winter weather, the Cary Library has new fun and relaxing program to help wile away the shorter days. We now have adult and teen coloring pages complete with all coloring supplies. The teen area and the main reading area are setup with wooden boxes containing everything you need to relax and have fun, including material for origami making. Keep the page you color or the origami you create! We hope that this provides an activity that n individual, family, or working group of individuals might enjoy for together time and it's a great way to socialize. Please let us know how you like it. We received a grant from the Maine State Library Fund for the purpose of creating a quiet maker space. These grants to help libraries offer new programming come from funds that Maine citizens check as a voluntary contribution when filing Maine State income tax. We hope you enjoy this new program.

Great Book Group Reading Club--cancelled future date to be announced

Great Books Reading Group will start discussions on some great reads again in the fall. If you would like to be part of the book group and be involved in choosing and discussions on chosen reads please join us!

The Cary Library Great Book group meets the 1st Friday of each month at 10:00. Fall dates and the books chosen are as follows:


Story and Craft Time Program

Starting Wednesday, February 3rd, Story and Craft Time will be moving to Facebook! There are so many of you who we have not seen since the pandemic, so we are going to bring the content to you. Every Wednesday at 3:00pm 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 (Monday-Saturday). We would love to see your creations in the comments of the craft videos or emailed to library@cary.lib.me.us. 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 limited by pandemic restrictions. Meetings are on Tuesday afternoons.

Lego Quest is for ages 7 and up. A theme 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.