Hannaford Helps Millinocket Library

HHannafordBros-001-125x125annaford Helps Millinocket Library — A Millinocket business has stepped forward to help Millinocket Memorial Library with its numerous and

on-going fund raising efforts, efforts designed to ensure the library remains open.

Millinocket’s Hannaford Bros. Supermarket has selected the library to be the recipient of the “Hannaford Helps” charity donation program.

Beginning January 1, and continuing through the remainder of that month, the Millinocket store will sell its re-useable shopping bags for $2.29 with a dollar from each sale going to the library. The decision was made locally to support the library’s fund raising efforts.

Hannaford Supermarkets has a long history of supporting the people and the communities which it serves through volunteerism, donations, and community leadership. To build upon the long history of Hannaford charity, the Hannaford Charitable Foundation (HCF) was formed in 1994, and over the past 20 years, the Foundation has given over $14 million to support nonprofit organizations. The Hannaford effort is just one aspect of long standing efforts to raise money to guarantee the library remains a viable part of the local community.

A new fund raising effort involves the raffling of a Mark Picard  20” x 27” wild life photograph “Spruce Moose”, a winter scene showing a moose among the snow covered branches of a spruce tree. Raffle tickets will be available at the library and from members of Friends of Millinocket Memorial Library. The raffle drawing will be held in March.

The photo, framed in distressed wood, was taken by Picard in November 2013 in the slide dam area. Mark Picard is an internationally published wildlife photographer. He was named the 2012 Maine Sportsman Artist of the year. The U.S. Postal Service uses one of his images on a Maine postal stamp. His work is treasured by collectors all over the world. Picard is an internationally published wildlife photographer. He was named the 2012 Maine Sportsman Artist of the year. The U.S. Postal Service uses one of his images on a Maine postal stamp. His work is treasured by collectors all over the world.

This is the third photograph Picard has donated in recent years to the library fund raising efforts. He has done so, he says, because “…he believes in the library,” he believes his donation demonstrates his support for the library and shows his desire to keep the library going. Donating the photograph to the Friends for the organization’s fund raising raffle is Picard’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the library, he says. Before moving from out of state to Millinocket permanently and opening the Moose Prints Gallery, Picard used the library facilities for 35 years to help him conduct his wildlife photography business.

Another recent Friends raffle exceeded fund raising expectations. The prize, a “Disappearing Hour Glass” full size quilt, was awarded to Anne Boutaugh, a quilter herself who was delighted with her win.

Other on-going fund raisers people may take advantage include a bottle and can redemption effort. Empty bottles and cans may be turned in at the Central St. redemption center and money credited to the Friends by indicating that to the center employee.

In addition persons interested in helping keep the Millinocket Memorial Library open may purchase books and donate the books to the library or pick up the cost of a magazine subscription. For details interested persons should contact library personnel.

Recently Millinocket municipal officials and the Friend organization worked out a lease agreement that allows the Friends organization to operate the library. This followed a three-month period during which the library was closed after the council limited library funding. The municipality currently is providing $30,000 in funding for the library from its 2016 budget while the Friends are contributing $30,000 in funds raised by the organization.

The library is now open Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a total of 15 hours and the previously paid staff members are volunteering their time along with a number of volunteers to maintain and expand services.